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European RTD Insight - July 2008

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    British Council online bulletin JULY 2008

    News on EU Research Policy and Programmes

    Table of contents

    EU Policy ........................................................................................................................................... 2 Plan to ease researchers‟ mobility .................................................................................................. 2 Three more ERA expert group reports available ............................................................................ 3 Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking adopted ..................................................................... 3 ERC Scientific Council membership ............................................................................................... 4 Europe increases investment in robotics research ......................................................................... 4 Food for Life ETP updates Implementation Plan ............................................................................ 4 GMES of high importance within new European Space Policy ...................................................... 5 Recommendations for European biobanking ................................................................................. 5 A civil-society view on urban mobility ............................................................................................. 6 Fifth forest technology platform conference ................................................................................... 6 EUREKA get-together ..................................................................................................................... 7 New ESA co-operation agreements ............................................................................................... 7 Call for proposals for Erasmus for young entrepreneurs ................................................................ 8 Research News ................................................................................................................................. 8 Female fertility and household chemicals ....................................................................................... 8 Partnership for European Environmental Research ....................................................................... 8 Apes need diaries ........................................................................................................................... 9 Organic cows are in better „moo‟d .................................................................................................. 9 Education, Training and Culture ................................................................................................... 10 Selection of students and staff for Erasmus Mundus ................................................................... 10 Erasmus programme awarded excellence prize .......................................................................... 10 European Qualifications Framework ............................................................................................ 11 External Collaboration ................................................................................................................... 11 Japan based European researchers have links back home ......................................................... 11 EU and India cooperation in food and health research ................................................................ 12 Russia takes first step to become an FP7 associated country ..................................................... 12 Events and Awards ........................................................................................................................ 13 Awards for outstanding mobility projects ...................................................................................... 13 ISSUE: E1 08:07 JULY 2008 1

    GMES forum to be held in Lille ..................................................................................................... 13 Nanoforum 2008 ........................................................................................................................... 13 SOLID-DER project - second international conference ................................................................ 14 Bioenergy 2008 conference .......................................................................................................... 14 First aviation CO2 conference ...................................................................................................... 15 New Publications and Online Resources .................................................................................... 15 Goodbye EU researchers‟ portal, hello EURAXESS .................................................................... 15 Find an FP7 project online ............................................................................................................ 15 New publication on European Technology Platforms ................................................................... 16 ResearchGATE: a new scientific network .................................................................................... 16 CORDIS ........................................................................................................................................ 16 IGLO Project Search ..................................................................................................................... 17 EUR-LEX (Official Journal C and L) ............................................................................................. 17 EUROPA ....................................................................................................................................... 17 RAPID ........................................................................................................................................... 17 cubed… from the British Council .................................................................................................. 17 Talking Science............................................................................................................................. 17 GLOSSARY ..................................................................................................................................... 18

EU Policy

    Plan to ease researchers’ mobility

    The EC has published a long awaited Communication, relating to an initiative which was originally

    called the researchers‟ passport, but is now entitled „Better careers and more mobility: a European

    Partnership for Researchers‟. The term „passport‟ was thought to give the impression that the

    initiative was only about mobility despite its broader scope, hence the change of title and use of the

    term „partnership‟. The EC is seeking a partnership with Member States to ensure that the

    necessary scientific and technological human resources are available to contribute to the European

    knowledge-based economy.

The Communication proposes that commitment should be made to achieve progress by 2010 to a

    systematically open recruitment process by European research institutions; to meet the social

    security and pension needs of mobile researchers; provide attractive employment and working

    conditions such as improved contractual terms, salaries and career development; and ensure that

    researchers have the required skill to capitalise on their knowledge by creating stronger links

    between universities and industry. Researchers are amongst the most mobile categories of

    workers and are more likely to be confronted with the kinds of obstacles and challenges that the

    European partnership for researchers seeks to address.

    Further information

    EC Press Releases IP/08/802 and MEMO/08/343 of 27 May 2008 are available at:

    http://europa.eu/rapid/

    ISSUE: E1 08:07 JULY 2008 2

Three more ERA expert group reports available

    Following on from the European Research Area (ERA) Green Paper published in April last year,

    the EC established seven independent expert groups to make recommendations on the different

    topics covered in the Green Paper. The expert groups on „knowledge sharing in the ERA‟,

    „optimising research programmes and priorities‟ and „realising a single labour market for

    researchers‟ have recently published their reports.

The „knowledge sharing‟ report examines possible measures for improving knowledge transfer in

    the ERA, and makes a series of recommendations for future action. It starts by outlining general

    conclusions, policy options, funding instruments and the idea of a European code of practice for

    knowledge sharing. It goes on to make a series of recommendations concerning, amongst other

    things, the treatment of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), the need to develop model IPR

    guidelines, and for Member States to provide funding to protect research results.

The „optimising research programmes‟ report encourages stakeholders to elaborate on an „ERA-

    frame‟ as a means of developing common guiding principles for future trans-national collaborations.

    It goes on to make a series of concrete recommendations for Member States and the EC. In this

    respect the report urges the EC to: systematically and individually evaluate all ERA mechanisms,

    and develop a common framework for principles and operative guidelines (the ERA-Frame);

    develop common guidance and tools for implementing ERA mechanisms; and ensure the sharing

    of best practice in terms of trans-national coordination and joint programming. The „single labour market‟ report makes recommendations around four proposed cornerstones focusing on the

    attractiveness of researchers‟ careers; mobility; social security and pensions and the European

    Charter and Code.

Further information

    Further information on the ERA Green Paper debate can be found at:

    http://ec.europa.eu/research/era/consultation-era_en.html

    All of the expert groups report that are currently available, including the three highlighted above,

    are available at: http://ec.europa.eu/research/era/progress-on-debate/expert-groups-

    analyses_en.html

    Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking adopted

    The EU's Competitiveness Council recently adopted the regulation establishing the Fuel Cell and

    Hydrogen Joint Technology Initiative (FCH JTI). The main objective of this JTI is to speed up the

    development of fuel cells and hydrogen technologies in Europe and enable their commercialisation

    between 2010 and 2020. The JTI is expected to run from 2008 to 2017, the EC is expected to fund

    ?470 million from FP7 for a period of six years, which will be at least matched by contributions from

    industry. The first calls for proposals are expected to be published after the summer.

In terms of implementation the FCH JTI will be led by a Governing Board and assisted by a

    Scientific Committee of high level personalities. Daily management and operations will be the

    responsibility of an Executive Director supported by the Programme Office which will be located in

    Brussels. The Member States Representatives Group will monitor the work and ensure synergies

    with national programmes. The Stakeholders' General Assembly will be held on an annual basis

    and be open to all public and private stakeholders, the first Stakeholders' General Assembly is

    expected to be held on 14 - 15 October 2008 in Brussels.

    Further information

    EC Press Release IP/08/025 of 30 May 2008 is available at: http://europa.eu/rapid/