March 31, 2020

SIRA 2030 – a source of inspiration at BIOEAST high-level conference

Taking place on 20 – 21 February in Brussels, the BIOEAST high-level conference "BIOEAST as a driving force in the context of the European Green Deal" aimed to deploy sustainable and circular bioeconomies in Central and Eastern Europe in the context of food, agriculture, natural resources and bioeconomy related policies. On the first day, the […]

Innovative services and products for the circular economy – insights from Horizon 2020 projects

Taking the momentum of the European Commission launching the new EU growth strategy, the European Green Deal, over 120 project representatives and policymakers gathered at the Workshop “Innovative services and products for the circular economy” organised by EASME in Brussels. This workshop gathered important insights to feed the current policymaking, days before the publication of […]

December 16, 2019

The European Green Deal sets out how to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050

The European Commission has presented the European Green Deal – a roadmap for making the EU’s economy sustainable by turning climate and environmental challenges into opportunities across all policy areas and making the transition just and inclusive for all. The Green Deal covers all sectors of the economy, notably transport, energy, agriculture, buildings, and industries such […]

EU Council debated Green Deal grand plan for tackling climate change

The EU Council has gathered to consider the European Green Deal, a large scale re-imagining of how Europe’s economies can collectively create the first carbon-neutral continent by 2050. The goal is a comprehensive makeover of all sectors of the economy in support of the ambition of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and avoiding the worst consequences […]

Calls for member states to agree budget that matches EU ambitions in science, digital technologies and greening the continent

EU competition and digital commissioner Margrethe Vestager has become the latest to add her voice to calls on member states not to trim back the proposed 2021 – 2027 budget, urging Denmark, the Netherlands, Austria and Sweden to back a bigger EU research programme. Vestager’s plea followed on from a demand by European parliament president […]

November 28, 2019

‘Research’ reinstated in job title of R&D commissioner at last minute

The incoming president of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen has given into demands that the word ‘research’ should feature in the research commissioner’s job title, making the change at the last possible minute, just before the European Parliament confirmed the new team of commissioners in Strasbourg on Wednesday. Von der Leyen’s last-minute decision […]

November 27, 2019

Forest-based Industries 2050: a vision for sustainable choices in a climate-friendly future

On 18 November 2019, the European Forest-based industries presented their vision “Forest-based Industries 2050: a vision for sustainable choices in a climate-friendly future”. The vision is a response to the European Commission’s 2050 climate strategy as well as to the President-elect Ursula von der Leyen’s agenda for Europe.  The vision was presented in the […]

Registration now closed for FTP conference 2019 – 27 November, Helsinki

Under the auspices of the Finnish Presidency of the Council of the European Union, whose motto is Sustainable Europe – Sustainable Future, the FTP conference 2019 will take place at Aalto University, Helsinki, on 27 November.  The European forest-based sector launches its Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SIRA) 2030 While European forests continue to grow […]

October 7, 2019

New COST initiative: Cross-Cutting Activity on Science Communication

On 2 October 2019 the kick-off meeting of the newly established COST Cross-Cutting Activity (CCA) on science communication took place in Brussels. This CCA, which will run as a pilot from 2 October 2019 until 1 October 2021, will aim to achieve high-quality, evidence-based and cross-sectoral science communication across Europe. This global objective will be […]

Scientists Pledge to Speed up Efforts to Counter Global Forest Threats

(Curitiba, 4 October 2019)  At the 25th IUFRO World Congress there was common understanding regarding the critical role that forests, trees and forest products play for the future of the planet. Participating scientists have repeatedly expressed their strong commitment to step up efforts and collaboration in support of the UN’s 2030 Global Development Agenda, its […]