MARINA Conference 2018: CALL FOR PAPERS now open!

Now open the call for papers for the MARINA Annual Conference, titled “Marine Responsible Research and Innovation in Science, Innovation and Society”, to be held in Tartu, Estonia, 17-19 September 2018, hosted by the Science Centre AHHAA. The deadline for abstract submission is 5 of June, the deadline for paper submission: 15 of June.

The second annual conference of the MARINA project aims at presenting cases studies highlighting examples where the implementation of RRI dimensions, principles and topics, made a difference in the impact of the research and innovation in the context of the H2020 societal challenges.

and-im-yoursThe concept of Responsible Research and Innovation is relatively recent and it is part of the Europe 2020 strategy. Its vision is to promote a stronger collaboration among scientists from different disciplines, societal actors, citizens and policy makers in order to achieve a wider dimension of science and innovation and enhance the role of society in dealing with its challenges.
With this focus, the conference will cover and systematize case studies and experiences developed in several past and running research activities and projects on RRI on within another context in relation to marine issues. This portfolio of experiences will also include examples of guidelines, approaches and good practices dealing with different aspects of RRI and marine challenges. These themes will help fill the gap in the present literature.
The conference overall aim is to establish, organise and activate an RRI community on the marine challenges, which involves scientists and societal actors working together during the whole research and innovation process. with the common goals of aligning both the process and its outcomes with the values, needs and expectations of the society and integrating citizens visions, needs and desires into science and innovation.

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JPI “Connecting Climate Knowledge for Europe

The Joint Programming InitiativeJPI Climate is a pan-European intergovernmental initiative, bringing together European countries to jointly coordinate climate research and fund new transnational research initiatives that provide useful climate knowledge and services for post-COP21 Climate Action.

JPI Climate aims at responding to the knowledge needs of the policy and the European society at large to address climate change, and to:

JPI Climate furthermore:Foster an excellent science base, world-class research infrastructures and a new generation of researchers;

  • Cooperate with partners in advanced, emerging and developing countries;
  • Achieve greater impacts through involvement of the public and private sectors in knowledge creation and mobilisation;
  • Innovate with the end-users on societal transformation for resilience and sustainability.

JPI Climate furthermore:

  • Provides a platform to align national research priorities according to a jointly agreed Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) with the aim of complementing and supporting initiatives at the European level (ERA-NETs, Horizon 2020, Climate KIC, ESFRI Projects, Copernicus),
  • Facilitates the coordination, collaboration and exploitation of synergies in climate change research, learning and innovation while working against fragmentation and duplication of efforts,
  • Connects different disciplinary approaches in natural and social sciences leading to interdisciplinary research efforts of higher quality and relevance,
  • Connects top researchers and research groups from different European countries, leading to high quality and efficient research efforts, long term collaborations and a stronger global position,
  • Connects scientific insights with the demands of policy makers, decision makers and other stakeholders from local to international levels, leading to more effective policies.

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What is Belmont Forum about?

With 120 participants from more than 30 different countries the Belmont Forum Information Day took place in Brussels on 30 November 2016. The Belmont Forum is a group of the world’s major and emerging funders of global environmental change research.  It main goal is to accelerate delivery of the environmental research needed to remove critical barriers to sustainability by aligning and mobilizing international resources. In the frame of the Belmont Forum, so called Collaborative Research Actions (CRAs) are funded. In the past they were focused on Mountains as Sentinels of Change, Climate Predictability and Inter-Regional Linkages, Arctic,    Scenarios of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, E-Infrastructures and Data Management, Food Security and Land Use Change, Coastal Vulnerability, Freshwater Security. Topics on Sustainable Urban Global Initiative (SUGI): Food-Water-Energy Nexus and Transformations to Sustainability will follow. Very interesting key-note speech of the Information Day was delivered by Janez Potočnik (former  European Commissioner and member and Co-Chair of the International Resource Panel hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme) who addressed global environmental change challenges.

ECRA General Assembly 2017, Brussels, 7-8 March 2017

The European Climate Research Alliance (ECRA) aims to strengthen, expand and optimise EU climate research capabilities through the sharing of world-class national facilities in Europe and the collaborative realisation of pan-EU programmes. National and European Climate change research programmes have to be streamlined and coordinated, in order to ensure optimum use of human resources, modelling capacities, field activities, and infrastructures, maximising therefore the impact of scientific results and reinforcing the European Research Area for climate change science.

In March 2017, the General Assembly of ECRA will take place in Brussels. Registration will open in December. It will focus on Climate Change and vulnerable regions”. This ECRA General Assembly will adress and discuss with climate scientists, policy makers and relevant climate initiatives about: Climate research priorities, most vulnerable regions and opportunities for adaptation strategies, improving collaboration in climate research, advancing integrated science and impact assessments.

Source : http://www.ecra-climate.eu/index.php/upcoming-events

Climate-KIC is looking for new partners

Call for applications for the EIT Regional Innovation Scheme is opened till 10 June 2016. This is a structured outreach scheme to boost the climate innovation capacity of regions not yet directly benefitting from the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) and its Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs). Organisations from the private sector, public sector (e.g. regional or city development authorities) or research and academic organisations are sought to join the community, and shape EIT innovation, business creation and professional education portfolios.

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Consultation on JPI Climate’s Revised Strategy

The Joint Programming Initiative ‘Connecting Climate Knowledge for Europe’ (JPI Climate) is currently revising its Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) for years 2016-2025. The revision follows the COP 21 arrangements and aims at addressing the challenge to make the transition from fossil fuels to clean energy, to increase Europe’s climate resilience as well as to provide knowledge base needed in support  for that transition.

The consultation seeks to inform the updating of the SRA and the further steps towards its implementation. To that end, the aim of the consultation is to receive input on potential needs, actions and tools  that could be addressed by JPI Climate to respond to the challenges identified in the revised SRA as well as on how those issues could be tackled in an effective and efficient way. The responses to the consultation will allow JPI Climate to better understand where its actions can have the added values and the greatest impact.

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New climate economy report: greener cities could save €15 trillion worldwide

New research from the New Climate Economy finds that investing in public and low emission transport, building efficiency, and waste management in cities could generate savings with a current value of US$17 trillion (€15 trillion) by 2050. These low-carbon investments could also reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 3.7 Gt CO2e per year by 2030, more than the current annual emissions of India.

The New Climate Economy is the flagship project of Global Commission on the Economy and Climate – a major international initiative to analyse and communicate the economic benefits and costs of acting on climate change. Chaired by former President of Mexico Felipe Calderón, the Commission comprises former heads of government and finance ministers and leaders in the fields of economics and business.

Source: https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/multisite/ecoap_stayconnected/news/new-climate-economy-report-greener-cities-could-save-eu15-trillion-worldwide_en

Source : http://newclimateeconomy.net/content/press-release-low-carbon-cities-are-us17-trillion-opportunity-worldwide