“Smart specialisation methodology” in the Adriatic-Ionian Macroregion

City of Šibenik is organizing workshop “Smart specialisation methodology” on 24th July 2014. The workshop will be attended by relevant representatives of City of Šibenik,  Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds, Marche Region Authority – Innovation, Research and Competitivness of productive sectors Unit and Bussines Innovation Croatian Agency (BICRO). Special attendent of the workshop will be Mr. Grzegorz Orawiec from the Department of Regional Policy, Marshal Office in Kielce, who will explain the role of the private sector in the Smart Specialization of Regions and utilization of the on line platforms in that processes. The other topics of the workshop will be: – Smart Specialisation in Croatia, – How to make Smart Specialisation Strategy starting from the methodology developed for the territorial cooperation project – the case of Marche Region – The use of new technologies and inovations for development, – Presentation of NEXT IS on line platform. Contact person for this event: Ivana Bujas Rupić, project coordinator, City of Šibenik ivana.bujas.rupic@sibenik.hr See the workshop draft agenda here attached:NEXT_International_workshop_Šibenik

Information and Communication Technology

Within the scope of its thematic programme on information and communication technologies (“ICTs”) created in 2007, the WWTF aims to promote scientific projects and Science Chairs/ Vienna Research Groups for Young Investigators that contribute to improving ITCs directly rather than applying ICTs to other disciplines. Projects may involve either information technologies or communication technologies or both. The projects should aim at studying substantial scientific issues tangential to ICTs which offer the prospect of medium-term utilization and exploitation. http://www.wwtf.at/programmes/ict/#c1934v

ERASMUS FOR YOUNG ENTERPRENEURS 2014

Publication date 2014-05-20 Deadline Date 2014-07-17 +17:00:00 (Brussels local time)
Budget €4,120,000 Main Pillar Supporting Entrepreneurs
Status Open OJ reference Not published in OJ
Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs is a mobility scheme that allows potential or newly established entrepreneurs to spend a period of time collaborating with an experienced entrepreneur in another participating country. These mobility actions aim to help the entrepreneurs enrich their experiences as well as learn and network with entrepreneurs in other participating countries. The aim of this call is to expand and strengthen the existing network of Intermediary Organisations which act as local contact points for newly established entrepreneurs as well as experienced entrepreneurs in the participating countries. The purpose of the call is to select bodies which will act as Intermediary Organisations (IOs) to implement the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs programme at local level. They will, in particular, recruit and assist the entrepreneurs who will benefit the programme. This call will therefore support actions for organisations enhancing and facilitating the mobility of new entrepreneurs, and is not intended for entrepreneurs willing to participate in the programme. Proposals need to be submitted by public or private entities, in partnerships composed of at least 5 entities from at least 4 different Participating Countries. Participation of a partner in more than one proposal is excluded. The Intermediary Organisations (IOs) will be required to cooperate with all other organisations and authorities involved in the mobility programme. They will receive support from the existing Support Office (SO), which helps with the coordination and management of the programme across Participating Countries.   http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/opportunities/cosme/calls/cos-eye-2014-4-05.html

The Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Programme

The Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Programme supports collaboration between scientists from NATO member states and those from Partner countries associated with NATO (see ‘Framework of the Programme’). Grants are given for workshops, training, and multi-year projects which are focused on research topics relevant to NATO’s objectives. All activities funded under the Programme must address topics that are proposed in response to those Key Priorities. The SPS Key Priorities, which are in line with NATO’s Strategic Objectives and formally approved by the NATO Political and Partnerships Committee (PPC), are reviewed on a regular basis. Partner nations which have developed Individual Partnership Action Plans (IPAPs) or Individual Partnership Programmes (IPPs) identify their national and regional priorities in those documents. Activities are based either on applications submitted by individual experts/scientists (bottom-up activities) or are developed by the Emerging Security Challenges (ESC)/SPS Working Group (top-down activities). Top-down activities are initiated in response to specific needs (pressing priorities identified by NATO divisions or Committees, requests from partner countries, important issues identified by Global Partner countries, etc.).

Vienna Research Groups for Young Investigators Call 2014 (currently open)

This call is issued for up to two to three positions as part of WWTF’s Life Sciences funding programme. It addresses Vienna-based research institutions that intend to hire an excellent young researcher from abroad for the set-up and management of an independent research group. WWTF takes unconventional research careers into consideration in total grants up to 1.6 Mio. € per research group for six to eight years. Full proposal have to be submitted by 24 July 2014. Decisions are planned for December 2014. Hearings of selected candidates will take place in Vienna End of November/ beginning of December. A Vienna Research Group is an assembly of researchers that launches individuals in their post-doc phase onto their next career step. Typically it is the first “genuine” group led by such a young researcher who undertakes leadership responsibility for several group members. Vienna Research Group leaders usually are two to eight years after PhD; care duties may extend this period by up to four years. WWTF intentionally aims this initiative at very young researchers. Vienna Research Groups operate for six to eight years. Key milestones are: (i) an interim evaluation after three to four years; and (ii) the end of the “first” phase, chiefly financed by WWTF, after five years. The second phase will depend on the framework and opportunities available at the home institutions and will run for one to three years. Funding by WWTF is supplemented, particularly in the second phase (i.e. years 6, 6-7 or 6-8), by a significant rise in financing by the home institution. Vienna Research Group leaders are to be independent in designing their research work and recruiting their staff. http://www.wwtf.at/programmes/ict/#c1934v

Entrepreneurship education (Pan-European entrepreneurial learning initiative)

Publication date 11-06-2014 Deadline Date 20-08-2014 +17:00:00 (Brussels local time)
Budget €350,000 Main Pillar Supporting Entrepreneurs
Status Open OJ reference Not published in OJ
The ambition is to support a network and a virtual hub on entrepreneurial learning. Its members will act as promoters of entrepreneurship education at European level, helping to increase the exchange of information and good practice and to improve the coherency and synergies between the many initiatives taken nationally and regionally. The action will include: – The creation of an interactive on-line tool for policy makers and experts in the field, where participants will be able to exchange information and practices, and to promote entrepreneurial learning at European level; – The selection and presentation of inspiring examples of policy initiatives and strategies adopted at national and regional level, to be made available to policy makers and to all those who are interested in developing entrepreneurial learning;

How global warming affects cities?

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Climate change affects cities and transforms them in heat islands, induced by materials composing the urban environment. Considering that more than 50% of world population lives in cities, and the phenomena is growing, the situation is alarming. A Central Europe Program “Urban Heat Islands” is working to face the problem, writes Science on the Net:

Climate change today is a reality. It involves lot of problems, the toughest ones being the loss of biodiversity, the rise of sea levels and the increase of temperatures. But there are also other less known phenomena connected with the global warming. One of them is the urban heat island, which is induced by materials composing the urban environment and involves numerous cities across Europe. Cement retains heat, sewer systems carry water away quickly, impeding the cooling, and heat is trapped between surfaces because of the so-called canyon effect. Thus, urban areas are generally hotter than the surrounding rural areas and in summer cities burn. “We still remember the heat wave that struck Europe in 2003, causing the death of almost 70,000 people in 12 countries,” affirms Paolo Lauriola, epidemiologist of the Environmental Protection Agency of the Emilia-Romagna Region. “The situation can only get worse, because urbanization continues to grow as well as climate changes. To address the problem monitoring, mitigation and adaptation actions are necessary.

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