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Webinar “How to maximize your matchmaking opportunities”, 28th September 2017, 10.00 am

Matchmaking events offer participants the opportunity to expand their network, find potential collaboration partners with the right expertise, and establish new project consortia. However, newcomers to this kind of events that are not well aware of the rules of the game of networking are often not able to utilize their full potential.

With this webinar, BioHorizon will explain how to make best use of matchmaking events and provide attendees with some do’s and don’ts and valuable tips how to maximise the event’s outcome.

All steps, from the creation of cooperation profiles before the event to the pitching during an event and the follow-up afterwards will be addressed. After the presentation there will be time for a Q&A session.

The webinar is open to all stakeholders planning to attend a matchmaking event.

This online session is free of charge but registration is obligatory. Please register here.

3rd BioHorizon International Brokerage Event, 15th November 2017, Brussels

The EU-funded NCP network project BioHorizon will host its 3rd International Brokerage Event as part of the European Commission’s Info Week for Horizon 2020’s Societal Challenge 2 in Brussels on 15th November 2017. Offered free of charge and timed to coincide with the publication of the Horizon 2020 work programme for 2018-2020, the brokerage event will support applicants seeking the right partners to participate in the upcoming calls. The brokerage event will focus specifically on the 2018 topics in all three calls under SC2 (namely Sustainable Food Security, Blue Growth and Rural Renaissance) and the Key Enabling Technology 'Biotechnology' (KET-B).

The main part of the event will comprise a series of bilateral meetings between individuals interested in the same call topics. Following successful registration for the event, participants can pre-arrange these bilateral meetings by means of a sophisticated, user-friendly matchmaking tool. With this tool users can select their desired discussion partners based on the profiles and research interests input into the system by participants themselves.

The event programme will also provide a limited number of researchers and entrepreneurs a platform to present their project ideas and expertise in 5-minute flash presentations.

In addition to the bilateral meetings between potential project partners, participants will also be able to meet with representatives of various supporting bodies and initiatives, as well as with the NCPs from the BioHorizon project, responsible for the organisation of the event. This represents an opportunity for attendees to draw on personalised support and information.

For more information and to register, visit the event website

European Space Week 2017, 3-9 November 2017, Tallinn

The aim of the Space week is to bring together the space community and non-space innovators, entrepreneurs and digital enthusiasts. Therefore the specific focus lies on showcasing cutting-edge space applications, especially in the context of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU, which names a digital Europe and the free movement of data as its priorities.

You will have the chance to take part in high-level roundtable discussions and interact with future high-flying startups and high-ranking speakers from Europe’s most relevant space stakeholders.

The European Space Week 2017 is organised by the European Commission under the auspices of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU and co-organised by the European Space Agency (ESA), AZO Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen and Garage48.

You can find more information and register here.

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.

EC Coordinators' Day on 27 September 2017

The Commission will organise on 27 September 2017 a “Coordinators’ Day” for coordinators of successful proposals. The purpose of the event is to explain the details on the preparation and signature of grant agreements. It will take place in the Charlemagne building in Brussels from 9.30 to 17.00. It is mainly meant for coordinators of proposals who were invited to prepare a grant agreement, but other participants are also welcome subject to the availability of seats.

Registration (first-come first-served, priority for persons representing coordinators of successful proposals) is via the following website. The agenda is also available under the same link. It will also be possible to follow the event online here (no need to register).

ICT Proposers' Day 2017, Budapest

The ICT Proposers' Day 2017 will take place in Budapest on 9 and 10 November 2017. This networking event centers on European ICT Research & Innovation with a special focus on the Horizon 2020 Work Programme for 2018-2020. An opening ceremony and social event will be organised by the Hungarian Ministry of National Development and will take place on 8 November (at 18:00).

Registrations are free and can be done at the following address. Please also consult the ICT Proposers' Day 2017 website for the latest updates of the programme and for some practical information about transfers, etc.



Health, demographic change and wellbeing

Public consultation on Health and Care in the Digital Single Market till 12/10/2017

The European Commission has launched a public consultation on how Europe should promote digital innovation in health and care, for the benefits of citizens and health systems in Europe. The EU Survey will be open until 12 October 2017. The input from this consultation will feed into a new policy Communication to be adopted by the end of 2017, as announced in the recent review of the Commission's Digital Single Market strategy (COM(2017) 228 final. Press release.

The consultation will collect information on the three proposed main pillars of the Communication: - Citizens' secure access to their health data and the possibility to share it across borders, clarifying citizens' rights and enhancing interoperability of electronic health records in Europe; - Connecting and sharing data and expertise to advance research, personalise health and care, and better anticipate epidemics; - Using digital services to promote citizen empowerment and integrated person-centred care.

More information on the consultation: Press release.

IMI launches EUR 130 million Calls for proposals with focus on Alzheimer’s disease, big data, vaccines, and more

The Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) is launching two new Calls for proposals with topics on Alzheimer’s disease, big data, vaccines, autoimmune disease, the blood-brain barrier, drug development, and the exploitation of IMI project results. The total budget for the two Calls stands at just over EUR 130 million. Around half of this comes from the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme. The other half comes from EFPIA companies as well as IMI Associated Partners.

Alzheimer’s disease and technologies
Making data FAIRer
Towards more reliable clinical trials for primary Sjögren’s Syndrome (pSS)
European Health Data Network
Vaccines and older people
Getting drugs across the blood-brain barrier
European screening centre
Exploitation of IMI project results

Deadline for submission of proposals: 24 October 2017. Call 11 and call 12.



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

New factsheet "Learning from Horizon 2020 evaluators"

Net4Society recently published a factsheet named "Learning from Horizon 2020 evaluators" which offers vital recommendations to Societal Challenge 6 applicants. This factsheet was developed as a result of a Net4Society Expert Workshop which took place in June 2017. Horizon 2020 evaluators gave valuable insights in their work and provided useful information on how to best address the evaluation criteria excellence, impact and implementation.

Download the factsheet.

SC6-H2020 Consortium Building Workshop in Brussels on 26/10/2017

On 26 October 2017 associated Brussels-based RTD liaison offices from EU member states and H2020 associated countries jointly organise a one-day Consortium building workshop around selected topics of the upcoming Work Programme (2018-2020) of the Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 6 (Europe in a changing world – Inclusive, innovative and reflexive societies), open for submission from November 2017, deadline March 2018 (tbc).

The workshop is planned from 10:00AM to 16:30PM . Total number of participants estimated around 50 people. Working language is English. This is not an info day. The objective of this hands-on event is to prepare ground for consortia building: to give opportunity to future proposers to discuss concrete cooperation possibilities, to present their expertise and learn from each other. In order to effectively use the precious time, experienced R&I officers will help participants to steer the group discussions.

Selected topics* are the following:
MIGRATION-02-2018: Towards forward-looking migration governance: addressing the challenges, assessing capacities and designing future strategies (RIA)
MIGRATION-09-2018: Addressing the challenge of forced displacement (RIA)
TRANSFORMATIONS-06-2018: Inclusive and sustainable growth through cultural and creative industries and the arts (RIA)
TRANSFORMATIONS-08-2019: The societal value of culture and the impact of cultural policies in Europe (RIA)
GOVERNANCE-03-2018: Addressing populism and boosting civic and democratic engagement (RIA)
SU-GOVERNANCE-11-2018: Extreme ideologies and polarisation

To register please fill in the on-line form before 22/09/2017. Your participation will be confirmed. REGISTRATION.

DANDELION launched two interactive guides to improve communication skills

The interactive guides provide easy-to-follow support for those working in the field of Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities (SSH) and Inclusive, Innovative and Reflective Societies (IIRS). The Guides offer examples of best practices, useful tools, tips and recommendations and will greatly enhance the communication efforts of any project working in this field.

One of the Guides, the “Need to disseminate SSH/IIRS research results? Learn how to reach your target groups”, focuses on providing relevant insight into the dissemination of information to 4 target groups: general public, policy makers, academia and media.

The other Guide, the “Guideline of good practices for dissemination and communication managers”, focuses on providing useful information about how to define and implement a strategic dissemination and communication plan for EU-funded projects. This guide provides valuable support for dissemination and communication managers on how to raise awareness about their work and to better communicate their results.

Both guides are available to view online and are also downloadable for printing purposes. A physical version is also available, which will be distributed at events or upon request.
Dandelion website.

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.

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.



Secure societies

Maritime Security research workshop on 28/09 in Brussels

The European Defence Agency, together with the European Commission and the European External Action Service, organises on the 28th of September 2017 a workshop on the implementation of Action 5.2.4 of the European Union Maritime Security Strategy (EUMSS) Action Plan “toward a joint cross-sectoral agenda for maritime security research”. The event will take place at the EDA premises (Rue des Drapiers 17-23, 1050 Bruxelles). Participation is expected from relevant stakeholders (MS authorities, EU agencies and industry) representing both the civil and military research communities.

The draft workshop agenda will be sent to you upon request (send email to: pascale.vandinter@belspo.be). But do not forget, if you want to participate, you should confirm your interest to attend the workshop to CAT@eda.eurora.eu (copy to the EDA Project Officer Naval Systems Technology paul.obrien@eda.europa.eu) no later than 18 september 2017.