The Aruban government appointed Chief Innovation Officer, Varelie Croes, as OCTA Innovation Director. Mobile Tech Lab, innovation pilot project, co-funed by the EU is progressing well. At the EU – OCT Forum held in French Polynesia last week, European Commission signed a €13 million contribution to establishing the Faculty of Sustainable Island Solutions through Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (SISSTEM) at the University of Aruba. This will make the University the region’s first academic hub in this field.
“As EU outposts in some of the remotest parts of the world, the EU Overseas Countries and Territories are of strategic importance for our planet’s sustainable development and the biodiversity conservation in particular. Today we jointly launched new programmes to tackle climate change, increase people’s living standards and create sustainable job opportunities.” said Neven Mimica, Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development speaking at the 17th annual OCT-EU Forum which came at a crucial time, as the EU reflects on its future partnership with Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) for the period 2021-2027. Read more at the EC
The EU keeps acting to turn Europe’s world-class research into success. Today, the European Research Council (ERC) is awarding 50 ERC grant holders with additional funding of up to €150,000 each to test the commercial or societal potential of their original projects. Read more
A draft report by MEP Christian Ehler calls for an increase in the Horizon Europe research programme budget from €94.1 to €120 billion and for more flesh to be put on the proposal, which has been criticised by member states as not adequately developed.
Ehler is one of two lead rapporteurs responsible for steering the European Commission’s proposal for Horizon Europe through Parliament. The other is Romanian MEP Dan Nica, who is expected to present his own report on simplifying EU research programmes. Both MEPs sit on the Parliament’s Committee on Industry, Research and Energy.
Organised by the European Commission, the European Development Days (EDD) bring the development community together each year to share ideas and experiences in ways that inspire new partnerships and innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges.
The European Development Days (EDD 2018) will take place on 5-6 June 2018 in Brussels, Belgium.
Under the main thread of ‘Women and Girls at the Forefront of Sustainable Development: protect, empower, invest’, the EDD 2018 agenda will be framed by three major themes emerging as key priorities in today’s current context: ‘Ensuring the physical and psychological integrity of Girls and Women’, ‘Promoting economic and social rights and empowerment of Girls and Women’, ‘Strengthening Girls’ and Women’s voice and participation’.
Eurecna will be present to the European Development Days 2018 presenting the project lab Empowerment of Women: the case of the National Commission for Lebanese Women which is an exchange of best practices on effective women coordination and networking mechanisms in the MENA region.
Caribbean Export will showcase at EDD Global village bringing greater publicity to their women focused programme Women Empowered through Export (WE-Xport). WE-Xport was launched in March 2018 with the aim of supporting Caribbean women-owned businesses to grow through assisting in their development to either start exporting or increase their exports. The stand will feature Caribbean women entrepreneurs who having defied the odds, are successfully running their businesses & are contributing to sustainable development in their respective countries. More on this.
Webinars to support UK-based applicants when submitting their Erasmus + application.
L’Association des Pays et Territoires d’Outre-Mer (l’OCTA) a signé l’an dernier le contrat du projet pilote de la Polynésie française financé par la Commission européenne. Ce projet cible la bioconversion de tourteaux de coprah en aliments pour l’élevage et l’aquaculture des crevettes et poissons.
L’objectif est de tester en vraie grandeur un nouveau procédé de traitement des tourteaux, utilisant des larves de la mouche de l’espèce Hermetia illucens, communément appelée mouche soldat noire. Sont prévus l’installation d’une unité de production de mouches, l’optimisation des aliments pour l’aquaculture, et le business plan d’une unité industrielle. l’équipe d’innovation participe activement à l’avenir durable des îles de Polynésie française.
Actuellement, la production de coprah ne cesse d’augmenter (fabrication d’huiles, de savons et de cosmétiques) alors que les sous-produits comme les tourteaux sont très peu valorisés. Le Pôle d’innovation Tahiti Fa’ahotu a réuni un ensemble de partenaires pour le ce projet qui vise la bioconversion de tourteaux de coprah.
Cette innovation va valoriser les ressources du territoire et fournissent une activité rémunératrice aux familles et aux petits entrepreneurs et contribuer activement à l’avenir durable des îles de Polynésie française.
Prof Ergun Erkoçu from Curacao University intends to submit proposal for the open call Erasmus +. Project should be in line with Three Pillars Blended Learning (3P-BL) project and will have blended learning & training with the implementation in the area of Heritage reconstruction and Building Information Management (BIM).
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