The power of the creativity to boost culture in Europe

A new community dedicated to the cultural and creative industries, the heart and soul of the European continent, will be launched this autumn through the European Institute of Innovation and Technology.

The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) will launch a new Knowledge and Innovation Community dedicated to cultural and creative industries. These sectors are key drivers of sustainable growth and job creation across Europe, but have been affected very hard by the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent crisis. These sectors and industries are the heart and soul of the continent, highlighting both our diversity and our unity, as well as inspiring us to do better.

The suspension of cultural and creative activities has led to widespread job losses and disruption of economic activity. It is therefore essential to support these sectors and industries and to create new opportunities for innovation, education and start-ups. In this regard, this community will provide innovative solutions to help these industries become stronger and more resilient, training future entrepreneurs in the sector, supporting cutting-edge companies and helping to foster the next generation across Europe. 

A timeline about the next steps to follow for the implementation of EIT Culture & Creativity has recently been published, announcing the launch of the call between October and November 2021. The selection criteria will be announced from June onwards!

Do you want to join Europe’s largest innovation network? On the horizon of the EIT there is a new opportunity for the cultural and creative sectors and industries. If you want to know more, don’t miss the next webinar that will take place next Wednesday, 21 April!

For more information about the call click here

Next EIC Accelerator call on April 2021!

The EIC Accelerator call will be opened on 8 April, which will support SMEs and start-ups in developing breakthrough innovations. Applications from companies with women in top management positions will be particularly encouraged.

EIC Accelerator will provide financial support through:

– Non-reimbursable funding up to EUR 2.5 million

– Investments up to EUR 15 million managed by EIC FUND.

In addition, selected companies will receive guidance, mentoring, access to investors and corporations, and many other opportunities. All information is published in the EUROPEAN INNOVATION COUNCIL WORK PROGRAMME 2021 (Horizon Europe).

Proposals will be submitted through the EIC AI platform, which will require preparing a video pitch, a slide presentation and answering a short survey about the innovation and the company’s team. If the application fulfils the requirements, the Commission will invite the company to prepare the full application.

EIC Accelerator also provides  an open call, which does not define thematic priorities on which to submit project proposals (Open Funding) and a call with a challenge-driven approach (EIC Strategic Challenges) which will fund projects in specific technology areas.

In particular, the EIC Accelerator open call (€592.5 million) targets breakthrough innovations in any technology field, while the EIC Strategic Challenges call (€495.1 million) funds innovations in the fields of strategic digital and health technologies and Green Deal innovations for economic recovery.

The deadlines for applications in 2021 are:

9 June for Accelerator Open 6 October for Accelerator

8M International Women’s Day – Towards Gender Equality in academia and science

Today March 8th we are commemorating International women’s Day, a day to celebrate social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Despite the great achievements, there is still a long way to go, especially in the field of academia and science. There is extensive evidence of gender differences suggesting that women are underrepresented in most scientific disciplines and publish fewer articles throughout a career, acquiring fewer citations. Moreover, relevant problems lie with retaining and promoting women into influential positions as they have fewer chances to serve on committees or speak at scientific meetings. Other factors include unconscious bias, tensions with work-like balance, poor funding and pay and a lack of networking opportunities.

8 March is an important occasion to not only celebrate women’s achievements, but also to raise awareness and remind the necessity of continuing the work towards gender equality. Many initiatives and projects are being carried out to achieve this objective, such as our ATHENA project. The ATHENA project is a H2020 4 years-funded project aiming at removing barriers to the recruitment, retention and career progression of female researchers, addressing gender imbalances in decision making processes and generating a cultural change needed to avoid future gender bias and discriminatory practices through the implementation of Gender Equality Plans (GEPs) in 6 Research Performing (RPOs) and 2 Research Funding organisations (RFOs) of Central Eastern EU countries and outermost regions.

The project started last 1st February 2021 and we are currently performing the first assessment of procedures and practices already in place in partner RPOs and RFOs. This assessment will help understand the needs of each partner institution and will serve as the basis for next trainings and activities to be carried out in order to draft and implement tailored GEPs.

New programme Horizon Europe strengthens provisions for Gender Equality!

EU Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and youth Mariya Gabriel communicated on the occasion of the ‘International Day of Women and Girls in Science’, celebrated on 11 February each year, the Commission’s commitment to gender equality in research and innovation. This commitment is set out in the Gender Equality Strategy for 2020-2025, which addresses the introduction of new measures in the new programme Horizon Europe. These measures include the possibility to require a gender equality plan from applicants and an initiative to increase the number of women-led technology start-ups. Funding for gender and intersectional research will also be made available and gender balance among researchers involved in projects will be strongly encouraged and will be taken into account for equally ranked proposals.

The new strengthened provisions for gender equality in Horizon Europe are summarized in the factsheet published by the EC ‘Gender Equality: a strengthened commitment in Horizon Europe’. Click here to download the factsheet and learn more!

ATHENA H2020 project on Gender Equality has kicked-off!

Equality between women and men is not only a fundamental value of the European Union (EU) but would have a strong, positive GDP impacts growing over time as well as ensure higher level of employment and productivity. To reach EU gender equality objectives effective mechanisms, policies and actions challenging structural discrimination and stereotypes present in our societies must be put in place.

The ATHENA project, funded under the Horizon 2020 programme, aims at removing barriers to the recruitment, retention and career progression of female researchers; addressing gender imbalances in decision making processes and generating a cultural change to avoid future gender bias and discriminatory practices in 8 research organizations in Europe. The consortium, coordinated by Consulta Europa Projects and Innovation, counts with the participation of 6 Research Performing Organizations from Slovenia, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Bulgaria and 2 Research funding organization from Canary Islands, in Spain, and Azores in Portugal. The project will support those organizations in developing and implementing Gender Equality Plans to enable a cultural and institutional change and achieve a gender equal participation of researchers, professors and administrative staff.

To achieve this, ATHENA will first conduct an assessment of procedures and practices already in place in partnering organizations, together with an analysis of the national legislation and policy frameworks. In parallel, it will put in place a participatory process aimed, on one side, to understand the needs and preferences of the students and staff and, on the other side, to train them and build their capacities to address gender inequalities and apply principles of diversity and inclusion.

The methodology and practices developed by the project will be made available to other research performing and funding organizations across Europe to contribute to a more gender equal and inclusive European Research Area and unlock research excellence across the whole European territory.

ATHENA has started on February 1st this year and will last for 48 months. Representatives from the project partners convened to the online kick-off meeting held on 3rd and 4th February and planned further in detail project activities responsibilities distribution. The kick-off meeting has counted with the participation of the European Commission services (DG for Research and Innovation) and the Research Executive Agency, as well of representatives of the SPEAR and CHANGE H2020 sister projects.

New Project Tourisme – Improving sustainability of tourism SMEs through knowledge transfer, international cooperation and multistakeholder engagement

The European project TOURISME began on September 16th 2020, co-financed by the COSME Program and coordinated by Consulta Europa Projects and Innovation.
The project was born from the need to improve the sustainability and competitiveness of tourism SMEs in Europe, under the pretext that a sustainable tourism development, in addition to positive environmental and socio-cultural impacts, provides many benefits derived from the competitive advantage of cost savings and improving the quality of the offer.
Therefore, TOURISME’s main objective is to promote the capacities and skills of tourism SMEs to explore and adopt sustainable solutions through a reinforced transnational and intersectoral collaboration between SMEs and tour operators from different sectors in Spain, Italy, France and Cyprus.

More specifically, the project pursues the following objectives:
1. To design and implement transnational and intersectoral support schemes that promote sustainable growth in the tourism sector through capacity-building, knowledge transfer and international cooperation between SMEs, business accelerators, incubators, development agencies and other decision makers in the tourism industry.
2. Support the adoption of innovative solutions that promote sustainability practices and circular business models.
3. Facilitate the participation of SMEs in environmental certification schemes and other initiatives that promote sustainable tourism, such as EMAS, EDEN and EU Ecolabel.

The project partners are, in addition to Consulta Europa (EC), the Canary Islands Institute of Technology (ITC) from Spain, the Autonomous Region of Sardinia (RAS), Sistemi Formativi Confindustria (SFC) and University of Sant’ Anna (SSSA) from Italy, the Association of Cities and Regions for the Sustainable Management of Resources (ACR+) from Belgium, the Institute of Planning and Urbanization of the Ile-de-France Region (Institute of the Paris Region) from France, and the Nicosia Development Agency (ANEL) from Cyprus. The project has a total budget of 1,322,050.93 euros and a duration of 30 months.

Free Webinar 4 November 2020 – Accessing European funding opportunities: How to develop a successful project proposal

The European Union is the main body with resources to offer funding in form of grants to entities and companies in Europe. It is key for the Canarian innovation system to access and make the best use of these resources, which requires specific knowledge that allows them to submit quality project proposals, increasing their number of approvals and, consequently, funding.

Consulta Europa Projects and Innovation will organise a free webinar on 4 November 2020 (at 10.00h (Canary Islands time)) with the aim of providing the main stakeholders (entrepreneurs, company managers, staff of public bodies and/or students) with the basic knowledge required to successfully submit a European project proposal.

The content of the webinar is structured in three main blocks:

i) European Funds: From policies to funding programmes.

ii) Why and how a European project was born.

iii) Development of a successful project proposal: Steps to follow.

If you would like to participate, do not hesitate to register yourself before the 2nd November through our registration process here. For more information, you can consult the  agenda of the event here.

Erasmus+ in Outermost & Remote Areas When Supporting Mobility Makes a Difference

This week, on Friday the 16th of October, Consulta Europa is organizing an online event in the form of an interactive webinar about the Erasmus+ programme.

The purpose of this webinar is to raise the visibility of the Erasmus+ programme to beneficiaries, policy makers and supporting partners. By promoting youth exchange, internships and other mobility projects in Europe’s outermost and remote areas, we aim at facilitating the creation of social networks and consequently boosting social and economic innovation in those regions. With various presentations from organizations, students and other participants we are going to demonstrate that supporting mobility can make a difference.

Due to the current circumstances we would also like to focus on the impact of Covid-19 on the Erasmus+ programme, in order to identify if and how the current crisis has affected cross-European mobility in different ways, but also which potential opportunities we can gain from this changed point of view. For this reason, you will not only be able to hear about the general aspects and possibilities of the programme itself, but you will also have the opportunity to listen to real stories from students talking about their experiences during this difficult time.

If you are a student, academic researcher, part of an NGO or any other type of organization, the information provided within this webinar might show you unforeseen opportunities of exchange programmes and trans-European mobilities. Sign up via the link below and fill out the registration form to ensure yourself a spot among the multicultural variety of participants. Don’t miss their stories of experiences with the Erasmus+ programme and seize this unique opportunity to ask them questions and build cross-European connections for your future.

Register to the webinar here!

2nd LIFE4BEST call for proposals launched!

Today, September 10th, it has been launched the 2020 call for proposals under the LIFE4best ‘Small Grants’ Initiative.

LIFE4BEST provides grant funding for small-scale field actions for biodiversity conservation and sustainable development in the Outermost Regions of the European Union (ORs). LIFE4BEST is a grant scheme designed to provide effective support for actions on the ground at the local, as well the regional level. It is funded by the EU LIFE Programme, the French Biodiversity Agency and the French Development Agency.

Consulta Europa as Regional Focal Point of Macaronesia, together with the coordinating body of the Programme, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) will hold an informative session aiming at presenting the Programme and the call for proposals, as well as to solve doubts and questions about the submission process. The event will take place on Monday 14 September at 11.00 (CEST) for applicants from Madeira and Azores and at 12.00 (Canary islands’ time) for applicants from the Canary islands.

If you are interested in participating, you are invited to complete the registration form here for proposals from Madeira and Azores, and here for proposals from the Canary islands.

For further information on the LIFE4BEST initiative and the procedure for submitting your proposal, please visit www.life4best.org or send your questions to life4best@consulta-europa.com

We’re hiring! – Experienced researcher

We are recruiting an experienced researcher (doctoral degree or at least four years’ full-time research experience) in fields closely related to socio-economic and environmental sciences, such as circular economy, territorial development, or environmental sustainability. The researcher will work in close cooperation with the rest of the team on different research projects related with territorial development strategies for closed systems (islands and archipelago) integrating circular economy approaches.
 
Required profile:
– Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Geography, Environmental Sciences, Environmental engineering, or closely related fields of study.
– Master’s degree in fields related to environmental sciences and sustainability.
– Minimum 4 years’ full-time experience as researcher.
– Doctoral degree will be an asset.
– Excellent English writing and speaking skills.
– Ability to perform multiple tasks under tight deadlines without sacrificing quality or accuracy.
– Strong attention to detail and follow-through.
– Creative, open and flexible personality and excellent interpersonal, communication and networking skills.
 
Type of contract: full-time temporary contract.
 
Interested candidates can send their CVs at info@consulta-europa.com indicating “Experienced researcher” in the subject of the e-mail.

New LIFE4BEST 2020 call for project proposals will be launched in September 2020

On 10 September 2020, the new call of the LIFE4BEST Grant Programme will be launched. LIFE4BEST is the continuation of the EU BEST initiative, which aims to support action in favour of biodiversity and the sustainable use of ecosystem services in EU outermost regions (ORs). The new call will be opened to provide grants for small-scale field actions, both at local and regional level, for the conservation of biodiversity and sustainable development in the ORs, including ecosystem-based approach to climate change adaption and mitigation. The call supports also circular economy solutions preserving ecosystems and reducing pressure on biodiversity that are now eligible too. The Programme is funded by the European Commission, the DG ENV/LIFE programme, with the French Office for Biodiversity (OFB) and the French Development Agency (AFD) and is a direct follow-up of the BEST RUP Programme.

Consulta Europa Projects and Innovation acts as focal point for the Macaronesia region (Madeira, Azores and Canary Islands), providing support to applicants both in the process of preparing project proposals and in the implementation of approved projects.

Approved projects will receive a grant of up to EUR 40,000 for 12 months duration. As a novelty, this call has been adapted to cope with the consequences of the COVID-19 outbreak: intermediary financial support has been foreseen to pre-selected applicants with a project preparation grant (PPG).
Simplified proposals will be submitted online. The guidelines and the templates of the application forms will be available on the LIFE4BEST portal on the day of the launch of the call.

In addition, information sessions will be organised in proximity of the launch date. Stay tuned and visit the LIFE4BEST Programme website www.life4best.org or send your request to life4best@consulta-europa.com.

RYEurope’s Webinar – ‘Rural Game Changers’ June 11th, 2020

The Rural Youth Europe (RYEurope) will organise the Webinar ‘Rural Game Changers – What have the European rural youth organisations learnt from the COVID-19?’

The aim is to discuss the response of rural youth to the pandemic, share good practice that can be used in the future, what has been learnt and respond to the question on ‘what will we take forward from this?’

The webinar is hosted by the RYEurope board and will feature representatives from their member organisations, who will provide insight into how COVID-19 has affected their organisations and which good practises have come out of re-organising their work during the pandemic.

The event will be live streamed on Facebook. To attend the event on Zoom to interact with the panelist during the event you are invited to sign up for the Zoom attendee role through the following link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_1vD6EIBdSJ-4eJOu_itpmQ

 

Pan-European Hackathon to develop innovative solutions to overcome societal challenges related to coronavirus

The European Commission and EU member states have launched a call for participation in a pan-European Hackathon to connect innovators, partners and buyers across Europe to develop innovative solutions to coronavirus.  The Hackathon will take place on 24, 25 and 26 April and is structured around categories of problems that need short-term solutions in relation to coronavirus health and life, business continuity, remote working and education, social & political cohesion, digital finance and an open category for other challenges. Feel empowered to get creative!

European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, Mariya Gabriel said:

This pan-European hackathon is an example of how Europe can come together in times of crisis.  It’s inspiring to witness this show of solidarity by our community of innovators. Our most talented minds will do their best to find solutions to coronavirus and support our citizens. This is European innovation in action‘.

All 27 EU Member States are taking part as well as Norway, Israel, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and the United Kingdom. The winning solutions will be invited to join a European Innovation Council Platform that will facilitate connections with end users (e.g. hospitals) and provide access to investors, foundations and other funding opportunities from across the European Commission.

Can you hack it? Register now on the EUvsVirus Hackathon website  to be part of the solution!

We are hiring! – Graphic Designer

We are searching for a Communication Content Producer that will be responsible for creating communication and dissemination material (videos, infographics, brochures, etc.) for the projects we manage and for our organization. She/he will work in close cooperation with the rest of the team.

 

Main tasks include:

 -Design corporate resources and ensure the correct application of the brand in all channels, both digital and printed.

 -Animation and/or whiteboard video production.

-Produce creative content for communication and dissemination (infographics, brochures, newsletters).

-Maintain lively the organizational social networks.

 

Required profile:

-Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design or Communication Sciences. Master’s degree will be an asset.

-Excellent English writing skills.

-Minimum 2 years experience in a similar position.

-Proven experience in animation and/or whiteboard video production.

-Wordpress and Adobe Creative Suite CC manage skills will be an asset.

-Good skills in using social networks, from a tactical as well as a strategic point of view.

-Creative, open and flexible personality and excellent communication and networking skills.

 

Type of contract: full-time temporary contract.

 

Interested candidates can send their CVs at info@consulta-europa.com indicating “Communication Content Producer” in the subject of the e-mail.

News about the CAMPUS RUP Project

Regarding the new CAMPUS RUP project, which we talked about in our last publication, we want to share with you this video prepared by the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria that explains in detail the activities that are intended to be developed within it and the objectives that are the consorcium hope to reach.

The seven universities in the outermost regions join forces to respond to the challenges of the European university system of the future through the creation of this project, in whose preparation, Consulta Europe participates actively. For now, we only have the video in Spanish without subtitles.

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