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November 14-17, 2017: Horizon2020 Societal Challenge 2 'Infoweek' in Brussels

The European Commission has begun organizing an ‘Info Week’ to support potential applicants with proposals under the Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 2 (SC2), entitled ‘Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy.’ Co-hosted by the Research Executive Agency (REA), the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD), and the Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development (DG AGRI), the Info Week includes a presentation of the 2018-2020 Work Programme and of new funding opportunities, It also gives applicants a chance to network amongst themselves.

Location: Brussels, Belgium

Website - European Commission

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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

Knowledge4Innovation - Events 

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Fifth EU-Africa Summit to take place in Côte d’Ivoire

The fifth EU-Africa Summit takes place in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, on November 29-30, 2017.  The EU-Africa Summit brings together key decision-makers from the EU and Africa to discuss the future of relations and to deepen connections between the two continents. The Summit falls within the context of ongoing discussions and negotiations on the renewal of the Cotonou Partnership Agreement and the future relations between the EU and African, Caribbean and Pacific countries (ACP). By the end of 2017, the European Commission will have received the mandate from the European Council to negotiate a new agreement for the period 2018-2020. The Summit occurs every three years and its 2017 edition follows several key events, including the EU-Africa Business Forum and the election of African Union representatives.

Location: Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

Website - EU Africa Partnership

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December 8, 2017: Horizon 2020 holds info day on health, demographic change, and wellbeing

Horizon 2020's, the European Union's R&D program, holds an information day on its 'Societal Challenge 1', which focuses on health, demographic change, and wellbeing. Among other things, the session plans to address infectious diseases, global health, and innovative and sustainable health systems.

The Horizon 2018-2020 work program for Societal Challenge 1 expects to offer about €2 billion in calls for proposals.

Location: Brussels, Belgium

Website – European Commission

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