AERAP Africa-Europe Science and Innovation Forum 2023

Aerap Science 2023

Brussels, Belgium, 7–10 March 2023.

The 2023 edition of the AERAP Africa-Europe Science and Innovation Forum is taking place 7–10 March 2023. The Forum will be designed to inform and engage with policy makers to ensure that the role and contribution of science, enabled through digital technologies, is reflected in European Union and its Member States’ policies concerning Africa. The meetings will also be designed to increase the level of participation and reinforce the networking by African nations’ with their partners in related EU programmes and science and innovation programmes supported by European Union member states and some associated countries. Digital capacities, existing and new, for expanding science inclusion and citizen participation by all groups in society across Africa, will be explored.

LifeWatch ERIC will be represented in the following sessions:

Wednesday 8 March

09h00 – Microbial sciences for a sustainable future (Juan Miguel González-Aranda, LifeWatch ERIC CTO)

11h00 – Africa-Europe research cooperation on the Accelerator Partnership to support the future implementation of the Global Biodiversity Framework (GBIF–LifeWatch ERIC Session)

14h00 – How EU missions tackle big challenges in health, climate and the environment (Juan Miguel González-Aranda, LifeWatch ERIC CTO)

Thursday 9 March

09h00 – Science for Food Systems Transformation in a Conflict Area – The Sahel. Organised by Wageningen Research (Juan Miguel González-Aranda, LifeWatch ERIC CTO)

 11h00 – Science for Climate Resilient food systems in Africa (José Manuel Ávila, LifeWatch ERIC Agroecology Coordinator)

Agroecology Living Labs & Research Infrastructures in Europe – experiences from ALL-Ready & AE4EUALL-Ready final conference

ALL-Ready final conference

Brussels, Belgium, 27 September 2023.

ALL-Ready, in collaboration with AE4EU, is organising its final event in Brussels on 27 September 2023. The conference will be hosted by the Committee of the Regions.

The one-day conference will show how the two projects paved the way for a European Network of Living Labs and Research Infrastructures. Experiences from involved Living Labs and Research Infrastructures will give practical insights and a focus will be on how Regions can best support the agroecology transition with the help of Living Labs and Research Infrastructures and what role the future European partnership “Accelerating farming systems transition: agroecology living labs and research infrastructures” will play.

Through a series of panel discussions, the event will discuss how Living Labs and Research Infrastructures can support the agroecology transition. The conference will focus on how Agroecology Living Labs and Research Infrastructures can translate theory into practice and will explore lessons learned from three years of project work.

The closing session will focus on how regions can best support Living Labs and Research Infrastructures to drive the agroecology and urban transitions. The role of the Common Agriculture Policy network, local authorities, and the future European partnership “Accelerating farming systems transition: agroecology living labs and research infrastructures” will be discussed.

To register for the conference, please visit this page.

International Forum on Agroecosystem Living Labs


Montréal, Canada, 2–6 October 2023.

Co-hosted by ALL-Ready partners Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and INRAE, this will be a side event within the Adaptation Futures 2023 conference in Montréal, Canada, from October 2 to 6, 2023. 

The Forum will feature discussion panels and parallel sessions of scientific papers to establish state-of-the-art practices, share lessons learned from case studies and address challenges facing the international agroecosystem living lab community.

Call for Papers coming soon! More information here.

Transfiere 2023

Transfiere 2023

Malaga, Spain, 15–17 February 2023.

Transfiere, the European Meeting on Science, Technology and Innovation, will be taking place at the FYCMA – Trade Fairs and Congress Center of Málaga, Avda Ortega y Gasset, 201, 29006, from 15–17 February 2023. It is a key professional and multisectorial forum for the transfer of knowledge, the improvement of competitiveness in the business sector and the generation of business and networking opportunities. Every year in Malaga, Transfiere becomes an unmissable event for Ecosystem Agents where they can establish new B2B contacts, network, find new partners, establish strategic alliances and synergies, as well as publicise new products, services and innovative projects.

LifeWatch ERIC will be represented at Transfiere 2023 by members of its ICT-Core & Federtech team, and will have a stand.

More information is availabe on the event website.

Open-Earth-Monitor Global Workshop 2023

Open-Earth-Monitor Global Workshop 2023

Bolzano, Italy, 4–8 September 2023.

Organised by OpenGeoHub foundation in collaboration with Eurac Research, the Open-Earth-Monitor Global Workshop 2023: Connecting open EO solutions to boost European and global goals, will bring together European and global actors in the field of open-source Earth Observation applications in policy, business, research and for society.

This international event will connect project partners, including data and environmental researchers, public and private sector developers, EU decision- and policymakers, representatives from global institutions, the business sector and civil society to discuss and test solutions to the greatest challenges in geospatial applications.

Through five days featuring international keynote speakers, scientific presentations, discussions, and demonstrative workshops, the participants of the OEMC Global Workshop 2023 will explore valuable opportunities and establish tangible collaborations to improve geospatial research and application products in open-source.


Open Earth Observation and Machine Learning technology to support the European Green Deal

Earth Observations and geospatial data —and their derived information— play crucial roles in monitoring regional, national and global environmental and climate targets proposed by the ambitious European Green Deal. Practitioners and decision-makers are therefore in need of accessible, science-based tools for timely and informed decisions as well as for long-term planning, progress tracking and transparent evaluation processes. 

Open-Earth-Monitor project’s main aim is to directly support the implementation of the European Green Deal, and the European Digital Transition, the EuroGEO (Europe’s part of the Group on Earth Observations) and overall the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). How? By producing and integrating a range of open-source, data-based and user-friendly tools to monitor European and global environmental trends, and for ecosystem services accounting in constant collaboration with user communities.

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RESTORE4Cs Kick-off Meeting


Aveiro, Portugal, 16–19 January 2023.

The kick-off meeting of the RESTORE4Cs project (modelling RESTORation of wEtlands for Carbon pathways, Climate Change mitigation and adaptation, ecosystem services, and biodiversity, Co-benefits) will take place in the third week of January at the University of Aveiro.

The main objective of RESTORE4Cs is to provide tools and methodologies, applicable beyond the lifespan of the
project, to assess pressures and impacts on the status of wetland ecosystems at various scales and relate these to the climate mitigation and adaptation potential, to biodiversity, and other ecosystem service provision, and associated co-benefits, combining social, ecologic, and economic perspectives. The project aims as well to predict restoration and management effects on GHG emission/removal, biodiversity, and other ecosystem services, while maintaining functional biodiversity through conservation and/or restoration.

PV 2023 Conference

PV 2023

Geneva, Switzerland, 2 – 4 May 2023.

The PV Conference welcomes you to its 10th edition, to be held at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva (Switzerland). PV 2023 will continue to address prospects in the domain of data preservation, stewardship and value-adding to scientific data and research related information.

Exponential growth is being experienced in terms of produced and archived data from a range of areas: space, ground-based equipment, and scientific research activities. An end-to-end management approach for long term data preservation is key to ensuring that there is no loss of information and data, that data are independently understandable and meet standards-based data formats and metadata content, and that data are usable by humans and machines. Robust data management also entails discovery and open access to the archived data, as well as the curation processes aimed at improving the information content and the usability of the archived data throughout its lifecycle. 

For this conference anniversary year, a special invite is extended to large-scale scientific archives, for discussion of emergent issues across scientific domains. As we move to a new and exciting technology age, we are seeing large-scale collaborations occurring on state-of-the-art virtual research environments and novel collaborative infrastructures. The coupling of archives with high-performance exploitation platforms gives enormous possibilities for mass data analytics and interdisciplinary investigations.

Participation is invited from projects, organizations or individuals developing novel data services within or as a result of these environments. This includes smaller bespoke archives wishing to integrate with larger data holdings to generate targeted knowledge and data services. With respect to previous conferences in this series, and whilst maintaining the overall thematic focus, additional goals for PV 2023 include:

  • Attracting more scientific communities
  • Broadening information exchange, sharing of experiences, tools and even services
  • Keeping in step with (or ahead of) funding agencies / policy makers in their push for long term data preservation and Open Data

The conference aims to address three thematic areas:

  • Theme 1: Ensuring long-term data and knowledge preservation (the “P” in PV)
  • Theme 2: Adding value to data and facilitation of data use (the “V” in PV)
  • Theme 3: Challenges of incorporating complex policy, technology, standards and principles in Open Data Environments

Registration will open in March 2023 at this link.

EU, Latin American, Caribbean & Ibero-American meeting on Sustainable Ecosystem Management

EU-CELAC Meeting

Seville, Spain, 14  17 November 2022.

This meeting for collaboration with key Latin American and Caribbean agents (including Ibero-America) in the integration and use of information on Biodiversity and Research, Innovation and Sustainable Management of Ecosystems is organised by LifeWatch ERIC within the framework of “Andalusia ERDF POPE Project 2014-2020 SUMHAL/LifeWatch ERIC*. It will be held in the Leonardo da Vinci Room of the Cartuja Science and Technology Park, home of the LifeWatch ERIC ICT-Core and is planned as a series of work sessions on specific topics to achieve the following results:

1) An exploration of common issues regarding the development and consolidation of (e-) Infrastructures and services that, from the perspective of e-Science, contribute to:

–the best sustainable management of the territory;

–the conservation of biodiversity and the natural environment;

–the achievement of the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, in synergy with the EU Green Deal, EU Blue Growth, EU 2030 Biodiversity Strategy and EU Farm to Fork programmes, among others.

2) Exchange of experiences and capacities in handling issues and challenges common to national and international infrastructures, data, information and knowledge in (e-) Biodiversity. A consensus document of conclusions including an EU-LAC Roadmap to co-develop, build and deploy through the financial support of the relevant calls (CYTED, GBIF, Cooperation Agencies, Horizon Europe, Neighborhood Development International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI), etc.

3) The development of the above-mentioned points, based on the paradigm of biogeographical regions in the CELAC area, through national cross-border collaboration between the states involved, in collaboration with the European Union and the United Nations (for example, through IKRI: the Indigenous Knowledge Research Initiative), based on the aforementioned financial instruments.

*The SUMHAL project is co-financed by the ERDF for actions in the Autonomous Community of Andalusia.

FAIR Data Day – Reusing data to advance science

FAIR Data Day

Utrecht, The Netherlands, 29 November 2022.

The FAIR Data Day 2022 is an event organised by the National Programme Open Science (NPOS) and Research Data Netherlands (RDNL), which aims to bring together the research & data steward communities in The Netherlands. The RDNL Dutch Data Prize will be awarded during the day.  

Join your peers, researchers, data stewards and research software engineers to exchange and learn more about the advantages of reusing data in daily research practice! 

Scientific programme

The FAIR Data event promises to be an exciting and thought-provoking day with motivational keynote speakers and interactive parallel workshop sessions showcasing good practices of FAIR implementation, that are selected from abstracts submitted by the research & data steward communities! During the day we will also award the RDNL Dutch Data Prize to an individual or team that has made great contributions to making research data FAIR.