16-17 March 2017

Room S1, DG Connect (European Commission)

Avenue de Beaulieu 25 – 1160, Brussels



The European ENERGISE study conducted a comprehensive analysis of various options for establishing ICT infrastructures for smart grids. It focused on the core question of whether the modern energy systems of the future should be based on own or third-party communication infrastructures.

This question is viable for an extensive deployment of smart grids and smart infrastructures in general. Especially considering the context of the European directive to reduce the cost of deploying high-speed electronic communications networks the need for joint infrastructure usage and deployment is of rising importance.

10 March 2017


Rue Théodore Verhaegen 158 – 1060, Brussels



The Horizon 2020 Specific Programme describes the aim of Part V ‘Science with and for Society’ (SWAFS) as follows: “The aim is to build effective cooperation between science and society, to recruit new talent for science and to pair scientific excellence with social awareness and responsibility”.



This Science with and for Society programme is not encompassed under the three pillars of Horizon 2020. Its objective is to build effective cooperation between science and society, to recruit new talent for science and to pair scientific excellence with social awareness and responsibility.

The purpose of the programme is to involve the general public and other stakeholders in the research and innovation process, create meeting places and promote effective cooperation between academia, trade and industry, and society at large. Other focus areas include gender equality and gender issues and encouraging young people to study the natural sciences and pursue researcher careers.

6-7 March 2017

Radisson Blu Royal Hotel

Rue du Fossé aux Loups 47 – 1000, Brussels



The event Horizon 2020 Secure Societies – European Info Day and Brokerage Event was organized by the Network of Secure Societies National Contact Points – SEREN3, in collaboration with the European Commission. This information day and brokerage event gave details on the calls for proposals H2020-CIP 2017, H2020-SEC 2017 and H2020-DS-2017, which have been published on 1 March 2017 under the societal challenge Secure Societies – Protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens.

These calls offers new research funding opportunities to research institutions, universities, industries, SMEs, civil society organizations and any other security stakeholders.

28 February 2017

European Commission, Charlemagne Building

170 Rue de la Loi -1000, Brussels


On 28 February 2017, 400 participants, key industrial players, global trend shapers and high-level EU policymakers gathered in Brussels to take stock of what the EU’s industrial policy has achieved and debated on the future of European industry.

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The GreenEcoNet Final Conference (26 May 2016) focused on the circular economy and its implications for EU businesses. GreenEcoNet (www.greeneconet.eu) is a project financed by the European Commission, which brings businesses and academia together on an EU-wide platform to support small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the transition to a green economy. This platform allows SMEs in Europe to connect to each other and to share their experiences, innovations and best practices. It thus aims to assist SMEs in optimally reaping the business opportunities of a green economy.

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19 May 2016

Hotel Bloom, rue Royale 250, Brussels


FUSIONS is the European FP7 project committed to contribute to halving per capita food waste at the retail and consumer level, and reducing food waste along production and supply chains, a target that was adopted by the international community in the Sustainable Development Goal. Funded by the European Commission FP7, the project launched in August 2012 and will run until July 2016.

The final event that took place on 19 May in Brussels highlighted the benefits and impacts for business and policy from taking actions to reduce food waste.

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21 April 2016

Charlemagne, Rue de la Loi 170



The Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) initiative was set up to provide the impetus for bio-based sectors to find new ways of collaborating, through the creation of new strategies and objectives. The BBI JU programme provides the framework to enable a shared public-private financial commitment and a jointly defined research and innovation programme. It operates under Horizon 2020, and is driven by the Vision and Strategic Innovation and Research Agenda, developed by industry committed to creating a vital European bio-economy.

BBI organised its third Info Day in Brussels on 21 April 2016.

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12Th April 2016

Covent Garden Building, Place Rogier,



Synergies between EU funding for research & innovation and structural funds are essential to develop regional research and innovation capacities, and drive the economic growth in Europe. How dealing with the implementation of structural funds and the RIS3 programme (Smart Specialisation programme) at the regional level? What about the Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) programme under H2020?

The EC organised a workshop on 12Th April 2016 to support this smart specialisation (RIS3) and to encourage dialogue and exchange of ideas between the different stakeholders.

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4 April 2016

The Hotel,

Boulevard de Waterloo 38, Brussels

The annual Clean Sky Forum took place in Brussels on the 4th April 2016. Over 200 participants were attending the Forum, including many Clean Sky Members and Partners as well as aeronautics’ stakeholders and representatives from the European Parliament and the European Commission. Clean Sky is a Joint Undertaking of the European Commission and the European aeronautics industry and part of the EU H2020 research and innovation programme. The new Clean Sky 2 programme (2014-2020) represents a total budget of €4 billion over 7 years. Clean Sky 2 will enable a natural continuation to the progress achieved in the first Clean Sky Programme launched under the EU’s 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7), which will end in 2017.

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