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    ENCORD News

    November 12th, 2015

    Find below some information on the life within ENCORD – workshops, Council meetings, etc. Enjoy your look around!


    Industrial Innovation Info Days will be held on 3 and 4 October 2017 in Brussels

    September 7th, 2017

    The Industrial Innovation Info Days will be held on 3 and 4 October 2017 in Brussels, under the auspices of the European Commission Directorate General for Research & Innovation.

    The purpose of this major event, which will gather more than 1000 participants, is to inform stakeholders about activities in the “Key Enabling Technologies” part of Horizon 2020. The programme will include keynote addresses on current and future investments in EU research & innovation, as well as presentations on upcoming challenges in the area of Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials, Advanced Manufacturing and Processing, and Biotechnology. The Info Days will also involve significant networking activities. During brokerage and matchmaking sessions, participants will have the opportunity to present their project ideas and meet potential partners from similar fields with a view to developing future project proposals. Stakeholders from Member States are involved in the organisation of the event and will be present to give concrete advice to potential Horizon 2020 applicants. Registrations are open and we warmly encourage you to participate in this event personally and avail of this ideal opportunity to meet many stakeholders. There are no registration fees.

    On each day of the event, lunch and refreshments will be offered, and at the end of the first day, there will be a networking cocktail. The programme and the link to registration site can be found on the website for the event. For further information, contact: RTD-NMBP-INFODAYS-2017@ec.europa.eu We are looking forward to welcoming you to the Industrial Innovation Days.

    The Organising Committee European Commission: DG Research & Innovation Key Enabling Technologies


    World Sustainable Energy Days

    September 3rd, 2017

    The conference and tradeshow World Sustainable Energy Days 2018 will take place from 28 February – 2 March 2018 in Wels, Austria. Clean energy for economic competitiveness and how to make the clean energy transition work for business, planet and people will be core themes of the World Sustainable Energy Days 2018. The annual conference brings together more than 700 delegates from over 50 countries from business, public sector and the research community.

    WSED 2018 offers 7 conferences and 3 interactive events covering technologies, policies and markets:
    European Energy Efficiency Conference
    * Energy Efficiency Economy Conference
    * Technology Innovation: Energy and Buildings
    * E-Mobility & Smart Buildings Conference
    * Energy Efficiency Policy Workshop

    You are warmly invited to take an active part in the event through the call for papers and speakers.

    Papers can be submitted on: Read the rest of this entry »


    cPPP Impact Workshop 2017: Report and Presentations published – August 2017

    August 25th, 2017

    This 7th Impact Workshop, organised by the European Commission on 17 May 2017, gathered representatives of Horizon 2020 projects funded under the 2014-2016 cPPP calls for proposals, and the members of the cPPP Partnership Boards.

    The objective of the workshop was to assess the impact of the contractual Public-Private Partnerships (cPPPs) :
    – Energy Efficient Buildings
    – Factories of the Future
    – Sustainable Process Industry through Resource and Energy Efficiency.

    The expected outcome was to increase the possible impact of cPPP projects after the end of the EU funding and to collect evidence on the leverage and impact generated by the cPPPs.

    The report of the workshop is published on the EU Law and Publications website.


    Good beginning of the year for the UE construction activity. The first quarter of 2017 marked by growth in all subsectors

    August 23rd, 2017

    Comparing data for the first quarter of 2016 and 2017, it can be found that production in the EU construction sector grew by over 2%. This growth was more visible in the EU building construction subsector (almost +3%) than in the case of civil engineering works (+1%). At the same time, the number of m2 of useful floor area in buildings which got permits in EU countries increased by 12%, which means that this indicator is almost 1% higher than at the end of 2016. This positive trend was observed both in residential and non-residential buildings, including office space.

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


    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.

     


    Industrial Innovation Info Days 2017 (Brussels, 3-4 October). Register now!

    August 20th, 2017

    The Industrial Innovation Info Days will be held on 3 and 4 October 2017 in Brussels, under the auspices of the European Commission Directorate General for Research & Innovation.

    The purpose of this major event, which will gather more than 1000 participants, is to inform stakeholders about activities in the “Key Enabling Technologies” part of Horizon 2020.

    The programme will include keynote addresses on current and future investments in EU research & innovation, as well as presentations on upcoming challenges in the area of Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials, Advanced Manufacturing and Processing, and Biotechnology.

    The Info Days will also involve significant networking activities. During brokerage and matchmaking sessions, participants will have the opportunity to present their project ideas and meet potential partners from similar fields with a view to developing future project proposals.

    Stakeholders from Member States are involved in the organisation of the event and will be present to give concrete advice to potential Horizon 2020 applicants.

    Registrations are now open and the Organising Committee warmly encourages you to participate in this event and avail of this ideal opportunity to meet many stakeholders.
    There are no registration fees.
    On each day of the event, lunch and refreshments will be offered, and at the end of the first day, there will be a networking cocktail.

    The programme and the link to registration site can be found on the website for the event.
    For further information, contact: RTD-NMBP-INFODAYS-2017@ec.europa.eu

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    European Commission – Digital Transformation Monitor. Make your voice heard!

    July 25th, 2017

    The Digital Transformation Monitor (https://ec.europa.eu/growth/tools-databases/dem/monitor/) is a project launched by the European Commission that aims at monitoring key technological and market trends, emerging business opportunities, new business paradigms and their impact on the European economy, and policy initiatives across Europe.

    The project comprises a Scoreboard which relies on an opinion survey amongst European companies in several industries. The first edition of the DTM Scoreboard, published in January 2017 (https://ec.europa.eu/growth/tools-databases/dem/monitor/scoreboard), carried out a survey in the automobile, mechanical engineering and pharmaceuticals industries. The second edition will be based on a survey in the aerospace, construction, and food industries. This online survey was launched mid July 2017 and is available at http://survey.pwc.lu/efm/itw/answer/s/yj7p6wyupr/k/DTM_Survey


    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.