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The EPN Consulting Newsletter No. 51 - November 2014 

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H2020, FP7 & other Calls shortly expiring
New Calls recently published
Have you tried the "EPN Consulting for SMEs" service yet?
ENV: 97% companies fail to provide KSIs
PRO: The EPN Consulting CEO holds a Guinness World Record!
ITS+LEG+TRA: Self-driving cars are spy on streets?
ICT: Big data is the future of Europe?
BIZ: Has Globalisation made corruption worse?
BIZ+PRO: The 2nd language of every part of the World
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Welcome to the November 2014 issue of the EPN Consulting Newsletter received every month by over 2,400 selected professionals in Europe

This November has three important milestones:

- 5th Anniversary of EPN Consulting! We would like to thank our Members and Clients for choosing us! We work hard to continuously exceed your expectations!

- the new European Commission took office on 01 Nov 2014 (read below in the Website of the Month)

- 25th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall (09 Nov 1989) that symbolised the fall of Communism.  It is therefore interesting and useful to read the special report recently issued by the International Monetary Fund: "25 Years of Transition - Post-Communist Europe and the IMF":

We would like to remind our Members, Clients and Readers of the next deadline for submitting Phase1 and Phase2 proposals to the SME Instrument (17 Dec 2014).
In the previous deadline 1,944 proposals were received in phase 1 and 580 proposals in phase 2. Next time yours could be one of them!

In December 2014 new Horizon 2020 calls for proposals are scheduled for publication. For more info you can visit our EVENTS Section.

If you would like to know more about EU goals and funding opportunities, EPN Consulting can organise bespoke training courses on several subjects and topics as well as assist you in preparing, submitting and managing your projects. Contact us !

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Horizon 2020 & other Calls shortly expiring   
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The following calls for proposals are close to an end in the next weeks: 

14 Nov 2014 - Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-INNOSUP-2014-5 call (intermediate deadline)

20 Nov 2014 - Deadline to submit proposals to the NFRP-2014-2015-2 call (Euratom Fission 2)

21 Nov 2014 - Deadline to submit proposalst to the EUROGIA 2020 Call 03 - 2nd cut-off date

25 Nov 2014 - Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-ICT-2014-2 call

25 Nov 2014 - Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-FETHPC-2014 call


16 Dec 2014 Deadline to submit proposals ot the ERC-2014-SUPPORT-1 call

17 Dec 2014 - Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-SMEINST-1-2014 call

17 Dec 2014 - Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-SMEINST-2-2014 call


13 Jan 2015 - Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-MSCA-ITN-2015 call (Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks)

14 Jan 2015 - Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-EINFRA-2015-1 call

14 Jan 2015 - Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-INFRASUPP-2015-1 call

14 Jan 2015 - Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-INFRADEV-1-2015-1 call (Developing New World-Class Research Infrastructure)


03 Feb 2015 - Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-BG-2015-2 call (Blue Growth: Unlocking the Potential of Seas and Oceans)

03 Feb 2015 - Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-SFS-2015-2 call (Sustainable Food Security)

03 Feb 2015 - Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-ISIB-2015-2 call (Innovative, Sustainable and Inclusive Bioeconomy)

03 Feb 2015 - Deadline to submit proposals to the ERC-2015-STG call  (ERC Starting Grant)

04 Feb 2015 - Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-EE-2015-1-PPP

04 Feb 2015 - Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-FoF-2015 call (Factories of the Future)

04 Feb 2015 - Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-EeB-2015 call (Energy-efficient Buildings)

04 Feb 2015 - Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-SPIRE-2015 call (Sustainable Process Industries) 


Find out more expiring calls on the EVENTS Section of the EPN Consulting website.

All Horizon2020 2014-2015 calls deadlines are published in our EVENTS Section. Please note that some 2014 deadlines have been postponed to 2015

If you would like to be advised on how to prepare and submit project proposals within EU Programmes, EPN Consulting is the right consultancy to choose. Visit the EU Projects Consultancy  for more information.


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New Calls recently published  
European Projects
- 14 Oct 2014 - H2020-ICT-2015 (deadline 14 Apr 2015)

15 Oct 2014 - H2020-EUB-2015  EU-Brazil R&D (deadline 21 Apr 2015)

22 Oct 2014 - H2020-SPIRE-2015  Sustainable Process Industries (deadline 04 Feb 2015)

22 Oct 2014 - H2020-EeB-2015  Energy-efficient Buildings (deadline 04 Feb 2015)
22 Oct 2014 - H2020-FoF-2015  Factories of the Future (deadline 04 Feb 2015)
22 Oct 2014 - H2020-NMP-2015-two-stage  Nanotechnologies,advanced Materials and Production (deadline Stage 1: 26 Mar 2015, deadline Stage 2: 08 Sept 2015)
22 Oct 2014 - H2020-NMP-PILOTS-2015 (deadline 26 Mar 2015)
22 Oct 2014 - H2020-NMP-CSA-2015 (deadline 26 Mar 2015)
22 Oct 2014 - H2020-NMP-ERA-NET-2015 (deadline 26 Mar 2015)
22 Oct 2014 - H2020-LEIT-BIO-2015-1  Biotechnology (deadline Stage 1: 26 Mar 2015, deadline Stage 2: 08 Sept 2015)

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To create a consistent link between the EPN Consulting Newsletter and the EPN Consulting Events Section as well as to facilitate the newsletter reading by immediately recognising the kind of article topic, we have imported the list of acronyms from the Events section of our website.

ARD - Architecture & Design, BIO - Biology & Chemistry, BIZ - Business & Commercial, CIV - Civil Engineering, ENE - Energy, ENV - Environment, EUP - European Projects and affairs, FIN - Economics & Finance, ICT - ICT & Communications, INN - Research & Innovation, ITS - Intelligent Transport Systems, LEG - Legal Issues, Intellectual Property Rights, PRO - Professional services, Consultancy, Training Courses, TEC - Technology and Mechanics, TRA - Transport & Planning

Some articles can show more than one acronym when news encompasses multiple topics.
ENV - 97% of companies fail to provide data on Key Sustainable Indicators

13 Oct 2014 - Only 128 of the 4,609 largest companies listed on the world's stock exchanges disclose the most basic information on how they meet their responsibilities to society, according to a new report.

The study by Canadian investment advisory firm "Corporate Knights Capital" says 97% of companies are failing to provide data on the full set of "first-generation" sustainability indicators - employee turnover, energy, greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs), injury rate, pay equity, waste and water.

While the number of companies disclosing individual metrics has risen in recent years, the study says it remains "disconcertingly low" and the improvement is starting to tail off.More than 60% of the world's largest listed companies currently fail to disclose their GHGs, three quarters are not transparent about their water consumption and 88% do not divulge their employee turnover rate

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PRO - The EPN Consulting CEO is a Guinness World Record Holder!


17 Oct 2014 - The EPN Consulting CEO, Stefano Mainero, attended the "London Brand Accelerator" event. In the morning it was held a large business speed networking (487 people performing 22 rounds in 90 minutes) attempting to win the Guinness World Record. Luckily they made it and won!

A brief video of the event and the GWR award recognition can be watched here.

ITS+LEG+TRA - Self-driving Cars: a spy on every street? 
21 Oct 2014 - Autonomous vehicles, or "self-driving cars", are likely to be seen more widely on roads in 2015. 

Already, legislation authorising the use of autonomous vehicles has been introduced in the US states of Nevada, Florida, California and Michigan, with similar legislation being planned for the UK. 

To date, these laws have focused on legalising the use of autonomous vehicles and dealing, to an extent, with some of the complex issues relating to liability for accidents. But as with other emerging disruptive technologies, such as drones and wearables, it is essential that issues relating to user privacy and data security are properly addressed prior to the technologies being generally deployed.


There is an overlap here with questions of liability, as insurance companies have clear incentives to collect as much data about user behaviour as possible. The potential for intrusive surveillance of personal activities is particularly jarring, as the car has been an archetypal space of personal privacy and freedom.


More information available here.

ICT - Big Data is the Future of Europe 

21 Oct 2014 - Today's hyper-connected world is producing data at a startling rate and it doesn't look like things will be slowing down any time soon.

Every minute, the world generates 1.7 million billion bytes of data.This is equal to 360,000 DVDs. It works out at over six megabytes of data per person, every day.

Although data analytics are nothing new, this massive amount of data is so diverse and moves with such velocity that traditional data capture and analysis is just not good enough anymore. This relatively new phenomenon is what is commonly referred to as 'big data'.

The data sector is growing by 40 per cent each year, seven times quicker than the overall information and communication market. According to the European commission, businesses that base their decision making process on knowledge generated from data see a five to six per cent increase in productivity.

Looking beyond the business world, other sectors could also benefit from big data. It has the potential to transform a range of public services including transport planning, healthcare and disease control.


More information available here.

BIZ - Has Globalisation made Corruption worse? 

24 Oct 2014 - 
Leaders today, regardless of whether they work in the public or private sector, face no shortage of challenges.

We are told often, and with great certainty, that the consequences for ignoring any one challenge are dire.

Among the issues to deal with are wobbling economies, growing terrorism, spreading pandemics, a warming planet and online attacks against confidential information. We can't possibly devote equal attention to all of these, but we can figure out how they are connected. Understanding how and why problems are related helps us devise solutions that will have the greatest impact.

One place to start is to take a closer look at corruption... 

More information available here.  
BIZ+PRO - The 2nd languages of every part of the World

31 Oct 2014 - It was released this eye-opening info-graphic that shows the second language of every region across the globe.

Some are rather predictable, like Canada's knowledge of French. But others are very telling about the histories of certain regions and how our global story has played out over hundreds of years.

Take a look at what the website compiled here.
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Next Professional Events happening in Europe

07-08 Nov 2014 - Cologne (DE) - LEG+TRA - IRU Event - INTERNATIONAL TAXI FORUM


10-11 Nov 2014 - Muenich (DE) - ITS+TRA - TELEMATICS MUNICH 2014 - Europe's Biggest Connected Cars Forum


12-14 Nov 2014 - Turin (IT) - ITS+TRA - SMART MOBILITY WORLD 2014


13 Nov 2014 - Brussels (BE) - ENE - THE ROLE OF GAS IN THE FUTURE ENERGY MIX IN BELGIUM AND NORTH WEST EUROPE - Norwegian and Belgian Perspectives  

13 Nov 2014 - London (UK) - ENE+ENV+ICT+ITS+TRA - TheEconomist Event - URBAN INFRASTRUCTURE 2014: Cities driving Growth, Infrastructure driving Cities

16-20 Nov 2014 - Lisbon (PT) - ICT - DEPEND 2014 - 7th International Conference on Dependability

17-20 Nov 2014 - Vienna (AT) - ENE+ENV+ICT+INN+TEC - CARE INNOVATION 2014

18-19 Nov 2014 - Gothenburg (SE) - ENV+TRA ICSC 2014 - International Cycling Safety Conference 

18-20 Nov 2014 - Barcelona (ES) - ENE+ENV+TRA SMART CITY EXPO 2014


25-26 Nov 2014 - Amsterdam (NL) - ENE+ENV+TRA - NATURAL GAS VEHICLES EUROPE Conference & Exhibition

27-28 Nov 2014 - Bergisch-Gladbach (DE) - TRA - AGEING AND SAFE MOBILITY - European Disciplinay Conference

27-28 Nov 2014 - Madrid (ES) - TRA - 2014 Annual POLIS Conference 

27-29 Nov 2014 - Salzburg (AT) - ENE+ENV+TEC - RENEXPO AUSTRIA


02-05 Dec 2014 - Brussels (BE) - ENE+ENV+TRA - EEVC 2014 - European Electric Vehicle Conference

04 Dec 2014 - London (UK) - ICT - TheEconomist Event - The CIO FORUM: for agile strategists


08-11 Dec 2014 - London (UK) - ICT - UCC 2014 - 7th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Utility and Cloud Computing


Find out many more 2014-2015 events on the EPN Consulting Events Section.
(More events could be added to the list during the current month)

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The Website of the Month: The New EU Commissioners

In relation to the newly elected EU Commission that entered the office on 1st Nov 2014,  this month we have chosen the EU website that presents all new EU Commissioners in detail.

The New EU Commission will be in charge until 2019 and has got the crucial goal of pushing the EU out of the tunnel of economic crisis.

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