First Iberian Meeting on Aerosol Science and Technology (RICTA 2013), Évora, Portugal
[Event Date: 2013-07-01]
The First Iberian Meeting on Aerosol Science and Technology (RICTA 2013) will be held from 1 to 3 July 2013 in Évora, Portugal. Aerosols influence many areas of our daily life. As suspensions of solid or liquid particles in a gas they appear in many different forms such as clouds, fog, dust, fume, or smog. As air pollutants, they affect the global climate, visibility as well as our health, but they are...
'Future Network & Mobile Summit 2013', Lisbon, Portugal
[Event Date: 2013-07-03]
The 'Future Network & Mobile Summit 2013' will be held from 3 to 5 July 2013 in Lisbon, Portugal. In the context of convergence and innovation, this conference - the twenty-second in a series supported by the European Commission - will address the challenges of building the Future Internet Infrastructures, based on mobile, wireless and fixed broadband communications technologies.
'European Conference on Sustainability, Energy and the Environment', Brighton, UK [Event Date: 2013-07-04]
The 'European Conference on Sustainability, Energy and the Environment' (ECSEE2013) will be held from 4 to 7 July 2013 in Brighton, UK. From a strictly environmental and political issue, sustainability has emerged as the most important issue for businesses, industry, government and academia. It is now recognized that the concept of sustainability is applicable to all areas of society, from socio-economic...
EARMA Conference 2013: Stairways to Excellence in Research Management and Administration, 1-4 July 2013, Vienna, Austria
The 19th Annual Conference of the European Association of Research Managers and Administrators (EARMA) will take place from 1 to 4 July 2013 at Vienna University of Technology, Austria.
The EARMA conference “marks the final round of the 7th European Framework Programme for Research and will focus on the new challenges with regard to the upcoming Horizon 2020 Programme, combining research and innovation management to foster professional development for all stakeholders”.
To view the programme or to register, please visit the conference page.
Third International Conference on Disaster Management and Human Health: Reducing Risk, Improving Outcomes, A Coruña, Spain
[Event Date: 2013-07-09]
The Third International Conference on Disaster Management and Human Health: Reducing Risk, Improving Outcomes will be held from 9 to 11 July 2013 in A Coruña, Spain. Due in part to climate instability, the world is facing an increasing number of natural disasters. They are affecting millions of people, destroying property and resulting in loss of human life.
European Research Network On Philanthropy 6th International Conference, 11-12 July 2013, Riga, Latvia
The European Research Network On Philanthropy 6th International Conference “Challenges for Research On Philanthropy: New and Transnational Perspectives” will take place at Latvia University, Riga, from July 11 to 12. The Voluntary Sector Review, published by the Policy Press, intends to publish a special issue of the journal containing a selection of the best articles based on papers presented at the ERNOP conference in Riga.
Please visit the ERNOP websitefor more information, and to register.
'International Conference on Advanced Complex Inorganic Nanomaterials', Namur, Belgium
[Event Date: 2013-07-15]
The 'International Conference on Advanced Complex Inorganic Nanomaterials' will be held from 15 to 19 July 2013 in Namur, Belgium. Over the past decade, nanomaterials have been subject to enormous interest. They are already coming into use in healthcare, electronics, cosmetics and other industries. These materials, notable for their extremely small size, have potential for even wider-ranging industrial,...
Second International Spinal Cord Repair Meeting, Barcelona, Spain
[Event Date: 2013-07-16]
The Second International Spinal Cord Repair Meeting will be held from 26 to 27 April 2013 in Barcelona, Spain. A spinal cord injury usually happens because of a sudden severe blow to the spine. Often this is the result of a car accident, fall, gunshot, or sporting accident. Sometimes the spinal cord is damaged by infection or spinal stenosis, or by a birth defect, such as spina bifida.
'International Workshop on Organic Matter Spectroscopy 2013', La Garde, France [Event Date: 2013-07-16]
An 'International Workshop on Organic Matter Spectroscopy 2013' will be held from 16 to 19 July 2013 in La Garde, France.
Fluorescence spectroscopy is a type of electromagnetic spectroscopy which analyzes fluorescence from a sample. It involves using a beam of light, usually ultraviolet light, that excites the electrons in molecules of certain compounds and causes them to emit light; typically, but...
The 11th International POG Conference: Reactive Oxygen and Nitrogen Species in Plants will take place from 17 to 19 July 2013 in Warsaw, Poland. Reactive oxygen and nitrogen species (ROS/RNS) have been identified as key actors in the response of plants to both biotic and abiotic stresses. Defence genes are activated by factors such as pathogens, temperature, humidity and environmental stress, suggesting...
Ninth International Conference on Intelligent Environment, Athens, Greece
[Event Date: 2013-07-18]
The Ninth International Conference on Intelligent Environment (IE'13) will be held from 18 to 19 July 2013 in Athens, Greece. Intelligent Environments (IE) refer to physical spaces in which IT and other computing technology are woven and used to achieve specific goals for the user, the environment or both. IE promote the efficiency of transactions and activities, facilitate presence and participation,...
'Cell Senescence in Cancer and Ageing', Cambridge, UK
[Event Date: 2013-07-20]
An event entitled 'Cell Senescence in Cancer and Ageing' will be held from 20 to 23 July 2013 in Cambridge, UK.Cell senescence is a stable arrest of cell proliferation. It is initiated by a variety of molecular triggers including activated oncogenes and excess rounds of cell division. Senescent cells secrete a cocktail of inflammatory and stromal regulators (the senescence-associated secretory phenotype)...
'Cell senescence in cancer and ageing', Cambridge, UK
[Event Date: 2013-07-20]
An event entitled 'Cell senescence in cancer and ageing' will take place from 20 to 23 July 2013 in Cambridge, UK. Biological aging or senescence is the inherent process of accumulated changes to molecular and cellular structure. They disrupt an organism's biology with time, eventually resulting in deterioration and death. Senescence occurs both on the level of the whole organism as well as on the level...
Fourth International Conference on Optical Communication Systems (OPTICS 2013), Reykjavík, Iceland
[Event Date: 2013-07-29]
The Fourth International Conference on Optical Communication Systems (OPTICS 2013) will take place from 29 to 31 July 2013 in Reykjavík, Iceland. Optical fibre is currently the most reliable and efficient solution for high-rate transmission in communication networks. Over the last years, there has been a great deal of ongoing research efforts that span the entire protocol stack of optical networks, with...
The 10th International Conference on Security and Cryptography (SECRYPT 2013) will take place from 29 to 31 July 2013 in Reykjavik, Iceland. Transmitting messages is an important practical problem. Coding theory includes the study of compression codes which enable us to send messages at limited cost and error-correcting codes which ensure that messages remain legible even in the presence of errors.
4th International Conference on Data Communication Networking (DCNET 2013), 29–31 Jul 2013, Reykjavík, Iceland
'European Congress of Epidemiology (EuroEpi) 2013', Aarhus, Denmark
[Event Date: 2013-08-11]
The 'European Congress of Epidemiology (EuroEpi) 2013' will be held from 11 to 14 August 2013 in Aarhus, Denmark. Epidemiology conists of studying the distribution, frequency, causes and effects of health-related states in defined population. Based on the assumption that the environment we live in and our behaviour can influence the development of diseases, it notably provides data for directing public...
ICA Rectors and Deans Forum 2013, 30-31 October 2013, Ghent, Belgium
The Association for European Life Science Universities (ICA) will hold the ICA Rectors and Deans Forum 2013, “Engagement of Life Science Universities in Supporting the Growth of the Bioeconomy – the social, environmental and economic implications”, from 30 to 31 October 2013 at Ghent University, Belgium.
To find out more about the event, please see the ICA website.
Registration is open until 29 September.
8th European Quality Assurance Forum Working together to take quality forward 21-23 November 2013,Gothenburg, Sweden
Hosted by the University of Gothenburg. The call for contributions is open until 2 August 2013. (More information to follow soon.)
Issue 23 - June 2013
‘Preparing for the advent of smart cities’
Marcel Blijsma of Novay Network Innovation on ‘A travel app to make you feel better’
Arne Skou on ‘Future buildings: smart on energy’
Managing diabetes with data and ingenuity
Are wireless devices potentially harmful?
Making safer composite materials for shipbuilding
Better bio-plastics for improved home appliances
A heavyweight boost for Einstein: probing gravity where no one has before
Seeding Change through International University Partnerships: The MIT-Portugal Program as a Driver of Internationalization, Networking, and Innovation - Sebastian M Pfotenhauer, Joshua S Jacobs, Julio A Pertuze, Dava J Newman and Daniel T Roos;
Governance and Institutional Autonomy: Governing and Governance in Portuguese Higher Education – António Magalhães, Amélia Veiga, Filipa Ribeiro and Alberto Amaral;
Scope and Determinants of the ‘Third Role’ of Higher Education Institutions in Germany - Henning Kroll, Esther Schricke and Thomas Stahlecker.
This issue also presents two book reviews on Student Mobilities, Migration and the Internationalization of Higher Education, written by Rachel Brooks and Johanna Waters, and The Evaluative State, Institutional Autonomy and Re-Engineering Higher Education in Europe: The Prince and His Pleasure, written by Guy Neave.
For more information, abstracts and ordering, please visit the Journal’s homepage on Palgrave Macmillan's website.
New EUA Public Funding Observatory report and online tool outline trends in higher education funding in Europe
The European University Association has just released the latest edition of its Public Funding Observatory report which monitors the impact of the economic crisis on universities and identifies trends in public funding to higher education institutions across Europe since 2008.
The report is launched in tandem with a new interactive online tool which provides a range of data for 23 European systems and allows the user to look at developments in recent years in a customised way. Detailed country sheets with data for each system can also be downloaded.
The latest EUA update provides a new analysis of the pressures that many countries face in terms of funding for higher education institutions, in particular by taking account of the impact of inflation and changes in student numbers. The report confirms that while no system has been left completely unaffected by the crisis, there is still a risk of a widening gap in terms of university funding between different parts of Europe.
The latest report looks at both the evolution over the last year (2012-2013) and developments since 2008.
Developments from 2012-2013 portray a “mixed picture” across Europe: Out of the 17 systems where data was available, nine actually reported an increase in funding (Austria, Iceland, Czech Republic, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Belgian French-speaking Community, France, Lithuania), while eight reported cuts which range from small cuts to up to 25% (Italy, Netherlands, Slovakia, Croatia, Portugal, UK – England and Wales, Greece, Hungary). In systems which reported cuts, staff and infrastructures were the two areas most affected. In countries where research funding has been reduced, universities hope for more EU funding to maintain research activities and infrastructure development. The report underlines that EU funds are not supposed to provide substitutes for national funding schemes, which need to remain strong to uphold Europe’s competitiveness.
Trends from 2008-2012 and the impact of inflation: EUA’s report shows that inflation has a significant impact on the financial situation of universities and therefore should be taken into consideration when assessing the financial health of the sector as a whole. When adjusting the public funding figures for 2008-2012 for inflation, for many countries a more serious picture is revealed. Inflation worsens the effect of funding cuts and mitigates the effects of a funding increase. Therefore when looking at the inflation-adjusted public funding figures only seven systems out of 20 have a better funding situation in 2012 than in 2008 (Germany, Norway, Sweden, Austria, Belgian French-speaking Community, France, Netherlands), while 13 systems have a lower funding level in 2012 than in 2008 (Croatia, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Spain, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Lithuania, United Kingdom – England and Wales).
Funding and GDP: The report also analyses the evolution of public funding to higher education institutions as a percentage of GDP for the period 2008-2013. In 18 countries/systems studied, eight had in 2013 a higher investment as a percentage of GDP than in 2013 while 10 had a lower investment.
EUA reaffirms its position that funding for higher education institutions should not be seen by governments as expenditure but rather as an investment in Europe’s future, and that investment in HE and research is a way to help European countries out of the crisis.