Stakeholder meeting of AFRIMED EU project – Restoring macroalgal forests in the Mediterranean Sea: are we ready for scaling up?


Hybrid: Naples, Italy + Online, 17 January 2022.

In the framework of AFRIMED project, the Business Club fosters interactions among stakeholders, to share information and solicit input regarding the recent advances on marine forests restoration. The final aim of the meeting is to share experiences, create a network of stakeholders and produce a shared vision of the needs and challenges of their conservation and restoration in the Mediterranean Sea.

New findings of the AFRIMED project and the current state of knowledge will be presented (see the 1st Stakeholder meeting here), along with more applied contributions from different stakeholders (contact us before 31 December if you want to contribute with a short presentation).

An active discussion and common work will allow the updating of the perceptions, interests and priorities of the participants, focussing on knowledge gaps, management needs, Blue Economy opportunities and particular challenges linked to scaling up the actions of macroalgal forests restoration in the Mediterranean Sea.

The meeting will follow a hybrid format, being held in presence at the Stazione Zoologica Anton DohrnNaples, Italy, and online.

Attendance is free, but registration is required.

Draft agenda
17 January afternoon (14:00-18:00)
– Introduction to the meeting
– Results achieved in AFRIMED
– Presentations of stakeholders (experiences, ideas, needs and challenges) – Discussion
– Conclusions of the meeting
– Social dinner


Algal Forest Restoration In the MEDiterranean Sea (AFRIMED)

Grant agreement n. EASME/EMFF/2017/

EGERIC Report and Recommendations

Presentation and discussion with the ERIC Forum community

Online, 17 January 2021. EGERIC (the Commission expert group to assess the implementation of the ERIC Regulation and identify best practices and potential recommendations) will present its Report and Recommendations to the ERIC Forum community on 17 January 2022.
The online session will aim to discuss and collect the ERIC Forum community’s feedback on the report, in preparation for the ERIC Forum Meeting on 26–27 January 2022, where the key conclusions will be presented.

More information about the event’s registration will be available soon.

About the mission of the EGERIC:

The expert group’s mission was to provide a report on the implementation of the ERIC Regulation, including independent advice and recommendations on specific issues highlighted by the Council. The group addressed the specific technical issues highlighted by the Council, which affect the implementation of the ERIC Regulation, notably concerning “an acceptable solution for the VAT exemption for in-kind contributions, to stimulate investments in ERICs and other ESFRI Roadmap Infrastructures, to increase transnational and open access to European Research Infrastructures and to enhance their financial sustainability”.

Green transition for competitive and sustainable research infrastructures

Green Transition

Virtual, 1 December 2021. Join the Green transition for competitive and sustainable research infrastructures event held virtually on the 1 December 2021, 11:30 -13.00 CET / 12:30 – 14:00 EET.  

Climate change and environmental degradation are affecting all of us, and therefore increased focus is being placed on public policies and investments fostering sustainable growth and building on technological developments especially in the area of green ICT and energy efficiency.

Research infrastructures play a key role in this context, as drivers through scientific discoveries and scientific advances that address societal challenges, such as climate change, and as pioneers of the green transition through the innovative technologies, green ICT and other sustainable solutions they adopt for their own operations. 

With this event we aim to raise awareness, and encourage an exchange on the challenges and the success stories of green transition especially for research infrastructures. 

Through a series of talks and panel debate, speakers and participants will reflect on and canvass the issues, opportunities and best practices facilitating green transition, how to adopt a more coordinated approach across research infrastructures landscape and what should be key priorities in terms of investments and scientific agendas for RIs in order to be competitive and sustainable on the longer term.


Jean-Eric Paquet – Director-General, European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD)

Jana Kolar – Executive Director, CERIC – ERIC and newly elected ESFRI chair 

with Opening remarks by Kimmo Koski, CEO,  CSC – IT Center for Science  

Joining for the panel discussion:
Christos Arvanitidis – Lifewatch ERIC CEO
Lilli Freda – EPOS ERIC Executive director / INGV
Markku Kulmala – INAR Executive Committee Chair / University of Helsinki
Sverre Quale – ECCSEL ERIC Director

Registration for the event is open at

ICRI 2022

Brno, Czech Republic, 19–21 October 2022. The International Conference on Research Infrastructures (ICRI 2022) is a major worldwide event providing an opportunity for strategic discussions about international cooperation in research infrastructure. A variety of experts and stakeholders discuss challenges and emerging trends, highlighting the essential role of research infrastructures.

Every two years since 2012, ICRI has hosted about 500 delegates, who discuss topics concerning research infrastructures on the international level. The venue alternates between the EU and third countries, and the event is organised jointly by the European Commission and the host country.

More information is available here.

International Data Week 2022

International Data Week 2022

Seoul & online, 20–23 June 2022.

The founding organisations, the International Science Council’s Committee on Data (CODATA) and World Data System (WDS), and the Research Data Alliance (RDA), and the local hosts announce that International Data Week 2021 will be postponed to 20–23 June 2022 for the main conference, ‘Data to Improve our World’. Associated events will take place in the period 18–26 June 2022. The conference will be a hybrid format with in-person in Seoul, South Korea as well as virtual participation.

This decision was made in response to the continuing global COVID-19 crisis and its aftermath. In order to bring the international data community together and to ensure that the event would have the maximum impact for our hosts in Korea and internationally, it was felt important to have a significant in-person element, which would not have been possible in November 2021.

Although we are keen to maximise the opportunity for participants to meet in Seoul, the organisers will ensure that there remains a facility for high-quality virtual participation.

Announcements will be made in due course about the arrangements for IDW 2022 and for some virtual events which will still take place in November 2021. CODATA and WDS will communicate with those who had already proposed sessions for SciDataCon. RDA will host Plenary 18, a global eight-day virtual meeting during the period from 3–18 November 2021.

European Researchers’ Night

European Researchers' Night

Seville, Spain, 24 September 2021. LifeWatch ERIC CEO Dr Arvanitidis and CTO Dr González-Aranda will explain the SUMHAL Project alongside Andalusian Delegate of CSIC, Dr Paneque, in the “LifeWatch” area of Plaza de San Francisco at 19:00 CEST. Check out the European Commission’s page on the European Researchers’ Night to see what is going on near you!

XXX° Rassegna del mare | 30th Festival of the Sea

Rassegna del mare 2021

Gallipoli, Italy, 21–24 October 2021. The 30th edition of the Festival of the Sea (XXX° Rassegna del mare), “Recognition & protection of the sea and marine resource management” will be held in the Sala Ennagonale of Gallipoli’s Castello Angioino at the end of October, featuring presentations from LifeWatch ERIC staff.

Smart Agrifood Summit

SmartAgrifood Event

Malaga, Spain, 30 September-1 October 2021.

The Smart Agrifood Summit – #Agrifood21 – is an industry-leading event for the creation of innovative ecosystems within the European agrifood sector.



Malaga, Spain, 29-30 September 2021.

Companies, professionals, institutions and public administrations focused on the projection of sustainability and smart cities will be attending #GreencitiesMLG & #SMoving21. Event website.