The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) is to significantly step up its efforts to drive innovation and entrepreneurship in the EU with the creation of six new cross-border innovation hubs, known as Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs), in 2014-2020. The European Commission has allocated a budget of EUR 2.8 billion1 in the next financial framework to enable the EIT to expand and consolidate the development of its existing KICs which focus on climate change, sustainable energy and ICT.
The European Commission has today presented a package of measures to boost research, innovation and competitiveness in Europe. Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn has announced Horizon 2020, an EUR 80 billion programme for investment in research and innovation. Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou has put forward a Strategic Innovation Agenda for the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), which will receive EUR 2.8 billion of funding under Horizon 2020. In parallel, Vice-President Antonio Tajani has announced a complementary new programme to boost competitiveness and innovation in SMEs, with an additional budget of EUR 2.5 billion. The funding programmes run from 2014 to 2020.
The winners of the Luxembourg Quality Awards 2011 were personally rewarded by the Minister of the Economy and Foreign Trade, Jeannot Krécké. The Luxembourg Quality Awards has now reached its 8th edition, and is still arousing great interest. 16 organisations won an award this year: 4 were rewarded with the Luxembourg Quality Award, 11 received the “On the way to excellence” award and one was congratulated on its commitment.
The jury of the 12th Fedil Environment Awards has, among 6 nominated projects, attributed the first prize in the category "Large Enterprises" to Goodyear S.A. for the "EfficientGrip Tire Technology" project. The first prize in the category "Medium-Sized Enterprises" was given to the bakery oven constructor HEIN for the "HEIN LR Greenproved EcoStone" project. Moreover, the jury decided to give a special award to Elco SA for the "Retrofit LED pour l’éclairage public" project.
The Representation of the European Commission in Luxembourg is inviting, on 30 November at the Maison de l'Europe, to the presentation of the Horizon 2020 Commmission's proposal regarding research and innovation for the 2014-2020 period, to be passed the same day. The objective of this proposal is to define strategic and political guidelines by the year 2020.
Innovation is a crucial asset of competitiveness. It is not restricted to large enterprises or high-tech companies, but can be accessible to Small and Medium-Sized Businesses (SMEs) and for the craft sector. The interregional forum "Innovation in SMEs and for the craft industry in the Greater Region", to be held on 8 December at the Chamber of Trades, aims at informing on efficient innovation management within SMEs.
The last seminar, organised within the framework of a training cycle dedicated to the different kinds of innovation in the food industry, focused on challenges and opportunities in the field of food packaging. Almost 30 persons attented this event organised by the Chamber of Trades, in partnership with Luxinnovation, the National Agency for Innovation and Research. Various issues such as legal requirements, global packaging performance and last innovation trends in the field were tackled by high level speakers.
The Lorraine Region recently launched a Call for applications for the 5th Inter-regional research awards. These awards (€35.000 and €25.000) aim to reward scientific cooperation projects carried out by at least 2 laboratories from 2 partner regions of the Greater Region. The application deadline is 31 March 2012.
On 16 November 2011, the European Research Council (ERC) published a Call for proposals for Advanced Investigator Grant in Physical Sciences & Engineering, Life Sciences and Social Sciences & Humanities, with an indicative budget of EUR 679.980.000. The ERC Advanced Grants target experienced researchers who wish to pursue frontier research.
The National Research Fund (FNR) and the National Centre for Research and Development of Poland have recently signed an agreement to launch of 2 joint calls in the field of Innovation in Services, 1 of 6 research priorities defined by the Luxembourg government.
Luxembourg's Commission Nationale pour la Protection des Données (CNPD, National Commission for Data Protection) and the Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT) of the University of Luxembourg have concluded a contract for strategic partnership. Together they will launch a joint research programme, which will deal with the new developments of the European data privacy laws, the new technological challenges like e.g. cloud computing, the implications for Luxembourg, and solutions for privacy security in a globalised world.
Luxembourg's Virtual Resource Centre for Knowledge about Europe (CVCE) is partner of the European project CUbRIK recently launched in Rome. Cofinanced by the Seventh European Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7) and carried out by a consortium of 15 partners, this project aims to provide innovations in the field of multimedia research.
On 8 November 2011, the Public Research Centre - Henri Tudor, Luxinnovation, the Chamber of Trades and their partners invited to an event dedicated to good practices and innovation in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) within SMEs in the construction sector.
Representatives of the six section of the Institut grand-ducal recently gathered for the general assembly of the institution. At this occasion, Professor Paul Doster was nominated new President of the Institute.
After having developed a model dedicated to SMEs and to the deployment of their Information Security Management System, CRP Henri Tudor initiated, one and a half years ago, a group of companies who wish to obtain ISO/IEC 27001 certification. A few months later, this initiative has yielded its first results: Luxembourg e-Archiving S.A. is the first company to receive its certification.
The 8th edition of the Quality Week (Semaine de la Qualité) offers a rich and varied programme focusing on quality, normalisation and management good practice. This national event is organised by MLQ, the Luxembourg Movement for Quality (Mouvement Luxembourgeois pour la Qualité) in collaboration with ILNAS, the Luxembourg Institute for Normalisation, Accreditation and Security and Quality of Products and Services. The programme of the Week includes, among other things, conferences, round table discussion, good practice testimonies and two company visits.
Living with type 1 diabetes, which is an autoimmune disease, is easier for people who understand their disease and manage it autonomously. This is the conclusion of the “Mondiab” study carried out by researchers of the Universities of Luxembourg and Metz. In this study, the researchers studied how type 1 diabetics live with their disease and manage their daily life.