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18/10/2017

JPI Oceans workshop - Future innovative and autonomous technologies to monitor and mitigate effects of anthropogenic use in coastal and regional seas

Event Date: 2017-10-28

Details:

Call for Nomination of expert to participate in a foresight workshop on “Future innovative and autonomous technologies to monitor and mitigate effects of anthropogenic use in coastal and regional seas”.

This upcoming JPI Oceans workshop is being organised by the CSA Oceans 2 project to support the Management Board by developing concrete recommendations for future JPI Oceans activities in this field.  It will address the question: “What future innovative and autonomous technologies are needed in Europe to align the efforts of science and industry to monitor and mitigate anthropogenic impacts such as marine pollution?”

It will be taking place in Toulon, France on 14-15 December. Travel costs for the nominated expert will be reimbursed for up to 400 euro economy class flights and up to two nights of accommodation (max. 150 Euro per night).

 


Applicants should hold a PhD in the area of expertise together with a minimum of 5 years experience in the development / research of technologies to measure and/or reduce the environmental impact of economic activities (chemicals, noise pollution, etc.) on coastal areas and seas. Publications in the field and industrial experience will be considered an asset.

Interested applicants are encouraged to send their CV to Ms Corinne Muscat Terribile – corinne.muscat-terribile@gov.mt by not later than Monday 23rd October 2017 at noon. 

 

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19/09/2017

MCST ISSUES CALL FOR MALTA EXPERT REPRESENTATIVE ON COST SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE

Event Date: 2017-09-19

Details:

The Malta Council for Science and Technology, as the Malta national contact point for COST, Co-Operation in Science and Technology, www.cost.eu has issued a call of interest from experts who are interested in being nominated as Malta’s representative on the Scientific Committee which assists COST in fulfilling its mission and policies. COST document 126/14 establishes that ‘the Scientific Committee will be composed of 36 high-level experts (one from each COST Member Country and one from Cooperating State) with international renowned expertise, recognized merit in their professional career (science, technology, research management, innovation, industry or other). The Scientific Committee members shall be independent from the Review Panels.

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25/08/2017

Green Bubbles

Event Date: 2017-08-25

Details:

Green Bubbles is dedicated to recreational SCUBA diving, an activity engaging millions of people worldwide.

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10/08/2017

BORA - BOrder-crossing Risk Assessment

Event Date: 2017-08-10

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Europe is developing its common security approach on the principles laid down by the European Agenda for Security, prioritising the fight against terrorism, organised crime and cybercrime. During the last months / years, beyond “traditional” criminal activities like smuggling and other types of commercial fraud across EU borders, Europe has faced an unexpected increase in migration pressure and a continuous flows of drugs and firearms, which have underlined the weaknesses of the EU borders approach and the need for increased cooperation among Member States (MS) in terms of sharing of information and resources.

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28/07/2017

Call for the Internationalisation Partnership Awards Scheme 2017 is now open

Event Date: 2017-07-28

Details:

The Malta Council for Science and Technology is accepting applications for the submission of project proposals under the Internationalisation Partnership Awards Scheme 2017. The deadline for submission is noon on the 30th August 2017.

The Internationalisation Partnership Awards Scheme aims to foster mutually beneficial international relationships between local R&I-performing academic or private entities and foreign counterparts based in the EU. The scheme will achieve this by funding a number of activities which can promote internationalisation through either one or a combination of the following:

  •  the development of joint teaching curricula for Masters or PhD students
  •  placements for local researchers in foreign institutions for the purposes of furthering research & innovation collaboration
  • the arrangement of strategic and targeted visits by local academics/researchers and representatives of private entities to foreign institutions in order to participate in research & innovation activities of an exploratory and developmental nature
  • the organisation of seminars or workshops on a particular research and innovation area in Malta that would benefit from the participation of foreign experts
  • the development of transnational research & innovation proposals for submission to third party-funders, e.g. H2020, etc.

All projects are evaluated by a selection panel set up by MCST on the basis of evaluation criteria outlined in the Call text.

Interested applicants are to submit their application form electronically to mark.c.farrugia@gov.mt with “Internationalisation Partnership Awards Scheme Application 2017” as a subject. The Application must be dated, signed and stamped on each page by the applicant. All received applications shall be acknowledged by email.

Additional information can be found in the document attached to this call. Alternatively, interested parties may contact Mr. Mark Farrugia on 2360 2178 or 2360 2115.

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24/07/2017

Partner search from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering of the University of Montenegro

Event Date: 2017-07-24

Details:

Call-specific expertise

FEE is interested in joining a consortium for the H2020 call DS-07-2017 “Cybersecurity PPP: Addressing Advanced Cyber Security Threats and Threat Actors” (Research and Innovation Action). We can contribute with the expertise in the area of SDN, machine learning and software development. More specifically, we can develop SDN applications for flow-level anomaly detection based on the collected statistics regarding the normal network behavior. This would include work on: i) applications for network monitoring and clustering flow-level statistics based on the different packet header fields; ii) machine learning algorithms for predicting and identifying the threat of the malicious attack; iii) traffic control applications for directing the suspicious traffic towards the DPI (Deep Packet Inspection) devices; iv) feedback between the packet-level anomaly detection performed on DPI devices, and machine learning algorithm for flow-level anomaly detection on the SDN controller; v) visualization tools for different anomaly data. Also, for the purpose of creating a realistic testing environment, we are willing to put our LiveGate IoT platform and Data Center resources at the disposal of potential partners.

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06/07/2017

COST, European Cooperation in Science and Technology

Event Date: 2017-07-06

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COST, European Cooperation in Science and Technology, www.cost.eu, is an EU-funded networking activity which allows the networking of research on a European level. It facilitates research between scientific communities in different countries and also increases the mobility of researchers across Europe through the setting up of COST actions. COST fosters the establishment of scientific networks across all areas of research from humanities to basic sciences. It is suitable not only for academics but also for representatives from SMEs, NGOs and public entities.

COST actions are thus ‘bottom-up’ approaches to research and will fund networking meetings (usually twice per year), short-term scientific missions, training schools and publications. It leads to excellent contacts and can also lead to preparation for future grant proposals eg as in H2020.

New COST actions have just been approved and can be downloaded from http://www.mcst.gov.mt/NewsPage.aspx?q=462

If you wish more information please contact the Malta COST national contact point, Prof Janet Mifsud on janet.mifsud@um.edu.mt or Dr Melchior Cini on melchior.cini@gov.mt

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06/07/2017

The MSCA Individual Fellowship (IF)

Event Date: 2017-07-06

Details:

The MSCA Individual Fellowship (IF) call for proposals is open until 14th September 2017. The goal of the Individual Fellowships is to enhance the creative and innovative potential of experienced researchers, wishing to diversify their individual competence in terms of skill acquisition through advanced training, international and inter- sectoral mobility.

Individual Fellowships provide opportunities to acquire and transfer new knowledge and to work on research and innovation in a European context (EU Member States and Associated Countries) or outside Europe. The scheme particularly supports the return and reintegration of researchers from outside Europe who have previously worked here. It also develops or helps to restart the careers of individual researchers that show great potential, considering their experience.

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06/07/2017

CIMULACT project meeting in Malta

Event Date: 2017-07-06

Details:

The University of Malta has recently hosted CIMULACT project meeting in Malta and would like to share the outcomes. Please find attached further information and contact details.

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04/07/2017

GrowSmarter Project - Article

Event Date: 2017-07-04

Details:

GrowSmarter - Transforming cities for a smart, sustainable Europe.

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04/07/2017

Funding for projects to strengthen EU Neighbourhood Policy

Event Date: 2017-07-04

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A total of €84 million in EU funds are being offered to Maltese companies and organisations for projects that will benefit the European Neighbourhood Policy.

The rationale behind the proposals is to strengthen relations between the EU member states and neighbouring Mediterranean countries, the government said. 

Aaron Farrugia, the parliamentary secretary for EU funds, explained that the funds may be used by SMEs for the enhancement of Euro-Mediterranean value chains and clusters.

The funds may also be used for education, research, technological development and innovation, promotion of social inclusion and the fight against poverty, environmental protection, climate change adaptation and conservation of coastal areas. 

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14/06/2017

Polish company interested in particpating in SEC-15 and SEC-18

Event Date: 2017-06-14

Details:

Polish company is interested to be a partner – technology integrator in following topics in SEC SOC Call 2017:

SEC-15-BES-2017: Risk–based screening at border crossing

SEC-18-BES-2017: Acceptance of ''no gate crossing point solutions”

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12/06/2017

Irish University Association - Fellowship

Event Date: 2017-06-12

Details:

Further details on the attached document.

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12/06/2017

ONCOMARK - Research Projects - IRELAND

Event Date: 2017-06-12

Details:

OncoMark is an Irish DIAGNOSTICS company (SME) focused on the development of novel panels of cancer biomarkers to aid treatment decisions and allow more tailored patient management, ultimately improving the quality of life for cancer patients.

OncoMark would welcome researchers for a number of projects.

Project 1. A Researcher with a life sciences background in one of several areas of cancer research of interest to OncoMark including breast cancer, colorectal cancer, prostate cancer and melanoma to work on the OncoMark pipeline.

Project 2. A Researcher with a social science / humanities background to work in the area of risk perception in breast cancer patients.

Project 3. A Researcher with a software development background to develop and implement a risk perception tool for breast cancer patients.

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12/06/2017

IOMT - Fellowships - Bulgaria

Event Date: 2017-06-12

Details:

Institute of Optical Materials and Technology (IOMT) is searching for experienced researchers Interested in submitting a joint application for the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships.

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12/06/2017

Research Projects - Bulgaria

Event Date: 2017-06-12

Details:

Founded in 1994, the Agency for Social Analyses (ASA) is an independent, non-profit, public policy oriented Think-Tank organization. The ASA is specialized in social and institutional assessment, in socioeconomic and political surveys, in esigning, conducting and analysing qualitative research and quantitative surveys on behalf of various national and international public bodies, companies, and foundations. The ASA is well known and highly respected by the European and world academic and research community as the official national representative for Bulgaria in the International Social Survey Programme – ISSP (http://www.issp.org) and in the European Social Survey – ESS (www.europeansocialsurvey.org).

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12/06/2017

Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowships Call – Expression of Interest

Event Date: 2017-06-12

Details:

DUBLIN, IRELAND

All Ireland Institute of Hospice & Palliative Care (AIIHPC) is a leading organisation with national and international influence driving excellence in palliative care. The Institute is a collaborative of hospices, health and social care organisations and universities on the island of Ireland. The Institute advances education, research and practice to improve the palliative care experience of people with life limiting conditions and their families. As the palliative care sector’s institute, AIIHPC involves service users, carers and communities in palliative care delivery and development, working to integrate palliative care across the health system and supporting the development of specialist palliative care services for everyone who needs them.

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08/06/2017

Malta researchers at the 12th IMYA

Event Date: 2017-06-08

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Ongoing research led by Professor Rena Balzan at the Yeast Molecular Biology and Biotechnology Laboratory at the Department of Physiology and Biochemistry and the Centre for Molecular Medicine and Biobanking at the University of Malta, was presented at the 12th International Meeting on Yeast Apoptosis held in Bari in May 2017. 

This prestigious conference involves scientists from around the world who use yeast as an experimental model and toolbox to study basic biological processes in eukaryotic cells, including those associated with stress response, ageing, and various human diseases such as cancer and neurodegenerative disorders like Parkinson’s, Huntington’s and Alzheimer’s disease. These yeast models also hold great promise for the discovery of novel medicinal compounds.
 
The researchers at the University of Malta, including mainly Dr Gianluca Farrugia and Ph.D. student Maria Azzopardi, are studying the harmful pro-oxidant effects of aspirin that they observed in redox-compromised yeast cells, but not in normal cells where aspirin behaves as an antioxidant. Redox-compromised yeast cells, much like cancer cells, suffer from oxidative stress. The results presented at the conference show that aspirin also compromises the formation of glutamate in these cells. In fact, the addition of glutamate, which besides its role in mitochondrial energy production, is also important in the synthesis of the master antioxidant glutathione, partially rescues the yeast cells from aspirin-induced programmed cell death, thus counteracting the effects of aspirin. These studies may throw light on how aspirin can selectively target cancer cells, and are in line with results that are emerging from ongoing research and clinical trials indicating that the daily intake of aspirin in low doses for at least five years, under medical supervision, decreases the risk of developing some types of cancer.
 
The presented research work forms part of Project R&I-2015-001 which is financed by the Malta Council for Science & Technology through the R&I Technology Development Programme. 

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08/06/2017

KEYS TO JAPAN - COMPETE FOR SPONSORSHIP OF YOUR MARKET ENTRY PLAN FOR JAPAN - For EU / Cosme SMEs

Event Date: 2017-06-08

Details:

THROUGH ITS “KEYS TO JAPAN” COMPETITION, THE EU-JAPAN CENTRE FOR INDUSTRIAL COOPERATION SUPPORTS EU / COSME SMES WITH A SPONSORSHIP WORTH €7,000 FOR THE DRAFT OF A MARKET ENTRY PLAN/FEASIBILITY STUDY TAILORED TO YOUR SPECIFIC NEEDS IN JAPAN AND DELIVERED BY THE PRESTIGIOUS JAPAN MARKET EXPANSION COMPETITION (JMEC) HTTP://WWW.JMEC.GR.JP/

- DEADLINE TO APPLY 31 JULY 2017, 17H30 TOKYO LOCAL TIME.

- MORE INFO / COSTS FOR THE COMPANY / APPLICATION FORM: WWW.EU-JAPAN.EU/KEYS-JAPAN  
- CONTACT : FABRIZIO MURA : TEL +81 (0)3 6408 0281; E-MAIL: KEYSTOJAPAN@EU-JAPAN.GR.JP

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08/06/2017

VULCANUS IN EUROPE - A SCHEME FOR EU COMPANIES WILLING TO HOST A JAPANESE INTERN

Event Date: 2017-06-08

Details:

THE EU-JAPAN CENTRE IS INVITING APPLICATIONS FROM EU COMPANIES TO HOST JAPANESE TRAINEES FOR 8 MONTHS (AUGUST 2018-MARCH 2019).

THE TRAINEES COME FROM LEADING JAPANESE UNIVERSITIES AND ARE STUDENTS IN ENGINEERING, BIOLOGY, CHEMISTRY, OR OTHER SCIENTIFIC/HIGH-TECH FIELDS. THEY WILL BE ABLE TO COMMUNICATE IN YOUR COMPANY’S LOCAL EU LANGUAGE.

EU COMPANY’S ADVANTAGES: A VALUABLE ADDITION TO THE R&D WORKFORCE AND AN INSIGHT INTO THE JAPANESE CULTURE, EXTREMELY USEFUL FOR SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS WITH JAPAN.

- APPLICATION DEADLINE: 23 SEPTEMBER 2017
- CONTACT: MARGHERITA ROSADA ON +32 2 282 3715 OR BY E-MAIL: VULCANUS@EU-JAPAN.EU

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05/06/2017

Update on the second 4PRIMA Stakeholder Forum

Event Date: 2017-06-05

Details:

THE SECOND PRIMA STAKEHOLDER FORUM WAS HELD AT THE UNIVERSITY OF SIENA, ITALY, ON 22 MAY 2017.

THIS MEETING WAS ORGANISED WITHIN THE MARGINS OF THE 4PRIMA PROJECT, TO GATHER EURO-MEDITERRANEAN STAKEHOLDERS (CONSUMER ASSOCIATIONS, INDUSTRY, AGRO-FOOD CLUSTERS, RESEARCH CENTERS, ACADEMIA, ENTREPRENEURS) INTERESTED IN KNOWING MORE ABOUT THE PRIMA INITIATIVE.

INNOVATIVE BUSINESS CASES, FOCUSING ON SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS IN THE AREAS OF WATER MANAGEMENT AND PROVISION, AGRO-FOOD VALUE CHAINS AND FARMING SYSTEMS, WERE ALSO PRESENTED THROUGHOUT 4 THEMATIC SESSIONS:

  • PROCESS AND PRODUCT INNOVATION
  • PRECISION AGRICULTURE AND AQUAPONICS
  • DECISION SUPPORT SYSTEMS
  • YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS

THE EVENT REPORT AND PRESENTATIONS (WHICH INCLUDE CONTACT DETAILS) ARE AVAILABLE HERE FOR THOSE WHO WOULD LIKE TO KNOW MORE.

 

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05/06/2017

Partner Search Germany - North Rhine Westfalia

Event Date: 2017-06-05

Details:

Partner Search 2017

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02/06/2017

SUNFISH Project - Article

Event Date: 2017-06-02

Details:

SUNFISH - SecUre iNFormation SHaring in federated heterogeneous private clouds

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02/06/2017

5 Brain Research Projects awarded funding

Event Date: 2017-06-02

Details:

Last December, the RIDT, in collaboration with the Malta Neuroscience Network within the University, issued a call for proposals for small brain research projects following a fund-raising campaign held in 2016. Upon closing time we had received 9 proposals from academics coming from 6 different faculties.

An ad hoc evaluation advisory board was set up, consisting of Prof. Richard Muscat, Prof. Helen Grech, Dr. Norbert Vella and RIDT CEO Wilfred Kenely. The board also sought the opinion of leading neuroscientist Prof. Giacomo Rizzolatti from the University of Parma, as an external advisor. The board looked at the projects and evaluated them on the basis of these criteria:

  1. Scientific Excellence
  2. Quality of proposal
  3. Interdisciplinarity
  4. Impact

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29/05/2017

SisNet - PRO-GERI Partner Search

Event Date: 2017-05-29

Details:

Partner Search 2017

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29/05/2017

SEADM Security - Partner Search

Event Date: 2017-05-29

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Partner Search 2017

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29/05/2017

Partner Search Czech Republic

Event Date: 2017-05-29

Details:

Deadline on 07 June 2017

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29/05/2017

Joanneum Research - SWAFS

Event Date: 2017-05-29

Details:

Partner Search 2017

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29/05/2017

SWARFS Partner Search 2017

Event Date: 2017-05-29

Details:

Established in 1991, Wissenschaftsladen Wien - Science Shop Vienna is an independent interdisciplinary research institute that performs research in response to the needs and demands of non-profit organisations, such as human rights organisations, non-profit service organisations, local authorities and social or environmental initiatives. As a research-based CSO located in Europe's largest self-governed cultural centre we are deeply rooted in civil society and have "street credibility" among civil society organisations.

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29/05/2017

Slovakia Partner Search Energy

Event Date: 2017-05-29

Details:

Slovakia Partner Search Energy

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29/05/2017

SWARFS Partner Search 2017

Event Date: 2017-05-29

Details:

SWARFS - Science with and for Society 

 

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29/05/2017

A NEW ONLINE SERVICE TO CONNECT HIGH POTENTIAL INNOVATIVE SMES AND INVESTORS AT THE EU LEVEL

Event Date: 2017-05-29

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Access4SMEs  has recently launched an initiative dedicated to the Seal of Excellence companies.  The aim is to foster the access to finance for «Seal of Excellence» businesses through an online matchmaking with EIF supported equity funds, using the Euroquity online platform.

Please find below attached the invitation sent out by DG R&I to all the SoE holders companies.

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17/05/2017

Four University research projects awarded €240,000 in new pilot programme

Event Date: 2017-05-17

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The University of Malta recently launched a new pilot programme to award four prospective research projects, by University researchers, a total of €60,000 each over two years. The funds will cover expenses and costs such as those for research assistants, data gathering and surveys, software, consumables, conferences, dissemination and outreach etc. The projects will be financed through additional funds allocated for this purpose to the University Research Fund. A total of 108 applications were received, and these were allocated to four themes, namely Biomedical & Life Sciences, Engineering & ICT, Arts & Social Sciences and Basic Natural Sciences.

The adjudication process involved external experts from the four categories, who selected the best project in each area according to criteria that included research quality, feasibility, relevance and longer-term implications. The winning projects were announced in March, and the awarded researchers were invited to a congratulatory meeting with Rector, Professor Alfred J. Vella, in the presence of Professor Saviour Zammit, who is the Chairperson of the Research Funds Committee.

The four proposals that were ranked highest were those by Professor Neville Vassallo in Biomedical & Life Sciences, Professor Ing. Cyril Spiteri Staines in Engineering & ICT, Dr Marie Briguglio in Arts & Social Sciences and Dr Ruben Gatt in Basic Natural Sciences.

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17/05/2017

Is cannabis the best medicine for chronic pain?

Event Date: 2017-05-17

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Over 100 million people across Europe suffer from chronic pain. However, research has shown that conventional painkillers are often ineffective or capable of causing worse side effects. Professor Giuseppe Di Giovanni and Dr Andrew Agius suggest that one solution is to use cannabis or its associated chemicals as a treatment to control various symptoms associated with persistent pain.
 
Chronic pain is currently treated with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, but only for a short time because of serious side effects. Similarly, powerful opiate-based alternatives can relieve pain, but their adverse effects include respiratory depression and death. Other approaches include diet and lifestyle changes, stress-reducing activities, or psychotherapy. Even with this, however, many patients still claim they are not well-controlled.

Administration of natural or synthetic cannabinoid receptor agonists has shown therapeutic value for a number of important medical conditions including pain, anxiety, depression, insomnia, glaucoma, nausea, emesis, muscle spasms, epilepsy and wasting diseases. This makes cannabis an intensely valuable therapeutic tool.

Whilst more studies need to be performed to determine ideal dosage and delivery routes, no patients have yet experienced any major adverse effects. Compare this to the gold standard, opioids, which have resulted in deadly overdoses. The contrast is stark and it is time to act.

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09/05/2017

Public Survey on PRIMA Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) is now open

Event Date: 2017-05-09

Details:

the PRIMA SRIA Public Survey is now open.

You can access the survey by clicking on the following link: https://es.surveymonkey.com/r/prima-sria

The survey refers to the draft of the PRIMA SRIA available for download at the following link: http://4prima.org/sites/default/files/publication/PRIMA%20SRIA.pdf

Please note that the Survey will remain open until May 31, 2017.

 

 

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12/04/2017

Public stakeholder consultation for Youth and Young Scientists - Interim evaluation of Horizon 2020 – Preparing the future

Event Date: 2017-04-12

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Horizon 2020, with a budget of €77bn from 2014 – 2020, is the biggest European Union research and innovation framework programme ever and one of the largest worldwide. Horizon 2020 promotes Europe’s scientific and technological excellence to extend the frontiers of human knowledge, boosts the European Union’s economic competitiveness and addresses societal challenges.

We invite everyone to take part in this public stakeholder consultation in the context of the interim evaluation of Horizon 2020, and to have a say on research and innovation activities run by the European Commission. The results of this consultation will feed into the report on the interim evaluation of Horizon 2020, will help us to improve the implementation of Horizon 2020 and will set the scene for the future discussions on the next EU research and innovation funding post-2020.

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07/04/2017

ARIMNet2 – Integrated Strategic Research Agenda (ISRA)

Event Date: 2017-04-07

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Fruit of a continuous dialogue between ARIMNet2 partners (i.e. 24 funding agencies and research institutions), renowned international scientists and European institutions, and based on a shared vision of Mediterranean challenges and priorities, the ARIMNet2 Integrated Strategic Research Agenda (ISRA) constitutes a transnational strategy to boost agricultural research and innovation and enhance sustainable food security, natural resource preservation and socio-economic development across the Mediterranean region. Malta is represented in ARIMNet2 by the Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST).

The ISRA is the actual roadmap for joint action in the framework of ARIMNet2 and might also guide future similar initiatives and policy-making. It frames the multiple activities implemented or proposed by the ARIMNet2 Consortium to actively support Mediterranean research and innovation efforts, notably by funding collaborative research projects (e.g. transnational calls), sharing research infrastructures and equipment (e.g. joint experiments, shared platforms), and fostering knowledge exchange and capacity-building (e.g. young researchers seminars, international conferences, networking events).

The ISRA builds upon and complements existing European initiatives for the Mediterranean region, in particular the FACCE-JPI and Standing Committee on Agricultural Research (SCAR), paving the way for a more inclusive and effective Euro-Mediterranean cooperation on agricultural research and innovation.

 

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29/03/2017

Reaching new heights in aircraft fuel efficiency within the Maltese airspace

Event Date: 2017-03-29

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The software tool is currently being finalised in preparation for safety assurance certification. Flight trials involving actual aircraft are planned to take place in mid-2018, assessing all aspects of the system.
 
A consortium made up of researchers from the University of Malta’s Institute of Aerospace Technologies (IAT), QuAero and Malta Air Traffic Services (MATS) is currently developing a system to reduce aircraft fuel consumption during climbs and descents within Maltese airspace. Click link to continue reading.

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29/03/2017

Green roofs at the University of Malta

Event Date: 2017-03-29

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The main aim of the LifeMedGreenRoof Project is to disseminate information about green roofs in order to encourage the adoption of the technology on a wider scale so as to mitigate urban related problems. Click on below link to view descriptive clip.
 
For more information visit: www.lifemedgreenroof.org

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29/03/2017

University offers short course in Marine Biology

Event Date: 2017-03-29

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The University of Malta’s Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, is once again offering a short course in Marine Biology, titled ‘Topics in Marine Biology’, which will be held between 29 March and 24 May 2017. This two ECTS credits course follows ‘An Introduction to Marine Biology’, which has been held annually since 2012 and turned out to be a large success. 
 
Lectures will be held on Wednesdays between 18:00 and 20:00, while practical sessions (2) will be held on Saturdays from 09:00 to 13:00. One of the practical sessions will be made offshore using a vessel and will involve collection of data and demonstrations on the use of remote sampling gear used in marine biological studies. 
 
Topics in Marine Biology covers topics such as: physical and biological aspects of the marine environment, changing patterns of species in the Mediterranean, marine vegetation, human influence on the marine environment, fisheries biology, aquaculture and marine conservation biology. The course is open to candidates who have successfully completed the course ‘An Introduction to Marine Biology’ or to those who hold a certificate in Intermediate Matriculation Level in biology or equivalent.
 
For further information please contact: Mr James Fenech, Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, University of Malta, on telephone number:  2340 2272

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20/03/2017

CREMO – CReativity E-MOdules in Education

Event Date: 2017-03-20

Details:

4th Article that we are uploading to showcase our past beneficiaries of MCST R&I Programme.  If you wish to publish your work kindly email: roselyn.mifsud@gov.mt.

The Creativity E-Modules in Education project (CREMO) is an Erasmus+ project which focuses on the development of e-modules aimed at unleashing the creative potential of students and enabling them to develop their skill to generate ideas. With stronger capabilities in creativity and idea generation, the students will be better prepared for the constantly evolving nature of today’s society, in their personal, social and professional lives.

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20/03/2017

The 68th Annual Meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science (EAAP)

Event Date: 2017-08-28

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We are pleased to inform You that The 68th Annual Meeting of the European Federation

of Animal Science (EAAP) will take place from 28 August to 1 September in Tallinn, Estonia.

The main theme of the meeting is Patterns of Livestock Production in the Development of Bioeconomy.

The registration for the meeting is open now, please follow the link BELOW

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01/03/2017

CloudIsle launch

Event Date: 2017-03-01

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A series of baseline 3D maps were launched today in a joint event, held between the University of Malta and the Planning Authority, that delivered to the public the results of a laser-based (LiDAR) 3D map of Malta, which service will serve as the base for research in cross-thematic fields. Professor Formosa from the Faculty for Social Wellbeing launched the results of his 2 year work to convert the data and set a baseline map on which new information emanating spatial projects could be integrated within a 3D environment. The launch comes at a time when the two entities have been successfully involved in bringing government entities together in order to create integrated spatial information systems, through the project SIntegraM.

Professor Formosa gave a demonstration of the 3D map tools covering the terrestrial zone of the Maltese Islands and the marine bathymetric zone up to 1 nautical mile.

The results depicted interactive landscapes and seascapes in realistic point-cloud 3D as acquired through a 2007-2014 ERDF project. The laser data was integrated with aerial imagery which rendered a realistic depiction of the Maltese Islands.

Cloudisle was brought forward as the baseline tool for perspective analysis where users can fly around the data and view their zone of interest in new ways, particularly the newly-published marine-based zones. The conference also depicted underwater artefacts, how users can review sea-level rise and inversely ancient coasts. In addition, the ease with which the tool to measure and calculate heights, distances and areas, will greatly help users acquire information-based knowledge gain.

The highlight of the conference related to the 4-billion data point output that has also rendered some new discoveries, presented during the conference, particularly the Ghariebel doline.

Rector Professor Alfred Vella stated that the deliverable is a vital tool due to its specialised and also a multi-disciplined approach that would allow scientists and practitioners to interact and lead to knowledge-based policy making as well as the discovery of new research outcomes. Professor Vella mentioned the potential outcome of the use of this baseline datasets due to its vitality for environmental scientists, transport, NGO input, forensic experts, virtual tourism, virtual museums, civil protection preparation and post disaster management as well as leisure and recreation, diving enthusiasts, gaming enthusiasts and other beneficiaries.

PA Executive Chairman Mr Johann Buttigieg described the impacts that such a delivery will have on spatial planning and how the collaboration between academia and the operational arms  of spatial planning have come together through a legacy of online spatial services that included the PA mapserver, recently upgraded. Mr Buttigieg informed the press that the Cloudisle data layers will be also made available through a new option on the PA mapserver. He also mentioned the SIntegraM project which will lay the groundwork for the acquisition of tools and methods that will build upon and enhance the Cloudisle output, auguring for further collaboration between the two entities.
Dr Andrew Azzopardi Dean Faculty for Social Wellbeing gave a critique of Prof. Formosa’s new book on Emergent Realities that covers studies related to the use of LiDAR data and how such 3D data as depicted in Cloudisle is used for the betterment of society.
 

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27/02/2017

ThermHCB: Development of a Hollow Concrete Block with Improved Thermal Properties

Event Date: 2017-02-27

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3rd Article that we are uploading to showcase our past beneficiaries of MCST R&I Programme.  If you wish to publish your work kindly email: roselyn.mifsud@gov.mt.

The lighter weight, improved thermal properties and better acoustic insulation of hollow-core concrete blocks are few of the characteristics that one encounters when comparing them to traditional Maltese globigerina limestone solid blocks.This article is focused on presenting an overview of the MCST R&I Project 2012-058: Development of a Hollow Concrete Block with Improved Thermal Properties, having the Same Dimensions and Load Bearing Characteristics as the Traditional HCB. The project was led by GaleaCurmi Engineering Services Ltd., one industrial partner R.A. & Sons Manufacturing Ltd. and the University of Malta, which was represented by the Institute for Sustainable Energy. The University has also sponsored an M.Sc. degree by research on this topic.

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17/02/2017

NIGHTINGALE - SMART MONITORING, SAFE CARE

Event Date: 2017-02-17

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Can you develop innovative wireless, wearable technology that can be coupled with intelligent analysis software to monitor patients in the ward and at home? Five academic hospitals have received over €5 million to challenge industry to help reduce death and disability from undetected deterioration and are keen to hear from you…

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14/02/2017

BIO-Europe Spring 2017

Event Date: 2017-03-20

Details:

The global life science community will meet at BIO-Europe Spring 2017 in Barcelona, March 20–22.

You will have direct access to:

Over 3,500 licensing opportunities on offer

  • 2,400+ high level executives from pharma, emerging biotech and top VC firms
  • 1,400+ companies representing 45+ countries
  • 120+ innovative companies presentations, including academia
  • 20+ workshops and panels featuring key opinion leaders from biopharma

Reguster today and start requesting meetings! 

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03/02/2017

Research & Innovation (RIA) – Topic of Design Studies

Event Date: 2017-03-29

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New leading-edge research infrastructures in all fields of science and technology are needed by the European scientific community in order to remain at the forefront of the advancement of research, and to be able to help industry strengthen its base of knowledge and its technological know-how. The aim of this activity is to support the conceptual and technical design for new research infrastructures which are of a clear European dimension and interest. Major upgrades of existing infrastructures may also be considered if the end result is intended to be equivalent to a new infrastructure.

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03/02/2017

Public stakeholder consultation – Interim evaluation of Joint Undertakings operating under Horizon 2020.

Event Date: 2017-03-10

Details:

All citizens and organisations are welcome to contribute to this consultation. Contributions are particularly sought from researchers, industry, entrepreneurs, innovators and all types of organisations that have participated in Horizon 2020 and in calls for proposals published by the Joint Undertakings in particular.

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03/02/2017

ESPON 2020 Cooperation Programme

Event Date: 2017-03-10

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Prior Information for Applied Research
The ESPON EGTC informed that in the upcoming weeks seven calls for tender for applied research in the framework of the Single Operation under the ESPON 2020 Cooperation Programme will be launched. The outcome of the calls will contribute to enhancing the European territorial evidence production through applied research and analysis as well as to further developing the ESPON knowledge base. For more information on the calls, such as the objective of the research activity.

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02/02/2017

CIMULACT – CITIZEN AND MULTI-ACTOR CONSULTATION (HORIZON 2020)

Event Date: 2017-02-02

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2nd Article that we are uploading to showcase our past beneficiaries of MCST R&I Programme.  If you wish to publish your work kindly email: roselyn.mifsud@gov.mt.

The Edward de Bono Institute for the Design and Development of Thinking is one of 29 partners involved in CIMULACT – Citizen and Multi-Actor Consultation (Horizon 2020), a European project which adopts a bottom-up approach. Citizens, experts and policy-makers contributed their ideas on the future of Europe. These were developed into policy recommendation and research topics and presented to representatives of the European Commission. 

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01/02/2017

Public Stakeholder Consultation – Evaluation of Public-Public Partnerships (Art.185 initiatives) in the context of the Horizon 2020 Interim Evaluation.

Event Date: 2017-04-30

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All citizens and organisations are welcome to contribute to this consultation. Contributions are particularly sought from research funders, researchers, industry, enterpreneurs, innovators and all types of organisations that have participated in Horizon 2020 and in calls for proposals published by the Art. 185 initiatives in particular.

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31/01/2017

Public Consultation - New EU OneHealth Antimicrobial Resistance Action Plan

Event Date: 2017-04-20

Details:

Target group(s)

All citizens, administrations, associations and other organisations with an interest in animal and human health policy, animal health, public health, healthcare and/or the environment in Europe are welcome to contribute to this consultation.

Period of consultation

27 January 2017 - 28 April 2017

Objective of the consultation

The European Commission's 2011-2016 action plan against the rising threats of AMR was evaluated in 2016 concluding that the EU can bring added value in the fight against AMR, by: 1) supporting Member States and making the EU a best practice region on AMR; 2) boosting research, development and innovation against AMR; and 3) shaping the global agenda on AMR.

The European Commission will launch by mid-2017 a 'Commission communication on a One Health action plan to support Member States in the fight against antimicrobial resistance (AMR)'. The objective of this consultation is to collect the views and input of citizens, administrations, associations and other organisations for the currently ongoing process on proposals for the Commission communication.

How to submit your contribution

Respondents are invited to take part in the consultation by completing the online questionnaire provided. Two questionnaires are available, one for administrations, associations and other organisations available in English and one for citizens available in English and from next week, in all EU languages.

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16/01/2017

JRC Launches Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships

Event Date: 2017-03-15

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The importance of science-based evidence for policy making is increasingly recognised by the decision makers and finds resonance in academia. To enhance the science-policy interface, the JRC is launching a new Collaborative Doctoral Partnership (CDP) scheme in cooperation with universities from the EU Member States and countries associated to the EU Horizon 2020 research programme. The partnership will offer opportunities to a new generation of doctoral students, with particular focus on research for policy-making.


Through the CDP the JRC seeks to establish strategic collaborations with universities with international reputation in science and technology and participate in providing doctoral studies to a new generation of students. Participation in the scheme will allow acquiring sensitivity to the needs of the science-policy interface, ability to understand the research needs at different stages of the policy cycle, and acquire new skills in science communication.
In practical terms it will mean shared development of research programmes, hosting and supervising doctoral studies between universities and the JRC.
The partnerships should also lead to strengthened collaboration between the JRC and universities by promoting mutual enhancement of related skills and competences, combining knowledge, capacities, and networking in key scientific areas.


In the pilot phase of the project launched on 19 December 2016, six thematic areas will be fostered: energy and transport modelling, soil and land use change, bio-economy and forests, machine learning, genomics and bioinformatics, and nuclear decommissioning and waste management.
Further information on application details is available on the CDP webpage. Deadline for application is 15 March 2017.

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13/01/2017

Mediterranean is the fountain of youth, University of Malta-led study reveals

Event Date: 2017-01-13

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The Mediterranean is a haven for lovers of crystal-clear seas and sun-kissed landscapes. Now, thanks to the work of scientists from the University of Malta and Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS/Université de Bordeaux), it has the added appeal of being an actual fountain of youth.
 
Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease are classic age-related disorders characterised by the accumulation of sticky protein clumps that over time damage the nervous system to erode mobility or memory. The human suffering they cause, as well as the strain on healthcare, are enormous. But there is hope on the horizon. Chemicals extracted from the prickly pear and brown seaweed, two ubiquitous Mediterranean plants, have been elevated to possible drug candidates to combat the neurodegenerative diseases.
 
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10/01/2017

FLASC – A Floating Platform with Integrated Energy Storage

Event Date: 2017-01-10

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Deep waters present a number of engineering challenges for exploiting renewable energy offshore. Research at the University of Malta is seeking to overcome these challenges by re-thinking some of the fundamental technologies and proposing radical, new solutions.

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03/01/2017

UM academics contribute to 2016 British Pharmacological Society Conference

Event Date: 2016-12-22

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Three members of the Department of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Dr Anthony Fenech, Head of Department, Prof. Janet Mifsud and Dr Vanessa Petroni recently participated at the 2016 British Pharmacological Society Conference held in London in December 2016. 

This is the flagship annual meeting of the British Pharmacological Society and it attracts over 1,300 scientists each year, mostly from the UK but also many from across Europe and overseas. The meeting was organised in conjunction with The American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, The American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics and The Chinese Pharmacological Society.

Ongoing research in the Department was presented at the conference which included a selection of topical symposia, plenary lectures, free oral communications and poster sessions which cover the whole spectrum of pharmacology. The Department of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics was also asked to contribute to the session on Education in Pharmacology and specifically on the UK Prescribing Safety Assessment which is being offered also to final year medical students at the University of Malta.

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03/01/2017

Ongoing research collaboration in baldness and cancer immunotherapy for pets

Event Date: 2016-12-22

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The University of Malta announced its ongoing research in collaboration with the University of Palermo, in the fields of baldness and cancer immunotherapy for pets. 

Researchers, headed by Prof. Pierre Schembri-Wismayer are developing a therapeutic immunotherapy option for pets whose cancer has spread. This is being planned with local vet Trevor Zammit, but needs to be expanded further for more significant results. A tumour in a pet rat which was treated in this manner, resulted in dissolution of much of the tumour. Histological analysis in the lab of Prof. Francesco Cappello, University of Palermo, confirmed loss of tumour tissue, increased blood supply of the tumour and increased scar (healing) tissue. The researchers helping in this study included a number of graduate and undergraduate students who prepared the tumour vaccine from the pet tumours. 

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03/01/2017

MUHC support research in ALS through RIDT

Event Date: 2016-12-22

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With 2016 coming to an end, in lieu of Christmas gifts, Malta University Holding Company Limited has made one final donation to the University of Malta Research, Innovation and Development Trust (RIDT). Throughout the year, the company has organised numerous fundraising schemes in their efforts to support research in ALS.  
 
In fact, last May the company launched the first edition of 'Battle of the Brains' – termed 'a quiz night with a difference'. Following the success of the first event, the team went on to organise a sequel in September, which again proved to be a crowd pleaser. The nights were aimed at raising funds for RIDT to support research in ALS and in fact apart from donating a portion of proceeds to the cause; a fundraising raffle was also organised on both occasions. 
 
The company also organised collections amongst employees to raise even more funds. In fact MUHC was able to announce with pleasure that throughout the year, the company donated a total of €1,110. There is currently no cure for ALS, a disease that causes the death of neurons, which control voluntary muscles. This money will go towards research to be able to find out more about the actual disease, including what causes it. 
 
Johanna Galea, one of the organisers of 'Battle of the Brains' stated, 'When we first met up with Wilfred Kenely, CEO of RIDT and heard all about ALS we were shocked by the harsh realities of the disease and thus made it our aim to help support research by raising both funds and awareness. We are extremely pleased by the positive response we received for the two events and also grateful for the massive external support that numerous companies showed towards the quiz nights. The team is already busy planning out future events for 2017 and we’re excited to raise even more funds for RIDT next time round.'

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14/12/2016

Public stakeholder consultation - Interim evaluation of Horizon 2020

Event Date: 2017-01-15

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Horizon 2020, with a budget of €77bn from 2014 – 2020, is the biggest European Union research and innovation framework programme ever and one of the largest worldwide. Horizon 2020 promotes Europe’s scientific and technological excellence to extend the frontiers of human knowledge, boosts the European Union’s economic competitiveness and addresses societal challenges.

We invite everyone to take part in this public stakeholder consultation in the context of the interim evaluation of Horizon 2020, and to have a say on research and innovation activities run by the European Commission. The results of this consultation will feed into the report on the interim evaluation of Horizon 2020, will help us to improve the implementation of Horizon 2020 and will set the scene for the future discussions on the next EU research and innovation funding post-2020.


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07/12/2016

ALS Malta Foundation to fund doctoral research programme through RIDT

Event Date: 2016-12-06

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Mining the Maltese amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) gene pool is expected to be effective in pinning down novel gene abnormalities that either cause or provide almost complete protection against the disorder. This was stated by Dr Ruben J. Cauchi, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Physiology and Biochemistry, during the signing of the three-year agreement between ALS Malta Foundation and the University of Malta.

ALS Malta Foundation, set up by Mr Bjorn Formosa, will be donating funds for a three-year Ph.D. scholarship to the University of Malta, through the University’s Research Trust (RIDT). Amounting to €90,000, the funding will sponsor a postgraduate study programme in ALS, also known as motor neuron disease (MND).

The scholarship will be named as the “Bjorn Formosa Advanced Scholarship for Research into ALS/MND”, named after the founder and chairman of ALS Malta Foundation. Mr Formosa has distinguished himself as a trailblazer in ALS advocacy and fundraising. The rector of the University of Malta and chairman of RIDT Prof. Alfred J. Vella and Mr Bjorn Formosa signed the three-year agreement, followed by a donation presentation at the Valletta Campus.

“I always believed that empowering our researchers with the best resources is the best method to identify new genes and to find the correct pathway halting the disease,” said Mr Formosa. “Unfortunately there is still no cure for ALS and, for this reason, we must concentrate most of our efforts on boosting research in the hope of finding a possible solution. I firmly believe that by collaborating with the global scientific community; scientists will find at least a method that will halt the progression of this terrible condition.”

While thanking Mr Formosa for his noble initiative and determination, Prof Alfred J. Vella said: “This donation to the MND Lab at the University will strengthen and expand its mission in furthering the understanding of the mechanisms underpinning motor neuron disorders. Such knowledge enables researchers to develop treatments to improve the lives of patients with this incurable condition.”

The scholarship has been established with the aim of attracting and funding promising young scientists to develop their careers in ALS/MND research. The research programme will be led by Dr Ruben J. Cauchi. A call for applications will be issued soon to select a candidate with at least an undergraduate degree in biomedical science or a relevant subject. Further details will be launched in the beginning of 2017.

Funds raised through the Ice Bucket Challenge, that went viral in 2014, has recently led to the successful identification of the NEK1 gene as key contributor to ALS. The crucial study provides another potential target for therapy development, thereby bringing scientists one step closer to treating this neurological disorder. This important breakthrough would not have been possible if the US-based ALS Association had not invested a substantial amount of funds gathered, in the creation of large ALS BioBanks, designed to enhance gene discovery.

“Mapping the Malta ALS/MND genome is an ambitious challenge but certainly a step in the right direction. The advancements made in ALS/MND research may not seem major to some, but in reality they are paving the way towards finally understanding, and hopefully treating this disorder. Bjorn’s dedication to the cause and his strong belief that research has the key to eradicate ALS has been a game changer,” said Dr Cauchi.

ALS Malta Foundation is the only national charity in Malta focused on MND care, research and campaigning. The foundation is a powerful network that provides information and support alongside lobbying for improved services. Further information and donations can be made to: www.alsmalta.org/donate

The Research Trust has been established in 2011 as a joint initiative between the University of Malta and the Government of Malta and has the objective of raising funds to sustain and bolster research activity within the various departments of the university.

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15/11/2016

Webinar on Responsible Research and Innovation

Event Date: 2016-11-29

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The Taftie Academy organises a webinar which might be of interest for you as well. I kindly invite you to take part in the TAFTIE Academy Webinar on "Responsible Research and Innovation", which will take place on 29 November 2016 at 15.00 - 16.30 CET.

Brief Description:

Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) defines a comprehensive approach on how the societal actors can be brought together during the whole research and innovation process in order to better align the process and its outcomes for the whole society.

RRI is cross-cutting issue promoted in FP7 as well as in Horizon 2020 through various actions. Public engagement in Responsible Research and Innovation is about co-creating the future with citizens and civil society organisations. European Commission is one of the major promoter of RRI topics, which now has been taken by other international organizations like OECD.

As RRI is a relatively new topic for the innovation agencies, this webinar aims to provide an introduction for the RRI concept, present the objectives of the EC very briefly and then introduce the real life examples on how RRI can be integrated in funding programmes of the agencies. It can also provide useful guidance on stakeholder engagement in STI (Science Technology Innovation) Policy making.

Speakers:

Ilse Marschalek, Centre for Social Innovation (ZSI)
Dr. Ralf Lindner, Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI

 

Who Should Attend?
The immediate target group is programme managers, project managers and experts in the science and innovation funding agencies in Europe and abroad.

Learning Outcome
The expected outcome is to provide practical information on how programme managers and experts can integrate RRI topics in national programmes and projects.

Registration
Participation in the webinar is free of charge. Please register by using the following link:
http://www.taftie.org/content/webinar-responsible-research

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03/11/2016

Have your say on H2020

Event Date: 2016-11-03

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We would like to inform you that today we launched public stakeholder consultation in the context of the interim evaluation of Horizon 2020. This interim evaluation will help improve the functioning of Horizon 2020, and will also be an important element in preparations of a next EU research and innovation programme.

 

The consultation will be open until 15 January 2017.  Your feedback is very important to us. We therefore invite you to take part in the consultation and to distribute information about consultation in your countries among research and innovation organisations.

Please find the questionaire in the link below:

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29/09/2016

EU Prize for Women Innovators

Event Date: 2016-09-29

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The 2017 EU Prize for Women Innovators is now open!

This year's edition will reward the outstanding achievement of three women entrepreneurs who have brought an innovation to market, along with a new additional fourth prize for young female entrepreneurs, the Rising Innovators award.

Apply via the link below before 3 November!

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13/09/2016

Call for tenders - Study on open access to publications and research data management and sharing within ERC projects

Event Date: 2016-09-13

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The European Research Council Executive Agency (ERCEA) has launched a call for tenders for a "Study on open access to publications and research data management and sharing within ERC projects".

The study shall investigate attitudes and practices among European Research Council (ERC)-funded researchers concerning open access to publications, research data management and sharing, and open science more generally, providing a comprehensive overview of the current situation in these areas. It shall identify not only common challenges encountered by ERC-funded researchers, but also incentives and support available to them, in particular at the level of ERC host institutions. This includes an analysis of costs and associated financial support.

Deadline for submission of tenders: 26 October 2016

For details see the contract notice at http://ted.europa.eu/udl?uri=TED:NOTICE:299978-2016:TEXT:EN:HTML  

The tender specifications etc. are available in the document library on eTendering: https://etendering.ted.europa.eu/cft/cft-display.html?cftId=1411

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13/09/2016

Survey on Open Peer Review

Event Date: 2016-09-13

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Editors, authors, publishers, evaluators and researchers are kindly invited to take part in a survey on attitudes to Open Peer Review launched by OpenAIRE.

The survey will take around 10 minutes to complete and will remain open until Friday 7th October.

The responses will be treated with strict confidentiality and will be made available to the research and publishing communities to inform future innovations in peer review.

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08/08/2016

Survey on PRIMA – Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area

Event Date: 2016-08-08

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The Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST) is currently involved in the preparations of the PRIMA Initiative – Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area (http://www.prima4med.org/), a possible new Euro-Mediterranean initiative which will finance R&I projects focusing on the following three areas:

- water management

- farming systems

- food value chains

At the current stage, the thematic priorities and objectives, as well as the required actions for the implementation of the PRIMA initiative are being decided. To this end, an online survey has been launched to allow relevant stakeholders and potential beneficiaries of this future initiative to express their opinions. These include public authorities, research centers, NGOs, universities, business and others.

To complete the survey, please click here (https://it.surveymonkey.com/r/PRIMAPrioritzationSurvey). Kindly reply before 21st August 2016.

Those who wish to receive more information on the PRIMA Initiative can contact Marco Orlando at: marco.a.orlando@gov.mt

Thank you very much from the MCST team. 

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04/08/2016

Malta Innovation Awards 2016

Event Date: 2016-08-04

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The Commerce Department within the Ministry for the Economy, Investment and Small Business has just launched the Malta Innovation Awards 2016. Total prize money is €40,000.

Through these Awards, Government aims to encourage the development of innovative ideas and products which have potential, that are both unique and sustainable. The deadline for submission of applications is Monday 12th September 2016 at noon.

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02/08/2016

Maltese Consortium in Climate-KIC

Event Date: 2016-08-02

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Climate-KIC has expanded its uniquely integrated innovation model to include five more areas within the European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) Regional Innovation Scheme (RIS) programme. Since 2014, Climate-KIC has piloted activities in Estonia, Portugal, Romania and Slovenia, focusing on professional education and acceleration as part of EIT RIS. The scheme has now widened to include regions in Serbia, Cyprus, Latvia, Malta, Bulgaria and a new Portuguese consortium. 
The scheme helps regions kick start low-carbon innovation locally and significantly boost their capacity to implement the highest impact ideas. It also allows regions to access Climate-KIC’s mobility funding to ensure that students, researchers, teaching staff and entrepreneurs have the opportunity to participate in the organisation’s activities around Europe.
Climate-KIC is the EU’s largest public private partnership addressing climate change through innovation to build a zero carbon economy. It is supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union.
The Maltese consortium is led by Paragon Europe, with the involvement of MCAST, Malta Enterprise, Malta Life Sciences Park, Malta Local Councils’ Association.

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18/07/2016

Public consultation on the implementation of the first three years of the EDCTP2 programme

Event Date: 2016-07-18

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The European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) aims to accelerate the development of new or improved drugs, vaccines, microbicides and diagnostics against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria as well as other poverty-related and neglected infectious diseases in sub-Saharan Africa, with a focus on phase II and III clinical trials.

We would like to inform you about the public consultation on the implementation of the first three years of the EDCTP2 programme. The public consultation is an essential element of the first interim evaluation of the EDCTP2 programme that complements the work of an independent expert group.

According to the Commission Smart Regulation guidelines, the public consultation is published first on the Commission website 'Your Voice in Europe', and then on a specific website for the public consultation of EDCTP2 interim evaluation. The consultation will remain open until the 15 October 2016.  

We would like to ask you to participate and to disseminate the questionnaire. In parallel we will invite other stakeholders directly (e.g. Global Health Policy Forum members, FP7 and H2020 coordinators of infectious diseases projects with participants in Africa as well as the African participants themselves, and other funders), and ask other Commission services and of course EDCTP itself (General Assembly and Scientific Advisory Committee) to also publicise this survey.  

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18/07/2016

Stakeholder Consultation on H2020 Work Programme 2018-2020 for Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing challenge

Event Date: 2016-07-18

Details:

In preparation of the next H2020 Work Programme Societal Challenge 1 (SC1 - Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing), the European Commission (DG CONNECT) is consulting with the SC1 Programme Committee, the SC1 National Contact Points and stakeholders.

The National Contact Points together with the stakeholders in their countries will provide important inputs to this process covering the areas of the Work Programme including eHealth, mHealth and ICT for Active and Healthy Ageing.

Get in touch with your National Contact Point and participate at national level.

In addition, DG CONNECT offers an online form for direct input related to ICT. 

For background information, please consult the Report of the Advisory Group for the Societal Challenges on Health, Demographic Change and Well-being for the programming exercise 2018/2020.

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27/06/2016

Webinar on H2020 Project Development Assistance

Event Date: 2016-06-30

Details:

The webinar, organised by the European Commission Executive Agency for Small and Medium Entreprises (EASME), will take place on 30 June 2016, from 15:00 to 16:00 (CET). The event aims to provide stakeholders with information on Horizon 2020 Project Development Assistance (PDA), as well as on how to apply for funding in the context of the current call for proposals. The webcast link will only be active on 30 June, a few minutes before 15:00.  Recordings will be available afterwards at the same link.

Among the EU funding opportunities, Horizon 2020 PDA supports investments in energy efficiency by funding all project development activities such as feasibility studies, financial engineering, business plans, technical specifications or procurement procedures. This instrument is vital to build a massive pipeline of bankable projects.

The call for proposals on PDA is open until 15 September 2016. Proposals can be submitted by at least 1 public or private entity and cover a wide range of sectors, e.g.:

  • Existing public and private buildings
  • Street lighting
  • Energy efficient retrofitting of existing district heating/cooling schemes
  • Energy efficiency in urban transport
  • Energy efficiency in industry and services

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27/06/2016

Austrian Institute of Technology seeking partners

Event Date: 2016-06-27

Details:

AIT, the Austrian Institute of Technology is interested to cooperate in a consortium participating in Call ICT-07-2017 or ICT-09-2017, and can offer excellent technical expertise and a long experience in FP projects (see details attached).

 Should you be interested, kindly contact Dr. Thomas Zemen thomas.zemen@ait.ac.at

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27/06/2016

Italian spinoffs seeking researchers

Event Date: 2016-06-27

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Italian spin-offs are looking for experienced researchers to jointly apply for MSCA- Individual Fellowship.
The deadline for submitting an expression of interest is 7th July 2016.

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27/06/2016

Mobilitas Pluss Programme in Estonia

Event Date: 2016-06-27

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The Estonian Research Council is offering mobility funding via Mobilitas Pluss programme for postdoctoral researchers, returning researchers and top researchers to come and work in Estonia.

Please find more information and relevant contacts in the attachment or on the links below:

Mobility funding (general link)
Mobilitas Pluss post-doctoral grant
Returning researcher grant
Top researcher grant

The call for applications will be open until 31 August 2016 at 5 p.m (CET).

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22/06/2016

Irish companies looking for talented researchers

Event Date: 2016-06-22

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A number of Irish companies are looking for talented researchers to apply with them to the Society and Enterprise panel within MSCA Individual Fellowship.
The forms with further information are available on the dedicated website.

To read more about moving to Ireland, visit the EURAXESS Ireland webpage.

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20/06/2016

Horizon Prize for Cleanest Engine Retrofit

Event Date: 2016-09-12

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The Horizon Prize for the cleanest engine retrofit will be awarded to the contestants who will demonstrate on a running vehicle a solution for an existing engine and powertrains that best addresses the issue of greatly reducing emissions of NOx, particles, hydrocarbons in real driving conditions, while ensuring low levels of undesired other pollutants also in the future. The technology should not affect the operational capabilities of the retrofitted vehicles, for instance it should not significantly increase the fuel consumption, at the same time providing sufficient dynamic performance for normal vehicle driving. Deadline: 12 September 2017

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16/06/2016

2016 BBI JU Call - Search for Partners

Event Date: 2016-06-16

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The Research Institute for Agricultural Economics in Budapest, Hungary (AKI), is interested in participating in several topics in the currently-open 2016 BBI JU Call for proposals on bio-based industries and is looking for partners. Should you be interested, please contact andrew.fieldsend@aki.gov.hu for more details. Opening date: 19 April 2016; deadline: 8 September 2016 http://www.bbi-europe.eu/participate/calls-proposals-2016

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16/06/2016

ICT Proposers Day 2016

Event Date: 2016-06-16

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ICT Proposers Day 2016 will be held on 26-27 September 2016 in Bratislava, Slovakia, during the Digital Week: We are pleased to announce that ICT Proposers Day 2016, the most significant EU event on research and innovation in information and communication technologies will take place on 26-27 September 2016 in Bratislava, Slovakia, as a part of the EU Digital Week.

The event will focus on networking for Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2016-17, including ICT calls across all three pillars of Horizon 2020. The event will offer an exceptional occasion to build quality partnerships as it will connect academia, research institutes, industrial stakeholders, SMEs and government actors from all over Europe. The event is free of charge but registration is required.

In total, more than 3,000 researchers, innovators, entrepreneurs, industry representatives, young people and policy makers are expected to attend. For more info on ICT Proposers Day 2016 please visit: Main event site: https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/ict-proposers-day-2016 Face2face brokerage event: https://www.b2match.eu/ictproposersday2016

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16/06/2016

Fusion for Energy seeking producers

Event Date: 2016-06-16

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Fusion for Energy (based in Barcelona) would like to update its internal list of producers of aluminium-bronze forgings and rods that could be sub-contractors of forthcoming CFTs: As a specific example, we would like to know which manufacturers can supply about 1,5 tons billets of about 500 x 500 x 800 mm (let’s say for a quantity of 60 such billets) as well as rods, corresponding to the attached specification. The rods can be extracted from the forgings to optimize the costs. Such billet is quite big for many forges. Here attached you find the technical specification (in PDF).

Being aware of the difficulties to respect such requirements in the past, and in agreement with our colleagues from IO, we are able to relax the following (in the PDF):

  • Page1 (Scope): Specification could be based on NF EN 12165:2011 (instead of 12240:1999)
  • Page 5 (Magnetic properties): Release magnetic saturation density to 0.040 - 0.065 Tesla (instead of 0.046 – 0.050 Tesla)
  • Page 13: UTS (Ultimate Tensile Strength) @250C≥480Mpa (instead of 530MPa)
  • Page 13 (table) requirement on CHARPY V NOTCH IMPACT TEST can be removed
  • Page 14: In case of thick forging and too high attenuation, if Flat Bottom Hole of 3mm cannot be detected as per usual UT technique a comparative protocol could be developed.

We are also open to discuss other potential changes. In the past we had exchanges with the following companies for CuCrZr plates:

  • Finland: AURUBIS (Outokumpu-Luvata)
  • France: Le Bronze Industriel, Carobronze, and Bronze-alu
  • Germany: KME, CSN, Schmiedewerke Gröditz GmbH
  • Italy:, MetalMinotti
  • Switzerland: SCHMELZMETALL
  • UK: Copper Alloy ltd Mehdi DAVAL Market Intelligence Contract and Procurement Unit Josep Pla 2 Torres Diagonal Litoral B3 08019 Barcelona Tel. +34 93 489 74 54 mehdi.daval@f4e.europa.eu http://fusionforenergy.europa.eu F4E Industry Portal: https://industryportal.f4e.europa.eu

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16/06/2016

Young Scientist Competition of the Year 2016

Event Date: 2016-06-16

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The YSC 2016 was launched on June 3, 2016! Please find below the link to the application form, a promotional video and other relevant information. Applictation link: https://www.indogenius.org/apply/pem/login/YSC Selection of finalists and awarding of winners will happen in September 2016. A festive ceremony presenting the winners of the YSC will take place during this year's EU-India STI Days from September 21-22. The INDIGO young scientist competition gives young researchers from India and the EU the opportunity to promote their research projects and ideas for cooperation by introducing them to the EU-India STI cooperation network at the 2016 EU-India cooperation days in Goa, India on the 21st and 22nd of September. The competition is open for all India and EU based PhD students and early career researchers, who work in the field of bio-economy, biotechnology and bio-based energy. Which fields? The applicants are invited to submit their ideas for scientific and/or innovative projects or their existing projects, which aim to address a global or societal challenge pertinent to research cooperation between EU and India in the field of bio-economy, biotechnology or bio-based energy. These projects or project ideas need to be innovative, showing an open-mindedness and refined approach to solving societal challenges. What is in for me? Based on a selection by a scientific evaluation panel, 6 young scientists will be invited to participate in the EU-India STI cooperation days 2016. From these shortlisted applicants, the INDIGO Facebook fans will select four finalists who will vie for the title of the young scientist of the year 2016 by presenting their ideas in front of the EU-India STI days audience. The winner will be awarded a fully covered trip to a scientific conference of their choice in Europe or in India. Their travel, accommodation and registration costs will be covered.

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16/06/2016

Re-Industrialisation of the EU 2016

Event Date: 2016-06-16

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Excellent science, research and innovation are essential for a sustainable development of the European economy. That is why hundreds of representatives from European and international research, innovation communities, and the business sector will meet to discuss this topic during a prestigious event in the field of nanotechnologies, advanced materials, manufacturing and production technologies, biotechnology - the International Conference REinEU2016.

From 26th to 28th October 2016 the capital of Slovakia, Bratislava, will welcome about 1,000 participants, which makes it one of the largest events during the Slovak presidency of the Council of the EU in the second half of 2016. REinEU2016 will be financed through the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (NMBP) and will include matchmaking events, poster sessions, site visits around Bratislava, workshops and competitions. It represents a unique opportunity for Slovakia as one of the new EU Member states to present its local perspective on the Horizon 2020 calls, which will open in mid-2016, and present solutions tailored to these countries. Furthermore, we aim to draw attention to cooperation within the Danube Region and V4 issues.

An important outcome of the conference lies in a final strategy document, which will be used as a basis for the next EU Presidency policy making. The event will be prepared in close cooperation with the European Commission, as well as organisers of similar events in the previous period (the Luxembourg and Dutch EU Presidency). Kindly visit https://www.b2match.eu/reineu2016 for more information.

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14/06/2016

Public Consultation on Horizon 2020

Event Date: 2016-06-14

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The European Commission has just launched a new public consultation on the Horizon 2020 ‘Food Security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy’ Work Programme 2018-2020. More information can be found through the following link below. If you wish, you may send your contributions by 28 August 2016.

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14/06/2016

Partner search for H2020-WP-16-17-Food consortium

Event Date: 2016-08-14

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The Kharkiv State University for Food Technologies and Trade (Kharkiv, Ukraine) is searching for H2020 project consortia within Work Programs 2016-2017 (priority 3 «Societal challenges 2» of sub-priority «Food security») (Published by EC Oct. 14, 2015).

If you personally (your university, department, laboratory, group, division, unit, organisation, companies, firms, R&D SME and other) plan to create/form some H2020 Project Consortium within already published h2020-wp1617-food_en Work Program (WP) to prepare appropriate project consortium proposal to one of the below indicated WP1617-food project topics:

Understanding food value chain and network dynamics;

The impact of consumer practices in food safety: risks and mitigation strategies;

Impulsivity and compulsivity and the link to nutrition, lifestyle and the socio-economic environment;

Crop diversification systems for the delivery of food, feed, industrial products and ecosystems services - from farm benefits to value-chain organization;

Demonstration of integrated logistics centres for food and non-food applications;

Advancing basic biological knowledge and improving management tools for commercially important fish and other seafood species;

Innovative agro-food chains: unlocking the competitiveness and sustainability potential;

Innovative solutions for sustainable food packaging;

Co-fund on «One Health» (zoonoses – emerging threats);

How to tackle the childhood obesity epidemic;

Sweeteners and sweetness enhancers; Innovative sustainable solutions for improving the safety and dietary properties of seafood; on proposals consortium’s project coordinator.

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