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The EFFECT project will support all FET projects in their communication activities to increase their influence and impact among society, policy makers and stakeholders. The project is there to help enhance the visibility and the impact of FET research by assisting FET projects in developing an adequate communication and engagement plan that will support their sustainability.
EFFECT will organise dedicated compelling webinars and workshops, info days and brokerage events both locally and at EU level.
Acting as a communications hub across various media such as TV and the Internet , EFFECT will connect science, industry and society with easy-to-access tools and techniques.
In addition, it will support FET research outcomes by packaging key results in novel but tested ways, independently reviewing FET content to boost outreach potential, turning up the volume for interested stakeholders, opinion leaders, general public and the wider business community, and stimulating debate through online media and events.
EFFECT is here to help FET projects boost their effect! Contact them to benefit from their experience and support.
The winning European Capital of Innovation will receive €1,000,000 to scale up its innovation activities. The second and third ranked cities will each receive €100,000. Cities have until 21 June 2017 to apply.
Commissioner Carlos Moedas said: "The European Capital of Innovation 2017 will look at how European cities are willing to experiment with innovative citizen-driven initiatives, proving themselves as testing grounds for solutions to their local challenges. With this year's contest we want to highlight how cities can develop new models of innovation that engage their citizens. I am looking forward to finding out how Europe's cities are promoting new relationships based on participation and collaboration".
Find out more in the News Alert here.
The second round of Teaming projects selected for Horizon 2020 funding include partnerships between research institutions, agencies, universities and national or regional authorities across Europe.
During 12 months, these 30 projects will be able to pool their knowledge and exchange expertise which will strengthen the competitive position of involved institutions and nurture scientific excellence in European countries.
Under Horizon 2020, the Future & Emerging Technologies (FET) actions have been allocated a provisional budget of 2 696 million euro to initiate radically new lines of technology through unexplored collaborations between advanced multidisciplinary science and cutting-edge engineering.
Until December 2016, a total of 659 million euros has been made available to support 131 projects, including Research and Innovation Actions, Coordination and Support Actions and Framework Partnership Agreements.
The FET participants come from 36 different countries in Europe and beyond. Germany, United Kingdom and France remain countries with the biggest number of participants. The Netherlands and Switzerland in turn have increased the amounts of funding by over 50% since June 2016. Newcomers at the end of 2016 were Latvia, Luxemburg, Malta and Romania.
New technologies, such as those developed through funding from Horizon 2020, can only be successful if they are fit for market and society. The dramatic scale and pace of technological developments offers tremendous potential, but with these opportunities come new dangers and new responsibilities. This implies that technological innovations need to pay close attention to the social contexts in which they are to be placed. Moreover, many social innovations require technological development to be successful. Thus, social and technical research need to go hand in hand.
The advisory group to FET – the Future & Emerging Technologies Programme devoted to ground-breaking technologies – propose that much more attention should be paid by Horizon 2020 and its successor to supporting multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research that brings together engineering, natural science and the social sciences and humanities in a way in which no one discipline is pre-eminent, but all work together, each inspiring and depending on the others.
Artistic practices are more and more broadly recognised as potential vectors of technological innovation. One of the main objectives of the STARTS initiative (Innovation at the nexus of Science, Technology, and the ARTS) of the European Commission is to encourage synergies between the arts and innovation for technology and society by promoting the inclusion of artists in Horizon 2020 projects.
In this context, the VERTIGO project promotes the arts as catalysts for an efficient conversion of science and technology knowledge into products, services and processes. To achieve this, VERTIGO is organising and funding artists residencies in R&D projects in the field of ICT.
Artists will work with ICT projects and contribute to the innovative aspects of the research understaken within it by bringing an artistic perspective through artistic practices. Those practices should lead to an original artwork based on the project technology featuring novel use-cases with a high potential for innovation. VERTIGO will showcase produced works to the public and actors of innovation. This will enhance the public dissemination of the project activities and technology.
The artist in residence will also provide a radically different point of view on the projects' technology by rethinking design, exploring technological limits through art installations and testing unusual technical solutions.
Committed to support synergies between art and technology, the European Commission is also supporting the FEAT project through the Future & Emerging Technologies (FET) programme. FEAT brings together artists and FET projects using best practice methods to create high-impact collaborative outcomes including the production of new artworks, major exhibitions, media campaigns, and socially engaged events including festivals, debates and participatory workshops.
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