14 November 2017

Albert Borschette Congress Centre

Rue Froissart 36 – 1040 Brussels



“The aim of the work programme 2018-2020 is to address the concerns of the European citizens regarding migration, the fourth industrial revolution and the challenges of governance by providing objective scientific elements of assessment regarding these phenomena and formulating elaborate policy options or applicable solutions in order to help better tackle these complex issues and inform citizens objectively” (Europe in a changing world – inclusive, innovative and reflective Societies Work Programme 2018-2020).


This information day focused on the specific objective of this Societal Challenge which is to foster a greater understanding of Europe, provide solutions, and support inclusive, innovative and reflective European societies in a context of unprecedented transformations and growing global interdependencies.

The scientific and innovation priorities of SC6 under Work Programme 2018-2020 are focused around three major themes:

  • Migration
  • Socioeconomic and cultural transformations in the context of the fourth industrial revolution
  • Governance for the future


Recording of the morning “Information Day Session” is still available here.

Calls about Europe in a changing world – Inclusive, innovative and reflective societies can be found here.

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Agnese Accapezzato

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10 October 2017

Permanent Representation of Sweden to the EU

Square de Meeûs 30 – 1000 Brussels



The Education Research and Innovation sector deserves the utmost priority because it contributes largely to the individual, social and economic well-being of a country and the European Union as a whole.

This seminar took place at the Permanent Representation of Sweden to the EU and focused on the fact that Research and Innovation funding on education and training has been rather limited on the EU-level.

In this regard, panel discussions were organized in order to promote a more ambitious and structured approach for Education Research and Innovation in the next EU Framework Programme FP9.



Director Andreas Schleicher from the OECD talked about the main challenges of education which regard the pace of progress, efficiency, relevance, equity, and lifelong learning.

A number of distinguished researchers presented and highlighted what Education Research and Innovation can contribute with to support education and education policy.

Jan-Eric Gustafsson from the University of Gothenburg presented theories about the fundamental importance of knowledge and skills for individuals and society.

A presentation on evidence informed-policies was given by Jan Pakulski, Head of Unit A.4, Evidence-Based Policy and Evaluation from Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture.

Dirk Jacobs from Université Libre de Bruxelles discussed educational challenges faced by migrant children.

Nienke van Atteveldt from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam delivered a presentation on Educational neuroscience: The importance of crossing disciplines to understand learning and development.

Paul Leseman from Utrecht University focused on early childhood education and care in Europe’s 21st century and why we need more research & development.



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23-25 October 2017

European Commission, Charlemagne Building

170 Rue de la Loi -1000, Brussels



The Horizon 2020 Energy Info Days presented the new funding opportunities offered by the Energy Work Programme 2018-2020 “Building a low-carbon, climate resilient future: Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy”.

This year the content of the event was structured across three days:

  • Day 1: introduced the overall policy background, launched the work programme and covered Global Leadership for Renewables, Decarbonisation of Fossil Fuels, and cross-cutting issues;
  • Day 2: presented Smart Cities & Communities and Energy Systems;
  • Day 3: focused on Smart & Efficient Energy.


More information and all the presentations can be found here.


The Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2016-2017 for Energy Efficiency was officially adopted on 13 October 2015. The total budget for the Energy Efficiency Calls amounts to approximately €194 million for 2016 and 2017.

The Horizon 2020 Energy Efficiency call 2016-2017 provides support for innovation through:

  • Research and demonstration of more energy-efficient technologies and solutions;
  • Market uptake measures to remove market and governance barriers by addressing financing, regulations and the improvement of skills and knowledge and focuses on six areas:​



Public Authorities

Industry, Products & Services

Heating & Cooling

Innovative Financing



EFMC – European Fund Management Consulting

Agnese Accapezzato

PR and Communications Manager

3-4 October 2017

European Commission, Charlemagne Building

170 Rue de la Loi -1000, Brussels



The Industrial Innovation Information Days 2017 took place in Brussels on 3 and 4 October.

The aim of the event was to:

  • Build the basis for the future of Industrial Research in Europe
  • Inform relevant Industrial Technologies providers & users about EU activities in the field
  • Enhance cooperation among Industrial stakeholders.

The programme consisted of plenary sessions and key notes by high level speakers each morning and panel sessions with a focus on upcoming challenges for the next work programme during the afternoons.

The speeches by high level speakers focused on the future of the industrial pillar under Horizon 2020. The afternoon panel sessions on both days focused on the main upcoming challenges for the next work programme on nanotechnologies, advanced materials, advanced manufacturing and processing, and biotechnology (NMPB).

More information and all the presentations.



EFMC – European Fund Management Consulting

Agnese Accapezzato

PR and Communications Manager

26 September 2017

European Commission, Charlemagne Building

170 Rue de la Loi -1000, Brussels



On 26 September the Joint Research Centre organised its annual conference on “EU for facts: evidence for policy in a post-fact world“. The conference was the highlight of the JRC’s 60th Anniversary celebrations.


The topic of the conference was chosen to reflect the current crisis of evidence and facts. While the interaction between science and policy has never been straightforward, now it has been further complicated by the post-fact phenomenon. In response, the conference aimed to produce a set of clear recommendations for successful evidence-informed policy making at EU level.

This was the third Annual Conference organised by the JRC. The first Annual Conference in 2015 focused on “Building a resilient Europe in a globalised world“. The second one, in 2016, explored the topic of “Human capital for territorial growth“.


Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, responsible for the JRC, said: “Policymakers and politician must continuously improve their understanding of our changing world, as well as their own behavioural biases, to be able to find that new balance between facts and values.


Vice-President Jyrki Katainen, responsible for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, delivered a key-note speech and Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, gave opening remarks in a session dedicated to the question of trust in science.


Other speakers included, among others, Pascal Lamy, former Director-General of the World Trade Organisation, Rush Holt, Chief Executive Officer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and Professor Steven Sloman of Brown University’s Department of Cognitive, Linguistic & Psychological Sciences.

Leading experts from the fields of science, policy and media discussed, among others, issues of trust in science, and the need to re-design policymaking using behavioural and decision science.

The outcome




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3 July 2017

European Commission, Charlemagne Building

170 Rue de la Loi -1000, Brussels


Against the backdrop of the Commission’s White Paper on the future of Europe, the conference “Research & Innovation – shaping our future“, hosted by Research, Science and Innovation Commissioner Carlos Moedas, brought together policymakers from EU institutions, nearly 700 stakeholders and interested actors to discuss the role of research and innovation for Europe’s future.

Pascal Lamy, the chair of the High Level Group on maximising the impact of European research and innovation programmes, presented the Group’s vision and recommendations for the future, based on the results of the interim evaluation of Horizon 2020. Visionary speakers included captains of industry, researchers and innovators at the frontier of progress, politicians and movers and shakers in society but also young people who have expectations for the(ir) future.


Commissioner Moedas said: “Without science and innovation, there’s no growth. Without science and innovation, there are no jobs. The answer of the report is clear: we should focus more on the innovator, more than on the innovation. It is about creating a vision for the future, creating these ideas like Kennedy had in the 60s about putting a man on the moon or curing a disease. These are things people relate to. They will be our ambassadors, in this quest for explaining to people that without science and innovation there is no growth and without science and innovation there is no jobs. ”


The Report

The report, entitled LAB – FAB – APP: Investing in the European future we want highlights that in the last twenty years, two thirds of economic growth in industrialised countries is attributed to research and innovation. Its recommendations focus on maximising the impact of EU investments in research and innovation in order to increase prosperity and solve our biggest societal challenges.


The Group proposes eleven recommendations:


  • Prioritise research and innovation in EU and national budgets, including a doubling of the budget of the post-2020 EU research and innovation programme
  • Build a true EU innovation policy that creates future markets
  • Educate for the future and invest in people who will make the change
  • Design the EU R&I programme for greater impact
  • Adopt a mission-oriented, impact-focused approach to address global challenges
  • Rationalise the EU funding landscape and achieve synergy with structural funds
  • Simplify further, privilege impact over process
  • Mobilise and involve citizens
  • Better align EU and national R&I investment
  • Make international R&I cooperation a trademark of EU research and innovation
  • Capture and better communicate impact


Read the closing speech by Commissioner Moedas



EFMC – European Fund Management Consulting

Agnese Accapezzato

PR and Communications Manager

19-25 June 2017

European Commission, Charlemagne Building

170 Rue de la Loi -1000, Brussels


EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) is held annually by the European Commission and the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises to discuss clean, secure and efficient energy. This year’s focus was on how to create a clean energy Europe, and how to implement a true Energy Union.

Commissioner Arias Cañete opened the event on Tuesday, 20 June and discussed the latest developments regarding the Clean Energy for All Europeans package, as well as how Europe will shape a sustainable, energy-secure and climate-resilient growth.



EUSEW Policy Conference: looking to the future of sustainable energy

EUSEW Policy Conference took place on 20-22 June. The conference was a chance to debate sustainable energy policy issues and showcase new ideas. It ranged from high-level discussion of EU energy policy, including the Energy Union strategy and the ‘Clean Energy for All Europeans’ package published in November 2016, to presentations of specific initiatives to help members of the public to manage their own energy usage.

Other panels focused on topics that include an ongoing Smart Cities and Communities project, the challenges of providing islands with clean, sustainable energy, and the EU’s renewable energy targets for 2030. The event brought together representatives of the European institutions, national and local authorities, the energy industry, NGOs and consumers.


The Sparkshow

This interactive discussion put eight sustainable energy entrepreneurs from all over Europe in the spotlight. They each had three minutes to pitch their projects and then were quizzed by a panel of five journalists.

Their projects are:

  • BETTAIR-LAMP: lamps and other products with anti-pollutant and antibacterial properties
  • Coolar: an electricity-free entirely water-based solar heat powered refrigerator to cool medicines and vaccines
  • Elemize Technologies: optimizing the behaviour of distributed electricity storage systems coupled with renewable energy plants
  • EP tender: a small trailer that enables electric vehicles to cover longer distances independently
  • GoodShipping Program: helping ocean cargo owners to reduce the carbon footprint from ship operations by adding renewables to the fuel mix
  • LIFE “Smart Fertirrigation”: an innovative approach to processing digestate from pig manure at biogas plants
  • Opinum: a secure web platform to analyse your energy consumption data
  • SolarBrush by Aerial Power: a fully automated drone-based method for cleaning solar panels.



EFMC – European Fund Management Consulting

Agnese Accapezzato

PR and Communications Manager

7-8 June 2017

Tour & Taxis

Avenue du Port 86 – 1000 Brussels



Organised by the European Commission, the European Development Days (EDD) bring the development community together each year to share ideas and experiences in ways that inspire new partnerships and innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges.

The European Development Days is Europe’s leading forum on international cooperation and development. EDD 2017 focused on promoting a new global strategy to address the most pressing current global development challenges and bringing together development actors committed to tackling poverty worldwide with a particular emphasis on engaging the private sector as a partner in economic development. Overarching objectives of the private sector engagement include the promotion of inclusive growth and the creation of decent jobs in particular for women and youth, which leads to improved living conditions.



I. Sustainable investments in developing countries by the private sector

What can be done to boost private sustainable investments in developing countries so the Sustainable Development Goals can be reached?

This panel highlighted examples of successful private businesses that were able to scale up their operations in a sustainable way using renewable energy, thanks to grants and loans from multilateral development banks.

Key points

  • The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) require massive investment, which can only be mobilised if the private sector is involved.
  • There is a current debate about opportunities and risks of blended finance.
  • Blended finance should reinforce the market and support viable businesses.
  • Sustainable investment requires an enabling business environment.

II. Digitalisation

Mainstreaming digital technologies in EU development aid to help developing economies and societies benefit from the digital revolution

Just as globalisation shows signs of becoming more of a two-way street between developed and developing nations, many politicians are gaining traction by denouncing internationalism. One strategy to encourage girls to go into STEM disciplines: replace the ‘hierarchical’ educational approach with hands-on, practical experiences where students can learn by doing.

Key points

  • Africa is leapfrogging the rest of the world on digitalisation and is primed to continue.
  • A predictable regulatory environment is essential.
  • The harmonisation policies on a regional level can help fuel the process.
  • Young people, especially girls, need to be encouraged to go into careers in technology to take advantage of future employment opportunities.

III. Investing in women entrepreneurs

Enabling women’s economic participation for sustainable growth and rural development

Key points

  • Women entrepreneurs in Africa already generate significant employment and tax revenues while also gaining personal autonomy and independence.
  • Advances to gender equality could add US$28 trillion to global GDP by 2025.
  • The challenges facing woman entrepreneurs are well documented; what is needed now is action to unleash their business potential.
  • Future success will require access to commercial-scale credit, not just microfinance, for women to grow their businesses.
  • Negative male attitudes to women’s business ideas need to change in the banking sector.


IV. The smart investment – empowering women in the economy

The transformational impact of working with the private sector to achieve gender equality and women’s empowerment

Key points

  • The economic potential of increased female participation in the workforce is enormous. African women alone drive the new growth in their countries.
  • Progress on gender equality is crucial for the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) of ending hunger. An end to hunger would improve gender equality.
  • Business management skills are essential for women’s financial inclusion in developing economies.
  • The political empowerment of women cannot be separated from economic empowerment.



EFMC – European Fund Management Consulting

Agnese Accapezzato

PR and Communications Manager

30-31 May 2017

Crowne Plaza Brussels – Le Palace

Rue Gineste 3 – 1210 Brussels



EU Green Week is an annual opportunity to debate and discuss European environmental policy. Organised by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Environment, this key event in the environment policy calendar attracts policymakers, leading environmentalists, stakeholders and other interested parties from across Europe and the globe.


EU Green Week 2017 took place from 29 May to 2 June with the theme of ‘Green jobs for a greener future’. It focused on how EU environmental policies are creating green jobs and contributing to economic, sustainable and socially responsible growth in the EU.



I. EU Green Jobs Summit

The EU Green Jobs Summit was opened by EU Environment Commissioner, Karmenu Vella. “Green jobs are a triple win. They are good for the planet, good for the economy, and good for the people who are actually doing the job,” he said.

Speakers including European Commission Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis, Green MEP Jean Lambert, Vien Truong of Green for All and Vic van Vuuren from the International Labour Organisation (ILO) looked at how Europe can create policies that are good for its economy, environment and citizens.

Vice-President Dombrovskis said: “Jobs will be created, other jobs well be replaced. So it is necessary to expand education and training options for the existing workforce and those currently unemployed. Workers in sectors that are vulnerable to restructuring must have access to timely guidance and reskilling opportunities.”

He also welcomed the role of Social Partners in developing new skills, dealing with structural changes and ensuring a fair transition.

II. Commissioner Vella’s conclusions

Moving towards a greener, more circular economy will require significant investments. Investments are needed both at small and large scale. Again, it is for the private sector to act. Public funds can help leverage private finance into greener solutions. The Commission is committed to delivering its part. Several sources of EU funding are available to help Member States with the employment opportunities and challenges of the transition to a greener economy, including the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), the Regional Development Fund and the LIFE Programme.


EU Green Week 2017 has engaged millions of actors from all over Europe in events and on social media and brought many insights and inputs for our further work. I hope you will join our efforts to ensure that these findings will now be taken up and turned into action for more green jobs and for a better future for us all.



Side session: LIFE 2017 call for project proposals, Part 1 – YouTube video


Side session: LIFE 2017 call for project proposals, Part 2 – YouTube video



EFMC – European Fund Management Consulting

Agnese Accapezzato

PR and Communications Manager

28 April 2017

Charlemagne Building, European Commission

Rue de la Loi 170 – Brussels



On 28 April 2017, BBI JU organised its fourth Info Day in Brussels, following the official launch of the 2017 Call for proposals. Over 590 participants registered for the event in the European Commission’s Charlemagne building and more than 400 participants watched via the live streaming.


The morning was dedicated to information about the state of play for BBI JU programme, the EU’s bioeconomy strategy and the new strategic orientations for BBI JU, with key note speeches from Philippe Mengal, John Bell and Dirk Carrez. Following that, members of the BBI JU programme office team shared relevant information on participating in BBI JU’s 2017 Call for proposals, including the Call conditions and rules for participation, how to submit proposals and how these are evaluated, and finally tips and tricks to write a good BBI JU proposal.



For more information and all the presentations.



EFMC – European Fund Management Consulting

Agnese Accapezzato

PR and Communications Manager