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British
Council

online bulletin


APRIL

2012


News on EU Research Policy and Programmes

Table
of contents


EU Policy

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Competitiv
eness Council discusses Horizon 2020

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Parliamentary hearing on Horizon 2020

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Commission aims to simplify implementation of 201
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2020 budget

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Two new European Innovation Partnerships announced

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ERC celebrates fifth anniversary

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Climate
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KIC seminar in European Parliament

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Joint Technology Initiatives issue calls

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LIFE Programme to celebrate its 20th anniversary

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Active and Healthy Ageing EIP publishes strategy
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EIT
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selection process la
unched for Governing Board

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EIT announces winners of Entrepreneurship Awards

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EC and NASA establish common principles of co
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op
eration in FP7 space projects

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New bioeconomy strategy for Europe launched

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Update on the EC's Eco
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Innovation Action Plan

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EESC Opinion on sustainability in energy intensive industries

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New research infrastructure on structural biology launched

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Launch of European cloud computing platform

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Council Decision and Regulation on Euratom for 2012 and 2013

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Steps towards the development of EDCTP II

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Revision of EC directives in health

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EEA

seeks visions of sustainable living to mark ‘Rio +20’

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ERC funds further Proof of Concept projects

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ERA
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NET Plus call for p
roposals: ‘HERA Cultural Encounters’

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New EU legal status for language research infrastructure

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New report updates ‘Vision f
or Railway Research’
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Research News

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Researchers shed new light on autism

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FP7 ERC research analyses egg sac of European cave spider

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No bites for zebras

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Education, Training and Cul
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Report demonstrates progress on co
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operation in education and training

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Danish Presidency Task Force on Culture

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International Co
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operation

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EU and India sign Joint Declarations on research and energy

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Events

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Danish Presidency Conference on Responsible Research and Innovation

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Innovation in Healthc
are Without Borders

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High level conference on the EU health programmes

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Euro
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Mediterranean conference on Research and Innova
tion

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European Sustainable Energy Week 2012

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European Energy Research Alliance’s second annual congress

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Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life JPI

holds its first conference

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Smart energy and sustainable ICT conference

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Conference on renewable heating and cooling

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‘International Network of Research Management Societies’ conference

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Two
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day information event on the European Standardisation System

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SusChem's 10th annual stakeholder event

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New Publications and Online Resources

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Tales of innovation

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CORDIS

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IGLO Project Search

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EUR
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LEX (Official Journal C and L)

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EUROPA

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RAPID

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EURAXESS

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cubed… from the British Council

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Talking Science
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GLOSSARY

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EU Policy

Competitiveness Council discusses Horizon 2020

The Competitiveness
Council,

where ministers from EU Memb
er States discuss internal market,
industry, research and space issues, recently met in Brussels. The debate centred
on

a report
presented by the current Danish Presidency of the EU which focused on two main political subjects:
cross
-
cutting issues within
the Horizon 2020 programme (such as international co
-
operation and the
role of social sciences and humanities), and SME participation in Horizon 2020. Many member states
highlighted the advantages of embedding social sciences and humanities into research p
rojects in
order to better address the societal challenges. The Commission is expected to issue a
Communication on these aspects in the coming months. There was also support from all delegations
on facilitating the participation of SMEs in the programme.

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This was the second ministerial debate on Horizon 2020, after a first general exchange of views was
held on 6 December 2011. The current Danish Presidency would like the Council to reach its initial
position on Horizon 2020 by May 2012, in order to pave t
he way for future work and to secure a
timely approval by the Council and the European Parliament. At the meeting, the
EC

also presented
on the future of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT)
,

in particular on the EIT’s
strategic implem
entation plan and on proposals to amend the Regulation establishing the EIT.

Further information

The Competitiveness Council conclusions are available from:

ht
tp://www.consilium.europa.eu/uedocs/cms_data/docs/pressdata/en/intm/128072.pdf

Parliamentary hearing on Horizon 2020

The European Parliament’s Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) recently convened
a public hearing where external experts gav
e presentations on different aspects of the Horizon 2020
proposal. The hearing was structured along the three main lines of Horizon 2020, with a session on
Excellent Science, one on Societal Challenges and a session on Industrial Leadership and SMEs. In
ad
dition, there were also speakers on participation issues and the
political

context. Some of the main
issues raised by MEPs at the hearing were the need to find synergies between Horizon 2020 and the
EU’s funding for regional development, concern at the rel
atively low budget proposed for the Marie
Curie Actions within the programme, and criticism of the way in which socio
-
economic sciences and
humanities (SSH) are included in the proposal.


Speaking at the event,
the
Commissioner for Research and Innovation,

Máire

Geoghegan
-
Quinn,
noted the general consensus that research and innovation are c
rucial for the future of Europe

and

stated
that Horizon 2020 can help to bring about the fundamental change that is needed. The
Commissioner also emphasised the importanc
e which will be placed upon intersectoral,
interdisciplinary approaches in Horizon 2020, and responded to the concerns regarding SSH by
stating that opportunities for researchers in these areas were embedded across the proposed
pr
o
gramme.

Further infor
mation

Recordings of the proceedings are available online.

Morning session:
http://www.europarl.europa.eu/ep
-
live/en/committees/video?event=20120320
-
0900
-
COMMITTEE
-
ITRE

Afternoon session:

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/ep
-
live/en/committees/video?event=20120320
-
1500
-
COMMITTEE
-
ITRE

Commission
ai
ms to simplify implementation of

2014
-
2020 budget

The
EC
has outlined how it would like to simplify EU budget rules for the 2014
-
2020 financing period
of the Multiannual Financial Framework, which includes Horizon 2020, in a Communication
entitled

A
simpl
ification agenda for the 2014
-
2020 Multiannual Financial Framework’
. The
EC
’s simplification
agenda is

based on two ‘building blocks’:

the revision of the Financial Regulation, which is currently
being discussed by the European Parliament and the Council o
f the EU as
part of the legislative
process;

and the creation of single frameworks, such as Horizon 2020, Erasmus for All and the
Common Strategic Framework for Regional Policy.


The revision of the Financial Regulation contains a number of simplifications

that
,

if adopted
,

will
affect the Rules for Participation for Horizon 2020, such as simplified methods for interest
-
bearing
accounts, lump sums, unit costs and flat rates, and

the acceptance of beneficiaries’ usual accounting
practices.
As the Financial R
egulation is currently under discussion by Parliament and Council,
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progress on the simplification agenda is dependent on their agreement. The Commission will
regularly monitor the progress of the simplification proposal through the legislative process by u
sing a
scoreboard
,

which will identify any new or modified measures that will cause additional administrative
burdens for beneficiaries.

Further Information

The EC Communication on ‘
A simplification agenda for the 2014
-
2020 Multiannual Financial
Framework


is available at:

http://eur
-
lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=COM:2012:0042:FIN:EN:PDF

Two new European Innovation Partnerships announced

In February, t
he EC published Communications on two new European Innovation Partnerships
(EIPs), one on Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability and one on Raw Materials. The starting
point for the latter is the strategic importance of a sustainable supply of raw ma
terials to the EU, both
for industry and for society as a whole. The EIP will target non
-
energy and non
-
agricultural raw
materials, including industrial and construction minerals, and other raw materials such as rubber and
wood. The document sets out a se
ries of objectives for the EIP by 2020, including the development
of standardised statistical instruments for the survey of resources and reserves and the creation of up
to ten innovative pilot actions for exploration, extraction and processing, collection

and recycling.


The starting point for the EIP on Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability is that world food demand
is expected to increase by 70

per cent

by 2050, and the dramatic increase in global food demand will
be accompanied by a sharp increa
se in the demand for feed, fibre, biomass, and biomaterial. Two
headline targets are therefore identified for the EIP: the reversal of the recent trend of diminishing
productivity gains by 2020; and the securing of soil functionality in Europe at a satisfa
ctory level by
2020.

Further information

EC Press release IP/12/196 of 29 February 2012 is available from
:

http://europa.eu/rapid/

ERC celebrates fifth anniversary

The European Research Council (ERC) recently held a
n event in Brussels to mark the fifth
anniversary of its inception. Since it started in 2007, it has funded over 2,500 top Principal
Investigators (PIs) of 53 different nationalities to do cutting
-
edge, frontier research projects in 480
different instituti
ons across Europe. ERC grantees include four Nobel Prize winners and three Field
Medallists, as well as the winners of 30 more internationally recognised prizes. In total, over 12,000
researchers have been funded through ERC grants.


The event, a two
-
day c
onference held in Brussels, saw high
-
level speeches, panel discussions and
presentations from ERC grant holders. The President of the
EC
, José Manuel Barroso
,

said of the
anniversary: "The ERC has become a remarkable story for Europe in such a short time.
Five years
dedicated to supporting 2,500 of the very best and brilliant minds


not least the younger talents


play a key role in stimula
ting competitiveness and growth

in the challenging times we are going
through". EU Commissioner for Research, Innovati
on and Science Máire Geoghegan
-
Quinn also
hailed the success of the ERC, saying: "I am always impressed by the creativity and curiosity of the
many ERC grantees I meet. The ERC is now recognised within and outside Europe as a model f
or
frontier research fu
nding.”

Further information

A press release giving further details on the anniversary is available at:

http://erc.europa.eu/sites/default/files/press_releas
e/files/erc_pr_5_Anniversary.pdf

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Climate
-
KIC seminar in European Parliament

A recent event saw the launch of a network of MEPs on the Climate Knowledge and Innovation
Community (Climate
-
KIC) of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). T
he network,
consisting of MEPs from the different political groups in the European Parliament, is intended to
provide a platform for regular dialogue on developments in the Climate
-
KIC, and to be a forum for
building relations between Climate
-
KIC partners
and representatives from the EU institutions.


The meeting was chaired by Malcolm Harbour MEP, who expressed enthusiasm about the concept
of the Climate
-
KIC and emphasised the challenge of convincing his fellow MEPs of the merits of the
initiative. Maria
Graça da Carvalho MEP confirmed that doubts had been expressed by some MEPs
during discussions in the ITRE Committee about the proposed budgetary allocation for the EIT under
Horizon 2020 (

2.8 billion) but claimed that the budget is justified in view of t
he need to str
engthen

existing KICs and to introduce new ones. Professor Mary Ritter, Chief Executive of the Climate
-
KIC
,

gave an overview of progress, informing the committee that the Climate
-
KIC now has around 100
partners, with five co
-
location centres
(including one at Imperial College London) and
a number of
Regional Innovation

Centres (including one in the West Midlands).

Further
information

More information on the launch is available from the Climate
-
KIC website at:

http://www.climate
-
kic.org/networks/nodes/france/detail/article/2012/03/05/climate
-
kic
-
launches
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mep
-
network/

Joint Technology Initiatives issue calls

The EC recentl
y launched the 2012 Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking call for
p
roposals.
The call, which is the fifth call for the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Technology Initiative (FCH JTI) is
worth
€150 million and closes on 24

May 2012. The slides and recordings are now available from
a
recent

information event related to this call,
and i
nclude some useful tips on things to do and things to
avoid, based on previous calls.


The European Nanoelectron
ics Initiative Advisory Council (ENIAC), has
announced

its
six
th call for
proposals with a budget of

58 million
,

which will open on
12 April 2012
, while the sixth Artemis

(
Advanced Research & Technology for EMbedded Intelligence and Systems)

call will ope
n on 19
April.

Finally, a recent information day gave information relating to the latest Innovative Medicines
Initiative
(IMI)
c
all for
p
roposals. Presentations included an update on the revised IMI Strategic
Research Agenda and IMI rules and procedures.
A presentation was also given on how to write a
successful IMI proposal. This included general advice and participants were taken through the most
common mistakes made in previous rounds.

Further information

The Fuel Cells and Hydrogen website is at:
http://www.fch
-
ju.eu/

The ENIAC website is at:
http://www.eniac.eu/web/index.php

The IMI website is at:
http://www.imi.europa.eu/

The AR
TEMIS website is at:
http://www.artemis
-
ju.eu/

LIFE Programme to
c
elebrate its 20th
a
nniversary

In May, the EU’s programme for the environment (LIFE) will celebrate its 20th Anniversary. The LIFE
programme is the EU
’s
main
funding instrument for the environment. The general objective of LIFE is
to contribute to the implementation, updating and development of EU environmental policy and
legislation by co
-
financing pilot or demonstration projects with European added va
lue. LIFE began in
1992 and to date there have been three complete phases of the programme. During this period, LIFE
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has co
-
financed some 3,104 projects across the EU, contributing approximately

2.2 billion to the
protection of the environment.


The current phase of the programme, LIFE+, runs from 2007
-
2013 and has a budget of

2.143
billion. The LIFE+
2012 call for proposals opened on the 13

March 2012. In a competition to celebrate
the annivers
ary, a panel of judges will select the 20 ‘best’ photos and the 20 ‘best’ texts. The winners
will receive a framed print and the winning entries will be published on the LIFE web site. It is also
planned to exhibit them in May. The authors of the three ‘be
st of the best’ photographs and the three
‘best of the best’ texts will each win a compact camera.

Further information

More information is available from the Life at 20 website:
http://life20.eu/

Active and Healthy Ageing EI
P publishes strategy

In February the EC published a Communication on the
implement
ion of

the Strategic Implementation
Plan (SIP) for the EIP on Active and Healthy Ageing, which was adopted in November 2011. The SIP
presents a strategy for the EIP which is
based on three priority areas: prevention
and

early diagnosis,
care
and

cure, active ageing
and

independent living. It also outlines five concrete actions to start in
2012, as well as an outline for implementation. The EIP will aim to: identify innovative
ways to ensure
patients follow their prescriptions; come up with innovative solutions to prevent falls and support early
diagnosis for older people; facilitate co
-
operation to help prevent functional decline and frailty; spread
and promote successful innov
ative integrated care models for chronic diseases amongst older
patient; and improve the uptake of interoperable ICT independent living.


The Commission has also produced a presentation providing a brief overview of the plans for
implementing the EIP, alo
ng with the planned governance structure for the EIP and the timetable for
implementation. It includes details of the launch of the invitation for commitments to participate in the
implementation of the EIP, as well as a conference entitled

European Innov
ation Partnership on
Active and Healthy Ageing: From Plan to Action


to take place in Brussels on 3 April 2012.

Further information

EC Press release
IP/12/196
of 29 February 2012 is available from
http://europa.eu/rapid
/

EIT
-

selection process l
aunched for Governing Board


The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) has published a call for expressions of
interest for 12 new appointed members to its Governing Board. The deadline for submitting
nominations

is 9 April 2012. The Governing Board is the EIT’s main governing body and is
responsible for providing strategic leadership and independent, autonomous decision
-
making. In
order to select new Governing Board members, a Steering Committee has been set up.
This consists
of four of the outgoing 12 Governing Board member
s

and includes Professor Julia King of Aston
University.


The four
-
year mandate of the 12 members appointed to the EIT Governing Board in 2008 comes to
an end on 31 July 2012. The newly appoin
ted Governing Board members will join the six appointed
EIT Governing Board members with a six
-
year mandate (until 31 July 2014), and the four
representative members. Based on the call for expressions of interest, the Steering Committee will
prepare a list

of individuals to be proposed as members of the future EIT Governing Board. This will
then be transmitted to the
EC

for the formal appointment of the 12 new Governing Board members.
This is expected to

take place

by the end of July 2012.

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Further Informat
ion

Further information on the call is available at:
http://eit.
europa.eu/newsroom
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EIT announces winners of Entrepreneurship
A
wards

The winners of the first round of Eu
ropean Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT)
Entrepreneurship Awards were announced at the European Entrepreneurship Summit in February
2012. The EIT Entrepreneurship Awards were established to encourage entrepreneurial ventures
with
in

the EIT's Kno
wledge Innovation Communities (KICs). The nominees were provided with
training on how to present their businesses ideas, and given an opportunity to deliver an "elevator
-
pitch" during the summit. They also met with

leading entrepreneurs who could provide t
hem
with

guidance on how to prepare for scaling up their businesses.

Details of the winners and nominees
and their projects have been published in the hope that this will inspire others.


The EIT is also in the process of setting up a round table of 10
-
15

individuals with a record of
excellence in entrepreneurship and innovation. The EIT Entrepreneurship Panel is expected to meet
for the first time in September 2012, and its activities will include discussing topical subjects, sharing
knowledge and mentori
ng young students and entrepreneurs. Finally, on 25 and 26 June the EIT and
Danish Presidency of the EU Council will hold a conference to examine to achievements of the EIT to
date, and to look ahead to the detailed preparations of the forthcoming KIC call

in 2014.

Further information

Details are available from the EIT website at:
http://eit.europa.eu/

EC and NASA establish common principles of co
-
operation in FP7 space
projects

The EC and NASA (National Aeronautics an
d Space Administration) have recently established
common ‘Principles of co
-
operation of NASA personnel with projects funded by the EU's Framework
Programmes in the area of Space Research’. The document

proposes a simple working solution,
within existing ru
les, that would allow for NASA personnel to collaborate with European colleagues in
FP7 space research projects.


It

specifies that, from now on, NASA would participate by entering into a bilateral agreement with one
of the members of the research consorti
um. Both parties agreed that NASA would sign neither the
Grant Agreement, nor the Consortium Agreement, and would review proposed bilateral agreements
using its established rules. As part of the conditions, NASA would not claim any funds from the
EC

and wo
uld participate under the principle of ‘no
-
exchange of funds’. In addition, participation by NASA
personnel would be reviewed by both parties on a case by case basis, following established review
procedures.

Further information

More details are available f
rom:

http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/newsroom/cf/itemdetail.cfm?item_id=5768&lang=en

New bioeconomy strategy for Europe launched

The EC has adopted a new strategy
on the bioeconomy, which is entitled ‘Innovating for Sustainable
Growth: A Bioeconomy for Europe’. The new strategy builds on the existing Knowledge
-
Based
Bioeconomy (KBBE) strategy, and contributes to the objectives of both the Innovation Union and
Resour
ce Efficient Europe flagship initiatives.


The strategy will also inform the funding allocated
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under the ‘Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture, Marine and Maritime Research and the
Bioeconomy’ societal challenge of the EU’s next research and innovation f
unding programme,
Horizon 2020, for which some €4.7 billion is proposed. The strategy was presented to the EU’s
Competitiveness Council on 21 February 2012, and was formally launched at a conference in
Copenhagen on 26 March 2012.


The strategy has three
major priorities. The first priority is investment in research, innovation and
skills for the bioeconomy. This should include EU and national funding, private investment and
improved linkages with other policy initiatives. The second priority is increasing

the competitiveness
of the bioeconomy sectors through a sustainable intensification of primary production, conversion of
waste streams into value
-
added products and mutual learning mechanisms for improved production
and resource efficiency. The third prio
rity is reinforced policy co
-
ordination and engagement with
stakeholders via the creation of a Bioeconomy Panel, a Bioeconomy Observatory and regular
stakeholder conferences.

Further information

EC website on the strategy, which includes related press rel
eases:

http://ec.europa.eu/research/bioeconomy/press/press_packages/index_en.htm


Update on the EC's Eco
-
Innovation Action Plan

The
EC

has recently published an int
erview with the European Commissioner for the Environment,
Janez Potočnik, about the Eco
-
Innovation Action Plan (EcoAP). The EcoAP was published by the
Commission in December 2011 and aims to boost innovation that will reduce pressure on the
environment an
d
b
ridge the gap between innovation and the market. The publication of the EcoAP
builds on the Commission's Environmental Technologies Action Plan (ETAP) from 2004 and expands
the focus from green technologies to the broader concept of eco
-
innovation, targ
eting specific
bottlenecks, challenges and opportunities for achieving environmental objectives through innovation.


The Plan includes targeted actions both on the demand and supply side, on research and industry
and on policy and financial instruments. Th
e implementation of the actions will be supported by the
partnering approach between stakeholders, private and public sector, and the EC. An 'Eco
-
Innovation
High Level Multi
-
stakeholder Steering Group' will also be set
-
up for mainstreaming eco
-
innovation,
facilitating policy learning, peer reviewing the measures undertaken, as well as to monitor
implementation of the Action Plan. It will include representatives of EU member states, business,
industry, particularly SMEs, research and other key stakeholders.
It will support measures for eco
-
innovation uptake, if necessary with the support of specific thematic multi
-
stakeholder expert working
groups.

Further information

The interview with the Commissioner is available at:

http://ec.europa.eu/environment/etap/inaction/interviews/774_en.html

EESC Opinion
on sustainability in

energy intensive industries

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has published an Opinion o
n ‘Industrial
change to build sustainable Energy Intensive Industries facing the resource efficiency objective of the
Europe 2020 strategy’. Energy intensive industries (EIIs) are considered to be important as they are
the foundation used by all European
manufacturing sectors and a large proportion of EU jobs depend
on this. The report recommends that EU policies should allow E
urope to respond to intensified
competition with emerging economies by implementing highly innovative systems and enabling
technolo
gical, environmental and production standards rising in line with the technological
development.


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A major suggestion in the report is that European and national programmes should focus more on
energy efficiency research and innovations, with the EESC recom
mending even more intensive
investment in research, development, deployment and training, and in the scientific activities that are
applied to industry. These investments should be given sufficient backing in the next EU framework
programme for research (H
orizon 2020) and should make it possible to exchange experience and
results at European level, at the very least. European and national programmes should focus more
on energy
-
efficiency research and innovations. The Opinion also makes various suggestions
about
the EU’s Emission Trading Scheme (ETS).

Further information

The Opinion is available at:

http://eur
-
lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:C:2012
:043:0001:0007:EN:PDF

New research infrastructure on structural
b
iology

launched

A new research infrastructure for the science of structural biology
, ‘Instruct’
,

was launched by a
consortium of 14 research institutes from eight EU Member States. The aim o
f Instruct is
to

provide

structural and cell biologists from industry and academia with the opportunity to further
their research. It gives access to technology from
14

structural biology research institutes in Europe
and gives researchers the possibility
to sign up for a tailored online profile. The Instruct Hub also
include
s

job adverts and information on academic programmes in the field. Eight countries have so
far subscribed to Instruct, including the UK, which is represented through the Medical Researc
h
Council (MRC).


The Instruct research infrastructure is the result of years of preparatory work, for which funding was
allocated under the different EU Framework Programmes, and was included in the Roadmap of the
European Strategy Forum for Research Infr
astructures (ESFRI).

Initial funding was provided for
the

FP5 project SPINE (Structural Proteomics IN Europe), followed by funding for the SPINE
-
2
project under FP6 and the Instruct project itself under FP7.

Further Information

More information is availabl
e from the Instruct website at:
http://www.structuralbiology.eu/


Launch of European
c
loud
c
omputing
p
latform

A consortium consisting of information technology

providers and three
major European research
centr
es


the European Laboratory for Particle Physics (
CERN
)
,
the European Molecular Biology
Laboratory (
EMBL
)

and

the European Space Agency

(
ESA)



ha
s

launched a partnership to
establish

a
sustainable
European cloud computing platform.
Known as
Helix Nebula
,

the platform
aims to

support the IT requirements of scientists

working in Europe and will be made

available to
industry

and government bodies

after an initial pilot phase
. The partnership between different
industrial and academic partners in Europe is als
o in line with the Digital Agenda, the EU’s major
policy framework for ICT until 2020.


During a two

year pilot phase, Helix Nebula will be deployed and tested based on three projects
run

by CERN, EMBL and ESA. These are: to speed up the search for the el
usive Higgs particle
;

to boost
large

scale genomic analyses in biomedical research; and to support research into natural disasters.
The platform will allow CERN access to increased computing power to process data from the ATLAS
experiment at its Large Hadr
on Collider accelerator. It will allow EMBL to simplify the analysis of large
genomes, and it will help ESA to create an Earth observation platform

which focuses

on earthquake
and volcano research.

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Further information

A press release can be seen at:

http://www.embl.de/aboutus/communication_outreach/media_relations/2012/120301_Heidelberg/inde
x.html

Council Decision and Regulation on Euratom

for

2012 and 2013

A Decision has been adopted, and a Regulation implemented, by the Council of the EU on the
specific programme implementing the Euratom Framework Programme for 2012 and 2013.
The
Euratom p
rogramme
consists of
two types of activities:

indirec
t actions


in fusion energy research
and research on nuclear fission,
safety and radiation protection (including the ITER fusion project);

and

direct actions


for activities of the
EC’
s
Joint Research Centre (JRC) in the
area

of environmental
impact, safe
ty and security

of nuclear waste management.


The Decision established the Euratom programme from 1 January 2012 to 31 December 2013, and
provides for an overall budget of €2.3 billion.

It also states that

t
he Commission
will

draw up an
annual work program
me for the implementation of the programme, setting out in greater detail the
objectives and scientific and technological priorities, the funding schemes to be used and the
timetable for implementation
.

Further information

More information on the Euratom
programme can be seen at:

http://ec.europa.eu/research/energy/euratom/fission/at
-
a
-
glance/history/index_en.htm

Steps towards the development of
EDCTP II

Th
e European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) was set up under FP6
with the aim of reducing the burden of poverty related diseases


HIV/AIDS, malaria and
tuberculosis) in developing countries. The EDCTP is due to end in May 2015
but is expected to be
succeeded by EDCTP II under Horizon 2020. The current Partnership was awarded funding to
support the preparations of EDCTP II from 2012
-
2014 under the Health theme of the FP7 Co
-
operation Programme in 2011.


The aim is to establish E
DCTP II as an Article 185 (formerly 169)
initiative
and to launch the initiative
in 2014, possibly

at the same time as Horizon 2020. It is planned to widen the scope of the current
initiative to include other infectious diseases, to involve all clinical tr
ial phases and to strengthen
collaboration with industry, third parties and development agencies. The aim is that the EC proposal
for EDCTP II, possibly with amendments from the Council and EP, will be adopted in spring 2013.
Article 185 initiatives are fo
reseen in the Horizon 2020 proposal in Article 20 on

Public
-
public
partnerships


and allow EU participation in programmes which are undertaken by several Member
States.

Further information

Further information on the EDCTP is available at:
http://www.edctp.org/Home.162.0.html

Revision of EC directives in health

A number of European directives in the area of health with relevance for research and innovation are
currently under revision. These include the
Clinical Trials Directive, the Medical Devices Directive and
the Tobacco Directive. The Clinical Trials Directive contains the
r
equirements for the conduct of
clinical trials in the EU

and its revision was
initiated

in 2008. It is expected
to be

adopted by

the end of
2012. Results of a public consultation and an EC Roadmap on the revision are available. A revision
of the Medical Devices Directive is currently under revision and a proposal from the EC is expected in
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the summer of 2012.
Th
e main aim of a revi
sion is the simplification of the legal framework for
medical devices in the EU.


Finally, the revision of the Tobacco Products Directive has just come to an end and the new text was
adopted in early March. The Tobacco Products Directive has objectives
in
cluding
ensur
ing

a high
level of public health and a smooth functioning of the internal market for tobacco products.

Further information

Further information can be found on the EC’s Public Health website at:

http://ec.europa.eu/health/index_en.htm

EEA
seeks

visions of sustainable living to mark ‘Rio +20’

The European Environment Agency (EEA) is holding a competition, called

Generation ‘92

, inviting
people to submit a video about their vision for

sust
ainable living in 20 years’

time. The competition is
aimed at young Europeans who were born in 1991, 1992 or 1993 and who are a citizen of an EEA
member or co
-
operating country. The best entries will win
€6,000

each in prizes and the winners will
be invited to participate in an event on sustainable development on 5 June in Copenhagen.


The first ever ‘Earth Summit’, which led to several historic environmental treaties, was held in Rio de
Janeiro twenty yea
rs ago. In June this year,
w
orld leaders will meet again to mark the 20th
anniversary of the Rio event. This major conference, entitled

Rio +20 United Nations Conference on
Sustainable Development

, aims to secure renewed political commitment for sustaina
ble
development, assess the progress to date and the remaining gaps in the implementation of the
outcomes of the major summits on sustainable development, and address new and emerging
challenges. The conference will focus on two themes, firstly ‘a green ec
onomy in the context of
sustainable development and poverty eradication’ and secondly ‘the institutional framework for
sustainable development’.

Further information

EEA competition:
http://www.eea.europa.eu/about
-
us/what/public
-
events/competitions/generation
-
92


EEA contact email address for further information:
generation92@eea.europa.eu


Rio +20 conference websi
te:
http://www.uncsd2012.org/rio20/index.html


ERC funds further
P
roof of
C
oncept projects

In 2011, the European Research Council (ERC) introduced a new funding scheme called ‘
P
roof of
C
oncept’ (PoC
). This provides additional funding, of up to €150 thousand, for ERC grant holders to
establish a proof of concept, identify a development path and an Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)
strategy for ideas arising from an ERC
-
funded project. The PoC aims at

supporting an ERC grant
holder during this pre
-
demonstration phase to prepare a ‘package’ to be presented to venture
capitalists, companies or social entrepreneurs that might invest in the technology and take it through
the early commercialisation or roll
-
out phase.


The first ever PoC call, ERC
-
2011
-
PoC, had two deadlines. The ERC has recently announced the
results of peer review for the second deadline. Of the 73 proposals submitted to the second deadline,
22 have been selected for funding, giving a succ
ess rate of 30.1 per cent. Four of these grants were
awarded to ERC grant holders based at host institutions in the UK. The ERC has issued a press
release which profiles some of the grants awarded, as well as a list of grants organised by country of
host i
nstitution. Following the success of this first PoC call, the ERC has recently launched its second
call for PoC grants.

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Further information

The ERC press release and further statistics are available on the UK ERC helpdesk, which is run by
UKRO:
http://www.ukro.ac.uk/erc/poc/Pages/results_stats.aspx


ERA
-
NET Plus call for p
roposals:

HERA Cultural Encounters



The HERA (Humanities in the European Research Area)
n
etwork has launched a call

for its new Joint
Research Programme (JRP) on Cultural Encounters.
19

research councils from 18 countries

and the
EC are making up to €18.5 million available. The research programme will fund new and exciting
humanities
-
centred projects on Cultural Encounters involving researchers from three or more
participating countries.


Funding is available for research
projects addressing the theme of Cultural Encounters that involve at
least three researchers from three different eligible countries. The application process will be in two
stages. Outline
p
roposals must be submitted before the deadline of Friday 4 May.

Fu
rther Information

Further information on the call and the submission process is available at:
http://heranet.info/hera
-
joint
-
research
-
programme
-
2


New EU legal status for
language

research
infrastructure

The Common Language Resources and Technology Infrastructure (CLARIN) has become the
second research infrastructure to be granted the EU legal status of a European Research
Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC
)

by the
EC
. CLARIN is overcoming the
fragmentation of data by
helping researchers across Europe access both written text and spoken recordings of multilingual
and multicultural content

from their computers via a web application
. CLARIN provides access to a
single collection of data repositori
es with standardised descriptions and processing tools to operate
them. The Commission has contributed €4.1 million to the €104 million construction costs of CLARIN.
Utrecht University, the Netherlands will host CLARIN’s headquarters.


The ERIC status pr
ovides research infrastructures with administrative advantages and tax
exemptions that are similar to those of an international organisation. The Commission expects further
requests from infrastructures on the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastruc
tures (ESFRI)
roadmap to be given ERIC status. The ESFRI roadmap has identified 48 priority infrastructures that
will make Europe a world leader in numerous research areas such as physical sciences, biological
sciences, social sciences and ICT. In 2006, CL
ARIN was identified as a major research infrastructure
for humanities and social sciences.

Further information

For further information on CLARIN, please go to their website:

http://www.clarin.eu/external/

For
further information on European Research Infrastructures, ERIC and ESFRI, please go to their
websites:

http://ec.europa.eu/research/infrastructures/index_en.cfm

http://ec.europa.eu/research/infrastructures/index_en.cfm?pg=eric

http://ec.europa.eu/research/infrastructures/in
dex_en.cfm?pg=esfri

New report updat
es


Vision for Railway Research



The European Rail Research Advisory Council (ERRAC) has published an update to their ‘Vision for
Railway Research and Innovation for the future of rail’. The report
,

entitled ‘Rail Rou
te 2050: The
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Sustainable Backbone of the Single European Transport Network’ was in response to the
EC
W
hite
P
aper published in 2011, on the ‘Roadmap to a Single European Transport Area


Towards a
competitive and resource efficient trans
port system’, which

proposed ten

goals that would reduce the
EU’s dependency on imported oil and cut carbon emissions in transport by 60 per cent by 2050.


The ERRAC report acknowledges that rail transport is d
irectly involved in six of the ten

goals
identified in the EC whi
te paper and highlights that there are a number of challenges that the rail
sector needs to address to meet the
W
hite
P
aper’s targets, such as
:

meeting customers’
expectations; i
ncreasing
environment performance; improving capacity; enhancing rail
competit
iveness; achieving interoperability and intermodality; maximising (sub)urban transport
efficiency; and prov
iding a suitably qualified work
force. In response to the EC
White Paper
, the
ERRAC report also includes updates to the seven priority areas of the ER
RAC’s Strategic Rail
Research Agenda (SRRA).

Further Information

The ERRAC report
‘Rail Route 2050: The Sustainable Backbone of the Single European Transport
Network’

is available at:

http://www.errac.org/IMG/pdf/railroute2050_errac_final_v2
-
2.pdf

The EC’s white paper on
‘Roadmap to a Single European Transport Area


Towards a competitive
and resource efficient transport system
’ is available at:

http://ec.europa.eu/transport/strategies/2011_white_paper_en.htm

R
esearch News

Researchers shed new light on autism

A team of researchers working on an ERA
-
Net project funded through FP7 has been carrying out
pio
neering research into autism spectrum disorders (ASD), specifically on the variants in synaptic
proteins in patients with ASD and their interactions with other genetic variations. Presenting
their
research in the journal PLoS

Genetics, the researchers conf
irm t
hat synaptic mutations heighten

the
risk of ASD.


The findings state that ASDs emerge before the age of
three

and affect around
one per cent

of
children. B
oys have a higher risk
than girls
of being affected by ASD, and a number of genes that
play a r
ole in ASD have been identified in patients. At the same time, the researchers have only
recently started to look into the effects of genes on neuronal functions and their interaction with other
genetic variations. The study concludes that the genetic caus
es of ASD are diverse, but the main
category of genes associated with the disorder is related to the development and function of neuronal
circuits.

Further information

An article on the project can be seen at:

http://ec.europa.eu/research/infocentre/article_en.cfm?id=/research/headlines/news/article_12_03_02
_en.html&item=Infocentre&artid=24093

FP7 ERC resea
rch analyses egg sac of European cave spider

A team of researchers from Italy and the United States, funded through

an FP7 ERC Starting Grant,
has

recently published a study which, for the first time, analysed the mechanical properties of stalks
of silk ta
ken from the egg sac of the cave spider
Meta menardi
. After collecting silk stalks directly
from a number of caves in Italy, the research team used the field
-
emission scanning electron
microscope (FESEM) to produce images showing that the stalks are made u
p of large threads,
reaching lengths of up to 7.5 times more than their initial fibre length.

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European cave spiders produce silk in order to create egg sacs that protect their developing young.
The researchers have found that these egg sacs, which hang f
rom cave ceilings, include fibres which
can unroll to lengths that enable it to stretch considerably. The fibre bundles subjected to this
research project showed that the strains that the fibres sustained were impressively high. Professor
Nicola Pugno, Pri
ncipal Investig
ator on this Grant, comments: “S
ome stalks were pulled to more than
200 per cent, reaching values of 721 per cent to 751 per cent, which have not been seen in any
spider single thread or stalk of egg sac silk yet. Such enormous elongations s
uggest a huge unrolling
mechanism in the stalk.”

Further information

Further information on this ERC funded research is available at:


http://ec.europa.eu/research/infocentre/article_en.cfm?id=/research/headlines/news/article_12_02_29
_en.html&item=Infocentre&artid=24073

No bites for z
ebras

The FP7 project TABANOID
(
‘Trap for the novel control of horseflies o
n open
-
air fields’
)

has
discovered

why
z
ebras are less likely to be bitten by horseflies. The research team came to the result
that
z
ebras must have developed stripes in their evolution in order to be less attractive targets for
bloodsucking insects such a
s horseflies. According to the TABANOID researchers, this is linked to
the way light is reflected from their stripy coat. It appears that the narrower the stripe is, the less
attractive it is to horseflies.


The TABANOID project was supported as part of t
he FP7 Research for the
B
enefit of SMEs
t
heme
under
the
Capacities
programme
and aimed at strengthening the competitiveness of the participating
SMEs in the horsefly protection business in Europe. Based on the results of the project, the SMEs
are now hopin
g

to

produce a more e
co
-
friendly and efficient horse
fly control trap.

Further information

More information is available at:
http://www.mfkk.eu/en/node/451

E
ducation, Training and Culture

R
eport demonstrates pr
ogress on
c
o
-
operation in
e
ducation and
t
raining

The ‘Strategic Framework for European Co
-
operati
on in Education and Training’ (ET 2020
) was
adopted in 2009. The EC and Council of the EU have recently published a joint report which provides
an interim revi
ew of the implementation of this Framework. The report assesses actions and
developments during the first cycle of implementing ET 2020 (2009
-
2011).
One of the main
conclusions is that

a high standard of

education is

critical

in

reducing unemployment, and

that the
ability of young people to find employment without necessary skills and qualifications is severely
affected. This is particularly urgent to remedy, the

strategy points out,

because

unemployment in the
15
-
24 age range is now above 4
0 per cent

in so
me EU Member States. The report strongly
emphasises that higher education and academic excellence have a vital role to play in increasing
Europe's competitiveness, and enabling it to emerge

more quickly

from the economic

crisis.


The report also establishe
s priorities for European policy co
-
operation during the next implementation
cycle (2012
-
14), which are aimed to a large extent at mobili
s
ing education and training in support of
the Europe 2020 Strategy.

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Further information

EC Press Release MEMO/12/76 of
8 February 2012 is available at:
http://europa.eu/rapid/

Danish Presidency Task Force on Culture

The Danish Presidency of the EU Council has established a task force called 'Team Culture 2012' in
order to find Europ
ean examples of art and culture that are having an impact on society at large. The
project will end at a meeting in Brussels in June 2012, where the group's findings will be presented.



Twelve Europeans from a range of professional backgrounds have been
selected to work on the task
force,
and

have also been asked to write a manifesto setting out how the cultural sector can stimulate
new ideas in terms of identity, community and economic growth in the current crisis. The team
includes Neil MacGregor, Direc
tor of the British Museum. The Danish Minister for Culture, Mr. Uffe
Elbæk, said: “Art and culture have a special ability to foster new ideas and new hope in a time of
crisis. We are now embarking on a search for examples of European creativity that are m
aking a
difference in society at the moment. What can art, culture and the creative industries do right now?
How can we make the most of the innovative power of art and culture to stimulate new ideas in terms
of identity, community and economic growth?”

Fu
rther information

More details are available from the Team Culture website at:
http://kum.dk/english/Right
-
now/Team
-
Culture
-
2012/

International Co
-
operation

EU and India sign Joint Declara
tions on research and energy

In February 2012 the EC and the Indian Government signed a Joint Declaration on Research and
Innovation Co
-
operation. The Declaration, which was signed at the EU
-
India Summit in New Delhi, is
considered a major contributor to a
chieving an ‘Indo
-
European Research and Innovation
Partnership’, which is expected to be established by the end of this year. Máire Geoghegan
-
Quinn,
the European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, emphasised the importance of
this Declarati
on for the creation of an Indo
-
European alliance for research and innovation. The
Commissioner feels that such an alliance would enable the two regions to enhance co
-
operation on
tackling joint societal challenges such as food security and climate change.


The Joint Declaration, which was signed in the context of the EU
-
India Science and Technology Co
-
operation Agreement, is expected to generate the following benefits: improve the scale, scope and
impact of co
-
operation actions; focus on common societal cha
llenges; and build on the synergies
between India, the EU and its Member States. A ‘Joint Declaration for Enhanced Co
-
operation on
Energy between the European Union and the Government of India’ was also signed at the Summit.
This renews the commitment of b
oth India and the EU to enhance co
-
operation in the field of energy
and outlines priority areas.

Further information

Details of the
Joint Declaration on Research and Innovation Co
-
operation

are available at:
http://ec.europa.eu/research/index.cfm?pg=newsalert&lg=en&year=2012&na=na
-
100212

The
Joint Declaration for Enhanced Co
-
operation on Energy

is at:

http://ec.europa.eu/energy/international/bilateral_cooperation/doc/india/20120210_joint_declaration_
eu_india.pdf

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Events

Danish Presidency Conference on Responsible Research and Innovation

During the Danish EU Presidency, the Danish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Higher Education
will host the conference 'Science in Dialogue'. It will take place from 23 to 25 April in Odense,
Denmark, and will focus on the relationship between science,
innovation and stakeholders in society.
The conference aims to provide input into a future European model for research and innovation and
to support the involvement of key stakeholders in Horizon 2020.


There will be a mix of plenary sessions and worksho
ps focusing on issues such as public
engagement, ethics and the relationship between research and politics. The majority of places have
been reserved for those invited directly; however, a number of places have been held for participants
not on the invitat
ion list.

Further information

More details are available from the event website at:
http://scienceindialogue.dk/

Innovation in Healthcare Without Borders

The
EC

is organising a two
-
day event on

Innovation in Hea
lthcare
W
ithout
B
orders


in Brussels. This
is the third Innovation in Healthcare event the Commission
has organised

since 2010, and the main
aim of the conference is to bring together the key stakeholders involved in the innovation process of
the healthcar
e sector in view of the Europe 2020 Strategy and the Innovation Union Flagship
Initiative.


The programme for the 2012 sessions will follow two tracks: Track A, ‘Removing borders on the
innovation in healthcare landscape’, which will look at assessing ach
ievements and remaining
barriers; and Track B, ‘Overcoming barriers to equality and solidarity’, which will explore new
challenges within the EU and beyond. Invited speakers include the Commissioner for Research and
Innovation (Máire Geoghegan
-
Quinn), the
Vice
-
President of the European Commission (Antonio
Tajani), the Commissioner for Health and Consumers (John Dalli) and the Regional Policy
Commissioner (Johannes Hahn).

Further information

More details are available from the event website at:
http://ec.europa.eu/research/health/events
-
13_en.html

High lev
el conference on the EU health p
rogrammes


The EC Directorate
-
General for Health and Consumers (SANCO) and its Executive Agency for
Health
and Consumers (EAHC) are organising a conference on the results of the first and second
Health Programmes and on the future of the third programme. The current Health Programme will
end in 2013 and is to be succeeded by a third edition, for which the EC pu
blished a proposal at the
end of 2011. The proposal is currently under discussion at the Council and in the EP.


The high level conference is aimed at policy makers, key actors from the health sector, non
-
governmental organisations (NGOs), Member States an
d European institutions, health programme
beneficiaries, scientists and academics from EU and third countries, participating in the Health
Programme.

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Further Information

Further information and registration is available at:

http://ec.europa.eu/health/programme/events/ev_20120503_en.htm

Euro
-
Mediterranean c
onference on Research and Innovation


The EC is organising a ‘Euro
-
Mediterranean Conference on Research and Innovation’ in Barc
elona
on 2 and 3 April 2012. Throughout 2011, the EC established the EU’s Neighbourhood countries as a
key priority and has
consequently
developed a new strategy. The development of a Common
Knowledge and Innovation Space (CKIS) linked to smart growth and
the EU's Innovation Agenda is
one of the aims of the new strategy. The CKIS is meant to cover policy dialogue, national and
regional capacity
-
building, co
-
operation in research and innovation, increased mobility opportunities
for students, researchers and
academics.


In this context, one of the aims of the event is to define the main medium to long term objectives for
Euro
-
Mediterranean co
-
operation in research and innovation. The main objectives are: to define the
objectives and main elements of a medium t
o long term agenda of Euro
-
Mediterranean Co
-
operation
in Research and Innovation based on the views of leading scientists and senior policy makers as well
as the experience gained from ongoing initiatives; and, to promote a process of co
-
ordination
between

the
EC
, EU Member States and Southern Mediterranean policies and programmes with the
aim of enhancing the scientific capacities of the Southern Mediterranean countries, increasing the
impact and coherence of initiatives in the region as well as underlinin
g the values of mutual respect,
reciprocity and partnership.

Further Information

More information on the agenda and registration is available at:

http://ec
.europa.eu/research/conferences/2012/euro
-
mediterranean/index_en.cfm?pg=home


European Sustainable Energy Week 2012


The 2012 edition of the European Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) will take place from 18 to 22
June 2012. Every year, hundreds of organisa
tions and individuals participate in the EUSEW by
hosting Energy Day events and activities that promote energy efficiency and renewable energy
sources. EUSEW showcases activities dedicated to energy efficiency and renewable energy
solutions. It is designed

to spread best practices, inspire new ideas and build alliances to help meet
the EU’s energy and climate goals.


You can get involved in the next EUSEW by holding a sustainable energy
-
themed event, project or
activity in Brussels or in your country. Energ
y days can be any event to promote energy efficiency or
renewable energy. You can also get involved by submitting your project in the 2012 Sustainable
Energy Europe Awards competition.

Further Information

Further information is available on the ESEW webs
ite:
http://www.eusew.eu/


European E
nergy Research Alliance’s second a
nnual
c
ongress


The European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) will be holding its Second Annual Congress on 2
and 3 May 2012 in Brussels. The key objec
tive of the EERA is to accelerate the development of new
energy technologies by conceiving and implementing Joint research Programmes (JPs)

in support of
the Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET
-
Plan), pool and integrate activities and resources,
combinin
g national and

EU sources of funding and maximising complementarities and synergies. So
far, EERA has launched 13 JPs

which cover

the following areas: photovoltaics; wind energy; smart
grids; geothermal energy; carbon capture and storage; materials for nuc
lear; bioenergy; concentrated
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solar power; ocean energy; smart cities;

advanced materials and processes for energy applications;
energy storage; and, fuel cells and hydrogen (FCH).


The EERA Congress will bring together the key stakeholders in energy resea
rch. It is open to all
EERA members and external stakeholders, representatives from ministries, funding agencies, the
EC
, industry, scientific institutes and universities as well as politicians (national and European) with
an interest in energy research. T
he detailed agenda is not yet available, but the event

is planned
to

include an open review of the EERA Joint Programmes. There will also be a round
-
table
discussion which will gather national and European decision
-
makers and other stakeholders. The
discus
sion will address the "role of medium to long term strategic research in the SET
-
Plan".

Further Information

More information is available for the EERA website at:
http://www.eera
-
set.eu/index.php?inde
x=121


Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life JPI

holds its first conference

The Joint Programming Initiative on

A Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life


(JPI HDHL) will hold its first
conference to bring together stakeholders in the health and nutrition sector. The
conference will take
place on 14 June 2012 in The Hague. The main aim of the conference is to further develop the
Strategic Research Agenda of the JPI HDHL and to support its implementation.


The Conference will feature a plenary part with the attendance o
f key note speakers. The second part
of the conference will be a series of parallel interactive workshops which will focus on the three
indicated research area’s and horizontal issues. Representatives

from the science and research
community, industry, non
-
governmental organisations (NGOs)

and public officials

active in

the health
and nutrition sector are expected to attend.

Further Information

More information is available from the conference website at:

https://www.healthydietforhealthylife.eu/hdhlconference


Smart energy and s
us
tainable ICT c
onference


The EC is organising a conference on sustainable
i
nformation and
c
ommunication
t
echnologies
(ICT), smart grids and smart cities, which
w
ill take place in Brussels on 3 and
4 May 2012. The two
-
day conference will be opened by Commissioners Günther Oettinger (Energy) and Neelie Kroes
(Digital Agenda). While the conference is billed as focusing on bringing together policy makers with
other k
ey stakeholders such as telecom companies, energy providers, regulators and consumer
organisations, it may also be of interest to researchers working in these areas.


Discussions will focus on the technical, regulatory and financial challenges raised by d
eploying smart
grids, including dealing with public acceptance of large
-
scale implementation. The role which
exchanges of best practice have to play in helping ICT make our cities greener will be another area of
discussion, as well as how to deliver transp
arent metrics around the positive contribution of ICT to
solving our energy and climate problems. During the conference a new EU Communication on Smart
Cities will also be presented.

Further Information

For further information please go to:

http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/newsroom/cf/itemdetail.cfm?item_id=7845


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Conference on renewable heating and c
ooling


The European Technology Platform on Renewable Heat
ing and Cooling (RHC
-
Platform) is teaming
up with Euroheat & Power to organise its 2012 Conference on Rene
wable Heating and Cooling on 26
and 27

April 2012 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The Conference is co
-
funded by the EC in the
framework of its financial supp
ort to the activities of the RHC
-
Platform.


The event will gather experts from all over Europe to explore the possibilities for smart cities to make
use of renewable energy and district heating and cooling, to provide comfort to their citizens and
foster
the local economy. Speakers will explore the very latest trends and developments in renewable
heating and cooling technologies, addressing both district energy networks and small
-
scale energy
solutions, and tackling a broad range of topics including EU fun
ding priorities for research,
development and innovation, market outlook, large scale integration of renewable heating and
cooling in the European Smart Cities and Communities Initiative.

Further Information

More information is available on the Conference
is available at:
http://conference2012.eu/




International Network of Research Management Societies


c
onference



The iNorms Conference is organised by the Danish Association of Research Managers and
Adminstrators a
nd will take place in Copenhagen from 13 to 16 May 2012. The main focus

of this
congress will be on the individual research manager and administrator in his or her many
capacities.

Different aspects of the profession will be explored
, including

interaction

with researchers,
funders and other administrators

and

facilitation of co
-
operation and interdisciplinarity.


The congress is relevant to all research managers and administrators who want to develop their
skills. Conference sessions will cover the followi
ng subjects: integrity, compliance and ethical issues;
measuring performance
-

key performance indicators in research administration; career development,
focusing on young researchers; working to strengthen multidisciplinary research; towards a
professiona
l development framework for research administrators; building and developing Afr
ican
research institutions; and

data management systems.

Further Information

More information is available from the iNorms Conference website at:
http://www.inorms2012.com/


Two
-
day information event on the European Standardisation System

A two day event intended to give a clear and structured overview of the European Standardisation
System
is being held in Brussels on 17 and
18 April 20
12. The programme is aimed at anyone
interested in the European standardisation system, including research centres and academia, and
will include a session on Standards as a Support Tool to FP7 Projects.


The first day will consist of an introductory plena
ry meeting and the second day will feature
interactive, in
-
depth workshops. The second day includes a session on ‘Standards as a Support Tool
to FP7 Projects’ and will include information on how standards can support R&D and innovation
,

why
you should inte
grate standardisation in your FP7 project
,

what services the Research Helpdesk offers
and FP7 projects which are developing standards.

Further Information

The full programme and registration forms are available at:

http://www.cencenelec.eu/news/events/Pages/StandarDaysApril2012.aspx


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SusChem's 10th annual stakeholder e
vent


SusChem (the European Technology Platform for Sustainable Chemistry) will hold its 10th
stakeholder e
vent in Brussels on 17 and 18 April 2012. The 'Partnering for Sustainable Innovation
through Chemistry Milestone Event' is a high profile event with anticipated attendance of around 150
delegates.


The event will cover

key topics such as: water; sustainabl
e process; raw materials; smart cities; and
other areas where chemistry plays a central role. The event will offer plenty of networking
opportunities.

Further Information

More information is available from the SusChem website at:

http://www.suschem.org/event/suschems
-
10th
-
stakeholder
-
event
-
90.aspx


N
ew Publications and Online Resources

Tales o
f

innovation

A publication on the EC’s Innovation Union website gives an outlook on

how the world might be in the
future thanks to innovations made by EU
-
funded projects. The e
-
book
‘T
ales from the future


was
written by Robert Billing, a software engineer. It contains fo
u
r science fiction short stories on how the
world may change over t
he next decade. Each story points to current EU
-
funded projects and their
innovations.


The tale

Hunting the Sun


tells the story of the discovery of a new cancer treatment, while the story

Self
-
drive Rent
-
a
-
Cow


looks at the future of food supply. Othe
r tales deal with the future of transport
and energy supply as well as climate change and water supply.

Further information

The publication is available at:

http://asp
-
gb.
secure
-
zone.net/v2/indexPop.jsp?id=777/1709/3657&lng=en


C
O
R
DIS

CORDIS is the official Community Research and Development Information Service for science,
research and innovation provided by the Office for Official Publications of the European
Communities
. The interactive website offers daily news and detailed information on the EU’s
research programmes.

URL:
http://cordis.europa.eu


IGLO Project Search

The IGLO Project Service offers a forum for publishing and diss
eminating details of proposed FP7
projects and/or research skills offered. The service enables researchers to find contacts and
partners within the international research community as well as contributing to the mobilisation of a
critical mass of researche
rs in a specific research area.

URL:
http://www.iglortd.org

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EUR
-
LEX (Official Journal C and L)

This website provides information on EU Law. It includes electronic copies of EU treaties and
recent copies of the Offic
ial Journal of the European Communities (OJ). The OJ, published daily in
23 languages, consists of two related series: the L series (Legislation) and the C series
(Information, notices and preparatory EU legislation), a supplement and an annex. EUR
-
LEX
pro
vides free access to the C and L series of the Official Journal for a period of 45 days following
publication. (The OJ issue with the Euro exchange rates (L 359, 31/12/1998) is permanently
available in PDF format on EUR
-
LEX).

URL: EUR
-
LEX
http://www.europa.eu/eur
-
lex

Official Journals C and L
http://www.europa.eu/eur
-
lex/en/oj

Treaty of Amsterdam
http:/
/www.europa.eu/eur
-
lex/en/treaties


EUROPA

EUROPA is the official EU server. It contains links to the EP, the European Council, the EC and
other EU institutions and contains information on EU policies listed by subject area.

URL:
http://www.europa.eu


RA
PID

RAPID is a database giving a daily view of the activities of the EU as presented by the institutions
in their press releases.

EC Press Releases are available at:
http://europa.eu/rapid


EURAXESS

The EURAXESS
-
UK

website provides information and advice for international researchers wishing to
come to the UK, or for those looking for research jobs in Europe. It has sections on the UK research
landscape, funding and jobs, as well as information on practical issues,
like accommodation, tax and
childcare.

Visit


www.euraxess.org.uk



cubed… from the British Council

cubed, the monthly webzine from the British Council discusses the science that’s shaping our
society and bringin
g a new dimension to everyday life. It brings the latest innovations in fashion
and music, design and digital, film and life, and the products and ideas that will change our world.
Visit:
http:
//www.britishcouncil.org/science
-
cubed.htm


Talking Science

Created by the British Council, the Talking Science website provides up
-
to
-
date information and
links to the latest ideas in science communication in the UK:

www.britishcouncil.org/talkingscience

GLOSSARY


Capacities

Capacities is the fourth Specific Programme of FP7 and is worth over

4 billion from 2007 to 2013.
It aims to enhance research
capacities throughout Europe and ensure their optimal use. It is made
up of the following broad areas: Research Infrastructures; Research for the Benefit of SMEs;
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Regions of Knowledge; Research Pote
ntial for the Benefit of Convergence Regions; Science in
Society; Support to Coherent Development of Research Policies; and International Co
-
operation.

http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/capacities


CIP

The
Competitiveness and Innovation Programme will run from 2007 to 2013. With a budget of

3.6
billion, it is made up of three Specific Programmes: the Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Programme; the ICT Policy Support Programme; and the Intelligent Energy
-
Europe Programme

http://ec.europa.eu/en
terprise/cip



Co
-
operation

Co
-
operation is the first Specific Programme of FP7. Worth over

30 billion between 2007 and
2013, it is made up of ten thematic areas: Health; Food, Agriculture, Fisheries and Biotechnology;
Information Communications Technolo
gy (ICT); Nanosciences, Nanomaterials, Materials and New
Production Technologies; Energy; Environment; Transport; Socio
-
economic Sciences and the
Humanities; Space; and Security.

http://cordis.europ
a.eu/fp7/co
-
operation



COST

European Co
-
operation in the field of Scientific and Technical Research is a framework for
scientific and technical co
-
operation, allowing the co
-
ordination of national research on a European
level.

http://www.cost.esf.org


'Council'

'Council' refers to the 'Council of Ministers', the principal decision
-
making body within the European
Union. It has both executive and legislative powers, the latter in some cases exercised jointly with
th
e EP (co
-
decision procedure). The Council is composed of one representative at ministerial level
from each member state. Which ministers attend each Council meeting varies according to the
subject discussed, e.g. the Minister of Science in the UK attends t
he Research Council.

http://consilium.europa.eu/cms3_fo/showPage.ASP?lang=en


EC

The EC
stands for European Commission. It is the ‘civil service of the EU’ and is m
ade up of 27

depart
ments, known as Directorates General,

which are each headed by Commissioners
nominated by the Member States. The EC
both initiates proposals for EU legislation and executes
EU policies and actions.

http://ec.europa.eu

E
P

The European Parliament is made up of elected representatives (MEPs) from all the member
states. It shares decision
-
making power with the European Council in a number of areas, including
research and education.

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/public/default_en.htm


ERA

European Research Area. On 18 January 2000 the EC issued a communication entitled ’Towards
a European Research Area’ that proposed ways in which research in Europe

could be more
effectively organised and co
-
ordinated.

http://ec.europa.eu/research/era

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ERC

The European Research Council, which is the Ideas Specific Programme of FP7, is worth over €7
billion from 2007
to 2013. The ERC funds investigator
-
led, frontier research. It consists of four
grant schemes: Starting Independent Researcher Grants; Advanced Investigator Grants; Proof of
Concept Funding; and Synergy Grants.

http://e
rc.europa.eu


ESA

The European Space Agency
is responsible for designing and developing the European space
programme. The Agency’s projects are designed to find out more about the Earth, its immediate
space environment, the solar system and the universe,
as well as to develop satellite
-
based
technologies and services, and to promote European industries.

http://www.esa.int


ESC

The European Economic and Social Committee is a consultative body made up of representatives
o
f Europe's employers' organisations, trade unions, farmers, consumer groups and professional
associations.

http://eesc.europa.eu


ESF

European Science Foundation

http://www.esf.org


ESF

The European Social Fund, part of the EU’s Structural Funds

http://ec.europa.eu/employment_social/esf2000/index_en.html


ETP

European Technology Platforms are stakeholder gro
upings, led by industry, that help to define
research and development priorities, timeframes and action plans on a number of strategically
important issues.

http://
ec.europa.eu/research/energy/nn/nn_rt/nn_rt_hlg/article_1262_en.htm


Euratom

The European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom) was set up in 1957 and is legally separate
from the European Community. Euratom will have €2.7 billion from FP7 to fund nuclear res
earch
and training activities between 2007 and 2011.

http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/euratom


Eureka

Eureka is a Europe
-
wide network for industrial research and development.

http://www.eureka.be


FP (FP5, FP6, FP7)

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The EU’s Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development. The Fifth
Framework Programme (FP5) was adopted in 1998 and ran until 2002, with FP6 then running from
2002 to 2006, and FP7 running fro
m 2007 to 2013. The budget for FP7 is over

50 billion.

Further information on the thematic and horizontal programme composition of FP6 is available at:

http://cordis.europa.eu/fp6

Further information on FP7 can

be found at:
http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7


Green Paper

Green Papers are communications published by the EC on a specific policy area. Primarily, they
are documents addressed to interested parties who are invited

to participate in a process of
consultation and debate. In some cases they provide an impetus for subsequent legislation.


ICPC

An International Co
-
operation Partner Country is an economically less developed country, which is
not an EU member state or ass
ociated state. ICPC partners can participate in FP7 projects and
receive funding.


Ideas

The Ideas Specific Programme within FP7 is worth over €7 billion from 2007 to 2013. New to
Framework Programme Seven, the Ideas Programme funds investigator
-
led, fro
ntier research. It is
implemented through the European Research Council and consists of four grant schemes: Starting
Independent Researcher Grants; Advanced Investigator Grants; Proof of Concept Funding; and
Synergy Grants.

http://erc.europa.eu


ITRE

The European Parliament Committee on Industry, External Trade, Research and Energy (FP7)

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/committees/itre_home_en.htm


JRC

The EC’s Joint Research Centre acts as a scientific and technological laboratory in support of EU
policies, with a range of institutes and research activities.

http://
www.jrc.ec.europa.eu


LLP

The Lifelong Le
arning Programme is made up of four pillars:
the Comenius programme for pupils,
teachers and schools; the Erasmus programme for students, scholars, professors and universities;
the Leonardo da Vinci programme for apprentices, workers and employees; and the

Grundtvig
programme for adults and teachers and related organisations.

There is also a transversal
programme (for
policy development, languages, information and communication technology)

and
the Jean Monet programme (
dealing with issues relating to Europe
an integration, European
institutions and associations in the fields of education and training).

http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/static/en/llp/index_en.htm


MEDIA

The MEDIA Programme aims to s
trengthen the competitiveness of the European audiovisual
industry.

http://ec.europa.eu/comm/avpolicy/media/index_en.html

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NATO

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation

http://www.nato.int


People

The third Specific Programme of FP7 is worth over

4 billion during the period from 2007 to 2013.
Made up of the Marie Curie Actions, it aims to improve the quality of human resources in European
research through training and trans
-
national mobility of researchers.

http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/people/home_en.html


RTD

Research and Technological Development


SICA

Specific International Co
-
operation Actions are FP7 call topics where a partner from an ICPC
country has to be involved.


SME

Smal
l and medium sized enterprises

http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/enterprise_policy/sme_definition/index_en.htm


Specific Programme

FP7 is made up of seven Specific P
rogrammes: Co
-
operation; Ideas (implemented through the
European Research Council); People (the Marie Curie Actions); Capacities; the Joint Research
Centre (JRC); Euratom and the JRC implementing Euratom.


SSH

Socio
-
economic Sciences and the Humanities is

the eighth theme of the FP7 Co
-
operation Specific
Programme.


Treaty of Amsterdam

The Treaty of Amsterdam was signed in October 1997 and entered into force on 1 May 1999.

http://europa
.eu.int/eur
-
lex/lex/en/treaties/index.htm


UUK

Universities UK (formerly the Committee of Vice Chancellors and Principals)

http://www.universitiesuk.ac.uk


White Paper

White Papers are documents containing
proposals for Community action in a specific area. They
often follow a Green Paper.


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