SBRA events

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Europa Unfinished Masterpiece

30 May 2017   I   17:00
Rue du Commerce 44, Brussels

Miha Pogačnik, violinist, visionary and cultural ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia, alongside the Permanent Representation of the Republic of Slovenia and the Slovenian Business & Research Association (SBRA), have the pleasure to invite you to a special event to experience the musical strategy for development of polyphonic (“symphonic”) European identity!

Miha Pogačnik will demonstrate with his violin the method of transferring formative forces of masterpiece to the field of business and politics, igniting idealism urgently needed for EU identity to emerge!

For more information and registration, please click here.

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Paramount Questions & Issues of Horizon 2020
and the upcoming FP9

12 April 2017
European Parliament, Brussels
Room ASP 3H1

On the 12th of April 2017, the Slovenian Business & Research Association (SBRA) organized a half day (09:00-11:30) conference – alongside University of Ljubljana – on the Paramount Questions and Issues of Horizon 2020 and the upcoming FP9 at the premises of the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium.

Much to our delight and honor, four major European Parliament Political Groups (S&D, EPP, Greens/EFA, ALDE) gave their full support to the event.

For further information concerning the programme, presentations and the photos taken during at the event, please click here!

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Advanced Materials in Circular Economy

29 March 2017 (10:00 - 13:00)
Permanent Representation of Slovenia to the EU
Rue du Commerce 44, Brussels

The National Institute of Chemistry of Slovenia and the Slovenian Business & Research Assocation (SBRA) organised the Advanced Materials in Circular Economy conference on the 29 March 2017. Below you can find a link the programme, presentations and photos taken at the event.

Programme, photos and presentations are available here.

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TERAN
The Tale of Karst, A Story of the Future

Tuesday, 28 February 2017 (18:00 - 20:00)
Permanent Representation of the Republic of Slovenia to the EU,
Rue du Commerce 44, Brussels

The Permanent Representative of the Republic of Slovenia to the EU Ambassador Janez Lenarčič and the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture, Forestry and Food of the Republic of Slovenia Dejan Židan together with the Civil Initiative for Safeguarding the Protection of the Teran Wine Marjan Colja, and the President of the Slovenian Business & Research Association, Brussels prof. Dr. Draško Veselinovič coorganised the event and round table discussion on the Teran Wine - Value of the Protected Designation of Origin.

For a more detailed programme, photos and list of speakers, click here!

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Prof. Dr. Jean-Pierre Bourguignon to visit
the University of Primorska

It is our absolute pleasure to invite you to the lecture Modern Geometry, from Local to Global, from Smooth to Rough, from Static to Dynamic, which will take place on Thursday, 1 December 2016. The first European Congress of Mathematics was held in the Sorbonne (Paris), July 6-10, 1992. It was organised by the Société Mathématique de France (SMF) when professor Bourguignon was its president and the Société Mathématiques Appliquées et Industrielles (SMAI) under the auspices of the European Mathematical Society. There were about 1300 participants coming from 58 countries. 8th ECM will be held in Congress center Bernardin, Portorož organized by the University of Primorska in collaboration with other research institutions. The lecture is organised by the University of Primorska and the Slovenian Business & Research Association, Brussels.

Please feel free to download the full programme here.

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Role of Regions & Cities in transition to
Circular Economy

SBRA, alongside Maribor and regional partners (Cankaya Municipality, Nevarre, Central Denmark, CCDRC, ACRplus) organised the official European Week of Regions and Cities workshop, which took place on 12 October 2016 in Brussels. The workshop was dedicated to circular economy. Former EU Commissioner Dr. Janez Potočnik gave the keynote speech. The debate at the workshop raised the discussion on concrete regional models and practices in promoting the transition to circular economy that should cover the full lifecycle: from production and consumption of waste, to waste management and the market for secondary raw materials.

Presentations are available here:

All photos can be found here.

Workshop programme is available here.


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Maribor in Brussels:
Styrian wine & culinary delicacies

It is our great pleasure to invite you to attend our social event and indulge your senses on an exquisite election of Styrian wines and local culinary delicacies!

We are organizing the event in cooperation with the City of Maribor, which will take place on the 12 October 2016 at 15:00 till 17:00 at the Permanent Representation of the Republic of Slovenia to the EU (Rue de Commerce 44, Brussels).

To attend the event, please register here – places are limited, so be sure to sign up quickly!  

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Smart Mobility 2020:
Towards intelligent and sustainable urban transport in Europe

 

On behalf of the Slovenian Business & Research Association (SBRA) and the UITP, the International Association of Public Transport,we would like to kindly invite you for a high-level international conference in Ljubljana on 11 October 2016 entitled “Smart Mobility 2020: Towards intelligent and sustainable urban transport in Europe”. The event is being organized together with the Ljubljana City Council and the local public transport operator LPP and will happen in the framework of Ljubljana 2016 European Green Capital. The event is held under the patronage of the SBRA, the Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia (UIRS) and the University of Ljubljana - Faculty of Maritime Studies and Transportation. All the information and the registration page can be found on the event website here.

The seminar will discuss the state-of-the-art of public transport in the Central Eastern Europe region, focusing on the current developments in the sector and the impact of EU legislation and the structural funds on mobility and smart city projects. There will be also a strong emphasis placed on latest environmental and technological trends underpinning mobility. We also tend to discuss operational and policy outlooks until and beyond 2020, when the EU structural funds streaming into CEE will slowly start to drain.

We strongly hope you will participate in the event and join us in discussions and networking with top mobility stakeholders from throughout Europe. Also, we will be pleased to host you at a bike city tour organized the day before on October 10 in the afternoon and kindly supported by the Ljubljana Municipality.

Please don’t hesitate to contact bostjan.sinkovec@sbra.be ifl you need any additional information.

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President of the European Research Council in Slovenia

On 5 - 7 June 2016, the Slovenian Business & Research Association (SBRA), Brussels and the National Institute of Chemistry (NIC), organized the visit of Prof. Dr. Jean-Pierre Bourguignon – the President of the European Research Council (ERC) – and his colleagues from the ERC to Slovenia. The visit coincided with the 70th anniversary of the National Institute of Chemistry. It also marked the very first time that the president ERC was in Slovenia; ERC is one of the most important European scientific institutions, which annually distributes app. 2 billion Euros for excellence in science and research. The ERC advanced grant scheme targets researchers who have already established themselves as top independent research leaders; of which Slovenia has three ERC grantees. Additionally, two Slovenian researchers have also been successful abroad.

On Sunday, 5 June 2016, prior to the conference, the ERC met with the Minister of Science, Education and Sports Dr. Maja Makovec Brenčič, alongside Minister of Finance Dr. Dušan Mramor; Minister Minister for Economic Development and Technology dr. Zdravko Počivalšek; Minister responsible for Development, Strategic Projects and Cohesion Alenka Smerkolj; and the director of Slovenian Research Agency, dr. József Györkös.

On Monday, 6 June 2016, the morning session of the programme consisted of various activities at the National Institute of Chemistry, led by Dr. Anderluh, its director. At 10.00, the Slovenian Prime Minister Dr. Miro Cerar welcomed the ERC delegation, participants at the NIC, as well as the ERC grantees. Later, at 12.15 a press conference was moderated by the President of the Management Board of the Slovenian Business & Research Association, Brussels Dr. Draško Veselinovič, and included the guest of honor Prof. Dr. Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, the president of ERC, Minister of Science, Education and Sports Dr. Maja Makovec Brenčič, and Prof. Dr. Gregor Anderluh, NIC director.

Later in the afternoon, the ERC paid a two hour visit to the Jožef Stefan Institute, under the leadership of Prof. Dr. Jadran Lenarčič. There the ERC had the opportunity to visit state-of-the-art facilities and laboratories. Slovenian ERC grantees got the opportunity to personally meet the ERC delegation.

Lastly, a final stop was made at the University of Ljubljana, kindly hosted by the rector of the university, Prof. Dr. Ivan Svetlik. The session included a roundtable discussion on excellence in science, as well as presentations from ERC President; and Prof. Dr. Kondorosi from ERC on science problematics of EU-13 in connection with the so-called widening, of which she is an expert of.

Please feel free to download the official programme here.

Official press release is available here.

PRESENTATION AVAILBLE HERE: Prof. Dr. Jean-Pierre BOURGUIGNON - Challenges and Opportunities for Research in Europe: ERC Perspectives

Speech of Prof. Dr. Jean-Pierre Bourguignon speech available here.

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Transport & Logistics
Conference 2016

SBRA organized the Transport & Logistics Conference 2016 on 3 March 2016 at the premises of the Permanent Representation of the Republic of Slovenia to the EU (Rue du Commerce 44, Brussels).

European Commissioner for Mobility and Transport Ms. Violeta Bulc was the keynote speaker, alongside Dr. Peter Gašperšič, the Slovenian Minister of Infrastructure. The conference included a host of experts representing some of the industry's leading voices. Although the event covered the wider EU agenda on transport and logistics, a special emphasis on the Central European region was given. 

You're invited to download the Conference Conclusions by clicking here.

For the full list of speakers, take a look at the conference programme by clicking here.

Photos from the conference have been uploaded to our official Facebook page - take a look here.

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CIMULACT
Building Visions for Europe

The Slovenian Business & Research Association is one of 24 partners in the EU project CIMULACT. CIMULACT – which stands for Citizen and Multi-Actor Consultation on Horizon 2020 – will engage citizens, along with a variety of other actors, in redefining the European research and innovation agenda and thereby make it relevant and accountable to society. The Kick Off meeting was held in Copenhagen on 29 September – 2 October and marked the official start of the CIMULACT project.

The Slovenian Business & Research Association will be organizing its first National Citizen Vision Workshop to collect the unique input from its citizens on 9 January 2016 in Ljubljana, Slovenia at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia.

For more, visit the official webpage of CIMULACT


Interactive Introduction to the 
24alife Mobile Health Application

Rue du Commerce 44, Brussels
Monday, 9 November 2015
12:30-14:00 

We cordially invite you to join us on the 9th of November at 12:30 to learn more about 24alife, an innovative mobile health application developed by Development Centre RC IKTS Žalec.

The workshop will be held at the Permanent Representation of the Republic of Slovenia to the EU (Rue du Commerce 44, Brussels), hosted by the Slovenian Business & Research Association. After the interactive presentation of the 24alife mobile application, a light networking lunch will follow.

The workshop is intended for a small group of participants to test the mobile application. The 24alife team will brief participants on how to recognize and evaluate work-related stress, suggest coping methods and use of relaxation strategies. The interactive introduction to the 24alife mobile application will also encourage participants to partake in light exercise (however, no sportswear is required!). Being one of the first in the world, 24alife combines knowledge of top Slovenian experts from medicine, psychology, sports and nutrition in one.

Prior to the workshop, participants are encouraged to download the mobile application (available for smartphones and tablets). Please use either of the two following links depending on your phone/software: Android users & Apple users.

If you’re interested to join, we kindly ask that you RSVP as soon as possible by sending an email or calling:

Nina Vertot
Office Manager
nina.vertot@sbra.be
tel: +32 2 645 19 10 / fax: +32 2 645 19 17

If you should require any further information, including the installation of the mobile application, please do not hesitate to contact us.

We look forward to seeing you!


Slovenian Business & Research Association co-organizes workshop in the European Parliament

On 30 June, a roundtable workshop on the “Economics of Prevention and Improved Public Health” was co-organized by the Slovenian Business & Research Association (SBRA) and the Knowledge Economy Network (KEN), and hosted by MEP Alojz Peterle in the European Parliament. Over 40 participants attended the event, they were joined by several high profile MEPs, including former president of the European Parliament Jerzy BuzekHeinz K. BeckerVictor Negrescuand Slovenia's first democratically elected president Alojz Peterle. During the workshop, trends and challenges in forming public health were discussed. The goal was to create a platform for EU politics, which will follow the goals of the European health strategy. 

The EU Health Strategy “Together for Health” complements the Europe 2020 strategy and represents the third European Union’s health program since 2014. The first among the four key points is promoting health, disease prevention and creating a more stimulating environment for a healthy lifestyle. At the same time caring for health is a part of this year’s “European Year for Development”. The European 2020 strategy and the Lisbon treaty oblige European institutions and Member States to protect the individual’s health when adopting EU policies. A healthy population is a necessary prerequisite for a successful, sustainable and inclusive economy.

Along with other examples of good practices, the Slovenian solution24alife - an innovative mobile health application developed by SBRA member Development Centre RC IKTS Žalec - was presented. Developed in Slovenia, 24alife is designed with the help of Slovenian experts together with colleagues from abroad. 24alife is a solution that guides the user towards a healthier lifestyle. It helps achieve goals in fields of: sports, balanced nutrition, general health and personal hardiness. 24alife is available free as a mobile application and internet portal accessible at www.24alife.com. Being one of the first in the world they combine knowledge of experts from medicine, psychology, sports and nutrition in one project and assure a better quality of life for the user.

Alojz Peterle, MEP and co-chair to the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) stated: “Health is one of the most important values of European citizens, who also expect more from the European Union in this area. A healthy lifestyle is primarily a responsibility of every individual, but he or she also needs a supportive environment. Responsible and healthy living of individuals should be rewarded, and vice versa.  Company management also share in responsibility for health of their workers and employees, particularly to reduce stress levels.  Also during this term I strive for better health in the European Union and I welcome Slovenian good practice cases for the prevention and healthy lifestyle, which will help us shape European policies for public health”.

President of the Slovenian Business & Research Association, Prof. Dr. Draško Veselinovič wholeheartedly agreed, and reiterated that our influence over quality and duration of life has never been as big as today, but that we are using this unprecedented potential insufficiently and ineffectively, making the current system financially unsustainable.  


Unique Brainstorming Event: Slovenian Innovation Hub

Rue du Commerce 44, Brussels

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

On the 26th of May 2015, the Slovenian Business & Research Association and the University of Ljubljana held a unique brainstorming event at the Permanent Representation of the Republic of Slovenia to the European Union to mark the special occasion of the inauguration of the Slovenian Innovation Hub (SIH). 

SIH will actively encourage knowledge-based development in fields where Slovenia has comparative and competitive advantages. To achieve this, the Hub will provide support to develop connections between Slovenia’s research excellence and the economy with the goal of diversifying into new technologies, services and commercially successful products and consequently creating new high value-added jobs, growth and development.

To ensure the success of the Hub’s primary mission - establishing and promoting connections between various Slovenian stakeholders - projects will be organized as separate legal entities to ensure their optimal implementation. These projects will be coordinated with the help of the Hub, an office located at the University of Ljubljana.

Over 40 high profile participants attended the brainstorming event, which discussed new systemic and organizational solutions for better valorization of knowledge and commercialization of research outcomes; as well as necessary steps needed to create a stimulating business and research environment in order to attract European and international investors to Slovenia.


We are pleased to invite you to the opening of the exhibition

Service and information design in the fields of health care and sustainable transport

that will take place on Thursday, September 26 at 19.30, at the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in the Kingdom of Belgium, Rue du commerce 44, 1000 Brussels.

The exhibition is organised by the Regional Development Agency of the Ljubljana Urban Region within the framework of the Regional Creative Economy Centre and the Design Days 2013.

The event will display concepts of innovative services developed at the Ljubljana Creative Camp. The international event was organised earlier this year within the framework of European project Creative Companies in Alpine Space (CCAlps). The power of the exhibited concepts stems from the methodology of service and information design, namely the interdisciplinary co-creation. The latter links the efforts of young design professionals, design students, creative individuals with different educational backgrounds and stakeholders in both studied areas (health and sustainable transport).

The event will feature a relaxed atmosphere and refreshments.

The invitation and additional information are attached.

We kindly ask for advance notices at: nina.vertot@sbra.be, by Thursday, September 19, 2013.