Neelie Kroes, European Commission Vice-President for the Digital Agenda, has issued an urgent call to twenty one EU countries to rapidly introduce all the legislative measures necessary to allow the pan-EU deployment of mobile satellite services that could be used for high-speed internet, mobile television and radio or emergency communications to EU consumers and businesses.
In cooperation with the Fonds National de la Recherche and several private sponsors, the "Section des Sciences Naturelles, physiques et mathématiques de l’Institut Grand-ducal" beginning with the year 2010, is awarding each year a researcher for either his or her complete work or an exceptional discovery. The researcher must be a Luxembourgian national or a researcher working or having worked in the Grand-Duchy with the major part of his/her scientific work done in Luxembourg.
The Expert Panel on Service Innovation in the EU has presented its final report "Meeting the Challenge of Europe 2020: the transformative power of service innovation" to the Vice-President responsible for industry and entrepreneurship, A. Tajani. The 20 members of the Expert Panel were commissioned one year ago by DG Enterprise and industry to consider the concrete and specific steps which should be taken at European level to support service innovation in the context of the Europe 2020 Strategy.
The objective of the Intelligent Energy-Europe II Programme (IEE II) is to contribute to secure, sustainable and competitively priced energy for Europe, by (a) fostering energy efficiency and the rational use of energy resources; (b) promoting new and renewable energy sources and supporting energy diversification; (c) promoting energy efficiency and the use of new and renewable energy sources in transport. The 2011 Call for Proposals is open; please submit your application before 12 May 2011.
The National Research Fund (FNR) has just published a new call for its FNR Awards, which since two years ago is being handed out in the categories “Outstanding scientific publication” and “Outstanding promotion of scientific culture”. The deadline for submissions to the FNR Awards 2011 is 1 April 2011.
The National Research Fund (FNR) will be participating in the MANUNET call for projects and will provide the funding for Luxembourg public research institutions. FNR has earmarked a budget of 1.000.000 EUR for this call through the INTER programme (International Collaboration). MANUNET is a network of Governments under the European 7th Framework Programme targeted towards achieving co-ordinated calls in order to finance R&D in Manufacturing. Preproposal Submission Deadline is 17 March 2011.
This paper studies the empirical relation between market competition and innovation using Luxembourg's Structural Business Statistics. The competitive pressure in Luxembourg's markets is assessed by computing a profit elasticity measure, based on the idea of cost-efficiency. From this, the paper analyses the relation between competition and innovation performance by estimating an equation for the determinants of R&D expenditure.
The 2011 edition of “Mardis de la propriété intellectuelle” (Intellectual Property Tuesdays) is being organised around thematic fields for which intellectual property plays a key role. This 5-module course will answer your questions about patents, trademarks, designs and models, as well as copyrights and know-how. It will also delve into more complex issues such as internet rights, IT projects, protecting know-how and assessing an intellectual property right.
The Commission launches a consultation on major improvements to EU research and innovation funding to make participation easier, increase scientific and economic impact and improve value for money. The proposed "Common Strategic Framework", set out in a Green Paper, would cover the current Framework Programme for Research (FP7), the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). The deadline for contributions is 20 May.
If innovation is a competitiveness factor by means of excellence, it becomes even more essential in difficult economic times, for both enterprises and public entities. It is thus no longer a matter of deciding if one should innovate, but rather of knowing HOW to innovate by making use of proper techniques of innovation management.
"Handling the challenge of cost pressure on the one hand and diversity and dynamics on the other hand becomes the central competence for production companies in high-wage countries" assumes Dr. Wilhelm Meiners, Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technologies. He was one of the speakers at the INTERMAT 2011 - Rapid Manufacturing Conference, organised on 1 Feburary 2011, by the Luxembourg Materials Cluster in close collaboration with the neighboring clusters MECATECH (Wallonia) and MATERALIA (FR).
Luxinnovation, the National Agency for Innovation and Research, in the frame of the Luxembourg Space Cluster, invites you to a Workshop organised in close collaboration with the European Space Agency and the Luxembourg Ministry of Higher Education and Research: "Building a winning proposal in the ARTES programme". The ARTES programme enables industry to explore, via research and development activities, innovative concepts to produce leading-edge satcom products, services and applications.
On 29 January, the “Académie Lorraine des Sciences” and the Grand-Ducal Institute’s Science Section gave out an award to Sacha Bohler for the outstanding quality of his PhD thesis written at CRP Gabriel Lippmann.
In its 9th economic bulletin “Actualité & tendances”, the Chamber of Commerce illustrates and comments on the role played by R&D and innovation in maintaining and ensuring the well-being of our society in a world which has become increasingly competitive and globalised. The Chamber puts forth 10 recommendations.
The EU is failing to close the innovation performance gap with the US and Japan. Although the trends in most EU Member States are promising despite the economic crisis, progress is not fast enoughWithin the EU, Sweden is the most impressive performer followed by Denmark, Finland and Germany. The UK, Belgium, Austria, Ireland, Luxembourg, France, Cyprus, Slovenia and Estonia, in that order, form the next group. These are some of the main conclusions from the 2010 Innovation Union.
Small and medium enterprises frequently find it difficult to obtain financial support for their often high-risk research and development projects. The Eurostars Programme offers ambitious and innovative SMEs a single access point at national level to both national and European research funding. It provides a fast-track application procedure, harmonised evaluation and synchronised funding timetables, leading to fast results that can be brought to market rapidly. Next deadline is 24th March 2011.