SBRA events

EMPOWERMENT OF OLDER PERSONS IN REGIONS

Side event within EWRC 2020
WE4AHA thematic workshop

When: 08/10/2020 from 14:00 - 16:30
Organiser: Slovenian Innovation Hub (as Reference Site Slovenia) with the help of SBRA
Venue: Online

Partners:
The inspiring practices in empowering of senior citizens in various cultural environments are coming from Spain, Denmark, Sweden, Greece and Slovenia, altogether from 8 Reference Sites of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIPonAHA). The regional showcases will be complemented with an overview of the activities of the Active Assisted Living Programme (AAL). The event is supported by the European Regions Research and Innovation Network (ERRIN).

Concept:
Empowerment aims to increase a healthy lifespan by providing tools (digital and non-digital) and creating more opportunities for managing the health of older adults. Empowered senior citizens are more independent, have more control over their own lives and can influence decision making in their communities and in the organisations, they belong to. Reference Sites are in the driving seat of these innovations in their regions. They are awarded as recognition for their inspirational ecosystems and for developing, promoting and scaling-up creative and workable solutions that could improve the lives and health of elderly. The panel discussion will feature good practices from eight regions from five countries and projects from the Active Assisted Living Programme.

How to register: via the following link where also other Thematic Workshops supported by EIP on AHA are listed (our workshop is listed as 3rd from the top)

Contact: Viktor Kovacic, viktor.kovacic@sbra.be

More info about Reference Sites: https://ec.europa.eu/eip/ageing/reference-sites_en

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SERVITIZATION:
AN OPPORTUNITY FOR GROWTH IN EUROPEAN REGIONS

6 October 2020  I  10:00 – 13:00
Online via WebEx

A growing number of manufacturing SMEs have been adding services into their product offers as a way of enhancing value through innovative and integrated product-service systems. However, the ability to servitize and introduce value-adding services into their operations is highly complex and demanding. Therefore, partners of Things+ project (Interreg Central Europe) set out to help SMEs with specific support tools they developed in the project. During the pilot program in which more than 100 SMEs from CE region participated, it became clear that servitization is the right strategy for creating value-added activities for manufacturing companies by developing services to technological, logistic, administrative, organizational, marketing processes or even replacing the original product altogether with a service.

The event will focus on discussing the importance of introducing innovative services and non-technological innovation to traditional manufacturing SMEs in order to increase their competitiveness and therefore contribute to regional development and growth. Several manufacturing SMEs will also present their positive experience from implementing the servitization methodologies and techniques in their business processes. Things+ project partners strongly believe that including servitization techniques into existing support schemes in Central Europe, would have a positive impact on the economy. To make the addition easier, partners developed policy recommendations which present the roadmap to policymakers for further development and support of service innovation processes in manufacturing companies, not only the big ones, but also small and medium enterprises.

For futher information, including the programme and registration, go here!

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Europe Against Cancer:
Recognizing the Importance of Innovation in Healthcare

21 September 2020  I  10:30 – 12:30
Online via WebEx

Cancer is the second most common cause of death in the EU. In fact, cancer now accounts for a quarter of all deaths and is the number one cause of death for people aged 45-64 in an increasing number of EU countries. There are an estimated 3.5 million new cases of cancer and 1.3 million deaths from cancer in Europe every year. During the past seven years, the EU has invested nearly €1.5 billion in international collaborative research, frontier research, mobility programmes, public-private partnerships and coordination of national cancer research efforts. Over half of this budget - €770 million – is used for collaborative research projects, to find new ways to fight cancer and help patients.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is not clear yet – especially considering the geographical variations and irregular evolution of the pandemic across countries – however, there have been reported delays in cancer screening and diagnoses.

The webinar will place special emphasis on the EU cancer plan, and the complementary policies of Member States.

The programme is available here.

The conference will be mostly conducted in Slovenian, except for one or two presentations in English - if you're interested in attending the event regardless, please do not hesitate to contact us. 

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Webinar on EU project funding opportunities

Friday, 10 July 2020  I  10:00 - 12:00

Online via Zoom / Klagenfurt, Austria

The presentation covered the upcoming Missions in Horizon Europe, the European Green Deal Call, European Innovation Council, EIC Accelerator Pilot, EIC Horizon Prizes and much more. If you didn't get the chance to tune in, you're welcome to take a look at the presentation and recording of the webinar

For further details, go here!

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Online presentation of the
Horizon 2020 Green Deal call

9 July 2020  I  11:00 - 12:30

Horizon Europe is the EU's next research and innovation programme starting in 2021.There will be a new wave of research and innovation partnerships under Horizon Europe. Partnerships will help drive the huge transformations in environment, society and the economy that the European Green Deal calls for. The call contains 11 areas: Eight thematic areas, three horizontal areas.

To respond to the urgency and ambition of the European Green Deal objectives, Horizon 2020 will soon launch a call worth close to €1 billion. The call is foreseen to be published in September 2020.

The Slovenian Business & Research Association organized an information session on the Horizon 2020 Green Deal call on Thursday, 9th of July 2020 at 11:00 - 12:30.

Mr. Sven Schade from DG RTD,  Unit A.3 Horizon Strategic Planning & Programming presented the call. The presentation was a good opportunity to showcase the good examples of Vanguard demo cases, related to the call topics.

The programme, presentations and the recording of the webinar is available here.

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Smart Factories of the Future:
From Industry 4.0 to Industry 5.0

8 July 2020, Webinar (via Webex)

The conference placed special emphasis on the future and meaning of smart factories and their benefits to society at large. More specifically, the conference touched upon the role which smart factories play in the EU research and innovation agenda, including the various actions for smart factories at EU level, as well as the responsibilities to be performed by DIHs to support smart factories. More so, the event was a unique opportunity to learn from excellent examples of research and innovation for smart factories from Slovenia and Lithuania.

Please take a look at the programme, presentations and the recording by clicking here.

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SBRA is organising a webinar on

EDIDP-2020 European defence industrial development programme call for proposals

7 May  I  10:00 - 12:00

The objective of the EDIDP is to foster the competitiveness, efficiency and innovation capacity of the defence industry throughout the Union, thus contributing to the Union's strategic autonomy. Furthermore, EDIDP aims at supporting and leveraging the cooperation including across borders between undertakings including SMEs and mid-caps. Finally, EDIDP also aims to foster better exploitation of the results of defence research and contribute to development after the research phase.

This particular webinar was organised primarily for relevant stakeholders from Slovenia, however in case you may be interested to attend similar events in the future, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us (email either maja.ferlinc@sbra.be or bostjan.sinkovec@sbra.be).

The presentation delivered is available here.

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Smart Factories of the Future:
From Industry 4.0 to Industry 5.0

POSTPONED, NEW DATE TO BE COMMUNICATED ASAP
LINO - Lithuanian RDI Liaison Office in Brussels,
Rue Belliard 41-43, 1040 Brussels, Belgium

The conference will place special emphasis on the future and meaning of smart factories and their benefits to society at large. More specifically, the conference will touch upon the role which smart factories play in the EU research and innovation agenda, including the various actions for smart factories at EU level, as well as the responsibilities to be performed by DIHs to support smart factories.  More so, the event will be a unique opportunity to learn from excellent examples of research and innovation for smart factories from Slovenia and Lithuania.

For further information, regarding the programme and registration, click here.

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Role of Small and Medium-Sized Cities
in the European Green Deal

POSTPONED, NEW DATE TO BE COMMUNICATED ASAP
Permanent Representation of the Republic of Slovenia to the EU
Rue du Commerce 44, 1000 Brussels

The European Green Deal has become a top priority of the European Union – with up to one third of the future EU budget directed to green topics – consequently, actions will also have to be undertaken on the local level to implement these green priorities. The Green Deal is not only intended for large cities and expansive metropolitan areas, in fact, many European small and medium-sized cities are frontrunners in transforming to green and circular economies; including winning the European Green Capital Award. The goal of the conference is to discuss and showcase how small and medium-sized cities in Europe can transform their local ecosystems and policies to create green and sustainable living environments for their citizens.

For further information, regarding the programme and registration, click here.

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Research & Innovation in Cities of the Future: Opportunities for cities in the next financial period

Ljubljana / 6 February 2020

MOL - Rdeča dvorana, Mestni trg 1

The Slovenian Business & Research Association alongside Association of Urban Municipalities organisinged an event on Research & Innovation in Cities of the Future. The event was primarily aimed at cities, but representatives of research organizations, universities, businesses and other organizations interested in the role of cities in the next financial perspective also attended.

Emphasis was placed on the Structural Funds, Horizon Europe, the Horizon Europe Smart Cities Mission, Innovative Cities and Smart Digital Cities. The presentations were in both Slovene and English.

For further information, including the agenda and presentations click here.

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100th Anniversary of the University of Ljubljana:
Celebrating Excellence in
Education, Science and Research

15 January 2020
KBC, Brussels

Grand Place 17, 1000 Brussels

SBRA alongside the University of Ljubljana organised an event dedicated to the 100th Anniversary of the University of Ljubljana on 15 January 2020 at the prestigious premises of the KBC Bank situated right on the Grand Place.

The inauguration of the University of Ljubljana marked a historic day for Slovenians, for the first time creating a science, learning and cultural center in present day Slovenia. In the first academic year 1919/1920, 942 students enrolled - of which 28 were women. Although the number men may have greatly outnumbered that of women, the very first PhD title was bestowed upon a woman, which at the time was a rarity in Europe and the world.

For further information about the event, programme and photos, click here.

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Digital Europe and Future Role of DIHs/S3

8 November 2019  I  Rue du Commerce 44, Brussels

We are honoured to invite you to the conference Digital Europe and Future Role of DIHs/S3 organized by the Smart-Space project funded through Interreg Alpine Space Programme.

The conference will:
• Highlight some relevant topics of the future and challenges of the digital transformation in Europe;
• Present the state of the art and stakeholders of the Alpine Space DIHs;
• Introduce the best practice of DIHs and their future role in the digital transformation of entrepreneurship and industry;
• Display opportunities for interaction between SME and policy instruments;
• Strengthen the exchange of innovative practices and successful digital transformation politics between Alpine Space regions and countries.

For further information concerning the programme, click here.

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The Dawn of Horizon Europe:
Europe's New Research & Innovation Programme

The Slovenian Business & Research Association (SBRA) annually organises the now traditional Info Days, with this year’s instalment entitled “The Dawn of Horizon Europe: Europe’s New Research & Innovation Programme”.

The objective of the conference was to inform Slovenian stakeholders of the future Horizon Europe programme and dive into its key features and particularities. High level speakers from the European Commission and the Slovenian government presented different aspects of Horizon Europe, from global challenges and research priorities, to Marie Sklodowska Curie, European Research Council, European Innovation Council, Future Knowledge and Research Communities, including a special emphasis on widening topics.

Lastly, managers of Slovenian Strategic Research and Innovation Partnerships (SRIPs) also held a lively round table debate on the importance of the future research partnerships.

For further information concerning the programme, presentations and photographs, click here.

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Funding for European Defence Research & Technology

For further information concerning the programme, click here.

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European Week of Regions and Cities Workshop:
Measuring Social Progress in European Regions & Cities

9 October 2019, 14:30 - 17:00
Permanent Representation of the Republic of Slovenia to the EU, Rue du Commerce 44, 1000 Brussels

The workshop session was organised by pilot regions of the project Eastern Slovenia Region, Western Greece Region, Bucharest-Ilfov, City of Umea - in the format of a regional partnership and with the support of the EU SPI Pilot project. The overall aim of the workshop was to generate new knowledge through the application of indicator frameworks, which are measuring human well-being and social progress at the international, European and regional level – especially the EU Regional Social Progress Index.

To see the complete programme and presentations from the event, click here.

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The 21st Century Demand for Creative Entrepreneurship
and How to Take Advantage

8th October 2019 at 9.30
Permanent Representation of the Republic of Slovenia to the EU, Rue du Commerce 44, Brussels

The event showcased regional good practice cases from a number of SMEs and included specific recommendations by experts in the field of creativity, innovation and sustainability. The event provided a unique occasion for entrepreneurs, and for the general public as well, to learn about the crucial role of creativity - driven innovation in boosting the competitiveness of SMEs.

For further details regarding the programme, the presentations and the photos, click here.

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Sustainable Business Models in Circular Bioeconomy

23 September 2019   I   09:15 – 14:30
Rue du Commerce 44, 1000 Brussels
Permanent Representation of Slovenia to the EU

In 2015, the European Commission adopted the Circular Economy Action Plan, where circular economy is defined as an economic concept where the value of products, materials and resources is maintained in the economy for as long as possible, and consequently the generation of waste minimized. Undeniably, one of the key sector areas of the circular economy is also biomass, which the conference will also address.

The key objective of the conference is to present sustainable business models and best practice examples of public and private cooperation, investment, research and business cooperation, as well as demonstrating the deployment of sustainable and circular bio-based solutions. The conference will focus on investment and financing opportunities for circular bioeconomy, including best practice examples of business-research cooperation.

For further information, programme and registration, please click here.

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From policy to practice: Knowledge-building for
innovative and sustainable tourism in regions

28 May 2019   I   Rue du Commerce 44, Brussels
Permanent Representation of the Republic of Slovenia to the EU

Tourism is the fourth largest economic activity globally and it is among the fastest-growing economic sectors. But tourism growth comes at a cost. It is the fifth largest polluting industry. There is a need for a paradigm change from mass to environmentally conscious and sustainable tourism in natural and protected areas. At the heart of this transition lie: policy, technological and non-technological innovation, and measures bringing about behavioural change in tourists.

The interactive session organised by the ERRIN Tourism WG will focus on these three components. After the institutional introduction, setting the scene at the European policy level, the regional good practices will span from inclusive policy making to concrete actions, whereby quadruple-helix actors will present what incentives can trigger positive behavioural change.

For further information, go here.

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Boosting Innovation for EU Industry

The Slovenian Business & Research Association and the European Commission, DG Research and Innovation coorganised Boosting Innovation for EU Industry conference, which took place in Ljubljana, Slovenia on the 3 April 2019! Discussions focused on future actions targeting a pan-European industrial ecosystem. The main objective of the conference was to present different EU national and regional initiatives to support innovation, access to industrial infrastructure and financial support to boost innovation beyond 2020.

The conference showcased several excellent examples of innovation support with special emphasis on Slovenia and South East Europe, provided feedback to high level EU representatives and discussed the needs of the local industry.

For further information concerning the programme, presentations and photos, go here.

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New Year Reception

As the end of 2018 approaches, the Slovenian Business & Research Association (SBRA) would like to take this opportunity to wish you Happy Holidays and a prosperous New Year 2019! More importantly, SBRA would like to thank you all for your support throughout the year!

To mark the beginning of an even better year, we have the pleasure of inviting you to a New Year Reception that will take place on Thursday, 24 January 2019.

For further information, including the programme and registration, click here.

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The Value of Social Science
& Humanities in Europe

6 December 2018
Rue du Commerce 44, 1000 Brussels
Permanent Representation of Republic of Slovenia to the EU

The long term objective of the conference and efforts of the organisers was to ensure that social sciences and humanities (SSH) receive their proper recognition in academia and society. Too often governments, European policymakers and research community refer approvingly to the undoubted contributions made by natural sciences, engineering and technology to wealth generation, economic prosperity, knowledge transfer, innovation, and the development of new businesses, products and services, while failing to acknowledge the equally important contributions made by SSH. Furthermore, SSH research is neglected and poorly utilized in Horizon 2020 (even in SC6) as evidenced by several reports. However, it is obvious that society’s most pressing challenges can be solved only by the successful interplay of all fields.

To see the full programme, presentations and photographs please click here.

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EWRC 2018 Workshop:
Circular Economy for Sustainable Development

The circular economy could save life on Earth, starting with our cities.

Our workshop "Circular economy for sustainable development" of cities and regions focused on capacity building and the exchange of experience and good practices regarding specific regional and city models, as well as practices in promoting and realising the transition to a circular economy. The main elements and approaches of the sustainable development and circular economy concepts within cities and regions were presented, debated and promoted.

Imagine a future where human prosperity does not mean sacrificing nature.

Programme, photos and presentations are available here.

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Spreading Excellence & Widening Participation
of Horizon Europe

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

IGLO Core: 10:00 - 11:30 (only IGLO members)
IGLO Open: 11:30 - 13:00 (wider public)

Permanent Representation of Slovenia to the EU, Rue du Commerce 44, Brussels

The event will cover topics related to strengthening the European Research Area, specifically sharing excellence to fully harness the potential in less R&I performing countries (Teaming, Twinning, ERA Chairs). Speakers from the European Commission, University of Ljubljana, as well as University of Primorska will be present.

Please keep in mind, for non-IGLO members, the IGLO Open event begins at 11:30.

To register, please click here.

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11th International Technology Transfer Conference

8 - 12 October 2018  I  Ljubljana, Slovenia

Between 8th and 12th of October, Center for Technology Transfer and Innovation at the Jožef Stefan Institute organizes the 11th International Technology Transfer Converence in collaboration with the International multiconference Information Society (IS2018).

Pre-scheduled R2B (Research-to-Business) meetings will take place between 8th and 10th of October 2018 at Jozef Stefan Institute in the framework of 11th International Technology Transfer Conference.

This year’s conference will tackle the following issues:

  • How can KET Technology Centers (KET TCs) help modernising Europe’s industrial base, to shift to a greener economy, and drive the development of entirely new industries?
  • How can KET TCs help bridge the European ‘Valley of Death’?
  • How to increase KETs-related manufacturing in the EU and how KET TCs and industry can collaborate better to increase the exploitation of the patents inside EU?

For further information, programme and registration - click here!

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Transforming Consumer and Health-Oriented Society
through Science & Innovation

20 June 2018  I  10:00 - 14:00
Permanent Representation of the Republic of Slovenia, Rue du Commerce 44, Brussels

The objective of the conference is to present future trends in the innovation in healthcare sector with the focus on benefits for consumers and society and the importance of the cooperation between public and private research. Renowned experts from business, European health associations, the European Commission will present innovation funding in EU research and innovation funding programmes; importance of disruptive innovation in the healthcare sector; and much more.

For more information regarding the programme and registration, go here.

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Transport & Logistics Conference 2018

22 March 2018  I  09:30 - 16:00
Permanent Representation of the Republic of Slovenia, Rue du Commerce 44, Brussels

The conference will cover important subjects such as e-mobility, digitalization of transport and logistics, decarbonising the European transport sector, as well as touch upon 'Europe on the Move', a wide-ranging set of initiatives.The event will bring together high-level speakers from the  European Commission, European Investment Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, International Association of Public Transport, Voice of European Railways, among others.

For more information regarding the programme and registration, go here.

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EU Funding for Defence & Security

8 March 2018  I 10:00 – 15:00
Permanent Representation of the Republic of Slovenia, Rue du Commerce 44, Brussels

The objective of the conference is to present the EU defence policy and the landscape of different EU funding opportunities for defence industry and research. The conference will focus on the European Defence Fund,  which includes a "research window" to fund collaborative research in innovative defence technologies in the amount of EUR 90 million until 2020 and 500 million EUR per year post 2020 and a "capability window" which would act as a financial tool allowing participating Member States to purchase certain assets together to reduce their costs. This window should be able to mobilise about 5 billion EUR per year.

For more information and registration, please click here.

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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.

Presentations:


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.