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The conference, which was organized by the Malta Council for Science and Technology, as part of the program of the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the EU, was held at Esplora, National Interactive Science Centre, Malta.
Three MSCA fellows have been awarded for having reached excellent results in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Communicating Science and Contribution to a better society through a highly competitive call with around 200 applications.
Ms Nadine Castillo, Director of Research & Innovation Strategy, Policy and Internationalisation at Malta Council for Science and Technology
Dr. Kristina Bliznakova, "Contribution to a Better Society" category prize winner
Dr. Chiara Mingarelli, "Communicating Science"category prize winner
Dr. Adam Celiz "Innovation and Entrepreneurship" category prize winner
Ms Martine Reicherts, Director General at Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture
The study demonstrates that Alternative Finance (AF) plays an important role in funding R&I. In quantitative terms, it provides a sizeable contribution to funding R&I, although not living up to the hype embodied by the headlines about "AF overtaking Venture Capital". It can’t be considered as a solution to the current R&I funding gap in Europe, also because its growth in Europe appears to be lagging behind other regions of the world.
Yet, AF plays an even more important role from a qualitative point of view. There is no such thing as "AF for R&I": different instruments can provide a different contribution to different phases of the innovation cycle. Hence, there is no space for a "one size fits all" policy intervention. The role of AF extends far beyond the pure provision of funding, especially in the domain of R&I. It helps researchers raise awareness about science and create support networks that add value to the research. It helps entrepreneurs test the project potential at an early stage and market their innovations. It helps investors diversify their risks and enter new markets. Moreover, platforms themselves are not pure neutral matchmaking players: they assess and filter projects, provide financial education, and help bring the ecosystem together. Even looking at policies only, the introduction of bespoke regimes has not just been substantial to incentivise investment, but also to generate wider awareness and trust in AF.
Looking ahead, one challenging area appears to be related to understanding the wider role of AF in terms of signal creation, usage, and propagation within the financial ecosystem. This is particularly true in a context such as R&I, characterised by high information asymmetry as the main barrier to investment.
Poland’s economic progress has come at some environmental cost – its history in electricity production resulted in it registering the highest rate of coal production of any EU country in 2009. Poland is Europe’s third largest polluter and is home to 30 of Europe’s most damaging power plants.
However, Poland’s demand for electricity is also twice the EU average. This means that energy must continue to be generated in similar quantities, albeit in a considerably more sustainable manner. Renewable energy systems (RES) are a logical solution, but unlike traditional power facilities, RES can lead to unpredictable and variable outputs depending on the weather and other seasonal and geographical factors.
The European Commission has launched the Zero Power Water Monitoring Horizon Prize, inviting European innovators to come up with solutions based on self-powered and wireless smart sensing technologies, designed for real-time monitoring of water resources.
The € 2 million prize will be awarded through the EU's Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.
This is the fourth ICT-based Horizon Prize and it will be awarded to the best solution that will succeed putting together wireless sensors using harvesting technologies and demonstrate the positive impact of using self-powered energy in acquiring, monitoring, communicating and analysing information about water resources.
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