Science Business hosts conference on EU research framework program

Science Business hosts a conference with the title “New world order: Science, technology & trade” on June 27, 2017. The event explores how trends in the eponymous areas will affect the EU’s 9th research framework program. While addressing broad trends, the one-day conference also includes a parallel session to “deep dive” on the topic of international collaboration in infectious disease research.

Location: Brussels, Belgium

Event page - Science Business


European Parliament discusses the future of EU finances

European Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources, Günther Oettinger, will present a reflection paper on "The future of EU finances" to the European Parliament’s Budgets Committee.  The paper will be adopted on June 28, 2017, by the Commission, and will then be debated on the same day with members of the Budgets Committee.

The debate will be livestreamed here.

Website - European Parliament


Africa-EU CSO forum held in Tunisia

The Intercontinental Civil Society Forum, jointly organized by the European and African CSO Steering Committees of the Joint Africa EU Strategy, aims to develop civil society recommendations for the official Africa-EU Summit in November 2017. Overall, the forum strives to promote effective and relevant civil society participation in JAES, and to strengthen CSO contribution to the policy making process.

Location: Tunis, Tunisia

Call for applications - African Union


EU Commission holds open discussion with biochemistry expert

The EU’s current research framework program, Horizon2020, hosts a ‘Science Café’ open discussion on biochemistry research with recognized scientist Jan Konvalinka. Konvalinka was involved in development of the first inhibitors of the HIV protease and is currently focused on viral resistance development. The event is open to all interested participants.

Location: Brussels, Belgium

Event description - European Commission 

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EIB plans public consultation

The European Investment Bank (EIB) Group will soon launch a public consultation on the review of its Complaints Mechanism Policy. The EIB Complaints policy provides an accountability tool to enable aggrieved members of the public to resolve disputes with the EIB through an independent body. The public consultation process, soliciting a wide-range of informed views, will be officially launched with publication of a draft policy expected on May 29, 2017. A consultation meeting will take place June 29, 2017, in Brussels to enable direct exchange with EIB staff about the issues at stake within the review.

Webpage - EIB


EU hosts meeting on decentralized cooperation with regional authorities from around the world

The European Commission and the European Committee of the Regions organize a large international meeting to discuss common challenges and build sustainable partnerships in the framework of the 5th ‘Assises of Decentralised Cooperation’. More than 600 participants, local and regional authorities from the EU, Africa, Caribbean, Pacific, and Latin America are expected to attend. Topics of discussion include the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), migration, and climate change and energy.

Location: Brussels, Belgium

Event page - European Commission 


EU launches 'Horizon Birthday Prize'

The European Commission, together with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and MSD for Mothers (Merck Sharp & Dohme Corporation), launches a research and development competition to identify and bring to market innovative solutions to prevent death and complications during pregnancy and childbirth. It includes a €2.5 million prize. The 'Horizon for the Birthday' Prize, as it is called, will be awarded to the solution that can best demonstrate a reduction in maternal and/or newborn morbidity and mortality and/or stillbirths during facility-based deliveries. It must also be new, safe, and scalable. 

Applications are due on September 6, 2017.

Competition page - European Commission

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EuroNGOs push back annual conference to September 2017

The 2017 EuroNGOs conference, which focuses on protecting sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) in a time of growing populism, moves from May 2017 to September 2017. The two-day gathering explores and debates how populism affects SRHR in the context of global development, and focuses on pro-SRHR messaging and advocacy techniques. Detailed thematic tracks and sessions will be shared on the EuroNGOs website.

Location: Brussels, Belgium

Event page - EuroNGOs

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EuroNGOS seeks youth participation for pre-conference meeting

This year, the EuroNGOS annual conference focuses on how sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) are affected by growing populism. The conference plans to allow youth speakers the opportunity to speak at plenary and breakout sessions. A pre-meeting for youth organizations is held on September 26, 2017.

Financial support to attend the meeting may be available to participants who apply before June 12, 2017. Registration for the conference closes August 25, 2017.  

Location: Brussels, Belgium

Event page - EuroNGOs


9th European Innovation Summit takes place in November 2017 in Brussels

The 9th European Innovation Summit (EIS), the largest annual event on innovation, research, and technology in the EU, is  scheduled to take place the last week of November 2017, in Brussels. Sessions focus, among others, on food, agriculture, energy, and the environment. In an effort to bridge policy making and the day-to-day challenges of innovators, the event organizer, Knowledge4Innovation, plans a ‘European Innovation Week". Start-ups, investors, and actors of the innovation ecosystem in Brussels are invited to participate. The week-long schedule includes a plenum event at the European Parliament, workshops, networking, and exchange of best practices. 

Location: Brussels, Belgium

The draft Summit program is available here

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