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JRC Conference: Evidence for policy in a post-fact world and call for submission

What is the rightful place of numbers and emotions in policy making? The interaction between science and policy has never been easy, and the people and their representatives are the final arbiter. With beliefs and emotions more volatile and unpredictable in our post-fact world, how do we find the right balance? And how do we deal with a fluid situation, constantly redefined by social media, big data and "alternative statistics" that changes the way we make decisions? The Joint Research Centre (JRC) organises its annual conference "EU4FACTS: Evidence for policy in a post-fact world" on 26 September in Brussels. The event aims to answer these questions and produce recommendations for successful evidence-informed policy making. It will offer a frank debate between leading scientists, policy-makers and communication experts.

If you are interested in learning from past success and failures and you want to understand the causes and implications of the post-fact world, register for the JRC Annual Conference.

COST open call and infoday

The next deadline for the submission of COST Actions proposals will be September 7nd, 2017 at 12:00 CET (noon), More info on the COST website.


Horizon2020: Interim Evaluation Results

On 29 May 2017, the Commission published the interim evaluation of Horizon 2020, required by Article 32 of the regulation establishing Horizon 2020.
The interim evaluation aims to contribute to improving the implementation of Horizon 2020 in its last Work Programme 2018-2020, to provide the evidence-base for the report of the High Level Group on maximizing the impact of EU Research and Innovation programmes and to inform the design of future Framework Programmes. More information.

The open access to publications obligations In Horizon 2020

Robert-Jan Smits, Director-General at Research and Innovation Directorate-General of European Commission addressed a letter to all Horizon2020 participants about the open access obligations in Horizon 2020, which apply to peer reviewed scientific publications. Please follow the link to access and read the letter on the Participant Portal.

For more information about open access, download the infographic at this link or consult the participant portal at this link.

Food, agriculture, marine and maritime research and Bio-economy

Harnessing Research and Innovation for FOOD 2030: A Science Policy Dialogue, 16 October 2017 Brussels

The draft programme foresees an opening plenary followed by a panel discussion. The afternoon consists of three parallel sessions on Sustainable and Healthy nutrition; Climate & Environmental Sustainability and Circularity and Resource Efficiency. The last part of the day consists of a closing session on the future development of FOOD 2030, followed by a networking cocktail. Participants will have also the opportunity to visit a photo exhibition "Food and the City: A citizen science study in the Heart Healthy Hoods ERC Project".

The registration for the FOOD 2030 conference on 16 October in Brussels is now open.

Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials

Save the Date: Infoday and brokerage event WP2018-2020

The Information Day and brokerage event on the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018-2020, Challenge "Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency & Raw Materials", will take place on 8 and 9 November 2017 in Brussels.

The event targets potential applicants to the calls for project proposals under the Horizon 2020 Challenge 5 "Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials".

Compulsory registration for the event will open in July. But the event will be also web-streamed (link will be available about 48 hours before the event on its website).

Please check event's webpage regularly: further information (programme, registration, practical information) will be published in the following weeks.

Inclusive, innovative and reflective societies

Net4Society Factsheet on SSH integration in the Societal Challenges

Factsheets on the integration of SSH in the different challenges outside of Challenge 6 are made up by Net4Society. They provide some insights into the status and character of SSH integration in the individual challenges and include interviews with coordinators of projects where SSH work together with natural/technical sciences. You can download a compilation of all factsheets in a single PDF file from the Net4Society website.

Net4SocietyNewsletter May 2017

Net4Society, the network of National Contact Points for SC6 'Inclusive, Innovative and Reflective Societies', has published their May 2017 Newsletter.
Newsletter May 2017.

Net4Society Factsheet on SSH integration

Net4Society, in cooperation with the ‘Open and Inclusive societies’ unit of the European Commission, has organized an Expert Meeting entitled ‘SSH in H2020: Societal Challenge 6 and integration in other Challenges’ addressing the issue of how to ensure fruitful and effective integration of SSH into a project. The workshop brought together representatives of the European Commission responsible for SSH integration, several high-level experts in interdisciplinary research and management as well as coordinators of Horizon 2020 projects that successfully integrate SSH.

The key issues and good practices identified during the workshop are summarised in a factsheet on successful SSH integration. You can find the factsheet on the Net4Society website.

Science with and for society

Partner search Swafs-03-2017 Support to research organisations to implement gender equality plans

The University of Verona in Italy wants to coordinate a project in Swafs-03-2017 Support to research organisations to implement gender equality plans. They are looking for partners. If you are interested, please contact:

New SwafS Success Story about the TRUST project: Ensuring global research collaboration without ethics dumping, the Network of National Contact Points for "Science with and for Society" has published a new SwafS Success Story on their website.

The success story presents a project dealing with the SwafS activity ethics/research integrity and is titled: "The TRUST project: Ensuring global research collaboration without ethics dumping". To ensure international research that is trustworthy, responsible and equitable, i.e. research that is not practising ethics dumping, the TRUST project is developing three tools which will complement each other.

TRUST project website.