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General European Highlights


EU scientific programme for Expo 2015 in the making: work kicks off
A high level expert group to support the definition and implementation of the EU scientific programme for Expo Milano 2015 has been set up by the JRC, the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, and the European Parliament. The expert group will seek to promote a policy debate on "feeding the planet" among the 144 participants and contribute to the legacy of Expo 2015. Focusing on the theme "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life", Expo 2015 addresses one of the biggest global challenges of the future: how to ensure sufficient, good, healthy and sustainable food for all mankind. EXPO will take place from 1 May to 31 October 2015.
Source: http://ec.europa.eu
 
EuCheMS responded to the public consultation on energy efficiency
Recently the European Commission launched a public consultation on “progress towards the 2020 energy efficiency objective and a 2030 energy efficiency policy framework”. The aim of the consultation was to seek the opinions of the stakeholders on the issues related to energy efficiency policies and measures for 2020 and 2030.  Particularly, the replies submitted to this consultation will provide an important input to the review of progress towards the 2020 energy efficiency target and they will be taken into consideration also for the follow-up of the Communication “A policy framework for climate and energy in the period from 2020 to 2030” to establish the exact ambition of future energy savings policy and the measures necessary to deliver it.
EuCheMS based its contribution on the EuCheMS Roadmap “Chemistry: developing solutions in a changing world”.
Source: http://ec.europa.eu
 
A joint response of EuCheMS and ECTN to the public consultation on a “European area of skills and qualifications”
The European Commission launched a public consultation with the objective of collecting the views of stakeholders and individuals on the problems faced by learners and workers with regard to the transparency and recognition of their skills and qualifications when moving within and between EU Member States, on the adequacy of the related European policies and instruments and on the potential benefits of developing a “European area of skills and qualifications”.
EuCheMS submitted its contribution jointly with the European Chemistry Thematic Network (ECTN).
Source: http://ec.europa.eu
 
EFSA publication on new methodology to identify chemical risks in the food and feed chain
The European Food Safety Authority has published a new methodology designed to identify chemical risks in the food and feed chain with a likely direct or indirect effect on humans. The proposal for a multi-stage pilot study spanning two years, plans to not only establish system effectiveness, develop the tools used in the detection process, but also offers a further potential for creating a warning system for new chemicals.
Source: http://www.ecomundo.eu

Clinical trials: clearer rules, better protection for patients
Pharmaceutical companies and academic researchers will have to post the results of all their European clinical trials in a publicly-accessible database, under a draft law already informally agreed with EU ministers and recently passed by the European Parliament. The law also facilitates cross-border cooperation to make clinical trials larger, more viable and more reliable, which should in turn boost efforts to develop special treatments, e.g. for rare diseases.
Source: http://www.europarl.europa.eu
 
EU takes measures to help researchers find jobs and advice
The European Commission launched a pan-European information campaign to help researchers find career advice and work through the EURAXESS gateway. The “EURAXESS – Researchers in Motion” roadshow will visit 29 European cities in 22 countries to offer researchers and those interested in scientific careers advice on jobs, CV building and employment rights. The two months campaign, with a strong social media presence, is expected to reach out to around 100,000 students and young researchers.
Source: http://ec.europa.eu
 
STOA study on measuring scientific performance for improved policy making
In recent decades, developments in European research policy making have led to an enhancement of the role and function of evaluation to cope with the growing globalization of research and the need to ensure effective research systems at the national level and in the European Research Area. These developments have led to a need for a more integrated way to understand research performance as well as its efficiency and effects, combined with a growing need for a European view. Current trends in the extended use of research information systems - at institutional, national and European level, set the context and create the opportunity for the development of a European research information infrastructure that could provide the basis for an improved research policy development in Europe.
Source: http://www.europarl.europa.eu
 
European Institute of Innovation and Technology elects a new chairman
The board of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) has elected Peter Olesen as its next chairman. Olesen, a plant biologist, starts his term at the beginning of August, with a brief to take forward the EIT’s plans for the creation of four new Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) over the next two years.
Source: http://www.sciencebusiness.net

Funding Updates and Awards


EU to offer €20M in R&D prizes
Inducement Prize Contests are a new instrument introduced under Horizon 2020. Inducement prizes offer a reward for the completion of a set technological challenge that has not yet been achieved. They are a way of spurring interest in a particular issue, helping to attract new dynamic innovators to the area, mobilising additional private investment for research, and stimulating interest among the general public. 
Source: http://ec.europa.eu
 
Call for Marie Skłodowska-Curie 'COFUND' Action
To encourage researchers to move across borders, Marie Skłodowska -Curie Actions offer additional funding to support existing or new regional, national and international doctoral and fellowship programmes for research training and career development.
Deadline: 2 October 2014
Website: http://ec.europa.eu
 
EUREKA, the European network for innovation, is calling for projects to fund
EUREKA launched a new call for technological innovation projects. Innovative companies and universities from EUREKA member countries which are not taking part in this call and countries outside of the EUREKA Network may also participate with the agreement of their own national innovation agency.
Deadline: 1 August 2014
Source: http://www.eurekanetwork.org
 
Selected Horizon2020 Calls

Call for competitive low-carbon energy
Large scale energy storage
Deadline: 3 March 2015
Source: http://ec.europa.eu
 
Enabling decarbonisation of the fossil fuel-based power sector through CCS
Deadline: 3 September 2014
Source: http://ec.europa.eu
 
Innovative, Sustainable and Inclusive Bioeconomy
Bridging research and innovation efforts for a sustainable bioeconomy
Deadline: 26 June 2014
Source: http://ec.europa.eu
 
Sustainable and resilient agriculture for food and non-food systems
Deadline: 26 June 2014
Source: http://ec.europa.eu
 
Converting CO2 into chemicals
Deadline: 24 February 2015
Source: http://ec.europa.eu   
 
Sustainable Food Security
Biological contamination of crops and the food chain
Deadline: 24 February 2015
Website: http://ec.europa.eu
 
Management and sustainable use of genetic resources
Deadline: 24 February 2015
Website: http://ec.europa.eu

Consultations and Roadmaps


Consultation on introducing the European Professional Card (EPC) for regulated professions
The European Professional Card (EPC) is a key element of Directive 2005/36/EC on the recognition of professional qualifications, as amended by Directive 2013/55/EU. The amending directive took effect on 17 January 2014, and the EU countries are expected to implement it by 18 January 2016. The point of the EPC is to make it easier for professional qualifications to be recognised and for members of a regulated profession to practise elsewhere in the EU. This will be achieved by involving the relevant authorities in professionals’ home countries more, and through electronic procedures.
Deadline: 2 June 2014
Source: http://ec.europa.eu 
 

Business Updates

 
Stakeholders unite to boost access to raw materials in Europe
A milestone of the European  Innovation  Partnership  on  Raw  Materials  was  reached  with the announcement of the first set of commitments by over 800 companies, public agencies, research institutes, non-governmental organisations and other stakeholders from all over Europe. These partners have all committed to contribute in one way or the other to fostering technological and non-technological innovation in Europe’s raw materials value chains.
Source: http://ec.europa.eu
 

Forthcoming Events


The Ninth ECHA Stakeholders' Day
21 May 2014
Helsinki, Finland
Website: http://echa.europa.eu
 
IMI Stakeholder Forum
21 May 2014
Brussels, Belgium
Website: http://www.imi.europa.eu
 
Old and New Challenges in Global Health Research
22 May 2014
Brussels, Belgium
Website: www.leru.org
 
Week of Innovative Regions in EUROPE 2014
12-13 June 2014
Athens, Greece
Website: http://www.wire2014.eu/
 
Land as a resource
19 June 2014
Brussels, Belgium
Website: http://ec.europa.eu

5th EuCheMS Chemistry Congress

31 August - 4 September 2014
Istanbul, Turkey
http://www.euchems2014.org/
 

Upcoming EuCheMS Recognised Events


38th International Symposium on Capillary Chromatography & 11th GCxGC Symposium
18 - 23 May 2014
Riva del Garda, Italy
Website: http://192.167.106.132.htlm  
 
113th Annual German Conference on Physical Chemistry
29 - 31 May 2014
Hamburg , Germany
Website: http://www.bunsen.de
 
22nd Analysdagarna
9 - 11 June 2014
Stockholm, Sweden
Website: http://www.analysdagarna.se/  
 
15th International Conference on Electroanalysis
11 - 15 June 2014
Malmö, Sweden
Website: http://eseac2014.com/
 

Calls for EuCheMS Awards


European Young Chemist Award 2014
Deadline: 15 May 2014

EuCheMS Lecture Award
Deadline: 10 June 2014

EuCheMS Award for Service
Deadline: 10 June 2014
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