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On 18th March 2021, the European Commission launched the European Innovation Council (EIC). Mark Ferguson, Chair of the EIC Advisory Board and the ceremony´s moderator, described the occasion as ´the opening verse of the opening chapter of the book of endless possibilities´, borrowing a quote from the Nobel Prize writer, Rudyard Kipling. Ursula von der… » read more

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A key implementation tool of Horizon Europe.   It’s been about 20 years since the first European Partnerships were created. Their purpose is to support the current Research and Innovation programme in finding solutions to global challenges. They address burning issues and commit to sharing research results to avoid duplication of work. For research to… » read more

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One of the few good things we learnt from the pandemic is that borders don’t exist. And that strong internet connections do. Yes, events are better in person. Nothing can replace some good old school networking, exchanging business cards, chit chat about the last panel talk you heard. But hey, it’s also pretty fascinating that… » read more

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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

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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

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Ok, enough with the Halloween horror story-telling – we hope you had a spooktacular week! Now, that pumpkin spice latte is going to help me be productive and get back to more serious matters – work hard, play hard. However, this seriousness is going to last me a day maximum – I need tasks to… » read more

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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

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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

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Hey EU project managers, Iasmina here – the other half of the Sisters Grimm, your one and only source into the spine-chilling stories of managing EU projects. If you know me from my recent webinars on consortium building, you know how much I love stories. I grew up with Brothers Grimm fairytales, and we all… » read more

Posted by Rita Balazs