• Posted 10-Feb-2020

European funded research in AAAS 2020 – Tackling global challenges

The Research Executive Agency (REA) will take part in the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Seattle on 13-16 February 2020.

EU-funded projects supported by the REA will showcase their outcomes in the fields of urban mobility, cultural heritage, social innovation and sustainable farming. In total, REA will participate in five AAAS sessions.


European Union Grants: shake up your research abroad

Saturday 15 February, 10.00am – 11.30am

Would you like to boost your research career in Europe? This session will outline European funding opportunities for researchers of any nationality, available at several stages of their career. Two American researchers, Steven Quistad and Jillian Helser, will share their experiences as fellows of the European Union’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions in Europe, whereas Liesbet Geris will describe her experience as a grantee of the European Research Council.

Socially Integrative Cities: Paving the Way to Urban Sustainability

Saturday 15 February, 1.30pm – 3.00pm

With urbanisation growing worldwide, it is becoming ever more challenging to make cities inclusive. In this session, European and Chinese researchers from the EU-funded project TRANS-URBAN-EU-CHINA will present solutions to turn cities into socially integrative hubs in an environmentally friendly and financially viable way.

Urban paving is going places

Sunday 16 February, 10.00am – 11.30am

Find out about the latest urban paving innovations! In this session, two projects funded by the European Union Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions will present the outcomes of their research on urban mobility. SAFERUP and SMARTI ETN will show how innovative technologies can be applied to urban paving to create safer, more attractive and smarter streets.

Imperilled Cultural Heritage: Mitigating Threats, Co-producing Knowledge

Sunday 16 February, 1.30pm – 3.00pm

In many parts of the world, cultural heritage is under threat from climate change, urbanisation or mass tourism. The project PERICLES, funded by the European Union, is looking into multiple solutions to promote sustainable and participatory governance of cultural heritage in European coastal and maritime regions.

Crop Diversification: Ensuring a Sustainable Global Food Supply

Sunday 16 February, 1.30pm – 3.00pm

Intensive agriculture has many drawbacks for the environment, animal welfare and human health. European researchers from projects DIVERIMPACTS and DIVERFARMING will present low input farming solutions that can reorganise agricultural production and value chains in a way which will help to restore the global food supply in a sustainable manner.

This year the European Commission is organising 14 sessions in total at the AAAS conference. Would you like to follow the event? Check out its website and Twitter account, as well as the account of the Research Executive Agency. You can also find all information about the event using #AAASmtg and #EUatAAAS on Twitter.

Ahead of AAAS, on 13 February, the event Destination Europe will take place at the University of Washington in Seattle. The REA will participate and present research opportunities under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions.

Source: Research Executive Agency News (http://bit.ly/2GR1hFu)