The Horizon Europe Missions have officially launched, including the Mission on Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities. MOSAIC is currently developing its Open Innovation methodology, which it will test in cities working on reaching the goals of this ambitious mission.
The SeeRII project's final conference, 'Bringing RRI into regional planning: from theory to SeeRRI', will take place in Barcelona in September 2021. Since 2019 the project has been working with European regional policymakers to explore responsible regional planning practices that can be used by regional governments. A call for posters for the conference is now open. Posters should showcase projects and practices implemented at the territorial level dealing with RRI.
The ORION Open Science Conference will take place in September to discuss and share achievements and lessons learnt thanks to the ORION project, which ran from 2017 to 2021. The project focuses on ambitions around opening up the ways in which we organise and conduct life science research by creating and testing engagement methods, funding schemes, training materials and co-creation activities to engage the public in science.
European Researchers' Night is a Europe-wide public event that showcases the diversity of science and its daily impact on citizen's lives. Activities under the event fun and inspiring ways to:
A ceremony this September will celebrate the increasing number of signatories of the Green City Accord. The agreement sees local authorities commit to ambitious environmental goals by 2030, relating to air, water, nature, biodiversity, circular economy, waste and noise. The ceremony will feature mayors, local leaders and stakeholders, as well as European Commissioner for the environment, oceans and fisheries. Learn more here.
The international award to recognize and support innovative city strategies, projects and ideas that impact citizens' lives is still accepting submissions for its 2021 prize. The World Smart City Awards support initiatives turning cities into more sustainable and inclusive places to live. Last year's winners were game-changing projects from China, the USA, Germany, Canada, Israel and Brazil. Winners will be announced in a ceremony on 17 November.
An upcoming webinar in the frame of the Green City Accord will ask how European cities can act locally to contribute towards the implementation of the European Union's Zero Pollution Action Plan. Learn more about the Green City Accord here. Registration for the webinar is open here.
The proposed Social Climate Fund will support the new emissions trading system, providing support to vulnerable households, micro-enterprises and transport users.
The European Commission is proposing the introduction of a Social Climate Fund. The aim of the fund would be to finance temporary direct income support for vulnerable households and to support measures and investments that reduce emissions in road transport and buildings sectors. As a result this latter measure should reduce costs for vulnerable households, micro-enterprises and transport users. The fund will support the new emissions trading system, with its size corresponding to a dedicated share of the revenues from the auctioning of emission allowances under the new system.
The 2021 edition of the European Research and Innovation Days will take place as an online event on 23-24 June. The European Commission's flagship event brings together policymakers, researchers, entrepreneurs and the public to debate and shape the future R&I agenda in Europe and beyond. The event will serve as an opportunity to mark the beginning of the new R&I programme Horizon Europe as well as the strengthening of the European Research Area.