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Greek EU Presidency - Main priorities in Research and Innovation

Greece took on the EU Presidency on 1 January 2014 for the next six months.

For research and innovation, the main priorities of the Presidency are to ensure the smooth start and implementation of Horizon 2020 and the rapid completion of the legislative procedure for the Joint Technology Initiatives (JTIs) and Article 185 initiatives - also referred to as the Innovation Investment Package. The Presidency is therefore urging the European Parliament to ensure that the process can be completed before the next European elections in May 2014.

WBC-INCO.NET Final Conference and Brokerage Event

WBC-INCO.NET is organising a large final event entitled "Towards 2020: New Horizons for RTD and Innovation in the Western Balkan Region” - WBC-INCO.NET Final Conference and Brokerage Event" from 27th to 28th March 2014, at the Tech Gate in Vienna.

This event will provide an environment to build new partnerships and link todays' research and innovation with visions for the future. It will moreover aim to the dissemination of high quality and targeted information on research achievements in and from the Western Balkan countries.

Thirsty Energy: Securing Energy in a Water-Constrained World

Significant amounts of water are needed in almost all energy generation processes, from generating hydropower, to cooling and other purposes in thermal power plants, to extract­ing and processing fuels. Conversely, the water sector needs energy to extract, treat and transport water. Both energy and water are used in the production of crops, including those used to generate energy through biofu­els.

Water-Energy-Food Emerging Scholars Award - 1st prize funded invite to Oxford University Workshop

The Global Water Forum is pleased to announce the launch of the 2014 Emerging Scholars Award. In 2014 the Award will be linked to a workshop at the University of Oxford: ‘Water, Food and Energy: Understanding and Managing the Risks and Trade-offs’ that will take place in June 2014.

Nexus 2014 Conference - Date Change Advisory

The "Nexus 2014: Water, Food, Climate and Energy Conference" has been moved to Wednesday, March 5th through Saturday, March 8th due to the scheduling of a just announced meeting of the UN Sustainable Development Goals Open Working Group. This date change allows for participants to engage in immediate discussions of the most recent UN deliberations at the Conference and it presents an opportunity to extend the early bird registration deadline to January 31.

Thematic Debate of the General Assembly "Water, Sanitation and Sustainable Energy In the Post-2015 Development Agenda"

Water, sanitation and sustainable energy are at the core of sustainable development and the overarching goal of poverty eradication, and are closely linked to the achievement of internationally agreed development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Water and energy are also intimately linked in sustainable consumption and production patterns, and this relationship aggravates resource scarcity and conservation.

Modernisation de la Formation sur les Energies Renouvelables dans les Universités Algériennes

Les universités Aboubekr Belkaid de Tlemcen et Mentouri de Constantine viennent de bénéficier dans le cadre du 6eme appel à propositions du programme Européen Tempus IV d’un projet régional intitulé "Moderniser la formation sur les Energies Renouvelables (ER) au Maghreb : Transfert de l’expérience UE" d’une durée de trois années.

UNESCO-IHE and EC launch Water Postdoc Fellowship COFUND Programme

An Experienced Water Postdoc Fellowship COFUND Programme (EWPFP COFUND) was launched by UNESCO-IHE. The programme is co-financed by the European Union's Marie Curie Programme and offers 16 fellowships that will cover a research period of 24 months. The first call for applications will open on 1 March 2014, pending EC final approval of the contract.

Fifth HPC Production Access, LinkSCEEM - Cy-Tera Joint Call

LinkSCEEM aims at the establishment of a high performance computing (HPC) eco-system in the Eastern Mediterranean region by integrating and coordinating regional computational resources. The Cy-Tera facility is the first multi-Tflop/s HPC facility in Cyprus, serving the needs of the regional scientific community by supporting applications in many fields of great scientific and/or societal importance. LinkSCEEM and Cy-Tera invite scientists from the Eastern Mediterranean region to their fifth joint call for production access to HPC resources.

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