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    SAVE THE DATE! Enhancing Research and Innovation in Europe: the road sector experience

    August 21st, 2017

    The conference is organized on 12 September 2017 in Madrid in collaboration with the European Commission Representation in Spain and the DURABROADS EU Project. 

    An important goal for the European Union is to accelerate the shift towards a low carbon economy and promote innovation in transport. The deployment of EU Programmes on Research & Innovation is providing new solutions towards a system that is more environmentally-friendly, resource efficient, safer and adapted to current challenges (i.e. climate change, increase of freight transport, oil dependence, etc). The Madrid Conference will also present the final results of the DURABROADS EU Project which has focussed its research on how nanomaterials can improve road pavements in terms of durability, resilience and sustainability. In addition, the event will display different examples of collaborative research projects that focus on:Latest trends and challenges in road research

    • • Latest trends and challenges in road research
    • • Use of nanotechnology-based elements in road pavements
    • • Adaptation of asphalt pavements to the Circular Economy approach
    • • Green Public Procurement for road pavements
    • • Partnership between Europe and US in road infrastructure research
    • • Sustainable performance assessment software and certificates

    More information and registration here.


    TRA2018: 2nd Call for Interactive Zone Demonstrations & Showcases open until 15 September 2017!

    July 6th, 2017

    Under the heading of “A digital Era for Transport”, the Transport Research Arena 2018 will be held on 16-19 April in Vienna, Austria.

    The TRA 2018 conference and exhibition will be enhanced by an interactive zone, a room for showcases, technical demonstrations, Start-Ups and presentations. It will provide a unique experience in different dimensions (speech, visual, hands-on, interactive) for attendees and make TRA 2018 attractive to the technical press and wider public. This zone aims to present complex subjects, in particular research projects, in an interactive and comprehensive way.

    The 2nd Call for the Interactive Zone is open until 15 September 2017 – a chance for Demonstrations & Showcases to be shown at TRA2018.

    You can download the the booklet for more information here.

    Maximising the impact of EU Research & Innovation programmes: LAB-FAB-APP report of the independent High Level Group

    July 6th, 2017

    Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science & Innovation, hosted the stakeholders conference ‘Research & Innovation – shaping our future’ on July 3rd. Chaired by Pascal Lamy, a High Level Group bringing together 12 leading experts was tasked in December 2016 to advise the European Commission on how to maximise the impact of the EU’s investment in research and innovation.

    During the conference, the independent High Level Group on maximising the impact of EU Research & Innovation programmes presented its report entitled ‘LAB – FAB – APP: Investing in the European future we want’. The 11 recommendations of the report focus on maximising the impact of EU investments in research and innovation in order to increase prosperity and solve biggest societal challenges. Each recommendation is exemplified by a key action.

    The HLG recommendations are the following ones: Read the rest of this entry »

    European Commission’s Common Dissemination Booster – take advantage of the new service

    June 6th, 2017

    The European Commission has launched a new service dedicated to dissemination of research projects’ results.

    The Common Dissemination Booster (CDB) aims at providing 7th Framework Programme and Horizon 2020 Project Consortia with the knowledge and skills to bring together results from several projects that are suitable to be disseminated together, forming a portfolio of project results; to better map and target their stakeholders; and to disseminate projects’ results to targeted potential users at European level and beyond.

    The CDB is not substituting nor duplicating existing dissemination activities at individual project level. It aims at maximising the dissemination and exploitation potential by leveraging the synergies amongst related projects with a dedicated service offering.

    Please refer to the dedicated leaflet for a detailed description of the service.

    For any further questions, contact the Common Dissemination Support Team at: EC-CSC-DISSEMINATION-SUPPORT@ec.europa.eu

    To apply, please submit your expression of interest via the online submission form available at: https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/CDB

    Applications can be made until the end November 2017, services will be implemented on a first come first served basis within the available financial envelope.

    Energy Efficiency and Indoor Climate in Buildings is out! Edition of 01 June 2017

    June 1st, 2017

    The June issue of the “Energy Efficiency and Indoor Climate in Buildings” newsletter has just been released.

    This monthly online newspaper contains relevant information on the Air Infiltration and Ventilation Centre (AIVC), TightVent Europe, the international platform on ventilative cooling (venticool) & IEA EBC annex 62-ventilative cooling and the QUALICHeCK project.

    The paper is available at the first of every month at: http://news.inive.org/

    2017 Impact Workshop on the cPPPs in Horizon 2020

    May 20th, 2017

    The yearly Impact Workshop for the three contractual Public-Private Partnerships (cPPPs) took place in Brussels on 16-17 May 2017. It was the occasion for the cPPPs projects to present their successful outcomes, advancement and more generally share their experience and good practices of project-building.

    As regards the Energy efficient Buildings (EeB) cPPP, the first day of the Impact Workshop was organized by the ECTP E2B Committee. The workshop began with two addresses by the European Commission on the topics of energy efficiency in buildings through Horizon 2020, cPPP achievements and challenges followed by an introduction to the proposal amending the Energy Performance of Building Directive. It was then divided into four sessions, with EeB cPPP projects “success stories”:

    • Advanced Materials and nanotechnology
    • Design, Construction Process, end of life, cross cutting information
    • Technology Building blocks, Energy Performance monitoring and management,
    • ICT, BIM/Data and Interoperability.

    A zip file with the EeB cPPP project presentations is available here.

    The second day was organized by the European Commission and focused on success stories from the EeB, Factories of the Future and Sustainable Process Industry cPPPs. Discussions focused on lessons learnt from the cPPPs, difficulties encountered, as well as the “after end-of-project” impact. A replay is available at the following link: https://webcast.ec.europa.eu/ppps-impact-workshop#

    A report of the workshop will be published soon by the EC on the event dedicated webpage.

    Transport Research Arena 2018. Newsletter n°4 now available

    May 10th, 2017

    ENCORD and ECTP are supporting the Transport Research Arena 2018 organised on 16-19 April 2018 in Vienna, Austria.

    Digitisation, Automatisation and Decarbonisation are major trends that will drastically change the way we live, work and use mobility and transport in the future. Under the heading of “A digital Era for Transport”, TRA 2018 will explore, discuss and demonstrate these major paradigm shifts specifically directed at important areas of our life, such as transport, mobility, logistics and industrial production.

    TRA2018 will feature additional highlights to the conference programme such as the Exhibition and the Interactive Zone. This gives companies various possibilities to present themselves and their solutions and research results.

    Download the 4th issue of TRA newsletter here.

    More information and registration on the event website.

    Results of the stakeholder consultation for H2020 Interim Evaluation

    May 2nd, 2017

    The European Commission (DG RTD) and the EESC organized on 28 April 2017 a joint event to present and discuss the results of the stakeholder’s consultation on the Horizon 2020 programme. The event was an occasion to compare these results with those of the recent EESC Information report on the same topic.

    As Rosalinde Van der Vlies, Head of Unit Evaluation – Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, reminded, the public consultation was open from October 2016 until January 2017, in order to contextualize and enrich the interim evaluation of Horizon 2020. It also allowed to have a concrete feedback from various and different stakeholders, from 69 Member States: 3483 replies were received, from individuals (49% of answers), business (20%), research organizations (9%) and academic (9%). Also, 27% of the responses came from non-beneficiaries of the Horizon 2020 program, which offer an interesting feedback on the application difficulties.

    The consultation was organized around several key issues: Read the rest of this entry »

    Registration for the conference “Research & Innovation – Shaping our Future” is open until 26 May

    May 2nd, 2017

    The conference “Research & Innovation – Shaping our Future” will be a major event in the area of R&I which will bring together policymakers from EU institutions, nearly 500 stakeholders and interested actors to discuss the role of R&I for Europe’s future. Pascal Lamy, the chair of the High Level Group, will present the Group’s vision and recommendations regarding maximising the impact of European research and innovation programmes. The conference will build further momentum for R&I as an investment for the future by discussing the recommendations and debating game-changing ideas in an interactive panel format. Visionary speakers will include researchers and innovators at the frontier of progress, captains of industry, politicians and young minds.

    More information from the EC website here.
    Registration is open till 26 May 2017.

    The EeB PPP Project Review 2017 is now available!

    May 2nd, 2017

    The sixth edition of the EeB PPP Project Review has been published.

    This yearly publication presents the progress and results of 110 co-funded projects within the EeB PPP under the 7th Framework Programme (FP7) for 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 and 45 co-funded projects under the Horizon 2020 programme for 2014, 2015 and 2016.

    This new edition highlights current results and achieved or potential impact of the EeB PPP Projects. The projects demonstrate scientific and technological excellence, across all levels, from early stage conception to demonstration of almost ready-to-market innovations. Distributed into 7 technology-clusters defined according to the construction-related research and innovation value chain from the EeB PPP Roadmap (Design, Technology Building Blocks, Advanced materials and nanotechnology, Construction process, Energy performance monitoring & management, ICT and BIM), the 155 research projects featured in this brochure illustrate the diverse innovation approaches and the importance of embracing all aspects of the building and construction sector.

    You can download the 2017 version of the Project Review here.

    Industrial Innovation Info Days 2017 (Brussels, 3-4 October) – Save the date!

    May 2nd, 2017

    The European Commission is organising the “Industrial Innovation” Info Days 2017, with the support of external stakeholders. The event will take place in Brussels on 3-4 October 2017.

    The aim is to:
    • Build the basis for the future of Industrial Research in Europe,
    • Inform relevant Industrial Technologies providers and users about EU activities in the field,
    • Enhance the cooperation among Industrial stakeholders.

    Mornings will be dedicated to plenary sessions with key notes by high level speakers for the future of the industrial pillar under Horizon 2020. Panel sessions in the afternoons will focus on the main upcoming challenges for the next work programme on Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials, Advanced Manufacturing and Processing, and Biotechnology. Participants will be given the opportunity to present new project ideas during brokerage sessions.

    The full programme and registration site will be published on the event’s website.

    Save the dates for these Info Days. Looking forward a fruitful event!

    The promising growth prospects – The EU construction industry in 2015 and 2016

    April 20th, 2017

    The EU construction industry returned to growth and it seems that this positive signal is not temporary. Increasing values of production in construction sector were already observed in 2015, but the next year was even better. The reason for this trend is significant growth in activity aimed at construction of buildings.

    Access more information and the the full publication from ASM website here.

    European Commission report: Good practice in energy efficiency

    April 15th, 2017

    In November 2016, the European Commission presented the Clean Energy for all Europeans package. Followed the Good Practice in Energy Efficiency report, which goal is to show the importance of clean energy transition and explain that huge improvements in energy efficiency are occurring across the European Union. Still, it recognizes that there are numerous challenges to overcome, and offer to look at various innovative solutions and projects. This document presents various examples of good practices of clean energy transition and innovation from policy making and implementation, research and development across different sectors and throughout all 28 Member States.

    One part of this report focuses particularly on the importance of Energy Efficiency in buildings:

    In 2014, European building stock accounted for 30% of the European Union’s greenhouse gas emissions, which equates to approximately 40% of the European Union’s total energy consumption. The challenge is to lower these numbers by retrofitting and innovation for newly constructed buildings. In order to promote solution and innovative projects in this field, the report is divided into different sub-parts: Read the rest of this entry »

    Launch of the European Investment Project Portal (EIPP)

    March 28th, 2017

    The European Commission has recently launched the European investment Project Portal (EIPP), as part of the Investment Plan for Europe Initiative to mobilize investment, promote economic growth and create more jobs across the EU.

    This online platform offers to gather investment projects in one centralized web portal, building a bridge between promoters and investors.

    Research, development & innovation as well as energy efficiency are among the sectors covered by the platform.

    Thanks to this portal, potential investors have a clear access to the projects information, and can easily find projects according to their own preferences thanks to the advanced search and filtering criteria. At the same time, project promoters can boost the visibility of their EU-based projects by submitting them to a large and diversified network of international investors. You can submit or find new investments projects at EIPP Portal.

    Invitation to become Reviewer for TRA 2018!

    March 28th, 2017

    High expertise in the different areas of transport research is very welcome to review scientific and technical papers being submitted for the Transport Research Arena TRA 2018  – THE European research and technology biennial conference on transport and mobility which will take place in Vienna, Austria on April 16-19, 2018. The event organisers would highly appreciate your support!

    Review of abstracts/papers will be carried out in the following topics:

    1. Environment and Energy Efficiency
    2. Vehicles & Vessels – Design, Development and Production
    3. Advanced Propulsion Systems
    4. Smart Urban Mobility & Logistics
    5. People Mobility – Systems and Services
    6. Freight Transport and Logistics
    7. Transport Infrastructure
    8. Connected and Automated Transport
    9. Digital Technologies for Transport
    10. Safe, Secure and Resilient Transport Systems
    11. Human Dimension in Transport
    12. Socio-Economics, Innovation and Policy

    Two types of reviews will be needed: Read the rest of this entry »