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Making the EU more attractive for foreign students and researchers
The EU needs to attract talented non-EU students and researchers who can contribute to our growth and competitiveness with their knowledge and skills. Moving to Europe temporarily is an opportunity embraced by over 200.000 students and researchers every year. However, many of them have to face unnecessary bureaucratic hurdles. The Commission proposed to make it easier and more attractive for non-EU students, researchers and other groups to enter and stay in the EU for periods exceeding three months. New legislation will provide more opportunities to access the EU labour market and facilitate intra-EU movement.
Source: http://europa.eu
 
Eight EU countries hit 2020 education goals early
Denmark, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Finland and Sweden have already met or even exceeded their 2020 national targets on boosting university education, defined three years ago at EU level to enhance the bloc’s labour force and ability to compete against global economic rivals. The figures were released by Eurostat as part of its monitoring of the five headline targets defined in the ‘Europe 2020’ strategy, adopted in 2010 by the EU’s 27 heads of states and governments. On education, the EU aims to reach a level of 40% of 30-34 year olds having received a college or university degree by 2020, up from 34% in 2010.
Source: http://www.euractiv.com
 
EPS study on the importance of physics to the economies of Europe
The European Physical Society commissioned an independent economic analysis on the importance of physics to the economies of Europe. The report, using statistics available in the public domain through Eurostat, covers 29 European countries – the EU27 countries, plus Norway and Switzerland. Under examination is the 4-year period 2007-2010, 2010 being the most recent year for which official data are simultaneously available for all these countries.
Report: The importance of physics 
Source: http://www.eps.org
 
JRC annual report 2012
This report provides an overview of the JRC's main achievements in the past year, highlighting the scientific and technical support to financial stability, growth, jobs and innovation, as well as to agriculture and global food security, low carbon economy and resource efficiency. The report also addresses public health and safety and security, including nuclear safety and security.
In her foreword, European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, underlines the importance of scientific research, its contribution to innovation and growth, and its potential to address contemporary societal challenges. Now more than ever – she says – it is crucial to emphasise the central place of science in European society, at the heart of Europe's economy.
Report: JRC Annual Report 2012
Source: http://ec.europa.eu
 
EC Report shows women still under-represented in EU research
Although the proportion of female researchers in Europe is increasing, the under-representation of women in scientific disciplines and careers still persists. This is the message of the latest edition of the "She Figures", published by the European Commission. Women represent only 33% of European researchers, 20% of full professors and 15.5 % of heads of institutions in the Higher Education sector.
Source: http://europa.eu
 
Ministers block EU proposal to limit some biofuels
A majority of EU environment ministers expressed concern over the European Commission’s proposed 5% cap on the inclusion of so-called first-generation biofuels in member states’ renewable energy targets, despite evidence that the fuel can have a worse impact on carbon emissions than conventionally extracted oil. Leading the calls in the last environment council for a weakening of the proposals were a bloc of Central European countries. They claimed that, without regulation, EU demand for fuels from grain crops would drive higher food prices and encourage land-grabs in countries producing the monoculture feedstocks.
Source: http://www.euractiv.com
 
EFSA paves way for regulating endocrine disruptors in food
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has endorsed the World Health Organization's (WHO) definition of endocrine disruptors, paving the way for the European Commission to regulate those chemicals in food. The pesticide industry reacted angrily, saying the scientific process has been "rushed to meet political deadlines".
In its opinion, published on the 20th of March, the EFSA's Scientific Committee underlined that not all endocrine active substances have an adverse effect on the hormone system and that a distinction needs to be made between those that do and those that don't.
EFSA's opinion came after the European Commission requested the Parma-based agency in 2012 to define scientific criteria for endocrine disruptors in view of possibly regulating them in the future.
Source: http://www.euractiv.com
 
Horizon 2020 ICT Advisory Forum established
The EC’s Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT) has set up a new ICT expert advisory group in preparation for Horizon 2020. This group is called the CONNECT Advisory Forum for ICT Research and Innovation (CAF).
The group consists of 27 experts from industry, public research organisations and  academia. The CAF is expected to be instrumental in developing the direction of research and innovation activities and initiatives dealing with communication networks, computing systems, digital content and related technologies under Horizon 2020.
Source: http://ec.europa.eu
Marie Curie Fellowships
Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowships for Career Development (IEF)
Deadline: 14 August 2013
Source: http://ec.europa.eu
 
Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellowships for Career Development (IOF)
Deadline: 14 August 2013
Source: http://ec.europa.eu
 
Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowships (IIF)
Deadline: 14 August 2013
Source: http://ec.europa.eu
Public consultation: Green paper "A 2030 framework for climate and energy policies"
The European Commission recently adopted a Green Paper on "A 2030 framework for climate and energy policies". This document launches a public consultation, allowing Member States, other EU institutions and stakeholders to express their views; for example on the type, nature and level of potential climate and energy targets for 2030, but also on other important aspects of EU energy policy in a 2030 perspective. Those views will feed into the Commission's on-going preparations for more concrete proposals for the 2030 framework which will be tabled by the end of 2013.
Deadline: 2 July 2013
Source: http://ec.europa.eu
 
Consultation on the 2015 International climate change agreement: shaping international climate policy beyond 2020
The purpose of this consultation is to initiate a debate with Member States, EU institutions and stakeholders on how best to shape the international climate regime between 2020 and 2030.
Deadline: 26 June 2013
Source: http://ec.europa.eu
 
Roadmap: Review of waste policy and legislation
The Commission's work programme for 2013 indicates that there will be a review of waste policy and legislation.
The results of this single, comprehensive and coherent review will be presented in 2014 and will cover the following three elements:
1. A review of key targets in EU waste legislation (in line with the review clauses in the Waste Framework Directive, the Landfill Directive and the Packaging Directive);
2. An ex-post evaluation ("fitness check") of five of the EU Directives dealing with separate waste
streams: sewage sludge, PCB/PCT, packaging and packaging waste, end of life vehicles, and batteries;
3. An assessment of how the problem of plastic waste can best be tackled in the context of the current waste policy framework. This will follow on from the March 2013 Green Paper on Plastic Waste that launches a wide-ranging public consultation on the subject.
Source: http://ec.europa.eu
 
Roadmap: Environmental assessment framework to enable a safe and secure unconventional hydrocarbon (e.g. shale gas) extraction
Technological progress is opening up new possibilities to extract unconventional fossil fuels such as shale gas, tight gas, coalbed methane, or shale oil, from geological formations which were previously too complex or too expensive to extract. These unconventional fossil fuels could provide opportunities to diversify EU energy supplies and improve competitiveness in the EU. Public concern over potential health and environmental impacts related to hydraulic fracturing has caused several Member States to prohibit, or to announce the possibility to prohibit the use of hydraulic fracturing practices. The underlying question is whether the current legal framework is adapted for the use of these more novel practices in Europe, and whether it is fit to manage potential new environmental risks of unconventional fossil fuels projects.
Source: http://ec.europa.eu
Reduced fees for SMEs under EU chemical legislation
The European Commission lowered the fees and charges that small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) have to pay to register chemicals. This step should help SMEs that produce or trade chemicals to remain competitive during the current difficult market situation. European Commission Vice-President Antonio Tajani, Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship, and Janez Potočnik, Commissioner for Environment said: "By reducing fees for SMEs affected by the REACH legislation, the Commission is directly responding to their concerns. We are working together towards EU chemical legislation that protects health and the environment, as well helping European businesses to grow and to create jobs."
Source: http://ec.europa.eu
 
Scoreboard shows EU more innovative, but gap between countries widening
Innovation performance in the EU has improved year on year in spite of the continuing economic crisis, but the innovation divide between Member States is widening.
This is the result of the European Commission Innovation Union Scoreboard 2013, a ranking of EU Member States. While the most innovative countries have further improved their performance, others have shown a lack of progress. The overall ranking within the EU remains relatively stable, with Sweden at the top, followed by Germany, Denmark and Finland. Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia are the countries that have most improved since last year. Drivers of innovation growth in the EU include SMEs and the commercialisation of innovations, together with excellent research systems. However the fall in business and venture capital investment over the years 2008-2012 has negatively influenced innovation performance.
Source: http://ec.europa.eu
Creating markets from research results
6 – 7 May 2013
Munich, Germany
Source: http://www.epo.org
 
Business meets research
7 – 8 May 2013
Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Source: http://www.bmr.lu
 
Third international conference on environment and industrial innovation
19 – 20 May 2013
Copenhagen, Denmark
Source: http://www.iceii.org
 
2013 University-industry interaction conference
27 – 29 May 2013
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Source: http://www.university-industry.com
 
SMEs and Standardization conference
28 May 2013
Brussels, Belgium
Source: http://www.iprhelpdesk.eu
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