Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 2, 14-17 November in Brussel

The Research Executive Agency (REA), the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD) and the Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development (DG AGRI) of the European Commission are co-organising an Info Week on Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 2 (SC2) ‘Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy’.

The usual SC2 Info Day on the new SC2 Work Programme for 2018-2020 and a related brokerage day will be complemented by two high level dissemination and policy events and a bioeconomy village highlighting SC2 projects and initiatives.

The event will take place in Brussels on 14-17 November 2017 and will be organised as follows: 

H2020 SC2 Info day – 14 November
The event targets potential applicants to the calls for proposals under the H2020 SC2 ‘Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy’. The Work Programme for 2018-2020 and the new funding opportunities under SC2 2018 calls for proposals will be presented in the morning, whereas in-depth info sessions on various calls under the Work Programme will be held in the afternoon. 

H2020 SC2 Brokerage event – 15 November
Following the Info Day, a corresponding brokerage event will be organised by the EU-funded BioHorizon project. The purpose of the event is to support potential applicants in finding potential partners for future applications under the upcoming SC2 calls for proposals.

H2020 Bioeconomy day – 16 November
The Commission will present its review of the European Bioeconomy Strategy and Action Plan, documented as a Staff Working Document, and discuss its findings with stakeholders and policy makers. Furthermore, the European Bioeconomy Stakeholders Panel will present and discuss its Bioeconomy Manifesto, setting out a societal agenda for bioeconomy development. These discussions will reflect both on the experiences gained over the past four years with Bioeconomy Strategy and Action Plan, and on the possible need for new actions. 

H2020 Digitisation day – 17 November
The Digitisation day aims at gathering representatives of the farming and agri-food sectors, digital technology providers, as well as scientists and national and regional policy makers to discuss and exchange views on different EU policy initiatives on digitisation of farming and food sectors and of research and innovation activities contributing to these areas.

H2020 Blue Growth – A parallel session will highlight achievements and projects in marine and maritime research for Blue Growth.
Bio-National Contact Points will be invited to meet ahead of the InfoWeek on 13 November 2017.

More information at ec.europa.eu