TempAg: a new international research network to facilitate cross-country collaboration on sustainable agriculture in the world’s temperate regions. The foresight workshop 5-7.10.2016 identified emerging priorities and research challenges for policy & industry (blog posts by Global Food Security and GPC)
FACCE-SURPLUS: Pre-announcement of 2nd call, 7 million euros available for projects in the area of sustainable intensification of food and non-food biomass production and decentralised transformation systems, in particular small scale multi-input, multi-product biorefinery concepts, 18.11.2016.
EPSO: Updated Briefing on Horizon 2020 Work Programmes 2017, All information for plant scientists in one document plus additional researched information. Updated information includes country participation (including UK), final call texts, 2014 call analysis, 24.8.2016
Theresa May’s office: UK will no longer take on the rotating presidency of the EU as planned for 2017, UK would be prioritizing the negotiations to leave the EU, 20.7.2016, Donald Tusk welcomed the swift decision which would allow the council to put alternative arrangements in place. May would approach negotiations on Brexit “in a constructive and pragmatic spirit,” but will need time to prepare. Tusk reassured that he will help to make this process happen as smoothly as possible. Press TV; Reuters
110 Nobel Laureates plus 4311 scientists and citizens support Precision Agriculture (GMOs): by signing an open letter Supporting Precision Agriculture (GMOs) to the Leaders of Greenpeace, the United Nations and Governments around the world. They criticize Greenpeace to neglect scientific facts about safety and benefit of the technology, 18.7.2016. Read the letter and sign it at http://supportprecisionagriculture.org/
ERA-CAPS: 3rd transnational call for proposals, 23.06.2016 "Europe-USA call strengthening transnational research in the molecular plant sciences", The following agencies have confirmed their participation in the call: FWF (AT)*, F.R.S.-FNRS (BE - FWB), ANR (FR)*, DFG (DE)*, NCN (PL)*, MPNTR (RS)*, SNSF (CH), BBSRC (UK)*, NSF (USA)* (*indicates participation in data sub-call). Call closure pre-proposals: 28.09.2016, call launch full proposals: 07.01.2017. Note some National Annexes have changed since the last call
ERA-CAPS: Update to 3rd ERA-CAPS call preannouncement, 12.5.2016 – Bottom-up collaboration in molecular plant sciences. Funding organisations that indicate participation in this call: FWF (AT), FNRS (BE), DFG (DE), NCN (PL), MPNTR (Serbia), SNSF (CH), BBSRC (UK), NSF (USA). Some countries allow only 1 PI from their country per proposal – see National Annexes upon call launch. Foreseen timing: call announcement 23.6.2016, deadline pre-proposals 28.9.2016
EPSO: Submission by the Biorefineries Working Group to the EC consultation 'A sustainable bioenergy policy for the period after 2020', 10.5.2016
EPSO: Analysis of Horizon 2020 Calls in 2014 for plant scientists available inMembers Section, 3.5.2016
ERA-CAPS: 3rd ERA-CAPS call preannouncement, 4.4.2016 – Bottom-up collaboration in molecular plant sciences including e.g. Food and nutrition security, Non-food crops, Adaptation to a changing climate, biotic/abiotic stress. In addition, a data-oriented sub-call is considered. Already funding organisations from 7 countries indicated participation in this call. Foreseen timing: call announcement 23.6.2016, deadline pre-proposals 28.9.2016.
EPSO: Submission to EC consultation on SC5 - Potential priorities for research and innovation in the 2018-20 Work Programme of Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge “Climate action, Environment, Resource efficiency and Raw materials”, 8.4.2016
EPSO: Fascination of Plants Day Success Stories 2015, From Bosnia to Bolivia, from South Africa to South Korea, FoPD 2015 truly united a global research community and engaged the public with plant science on an unprecedented scale. Read Success Stories and social media highlights from just some of the 965 events across 56 countries, 29.2.2016
World Economic Forum: The Global Risks Report 2016, 11th Edition (within the framework of The Global Competitiveness and Risks Team), Among top five risks for the next 10 years are 1) Water crises (39,8%), 2) Failure of climate-change mitigation and adaptation (36,7%) and 4) Food crises (25,2%), 14.1.2016
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