EU Research & Innovation Days 2019 – reflections

The previous post┬áis more of a summary of the conference, but this one is aimed at capturing my reflections from these three days of (fairly high level) science event. This wasn't a typical event, and it somewhat felt like Carlos Moedas (the leaving commissioner) farewell action as a commissioner, to get the research community that … Continue reading EU Research & Innovation Days 2019 – reflections


European Research & Innovation Days 2019

Between 24-26 September, the European Commission Directorate-General for Research & Innovation run an event in Brussels, titled "European Research and Innovation Days". This was a large scale event, with about 3900 participants, which served several purposes. With Horizon 2020 approaching to its end and Horizon Europe starting in about a year an a half, it … Continue reading European Research & Innovation Days 2019

Barbara Hoenig’s “Europe’s New Scientific Elite”

I never knew that with respect to the European Research Council (ERC), I belong to a (small) group called "Dual role incumbents". Not until I've read "Europe's New Scientific Elite: Social Mechanisms of Science in the European Research Area" - A book by Barbara Hoenig which came out in 2017. The way I heard about … Continue reading Barbara Hoenig’s “Europe’s New Scientific Elite”

Securing funding and balancing efforts: a tale of 21 research applications

The last 3 months were a gradual sigh of relief for the Extreme Citizen Science group (ExCites), Mapping for Change (MfC), and for me. As the UCL engineering website announced, the ExCiteS group, which I co-direct, secured funding through 3 research grants from the European Union's Horizon 2020 programme (H2020), with enough funding to continue … Continue reading Securing funding and balancing efforts: a tale of 21 research applications

Citizens Observatories: Empowering European Society

A citizens observatory┬áis a concept that evolved at EU policy circles, defining the combination of participatory community monitoring, technology and governance structures that are needed to monitor/observe/manage an environmental issue. About two years ago, the EU FP7 funded 5 citizens observatory projects covering areas from water management to biodiversity monitoring. A meeting at Brussels was … Continue reading Citizens Observatories: Empowering European Society