The Launch Conference of the Horizon Europe Programme, linked to the acts of celebration of the 30th anniversary of Jaume I University has ended the 4 th of March with a session dedicated to the global challenges and European industrial competitiveness, in which more than 570 participants assisted online. The meeting, organised within the framework of the Strategy of the Generalitat Valenciana for national and regional coordination in R&I, aims to increase and improve the participation of all the agents of the Valencian Community in the Horizon Europe Programme.
This event is an initiative of the Jaume I University and the Valencian Institute of Business Competitiveness (IVACE), together with the Network of Technological Institutes of the Valencian Region (REDIT) and the Enterprise Europe Network for companies in the Valencian Community and the Region of Murcia (EEN-SEIMED). The second session of the Conference was opened by Jordi Sebastià, Director of External Relations of IVACE, and Gonzalo Belenguer, General Director of REDIT.
Sebastià emphasized that “this conference is an example of the commitment of the entities with research and the business community”. The director of external relations of IVACE has highlighted the proactive nature of the territory: “the Valencian network in all its forms -universities, companies, research staff – is innovative, dynamic and seeks the improvements that Horizon Europe can offer”. Belenguer highlighted the opportunities offered by Horizon Europe and the willingness of the technology centres to “continue to support European projects that fit in with their strategic lines”.
This was followed by presentations on Pillar 2 of the Horizon Europe Programme: Global Challenges and European Industrial Competitiveness, by experts from the CDTI and FECYT. Carolina Carrasco, from CDTI, has presented the details of Cluster 1 Health and Nicolás Ojeda, from FECYT, has detailed the topics that correspond to Cluster 2: Culture, Creativity and Inclusive Society. From CDTI, Maite Boyero has advanced some key data and dates regarding Cluster 3: Civil Security for Society. Enrique Pelayo, Nieves González, Carlos Toledo and Andrea Pérez-Carro, from CDTI, provided information on the calls for Cluster 4: Digital, Industry and Space. The new features of Cluster 5: Climate, Energy and Mobility.were presented by Cristina Garrido, Julio Dolado and Juan Carlos García, from CDTI, and they also presented the details of Cluster 6: Food, Bioeconomy, Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment, which will have a budget of €9,000 million.
The presentations were followed by a pitching session for the presentation of 12 ideas or proposals by potential project coordinators from the Valencian Community who are looking for partners for future calls. A total of 12 proposals have been presented, 4 by research groups of the Jaume I University, 2 by PhotonicSENS, 2 by the Polytechnic University of Valencia, as well as ITI, Finnova Foundation, Space Farmers and Ecovending.
The meeting was closed by Jesús Lancis, vice-rector for Research and Transfer of the Jaume I University (UJI), who underlined: “In the Valencian Region we have two great challenges in front of us: to continue with the work of internationalisation and to increase the competitiveness and productivity of our companies, challenges that the Horizon Europe programme addresses and reinforces considerably”.
The Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI); the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT); the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities; and the National Contact Point for Research Infrastructures in Horizon Europe have collaborated in the organisation of this conference, which has been held for two days online on videoconference.
ABOUT THE HORIZON EUROPE PROGRAMME
As part of the European Commission’s budgets for the period 2021-2027, Horizon Europe is the most ambitious Framework Programme for Research and Innovation so far, aiming to keep the European Union at the forefront of global investment and innovation.
With a budget of approximately €100 billion, the main objectives of Horizon Europe are: to strengthen the scientific and technological foundations of the European Union; to stimulate innovation capacity, competitiveness and jobs in Europe; to meet citizens’ priorities; and to support the socio-economic model and values of the European Union. These funds are structured around the three main pillars of the programme, which are Open Science; Global Challenges and Industrial Competitiveness; and Open Innovation.
Horizon Europe is expected to generate new knowledge and technologies and to have a positive impact on growth, trade and investment, as well as a significant impact on society and the environment. Each euro invested by the programme can generate a return of up to eleven euros of GDP over a twenty-five year period. EU investments in R&I are expected to lead to the direct creation of up to 100,000 new jobs in R&I-related activities during the investment phase 2021-2027.
The FUE-UJI has received the approval from the European Commission of the new Erasmus + project Start up for Development, which will focus on the concept of “smart cities” under the acronym START UP. The project, that will train experts in smart solutions to promote “smart cities” in small municipalities, has a consortium made up of 5 international partners coordinated by the FUE-UJI.
The European START UP project, financed under the Erasmus + program under the modality “Strategic Partnerships for Adult Education”, will be implemented for 28 months by the EuroFUE-UJI. During this time, a training program for adults on “smart cities” will be created and implemented, especially aimed at small municipalities in order to create the recognized smart cities in the countries that make up the consortium.
In addition to having the FUE-UJI as coordinator, the START UP consortium is made up of four more entities from different countries: the private training and tourism institution Kocatürk Danismanlik (Turkey), the ARID Association (Poland), the Regional Development Agency and business support center for small and medium-sized enterprises (Bulgaria) and the non-profit Society for Alternative Innovative Development (Greece).
With this consortium, the Start up for Development project bases its implementation on the premise that small municipalities are alien to the concept of smart cities, since they cannot afford to have experts in “smart cities” among their technicians. Therefore, the objective of the project is to prepare a course for trainers who will be able to give municipalities a clear and complete explanation of what smart cities would be, so that they can implement concrete actions aimed at turning these small municipalities into smart towns.
The Office of European and International Projects of the FUE-UJI (EuroFUE-UJI) presents its renewed services together with the renewed image of its website www.eurofue.com. The services include Access to Financing and European Funds, Organising Conferences on European Programmes, European Roadmap and International Positioning, Communication Plans for European Projects, Incorporation in International Consortiums and Working Agendas and Accompannying in Brussels.
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The project funded by the European program Erasmus +, CIA Project, meets in an online conference to all its partners on July 30. This project, which aims to implement intergenerational civic councils at the international level, has a consortium of 6 partners from Romania, Spain, Portugal, Turkey and Poland, coordinated by the Fundación Universitat Jaume I-Empresa (FUE-UJI).
In order to continue with the monitoring of the project and to ensure that it is developed with the highest possible quality, the partners have decided to meet virtually, until the next transnational meetings of the project. Moreover, this has been the ideal occasion to evaluate the results obtained to date, as well as the materials developed within the framework of the project.
This online meeting has also helped to coordinate the next actions to be carried out in the framework of the project, such as the practical guide for members of intergenerational civic councils (CIA) and the training course on CIA. The meeting was attended by representatives of INNETICA (Spain), Directia Judeteana pentru Sport si Tineret Brasov (Romania), Associação Sójovem das Saibreiras (Portugal), Tavsanli Kaymakamligi (Turkey) Fundacja Instytut Badan i Innowacji w Edukacji (Poland) and the European and international projects office (Spain).
The Vice-rectorate for Research and Transfer and the Scientific Culture and Citizen Science Project of the UJI have organized, in collaboration with the Scientific Culture and Innovation Unit of the Communication and Publications Service, a series of open days to disseminate the activity of the UJI’s research groups in Horizon 2020 projects financed by the European Commission. The conference will be held online on 14, 15, 16 and 17 July from 12:30 to 13:30 and the EuroFUE-UJI will be responsible for organizing one of the sessions.
This conference for the dissemination of European projects which have been or are being implemented by researchers from the Universitat Jaume I of Castellón is divided into 4 open sessions through Zoom platform. Eva Alcón, Rector of the UJI, is in charge of opening the first session and Jesús Lancis, Vice-Rector of Research and Transfer of the UJI, is the coordinator. This session, scheduled on July 14th at 10 am (CET), will focus on the H2020 projects related to the Humanities, Legal and Economic Sciences. These projects are ETHNA System, LARCHER and SMART.
The following sessions, from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm, will start on July 15th with a special focus on the H2020 UJI projects in the field of Materials Science and Engineering, with the projects UNCORRELATED, PEROXIS, SUN2CHEM, DROP-IT, ALEAF, NO-LIMIT, MAESTRO, YPACK, DREAM and REMEB as the main topics. In this case Cristina Villarroya, head of the European and International Projects Office of the UJI will be in charge of coordinating the session.
The next session is on Thursday 17 July, coordinated by Nela Gómez, head of the EuroFUE-UJI and focused on disseminating the European UJI projects related to the field of computing. In this session the projects presented are EL-PEACETOLERO, DE4A, A-WEAR, OPRECOMP, GEO-C and INTERWINE.
Finally, the conferences end on Friday 18 July with a session dedicated to H2020 projects in the field of Health and Experimental Sciences coordinated by Paco Fernández, Head of the Communication and Publications Service of the UJI. These projects at the UJI are mainly H-WORK, TACTILITY, GLUCOTEAR, ECOWEB, AFFECTECH, EHCOBUTLER, ICARE and FF-IPM.
All these sessions within the framework of the Conference “European Research at the UJI” are proposed not only as a platform for the dissemination of the various H2020 projects in which UJI researchers work, but also as an opportunity for dialogue between the University and the business, administration and entrepreneurship sectors with the aim of increasing synergies, communication and knowledge transfer between different social sectors.
The European project ETHNA System for the development and implementation of an ethical governance system has already published on its website the first project newsletter with the last news about the project, the background in which the project has been developed, the challenges the consortium wants to face and the next steps that will be carried out within the next months of the project implementation.
To check the whole newsletter you can subscribe to the project newsletter on ETHNA System’s website, read the first newsletter and receive all the latest news on the project directly on your email.