4th ICPC Nanonet Annual Workshop – Goa, India Monday 2nd – Wednesday 4th April 2012
The ICPC Nanonet Project invites you to take part online in the 4th ICPC Nanonet Annual Workshop to be held at the beautiful and exotic Zuri White Sands Resort in Goa, India.
Organised by Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore (http://www.jncasr.ac.in), this workshop focuses on Nanotechnology for Water, Energy and the Environment and brings together delegates from across the globe.
With unique presentations from experts in their field, the workshop will give you the opportunity to:
q Discuss your views with distinguished guest speakers
q Discuss potential collaborations with researchers and organisations in similar fields
q Disseminate posters, brochures, and other material on ongoing nano-activities
q Join delegates from the ICPC NanoNet partnership
q Engage in networking and knowledge transfer sessions
For those who cannot attend in person, the workshop will be webcast live to a large number of online participants across the globe. By taking part, you will be able to find out about the latest developments in these fields from regional experts as well as gain in depth insight into highly innovative nano research projects and current ethical issues. You will also be able to engage with speakers and network with other online participants.
Registration and participation are free. If global time differences make it difficult for you to participate online, register now for one of our limited edition DVDs, which will have all the presentations and posters for you to browse through. DVDs are free on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Register here for the live webcast and/or free DVD: http://www.icpc-nanonet.org
For more information, email Lesley.firstname.lastname@example.org (Institute of Nanotechnology, UK)
EUCARINET Call for Proposals
The EUCARINET ('Fostering EU-Caribbean research and innovation networks') project has launched a call for proposals for its Travel Grant Scheme.
The aim of the scheme is to promote exchange between Caribbean and European researchers as well as to encourage contacts between research institutions so that they may explore possibilities for joint participation in the European Commission's Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7).
The Travel Grant consists of two components:
1. The participation of Caribbean researchers at 2012 info-days and brokerage events in the following areas:
- information and communication technology (ICT);
- knowledge-based bio-economy;
- environment (including climate change).
2. Visits to specific research centres / institutions with existing contacts or acquaintance between the grantee and European or Caribbean researcher or research group. The travel grant works as a mechanism to facilitate further networking or even joint proposal writing.
EUCARINET is a four-year coordination action supported by the European Commission. Its main goal is to strengthen bi-regional sustainable dialogue on science and technology between Europe and the Caribbean.
For more information on the call, you can visit this website:
ENLACE - Travel Grant Scheme: third call now open!
The aim of the ENLACE travel grant scheme is to promote exchange between Central American and European researchers as well as to encourage contacts between research institutions for joint participation in the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).
The grant scheme works as a mechanism to facilitate networking or even joint proposal writing. The third call is now open from the 9th of March to the 10th of May 2012.
It supports researchers from the EU Member States and the Central American countries to meet their counterparts from the other region for a joint preparation of a project proposal / cooperation in one of the upcoming FP7 calls (July 2012) of the Cooperation Programme or of the People Programme.
Researchers may stay up to 30 days in Central America or the EU for the joint preparation of a project proposal.
In order to maximize the benefits of the researchers’ stay in the EU or Central America, it is envisaged that the grantees visit additional research institutions of their thematic interest (but within one of the thematic FP7 areas).
For more information and to download the necessary documents please visit:
IICE-2012: Ireland International Conference on Education
April 16-18, 2012, Dublin, Ireland
More info: http://www.iicedu.org/
Innovation in Healthcare without borders
Conference Announcement, Save the date!
Innovation in Healthcare without borders
16 - 17 April 2012, Brussels
Organised by the European Commission
This conference will bring together the key stakeholders involved in the innovation process of the healthcare sector in view of Europe 2020 and the Innovation Union Plan.
The Conference will take place at FLAGEY,
Place Sainte Croix (next to Place Flagey), 1050 Brussels, Belgium
The main objective of the conference is to act as an innovation in healthcare policy forum involving the key actors and policy-makers in order to:
¨ Identify major challenges and build consensus to address them,
¨ Develop initiatives and opportunities for Healthcare Innovation;
¨ Provide continuity with previous events.
2012 Conference sessions will develop two tracks:
"Removing borders in the health supply chain" assessing priorities achieved to date and areas where additional efforts are needed
"Inequality and solidarity" exploring new challenges within EU and beyond
Building on the successful events of May 2010 and March 2011, the 2012 conference is organized by the services of the European Commission (DG Research and Innovation, DG Enterprise and Industry, DG Health and Consumers, DG for Regional Policy), in consultation with other relevant DGs, major health associations and stakeholders.
Commissioner for Research and Innovation Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, Commissioner Antonio Tajani, responsible for Industry and Entrepreneurship, Commissioner for Health and Consumers, John Dalli and Regional Policy Commissioner, Johannes Hahn are invited to be among the speakers.
The programme of plenary and parallel sessions will allow a large space for debate and networking. It will be complemented by a small "fair" where associations and support structures will provide information to participants.
Information on the 2010 and 2011 conferences, including outcome reports, is available:
Further information, including the draft programme and registration guidance, will be available by begin January 2012 at:
EU High level summit on ''Sustainable Energy for All''
Organised by the EU Commission in cooperation with the Danish Presidency of the EU Council, with the presence of President J.M. Barroso andUN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon
Monday 16 APRIL 2012 9:30 - 18:00, BRUSSELS
2012 is set to be a big year in energy!
As part of the United Nation's International Year of Sustainable Energy for All, the Rio +20 summit offers donors and NGOs a key opportunity to assess progress made so far in connecting people to sustainable energy.
Ahead of the Rio summit, the European Union will be hosting a high-level Summit on 16 April 2012 in order to showcase its commitment to access to modern energy for the world's vulnerable.
The Summit will be opened by EU Commission President José Manuel Barroso and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
Other high profile guests will include:
§ Michele Bachelet, Executive Director of United Nations Women
§ Werner Hoyer, President of the European Investment Bank
§ Kandeh K. Yumkella Chair of United Nations Energy, and Director-General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation
§ Fulvio Conti, President of Eurelectric, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of ENE
EU Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, and Danish Minister for Development Cooperation, Christian Friis Bach, will co-chair the event and deliver the closing addresses.
More information: http://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/what/energy/sustainable/se4all_en.htm
2nd International Conference on Cloud Computing and Services Science
Date: 18 – 21 April 2012
Venue: Porto, Portugal
More info: http://www.closer.scitevents.org/Venue.aspx
EU/Japan Innovation Strategy and Cooperation in R&D - Tokyo, 23 April 2012
The EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation, founded 25 years ago, has the promotion of EU-Japan cooperation in Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) as one of the pillars of activities, in addition to the services to the industry and policy advice. Especially, since January 2010, it has been providing useful information on FP7 through the J-BILAT project.
While “Green Innovation” and “Life Innovation” are promoted in Japan’s New Growth Strategy published in June 2010, innovation appeared as one of the most important keywords in the HORIZON2020, framework that follows FP7. Now, one year since the ratification of the EC-Japan science and technology cooperation agreement, further reinforcement of the EU-Japan cooperation in STI is underway. In this seminar, three topics will be highlighted especially to further reinforce the EU-Japan cooperation: industrial innovation and EU-Japan cooperation, innovation and education, and systems supporting the promotion of innovation.
To know more about the programme: http://bit.ly/Itu5AJ
City of Brussels supports Human Right to Water and Sanitation
Press Conference with Brussels Mayor Freddy Thielemans, Chairperson of the Citizens' Committee Anne Marie Perret and MEP Francoise Castex
City Hall, Brussels ---> Manneken Pis
12th European forum on Eco-Innovation
The 12th European forum on Eco-Innovation will take place in Amsterdam on Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th April 2012.
It will focus about "Scaling-up of sustainable construction. Through value chain innovation."
The construction sector is the largest consumer of raw materials in the EU and construction and demolition activities account for about 33% of waste generated annually. This has led to important policies and initiatives at EU and Member State levels with a range of programmes, funding schemes and regulatory measures to support innovation in the sector. Although efforts towards sustainable construction have increased, these have largely covered fragmented segments of the construction industry - i.e. focusing only on energy issues or carbon emissions—thereby omitting the environmental and economic impact construction value chain. Much remains to be done for the construction sector to become more sustainable while increasing its competitiveness – particularly in terms of true life cycle costs in economic and environmental terms, improving construction management and skills, and involvement of both public and private organisations.
At EU level, the Eco-Innovation Action Plan (EcoAP) launched in December 2011 complements the Resource Efficient Europe Flagship Initiative and its roadmap that include specific points regarding construction. The Covenant of Mayors is a successful EU initiative which clearly shows the need and the potential for transformative change by focusing on the key actors in the construction value chain. Further policy initiatives on sustainable production and consumption, sustainable building and sustainable competitiveness of the construction sector are expected to be published in 2012.
But who should be the main stakeholders to push forward and implement existing solutions? There are so many players but who should address the sustainable construction issue in a coherent and systemic manner? Who can take the lead? Moreover, how can the construction industry face up to the current crisis which may prevent the implementation of new technologies or construction, certifications and standards? This forum will examine what kind of added value eco-innovation can bring in the construction sector, how eco-innovation can transform the supply chain of the industry, how to communicate this to public authorities, construction professionals and building owners, and review the opportunities and challenges as part of a sustainable construction value chain.
For more information: http://bit.ly/IFEzND