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If you would like beautiful, sustainable, and inclusive places to live together after the pandemic, then this is for you.   Yesterday January 18th, the #NewEuropeanBauhaus was launched, a call on imagination to build together a green and inclusive future “that is beautiful to our eyes, minds and souls”. Ursula von der Leyen, the president… » read more

Posted by Rita Balazs

Hello there, my fellow EU enthusiasts! In today’s blogpost I will take you back to the basics, in case you are a new member of our ever-changing but exciting EU bubble. It’s December, so grab a gingerbread cookie and a hot chocolate and gather around because I am about to show you the top 5… » read more

Posted by Rita Balazs

On the evening that many countries anticipate a well-known bearded gentleman dressed in red (or green!) climbing down their chimneys, we should also take a moment to celebrate a substance which is often trampled underfoot, but which is in fact the foundation of the earth’s food system and is vital to our everyday survival: soil!… » read more

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Not so long ago, during one of our training courses on H2020 proposal writing, a participant asked me, “how would you address the gender dimension in a field that is historically dominated by men such as mechanical engineering? Or robotics?”. The question was pertinent and mirrors the concern of many researchers and proposal writers. However,… » read more

Posted by Rita Balazs

Innovation today is a buzzword. We use it to describe anything that is not traditional. But, akin to a two-faced Janus, it looks both backwards to tradition (i.e. the past) and forwards to the future. We consider a product or a service ‘innovative’ when it can provide us with solutions. A panacea for the problems… » read more

Posted by Rita Balazs

This Halloween season was truly Spooktacular! Thank you all for joining our Halloween competition. It was scary, but we must admit it was also entertaining to read all your horror stories: from the coordinator deciding to cut a personnel budget to publish deliverables with spelling mistakes. The winning story stood up and fit perfectly with… » read more

Posted by Rita Balazs

Let me tell you the shortest horror story: 2020. I think we all agree that Halloween doesn’t look so terrifying compared to this year. After all, what is scarier than a horror story based on a true event? Welcome to H2020 Chills and Thrills, the real horror stories from managing EU-funded projects. Before we dive… » read more

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“Dear Framework Programme Participant, We would like to invite you to join us in the newly revamped Horizon Results Platform!, the central pillar of the EC-funded research results “exploitation ecosystem.” Does this sound familiar to you? Horizon Europe will bring about greater reporting responsibilities regarding the impact and the measures designed to maximize it. One… » read more

Posted by Rita Balazs

The EU research and innovation days concluded with great news for the gender equality community: to be eligible to funding, every legal entity, whether it is a public body, a research organization or a higher education establishment applying to Horizon Europe will need to have a Gender Equality Plan (GEP). However, once the euphoria falls,… » read more

Posted by Rita Balazs