The Battery 2030+ large-scale research initiative entered a new phase on 1 September 2020 with the start of 7 research projects. The total budget of the projects is €40,5 million funded by the EU's Horizon 2020 research and innovation program.
COVID-19 has absorbed, as normal and justifiable, most of the data protection community’s attention on pandemic related matters, namely contact tracing apps. The judgment of the Court of Justice in the so-called Schrems II case has dominated our discussions this summer. Nevertheless, Artificial Intelligence (AI) occupies a privileged seat among the data protection hot topics of 2020.
Air and noise pollution, the impacts of climate change such as heatwaves, and exposure to dangerous chemicals cause ill health in Europe. Poor quality environments contribute to 13 % (one in every eight) of deaths according to a major assessment on health and environment released by the European Environment Agency (EEA).
Most incidents of hatred against Jews go unreported. This, coupled with large data gaps, masks the true extent of antisemitism and hampers efforts to formulate effective responses, according to FRA’s latest annual overview.
The Commission published the 10th report on the implementation of the Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive (UWWTD) that shows an overall improvement in collection and treatment of waste water in Europe's cities and towns, but points to different success levels between the Member States. The report is part of the Commission's zero pollution efforts and comes ahead of the Chemicals Strategy which will be adopted in the coming weeks.
Sony Pictures Animation, the studio behind the Academy-Award®-winning feature “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” has signed a partnership agreement with the Research Centre on Interactive Media, Smart Systems and Emerging Technologies – RISE Centre of Excellence based in Nicosia, Cyprus, to explore technological advances to enhance the creative process for filmmakers and artists working on the front-end of animation production.
A new partnership between five European countries, brings together organizations from Cyprus, Greece, Germany, Italy and France for the implementation of a new project with title “Developing advanced master’s education on Smart Grid technology” with acronym MOST (Master education Smart Technology). The project is funded by the Erasmus + Programme and is co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.
The InART2DiverCity Project (Introducing Cultural Diversity of European Cities to Youth) is co-funded by the European Commission under Erasmus+ Programme – KA2 Cooperation for Innovation and the Exchange of Good Practices – Strategic Partnerships for Youth. The main target groups the project is addressing are young adults in the age of 18-30 who are in vocational education centers studying for professions which are directly affected by Fine Arts and Fine Arts Trainers who will have to train-the-trainers of VET centers on Cultural Diversity of the participating countries.
On December 9 and 10, 2019, Frederick University hosted the kickoff meeting of the partners of the European research program Visual arts education in new times: Connecting Art with REal life issues (CARE), which is funded by the Erasmus+ KA2 programme. The coordinator of the project is Dr Victoria Pavlou, Associate Professor of Visual Arts, Department of Education, Frederick University.
Water sustainable management, under climate change, is a key issue in the Mediterranean and Middle East regions. Education is a tool to achieve sustainability by delivering up to date knowledge. Distance learning methods support access to education in areas where access to university classes might be more difficult than usual (e.g. Palestine).
The European Week of Regions and Cities (#EURegionsWeek) is the biggest annual Brussels-based event dedicated to regional policy. The event has grown to become a unique communication and networking platform, bringing together regions and cities from all over Europe, including their political representatives, officials as well as experts and academics. Over the last 17 years, it has done much to promote policy learning and exchange of good practices.