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General European Highlights


Regulation of access to research findings
The European Commission (EC) aims to have 60% of published research results freely accessible by 2016. This will be implemented through the concept of Open Access (OA). This means free availability on the public internet to every user. The only restriction on reproduction and distribution, and the only role for copyright in this domain, is to give authors control over the integrity of their work and the right to be properly acknowledged and cited.
Source: https://www.euresearch.ch

New university ranking system launched in Europe
The European Union unveiled its own university ranking system. U-multirank compares data on 879 universities and colleges, 10,000 faculties and 5,000 study programmes across 74 countries. The ranking will, “enable students to make more informed decisions about where to study and give us a more accurate picture of how universities perform”, said Androulla Vassiliou, Commissioner for Education at the launch. The novelty is that U-multirank is not a “top 100” horse race. Rather, users are able to tailor a personal ranking based on their priorities. Students can use it to profile and compare universities, faculties and programmes out of 30 indicators in five areas: research, teaching and learning, international orientation, knowledge transfer, and regional engagement.
Source: http://www.sciencebusiness.net 

Iceland and Norway sign up to join Horizon 2020
Iceland and Norway became the first non-EU countries to associate to Horizon 2020. The decision, taken at a meeting of the European Economic Area (EEA) Joint Committee, takes effect from the beginning of Horizon 2020 allowing these two countries' researchers and companies to participate on the same basis as their counterparts in the EU. In return, the two countries will contribute financially to Horizon 2020.
Source: http://europa.eu

Blue economy innovation: examples of EU marine research
The European Commission set out proposals to support "Innovation in the Blue Economy" by creating an information platform on marine research in the European Union, sharing already available data and completing a detailed sea-bed map of European waters by 2020, among other measures.
Source: http://europa.eu
 
Progress in the use of alternatives to animal testing
According to ECHA's tri-annual report about the use of alternatives to animal testing, registrants have widely used alternative methods to generate information required by REACH to ensure the safe use of chemicals. Most registrants conform with the data sharing obligations and industry has increasingly used in vitro methods, built categories and predicted substance properties by read-across. According to the report, most registrants do conform with the data sharing obligation under REACH to fulfil the information requirements and to avoid unnecessary animal testing.
Source: http://echa.europa.eu
 
The quest for a greener approach to desalinating water
As the world’s population continues to grow, the demand for fresh water is reaching unprecedented highs. To meet the skyrocketing demand for fresh water, the desalination industry is growing rapidly. With that increased production comes rising concerns about the environmental impact. Desalination is an energy-intensive process that consumes electricity and heat, requires harsh chemicals and produces waste.
Source: http://www.sciencebusiness.net

Funding Updates and Awards


V International ideas awards “IQ-CHem”
The Ideas Awards “IQ-CHem” aims to search and support innovative ideas in production and application of petrochemical products.
The award winners will be announced in December 2014.
Deadline: 31 October 2014
Source: http://sibur.com
 
M-ERA.NET call 2014 with topics in materials and engineering launched
All applicants are requested to contact their respective national/regional funding organisation for national/regional programme details.
The following thematic areas are supported:
  • Integrated computational materials engineering
  • New surfaces and coatings
  • Composite technology
  • Materials for sustainable and affordable low carbon energy technologies
  • Materials for health
  • Functional materials focusing on sensors
Deadline: 16 September 2014
Source: http://m-era.net
 
A selection of Horizon 2020 Calls
ERC Proof of Concept Grant
Deadline: 1 October 2014
Source: http://ec.europa.eu   
 
Support to innovation, human resources, policy and international cooperation
Innovation support measures
Deadline: 2 September 2014
Source: http://ec.europa.eu
 
Policy measures for research infrastructures
Deadline: 2 September 2014
Source: http://ec.europa.eu
 
International cooperation for research infrastructures
Deadline: 2 September 2014
Source: http://ec.europa.eu
 
Growing a low carbon, resource efficient economy with a sustainable supply of raw materials
Ensuring sustainable use of agricultural waste, co-products and by-products
Deadline: 16 October 2014
Source: http://ec.europa.eu
 
Raw materials partnerships
Deadline: 10 March 2015
Source: http://ec.europa.eu
 
Call for competitive low-carbon energy
Developing next generation technologies for biofuels and sustainable alternative fuels
Deadline: 3 September 2014
Source: http://ec.europa.eu
 
Enabling decarbonisation of the fossil fuel-based power sector and energy intensive industry through CCS
Deadline: 3 September 2014
Source: http://ec.europa.eu

Consultations and Roadmaps


Consultation on the future EU initiative on No Net Loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services
The EU biodiversity strategy to 2020 aims to halt biodiversity loss and to conserve ecosystem services. The strategy contains six operational targets and twenty associated actions. One of them, action 7, is to ensure no net loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services. Under action 7, the Commission is foreseen to propose, by 2015, an initiative on No Net Loss. The purpose of the present consultation is to gather views about the future initiative that the Commission is scheduled to propose in 2015.
Deadline: 26 September 2014
Source: http://ec.europa.eu
 
Roadmap: Proposal for an implementing act on the introduction of a European professional card for particular professions
The EPC is one of the key elements of the revised Directive 2005/36/EC and the details of its functioning have been specified in the articles 4a-e. As the Directive specifies, relevant authorities in professionals' home countries will be more involved in the recognition process through electronic procedures via Internal Market Information System (IMI). Applicants will have the option of applying online, and the EPC document will be sent to them online through a public interface connected to the IMI system, which enables authorities from different EU countries to share information quickly and efficiently. As a voluntary recognition procedure (alternative to the normal processes) from the professionals’ side, the EPC will complement rather than replace any registration procedures associated with access to a particular profession.
Source: http://ec.europa.eu

Business Updates

 
Amending the budget to cover research, education, support to businesses and cohesion policy
The Commission is proposing to increase the 2014 level of payment appropriations by EUR 4.738 billion to cover legal obligations in research and innovation, education and support for small and medium-sized enterprises. Higher reimbursement claims from Member States in cohesion policy have to be addressed as well as the difficult situation in the Ukraine. Draft amending budget 3 addresses the need for additional payments for EU programmes that have been beefed up to support Europe's economic recovery, growth and jobs: Horizon 2020 (research), the Youth Employment Initiative, Erasmus+ (education), COSME (support to businesses).
Source: http://europa.eu
 
European elections: industry giants deliver energy wishlist for the new Commission
Nowhere is the failure of the EU to create a true common market more evident, according to executives, than in energy. Europe acquired a legal basis for regulating energy in the Lisbon Treaty of 2009. But the notion of a coherent European energy market is still some way from fruition, says Fabrizio Barbaso, deputy director for energy at the European Commission. Poor infrastructure is also part of the problem.
Source: http://www.sciencebusiness.net

 

Forthcoming Events


Info Day on “Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation"
3 July 2014
Brussels,Belgium
Website: http://ec.europa.eu
 
15 International Conference on ICT in Education
3-5 July 2014
Kos, Greece
Website: http://www.icicte.org 
 
5th International Conference on Nanotechnology: Fundamentals and Applications
11-13 August 2014
Prague, Czech Republic
Website: http://icnfa.com/
 
34th International Symposium on Halogenated Persistent Organic Pollutants
31 August - 5 September 2014
Madrid, Spain
Website: http://www.dioxin2014.org/
 

5th EuCheMS Chemistry Congress

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

Upcoming EuCheMS Recognised Events


18th International Symposium on Bioluminescence and Chemiluminescence
23 - 28 June 2014
Uppsala, Sweden
Website: http://www-conference.se
 
Conference on Organic Free Radicals
29 - 4 July 2014
Prague, Czech Republic
Website: http://www.uochb.cz
 
Conference on Molten Salts and Ionic liquids
6 - 10 July 2014
Tallinn, Estonia
Website: http://euchem2014.ee/
 
23rd International Symposium on Medicinal Chemistry
7 - 11 September 2014
Lisbon, Portugal
Website: http://www.ldorganisation.com  
 
22nd Conference on Isoprenoids
7 - 10 September 2014
Prague, Czech Republic
Website: http://www.vscht.cz
 
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