Next event in Brussels- Active and healthy ageing

The Conference of Partners of European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP on AHA) will take place on 27th-28th February. The event is organised by the European Commission and about 500 people from all Europe  are expected to attend, representing  the different sectors (Academia, political sphere, business and “third sector”) that are working together in promoting an  active and healthy ageing.

The event will be focused in reviewing the action plans and their convergence with European policies, particularly the Communication  that is being prepared by the Commision about the transformation of health and caregiving in the Digital Single Market.

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In addition and making the most of the attendance to the Conference, the EIP on AHA Action Groups are arranging  events on the days before and after. On behalf of Valencia  Reference Site, Kveloce is organizing an event on 26th February called Age-friendly smart cities and environments: synergies and crossovers in the Regional Office of the Community of Valencia. The purpose of this event is to build connections between the D4 Group and the Smart Cities on  age-friendly environments.

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Third European Coma Awakenings Day

On the 7th of October, thanks to the LUCAS Project, the Third EU Coma Awakenings Day was celebrated.

LUCAS (Links United for Coma Awakenings through Sport)  is a European-funded project funded under the ERASMUS+ Sports programme, with the partnership of the European Parlament and selected as success case by the groups of experts of The Directorate General for Education and Culture (DG EAC). LUCAS promotes activities, seminars and events for raising awareness about coma among the general society, encouraging innovative actions and methodologies for improving the well-being of people with acquired brain injury; specifically, those who have awakened from a coma.

This Third Edition consolidates and demonstrates a great interest by the European community. Also, the COMA documentary film serves us as a tool to educate our society about this conditions and associated issues, as well as overcome barriers and dispel some of the myths that abound in connection with coma.

LUCAS was lead by the Italian entity Futura, from January 2015 to December 2016. SEAS (Sociedad Española de Asistencia Sociosanitaria) and DEPENDENTIAS (Asociación Estatal para el Desarrollo de Servicios y Recursos de Apoyo a la Dependencia) were also involved, together with different partners from Cyprus, Denmark, Lituania, Portugal and Belgium. Thanks to the LUCAS project, we had the opportunity to analyse the context in several European countries, gathering best practices in this field – specifically, in sports – to optimise the quality of life of people with acquired brain injury and their caregivers.

Two editions were celebrated in 2015 and 2016 too; in Spain, partners organised:

  • Cineforums, for disseminating the relevance and challenges related to coma;
  • Roundtables: “Sports for acquired brain injury and rehabilitation after coma awakenings: current experience and future ”
  • Workshop: “Sports and physical activity for people with acquired brain injury: resources and success ”
  • Fifth Edition of the Research Award “Francisco Garcés Roca”, aimed at making known innovative practices proposed from European-scoped associations working on sports as rehabilitation therapy for people with acquired brain injury
  • Social Media and community management.

Polibienestar (Instituto de Políticas de Bienestar Social – Universitat de Valencia), Hospital NISA Valencia al Mar, Nueva Opción ((Asociación de Daño Cerebral Adquirido de Valencia) and ADACEMA (Asociación de Daño Cerebral Adquirido de Málaga) has also been involved in LUCAS.

K-veloce I+D+i also collaborated in the preparation of all editions of the European Coma Awakenings Day, as well as in the project management and support to all Spanish entities during the project lifecycle.

Networking in Brussels

Our partner Sandra Vilaplana has attended the Startup Europe Awards 2017, considered as the EUROVISION of European StartUps, being a very relevant act at a European scale in innovation matters.

Since last May, Sandra has been staying in Brussels as part of the “Programa de Especialización de Gestores” of the CDTI. This program is directed to consultants who are experts and have an excellent trajectory in the field of European projects. In addition to amplifying the knowledge of the H2020, the program deals with the general context of the I+D+I in Europe and Spain, the structure of the European Commission and the agencies and organisations in charge of the European programs of innovation and investigation. Additionally, the program also stands out for the participation in conferences, workshops and a lot of events of networking, where Sandra has had the chance to meet and debate with experts of the calibre of Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Investigation, Science and Innovation.

The participation of our partner Sandra, will also allow us to deepen not only in procedures and programs but also in contact networks, strategic alliances and identification and integration of critical agents, community lobbies and the European Commission. With this participation, we’re even forming part of the debates about the next 9th Framework Programme, taking steps forward in the strategy of investigation in the next years and anticipating the possible changes that might be proposed. Next week, Sandra will attend the Mid Term Review Conference in the European Parliament, that precisely centres the debate in the evaluation of the H2020 to obtain conclusions towards the new Framework Programme.

Another event to which our partner Sandra has had the opportunity to participate in is the Second annual conference of the Scientific Panel on Health. A panel led by 27 scientists experts of all disciplines and areas in the investigation and innovation fields, in health and in well-being. This panel, it’s also based on the dispositions of the Horizon2020 which helps to achieve better health and well-being for all of us.

Moreover, she has participated in the event organised by SUSCHEM (European Technological Platform for Sustainable Chemistry). An event joining the chemical industry, academics, organisations for the technology of investigations (RTO) and institutions of the EU to deal with the common challenges and debate priorities that are crucial for the sustainability of the European sectors of chemical and biotechnological innovation. For instance, to define the success factors in the projects financed by the EU to optimise the impact and the value of the innovation in Europe. Another field was SMEs as motors of the ecosystems of innovation of the EU, and how can that stimulate the change through the financing of the SMEs. Also, the instruments for funding to accelerate the change and the competitivity in Europe, and how to accelerate the innovation and generate the impact in the next 9th Framework Programme.

We invite you to attend to the “Gamificación: Herramientas para videojuegos y aplicaciones”! event.

On the 18th of May, we will organise together with Las Naves and the video game Valencian firm, Nerlaska, an innovative breakfast, from 9 to 10 am focused on digital tools, new technologies and gamification techniques that can help deal with this social inclusion challenges.

We aim to add value to the last developments in inclusion and well-being for people with auditory disabilities, in the frame of the European project 3D Tune-IN, financed by the European Commission in the Horizon 2020 program. This project is led by the Imperial College London and in it participate Universities, the multinational auditory devices manufacturers GN Hearing, and videogame and audiovisual firms, with a vocation clearly oriented towards education and social awareness-raising about the loss of audition and optimization of the use of auditory devices, both for professionals of the field and for those who have a loss of audition.

New technologies applied to the improvement of living standards of people with functional diversity offer an endless supply of possibilities and social benefits, but also economic and technological ones. Without going very far, and even with the significant improvements in auditive technology, the usage of auditive devices of the latest generation will be particularly hard, especially when we talk about kids and elderly people. 3D Tune-In proposes a series of games and application that hope to ease the use of this devices to reduce the isolation that the people affected suffer and improving their inclusion within the society, also through the educative videogame for people with no audition losses developed by Nerlaska.

In addition, during the project, a Toolkit especially thought for video games and application developers will be developed, -both industrial and indie ones- which includes simulation of sensory loss, devices or its calibration, as well as other utilities of use such as the design and creation of software directed to this community.

The Workshop will be especially focused on exploiting and transferring results from investigation and innovation among universities and PYME, and how this exchange of knowledge and experiences will have a positive impact on the society, and particularly, on the lives of the people with disabilities.

Would you like to participate? We wait for you! You may register using this registration form.

We have participated in the First “Coordination and Management of EU-funded Health Research Project” Congress!

On November the 8th, the office for European Health Projects of the Valencian Autonomous Region organised the First Congress in Coordination and Management of EU-funded Health Research Projects.

As it couldn’t be otherwise, we attended: PhD. Maite Ferrando, K-Veloce’s Managing Director, who has participated in a roundtable where an interesting debate has taken place about the success factors in the proposals from an evaluator’s point of view. On that subject, the experience as evaluators within the Fp7 and the H2020 allowed the table’s participants to transmit to our attendees important keys and handy hints. As a conclusion, in addition to an excellent proposal and an exquisite consortium, the high competitiveness of the programs demand creativity and a well justified and convincing impact; and, as it couldn’t be otherwise, some serendipity to find what the evaluators are expecting.

An Incredible Networking Opportunity

More than 27 speakers and 70 professions and researching personnel in the Health area, with or without experience in international Health Projects, I+D, biomedicine, or patient care have reunited in the First “Coordination and Management of EU-funded Health Research Project” Congress to debate and learn together.

During the conference, we have also been allowed to share the table with a lot of researchers with very promising ideas, both in the bilateral meeting as well as during the presentations. One of the other activities organised by the Congress was the exposition of diffusion signs with the result of already financed projects. Moreover, among the speakers, there were international-level academics as well as members of the European Commission.

What can Social Sciences and Humanities expect from Horizon 2020 and other European programs?

The University of Burgos has invited us to a conference on November the 23rd to present the opportunities of investigation and innovation that the European Commission offers to the Social and Legal Sciences and Humanities researching community through their programs, such as Horizon2020, DAPHNE, COSME, JUSTICE or ERASMUS+. Furthermore, we will also deal with the fragmentation and the transverse topics in other calls and programs.

To us, the success of this conference consists in encouraging the joint generation of new ideas and projects among the researching personnel of the Universidad de Burgos, fomenting its collaboration with other private and public agents. It is clear that this community can benefit, particularly from programs such as COSME or ERASMUS+ – which, by the way, will close in the first quarter of 2017 – but inside the Horizon2020 things have also changed for the better.

While, in the Seventh Macro Program (FP7), the investigation in Social Sciences and Humanities had its own specific program, with a restricted budget, in Horizon2020 the investigation in these areas is wholly integrated into each of the priorities of research: Excellent Science, Industrial Leadership and Societal Challenges.

Why? The strategy of the European Commission it’s based on the premise that the social and humanities areas are essential and will mean a great benefit for the society as a whole. In 2014, its integration was considered to be only very partially successful: ever since, a more significant emphasis has been made on its inclusion and on the improvement of the coordination of efforts, which is not only an opportunity for the researching community, but also for the whole European society.

Europe has laid out as an objective a bigger accent on the cross-disciplinary character, highlighting the necessity of experts on the social impact, in intellectual property rights, evaluation of experimental phases, and all tasks in which these disciplines have a lot to say in.