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The event will be held under the auspices of the Greek Presidency of the European Union, co-organised and supported by the European Commission.
FIA Athens 2014 will focus on reshaping the Future Internet infrastructure for innovation.
 

The FIA Steering Committee launches an open call to select up to 9 FIA working sessions within the scope of the conference, seeking proposals that cover aspects related to:

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SC14: HPC matters

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HPC is helping to solve our hardest problems in the world. Innovations from our community have far reaching impact in every corner of science, all the way to investment banking, in the discovery of new drugs, to the precise prediction of the next superstorm. For more than two decades, the SC Conference has been the place to build and share the innovations that are making these life-changing discoveries possible.

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Date: 
02/04/2014 - 04/04/2014
Location: 
Athens

ICRI 2014 will be held under the auspices of the forthcoming Greek Presidency of the European Union, co-organised and supported by the European Commission.

The conference is a forum for discussion and advancement of cooperation on research Infrastructures of global relevance. It builds on the conclusions of ICRI2012, as well as on the framework for International Cooperation for Global research infrastructures recently adopted by the G8 countries. The discussions will focus around:

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PRACE has announced the keynote speakers for its 2014 Scientific and Industrial Conference. Organized around a theme of HPC for Innovation – when Science meets Industry, the event will take place in Barcelona May 20-22.

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A high-level conference & an exhibition of innovative regions presented by the Science|Business Innovation Board

Topics to be discussed are:

  • Best practices of regional innovation clusters
  • How to use structural funds in order to produce economic return
  • Smart specialization
  • How to build a cluster around a (group of) university(ies)


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The latest addition to the iMENTORS database is the Connect 4 Change project.  Connect 4 Change is a consortium of five Dutch development and ICT organizations collaborating to accelerate the realization of the Millennium Development Goals through the use of ICT. The program supports ICT initiatives in the areas of education, health and agricultural and economic development, and members of the consortium have funded nearly sixty different ICT projects in Africa. The consortium works with local partners in many different countries, including Burkino Faso, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia.

 

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Horizon 2020: A look at the first calls

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According to an article published on Science|Business, “It’s time to get down to business,” said EU Commissioner for Research and Innovation, Máire Geoghegan Quinn, launching the first calls under the EU seven year flagship R&D programme, Horizon 2020.

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What is Horizon 2020?

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Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.
 
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iMENTORS’ Research Infrastructures (RIs) database is  the first centralised portal of all high level  research facilities and information sources in Africa or hosted elsewhere but focusing on Africa.

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Research infrastructures refers to any facilities, resources or related services that are used or could be used by the scientific community to conduct top level research in their various disciplines. We are currently gathering all accessible information regarding RIs in Africa and would like your support. If you have any relevant information, please contact iMentors to help create an exhaustive database. Better still, you can update the database yourself at www.imentors.eu   

 


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According to an article published on Primeur weekly magazine, at the e-IRG Conference in Vilnius earlier this month, e-IRG Board member Arjen van Rijn introduced the e-Infrastructure Commons concept from the e-IRG White Paper. The idea is that e-infrastructures that serve science in Europe will design a set of Common Services that makes them interoperable. The advantage of the European scientist is that they do not have to learn and apply for and access different infrastructures. But of course, collaboration between the independent infrastructures is needed. Currently there are different organisations covering different e-Infrastructure areas, such as Geant for networking, PRACE for superercomputing, EGI for HPC, IDGF for volunteer crowd computing, EUDat for Big Data.

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Senior officials from the European and the African Union Commission and from Research and Innovation Ministries in Europe and Africa will discuss on future cooperation on STI between the two continents, also in view of the EU-Africa Summit 2014.

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Brussels - 05 November 2013

With the European Union’s new research initiative, Horizon 2020, on the launch pad, we would like to invite you to join a select group of leaders in the research and innovation community to debate questions of values and ethics in science - and together, draft a new Charter for European Research.

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According to an article published on the UNESCO site, the pivotal importance of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI), knowledge-sharing and capacity-building for eradicating poverty and achieving sustainable development has recently been confirmed at the Rio+20 Conference and the 2013 ECOSOC Annual Ministerial Review. While the benefits of STI for development have received global recognition, access to these benefits remains unequally distributed within and among countries.

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According to an article published on Science|Business, in the past decade high performance computing has transformed the practice – and the productivity - of science. Now this analytical power must be opened up to industry, to improve decision-making, spur innovation and boost competitiveness.

Supercomputers may date back to the 1960s, but it is only recently that their vast processing power has begun to be harnessed by industry and commerce, to design safer cars, build quieter aeroplanes, speed up drug discovery, and subdue the volatility of the financial markets.

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The Committee of Permanent Representatives endorsed the agreement reached last June between the Presidency of the Council and the European Parliament representatives on the "Horizon 2020" programme for research and innovation for the years 2014 to 2020.

The agreement paves the way for the formal adoption of the "Horizon 2020" legislative package by the European Parliament and the Council through a vote in the coming months. Horizon 2020 will replace the EU's 7th Research Framework Programme (FP7), which runs until the end of 2013. Compared with FP7, the new programme is expected to further eliminate fragmentation in the fields of scientific research and innovation.
Horizon 2020, which has a budget of around 70 billion euros, will underpin the objectives of the Europe 2020 strategy for growth and jobs, as well as the goal of strengthening the scientific and technological bases by contributing to achieving a European Research Area in which researchers, scientific knowledge and technology circulate freely.
Horizon 2020 focuses on three priorities, namely generating excellent sci
ence in order to strengthen the Union's world-class scientific excellence and make the Union research and innovation system more competitive, fostering industrial leadership to speed up the development of technologies that will support businesses and innovation, including for small companies, and tackling societal challenges in order to respond to the priorities identified in the Europe 2020 strategy by supporting activities covering the entire chain from research to market.

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According to an article published on the African Development Bank(AfDB) website, the AfDB's Board of Executive Directors approved on Wednesday, July 24 an African Development Fund (ADF) grant of US$ 45 million to support the creation of a Pan African University (PAU). The new university consisting of fivePan African Institutes will focus mainly on science, technology and innovation.

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A 2012 e-IRG Roadmap outlined a vision for the future of e-Infrastructures in Europe. Now, the e-IRG has published its 2013 White Paper, which takes the discussion one step further and proposes specific next steps.

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Chair: Louis Papaemmanuel, Project Director of iMENTORS, SU

  • Björn Pehrson, KTH, Sweden
  • Meoli Kashorda, KENET, Kenya
  • Aida Opoku-Mensah, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa

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The panel will consist of an open discussion on the needs and benefits of enhancing the coordination of donors and investments in e-Infrastructures in Sub Saharan Arica, and will be followed by a live demonstration of the iMENTORS platform as a tool to optimise the coordination of donors and investments in e-Infrastructures in Sub Saharan Arica.

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Ten African innovators have developed practical solutions to some of the continent’s most intractable problems. Chosen from more than 900 applications from 45 countries, the finalists for the Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) (http://www.innovationprizeforafrica.org) 2013 provide practical examples of Africa’s investment potential.

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A memorandum of understanding (MoU), a document describing a bilateral agreement, was signed between eI4Africa and iMENTORS indicating an intended common line of action. The two projects have a common interest in a close cooperation in order to achieve their respective objectives and promote the adoption of consolidated standards in the e-Infrastructure with the ultimate aim of boosting RTDI (Research, Technology Development and Innovation) in Africa.

iMENTORS www.imentors.eu is a one-stop-shop data warehouse on all e-infrastructure development projects of Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). The objectives of the project are to:

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