Friday, June 20, 2014

European Brokerage Event for the H2020 "Health, demographic change and wellbeing" 2015 calls

Meet companies and laboratories to discuss project ideas paving the way for future cooperation and Horizon 2020 project proposals. And understand what is behind and what is expected from the Health calls 2015 to be launched in July 2014 (pre-announced deadline for project submission is October 2014).


Call for cancer experts

The European Commission has launched a call for expressions of interest as "Commission appointees" to an expert group on cancer control.


The eHealth manifesto: a call to action for a healthier Europe

In this guest blog post Pantelis Angelidis introduces the EU eHealth entrepreneurs manifesto.


Thursday, June 19, 2014

Digital Agenda Toolbox for European Structural and Investment Funds

The European Commission has published the final version of « The Digital Agenda Toolbox ». The document is the joint effort between the European Commission’s DG CONNECT and the Joint Research Centre’s Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) in conjunction with the Smart Specialisation Platform. The Toolbox intends to help Member States and Regions to prepare their European Structural and Investment Funds strategies and operational programmes, provide information and best practice examples in different areas of ICT.


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness: the Role of Communication in Public Health Preparedness Measures and Response to Pandemics

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness: the Role of Communication in Public Health Preparedness Measures and Response to Pandemics

Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness is publishing a special issue in 2014 on the role of communication in public health preparedness measures and response to pandemics, with particular reference to infectious disease outbreaks.

A call for papers was launched and its deadline, which was June 30 has been postponed to August 22. Aim of this issue is to bring together the most relevant research from two EU-funded projects – TELL ME and Ecom@EU – that are currently investigating the factors that impact on communication strategies and their relative effectiveness during a pandemic.

This special issue will focus into the following main focuses:

• Crisis preparedness framework

• Tools for outbreak communication

• Models for outbreak communication

• Information management and access

• Public involvement in communications

• Governance and policy issues

• Ethical and legal issues

• Socio-cultural contexts

• Vaccination campaigns

• Social marketing

• Business continuity

• Mass media / Social media

• Training and education

• Risk and uncertainty

Self-care in the digital age - webcast event

DALLAS (Delivering Assisted Living Lifestyles At Scale) and The King's Fund are holding an event to explore how the UK can manage its health and social care needs now and for the future. The audience of policy makers, commissioners and healthcare practitioners will debate how new technology can assist in the evolution of healthcare; and how self-care is being adopted in the UK.


Robot-Era project: robotic services for ageing well

The overall aim of the Robot-Era project (Implementation and integration of advanced Robotic systems and intelligent Environments in real scenarios for the ageing population) is to develop an advanced, three-tier robotic system that can improve quality of life and care for elderly people and facilitate independent living.


Funding for piloting initiatives in active and independent living

The EU-funded project ReAAL aims at assessing the impact of common open platforms on the market penetration in the domain of active and independent living. For this purpose, nine different piloting initiatives involving over 5000 users in six European countries are porting different AAL applications and services to universAAL, the open source software platform for AAL systems, as their common open platform. In order to enlarge the project impact and involve more stakeholders participating in the assessment, the ReAAL project has recently decided to issue an open call for "associated pilots".


Public deliverables of AAL JP projects now available at a single place online

The Ambient Assisted Living Joint Programme has recently created a website containing all public deliverables from the projects it funds. This website will also contain in the future uploads of public deliverables from projects funded under the new programme, the Active and Assisted Living Programme.


Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Bridge the Innovation Gap by Innovation Procurement

New forms of cross-sector collaboration can be enabled by Pre-commercial Procurement and Public Procurement of Innovative Solutions. This high-level event will offer an opportunity to hear first-hand from the Committee of the Regions, the European Parliament, the European Commission, Cities and Regions how they are supporting the implementation of Public Procurement of Innovative Solutions (PPI) and Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP).


Computer simulation could become 'integral' in the diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of disease by the end of the century

In the British newspaper "The Independent", Professor Coveney describes the Virtual Physiological Human project as "the equivalent for the human body of Google Earth". "You could have your own personalised body map… and you could be in charge of managing that and interrogating it yourself", he said.


EU-funded ICT tool to help patients with brain trauma

Traumatic brain injuries affect 1.6 million people in the EU every year. 70,000 don't survive and a further 100,000 are left with a permanent disability. An EU-funded project – with partners in Finland, France, Lithuania and the UK– is collecting data from hundreds of patients who have suffered brain trauma and using it to build software which will improve diagnosis and predict the outcome of treatments.


The city we want: smart and sustainable

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the European Commission are organizing a series of events concentrated on the prominent theme of "Smart Sustainable Cities". Cities are at the same time drivers of social and economic development, as well as responsible for resources consumption and pollution. Furthermore, the rising global urban population is intensifying environmental pressure and social and economic challenges. ICT can play a significant role in fostering livability in cities, enabling us to live more sustainably. Urban infrastructure and services that rely on ICT-integrated solutions can enhance sustainable lifestyles, foster a more intelligent and profitable use of resources and promote social justice.