Plant Organ Growth Symposium 2019 kicks off today!🌱🧬🧫

Plant Organ Growth Symposium 2019 is being hosted today at Cité Mondiale Convention Centre in Bordeaux. This 3-day international symposium on Plant Organ Growth brings together top experts in the field of organ growth regulation to share recent advances and expertise. Experts in organ growth regulation discuss state of the art knowledge on growth regulation at multiple spatial scales. The major topics to be covered are shoot, root and reproductive organ growth. By the end of the symposium delegates will be able to reflect on their learning from the invited speakers, short talks on selected abstracts, and transfer of knowledge from model to crop session. Sharing of expertise is key to good science so congratulations to .VIB and INRA for hosting this event.
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The FACCE-JPI ERA-Net SusCrop Call Steering Committee recommended 13 research consortia for funding in the frame of the first transnational co-funded call! Read more about the projects BARISTA, AC/DC-weeds, DIFFUGAT, LegumeGap, NETFIB, potatoMETAbiome, ProFaba, PROSTRIG, ROOT, RYE-SUS, SOLNUE, SUSCAP and WheatSustain.

Last week Directorate General for Research and Innovation launched the save the date for its inaugural annual flagship event – the European Research and Innovation Days on 24, 25 and 26 September 2019 which will take place in KANAL – Centre Pompidou, Brussels, located on Quai des Péniches.

At the heart of the first European R&I Days will be co-creation and engagement with stakeholders to help build the strategic priorities for the first four years of implementing the EU’s next Framework Programme for Research and Innovation – Horizon Europe (2021-2027).

Speakers will include ministers, commissioners, members of European Parliament, high-level policy-makers, corporate decision-makers, technology movers and shakers, EU-funded researchers, and pioneering thinkers and potential investors in EU-funded projects.

You can keep up to date with developments on the new dedicated conference website and follow @EUScienceInnov on Twitter/Facebook using the conference hashtag #RiDaysEU.

The event has three distinct strands, offering something for everyone:

  • The Policy Conference (24, 25, 26 September) will convene world leaders, industry, finance, academia, the entrepreneurial community to debate and shape the future R&I landscape in vital areas of science, engineering, medicine, and wider social and environmental concerns. This conference will also provide an important opportunity for key stakeholders to input ideas into the overall strategic planning for the future Horizon Europe – the European Commission’s proposal for the next EU research & innovation programme (2021-2027). Target audience: High-level policy-makers, corporate decision-makers, technology movers, makers and shakers, scientists, innovators, and pioneering thinkers.
  • The ‘Innovative Europe’ Hub (24, 25, 26 September) for research and innovation stakeholders offering an unparalleled meeting place and exhibition space for inventors, investors, entrepreneurs and the whole range of services, businesses, civil society organisations, agencies and intermediaries that make European SciTech so dynamic. There will be brokerage places, participatory and cooperative sessions, pitch sessions and/or labs. Target audience: Investors/venture capitalists, inventors/innovators, intermediaries, entrepreneurs, high-tech world.
  • The ‘Science is Wonderful’ Exhibition (25, 26 September) will display projects by Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellows and other EU-funded research and innovation projects that have an impact on citizens’ daily lives. There will be demos, stands, pavilions, and interactive elements showing the importance of research and innovation as part of our daily life. Target audience: Citizens, anyone in the wider community with a passion for science, research and innovation!

Get involved! Spread the news and help us to make this event a great success for science and innovation!


Conversations on Science, Society & the Future of Gene Editing

Check out the event CRISPRcon 2019 will be running in Wageningen The Netherlands on 20-21 June.

The scientific community has handed the world an incredible tool: the ability to make precise edits to the DNA in living cells. These technologies could allow us to transform our food, health and ecological systems. They also raise important questions about risks, benefits, ethics, equity and more.

CRISPRcon creates a unique forum in which a broad selection of diverse voices come together to discuss the future of CRISPR and related gene editing technologies across a variety of applications in agriculture, health, conservation and more.

The main points on the agenda of the Agricultural Technologies Working Group (AgTechWG) meeting on March 27th, 2019 in Milano (Italy) were the ongoing international discussions on Digital Sequence Information (DSI) and Synthetic Biology (SynBio), as well as the actions to be taken after the ECJ ruling on mutants generated by recent technologies such as CRISPR/Cas9 mediated genome editing.

In the context of the composition of new Ad hoc technical expert group (AHTEG) upstream of the COP15 in Beijing in spring 2020, it is important to bring the existing EPSO statements on DSI and SynBio to the attention of experts and governments. These statements defend the free access to DSI coupled with proportionate benefit sharing and promote the idea that SynBio is something else than just a list of biotechnology techniques. A task force of the AgTechWG will be active on DSI and two members of the AgTechWG were nominated for the AHTEG on SynBio.

Following up on the EPSO statement on the ECJ ruling, the AgTechWG discussed how to facilitate a dialogue between scientists and policy makers across countries to develop a future-ready regulation enabling the European public sector, small- and medium-sized companies and farmers to contribute more comprehensively to food and nutritional security and to use all available tools to reduce the environmental impact of agriculture. In parallel, a brain storming was initiated to identify convincing examples of genome edited plants with strong benefits to farmers and/or consumers.

Dear FP7/Horizon 2020 beneficiary,

📢 The European Commission has launched the first Horizon Impact Award. 🏆  🇪🇺 

This prize acknowledges and rewards the most influential and impactful projects under Horizon 2020 or FP7. Can you demonstrate that you have valorized your results and created a societal impact?

The prize will celebrate the best outcomes and the people who made them happen. The contest is now open to all participants who completed an FP7 or H2020 project. Each of the five winners will receive €10 000 at the award ceremony during the European Research and Innovation days in Brussels in September.

Please apply through the Funding and Tenders portal. The deadline for submission is 28 May 2019. For more information about the eligibility and award criteria, please visit our website.

If you have questions please address them to [email protected]

With kind regards,

Impact Award Team

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