Nikola Benin. GROW your REGIOn conference

Nikola Benin, PhD


he 2nd edition of the ‘Grow your region’ conference will take place in Valencia, Spain, on 8 and 9 November. Save the date! The event is co-organised by the European Commission’s Directorate-Generals for ‘Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs’ and for ‘Regional and Urban Policy’, in cooperation with the Valencia Regional Authority

GROW your REGIOn’ is an opportunity to:

  • share your smart specialisation and cluster experience and practices
  • exchange ideas about future actions for smart interregional collaboration
  • learn about novel ways of supporting innovation and accelerating industrial modernisation and SME growth

The conference will use an innovative approach, where the audience will be invited to actively contribute, collaborate and co-create, following the first edition from 2015 in Brussels.

Registration for this conference will open in September. The event’s draft agenda is also attached. Please find more details on the event here.


Smart Health Conference

Nikola Benin, PhD


Thursday 29 June 2017

Zurich, Switzerland

Smart Health and virtual reality are not only science & technology driven trends with a significant global market potential: Smart Health is also a big promise to patients. Smart Health technologies, solutions, devices and services will rapidly change the healthcare environment. Companies and institutions able to leverage the rapid convergence in the life science technologies will be the pace makers of this revolution.

The Zurich conference and partnering event will provide decision makers of life sciences companies, scientist from leading R&D institutions and healthcare & innovation specialists with latest insights into trends and show opportunities for transdisciplinary and cross-industry R&D. It will also be an ideal meeting point for companies and institutions looking to extend their network and gain visibility within the Smart Health community.


Conference: Adult learning & communities in a world on the move

Nikola Benin, PhD


ESREA is made up of several networks which on a regular basis have meetings at which research around certain themes is discussed. At the moment, ESREA has seven active networks, and each active network has a meeting every one or two years. Among these is the ESREA Network “Between Global and Local: Adult Learning and Communities”. This network aims to bring together European researchers committed to studying the multiple relationships between adult learning in communities and the relationship between the development of communities, social movements for learning and democratic citizenship in a local and global context. Different scales of development should be analysed together, clearly identifying the global and regional/ local dimensions of them. It involves educational processes and opportunities for social change, focusing on people’s autonomy and emancipation. The idea is to create a network capable of encouraging research on development in the context of globalization, through territorial and micro-scale approaches, urban and rural studies, and taking in regenerating communities, learning places and spaces, regional development and planning. Above all, all these themes can show the central role of adult learning in the context of communities.

Conference themes

Papers, round tables, and keynote talks will address themes from among the following:

  • Contributions to the theory of learning in a world on the move. How adequate are our notions of lifelong learning, of international adult education and learning programmes and what is the contribution of our research in this field?
  • How do we build better dialogue and connectivity between diverse people in situations where opportunities for dialogue are being challenged, when in our cities and regions the ‘other’ is frequently experienced as a threat rather than a source of solidarity, learning and enrichment?
  • Adult learning and discourses of power. difference and ‘identity’, and new forms of solidarity that further social learning and the creation of democratic forms of citizenship and living together
  • Adult learning and the work of movements of volunteers, local initiatives, and the responses of state agencies, flanked as they are by growing apparatuses of security and policing
  • The role of communities in furthering integration, tolerance, and offering alternatives to exclusion, radicalisation, and political division
  • How does our research respond to current definitions of ‘sovereignty’ within the nation state, and to the widespread takeover of the notion of ‘identity’, seen for many as the fixed attribute of nations/ethnic groups, and formulated as an antithesis to difference and diversity?
  • The role of research into adult learning in addressing rising levels of xenophobia, racism and fundamentalism in the world outside as well in local communities. How can we best to embrace, to value, and to work with ‘difference’ within our own learning communities?
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    Price for 1 year € 120

    6 months € 60

Conference on Hyperspectral Imaging in Industry

Nikola Benin, PhD


he Enterprise Europe Network in Switzerland invites you to participate in the international brokerage event running in conjunction with the Conference on Hyperspectral Imaging in Industry in Graz (Austria) in June. The aim is to bring together the main stakeholders in the field of hyperspectral imaging, to exchange knowledge and to plan for future collaboration projects. The conference is based on a unique concept featuring presentations, seminars, showcases and a brokerage event for pre-planned face-to-face meetings.

Take this opportunity to find quality future partners, build international contacts and explore technical/commercial partnership agreements.

Hotel Mercure Graz City ****
Lendplatz 36-37
A-8020 Graz
Tel.: +43 0316 751405

GreenWin conference

Nikola Benin, PhD


The purpose of the conferences is to take stock of the innovative technology used to boost activities in the fields of green chemistry and white biotechnology around the world, to share knowledge and encourage the creation of new R&D projects involving the academic world, research centres and industrial players in the sector at regional and international scale.

We invite you to attend the 2-day Conferences and take advantage of B2B meetings and workshop session aimed at promoting the emergence of new project ideas. Join us and find out new collaborations opportunities and funding, meet new partners and explore innovative technologies, ideas and concepts in the passionate field of sustainable chemistry.

This year, Brazil is the guest country. Through dedicated sessions and the presence of international delegations, you will have the opportunity to broaden your horizons and consider new international challenges!


The 3rd Conference of the International Rare Diseases Research Consortium

Nikola Benin


The 3rd conference of the International Rare Diseases Research Consortium (IRDiRC) will take place February 8-9, 2017 in Paris, France, at the conference center of Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC) Sorbonne Universités, Jussieu

Early registration (extended to December 7, 2016)

  • Trainee / Patient advocate*: €100
  • IRDiRC CA, SC and TF members: €100
  • Regular delegate: €200
  • Industry delegate: €300

For more information for partners and Fund subscribe to the Billetin PROJECT AND FUND

Price for 1 year € 120

6 months € 60

Conference. Together for the Next Generation: Research and Innovation for Maternal

Author: Nikola Benin


The conference “Together for the next generation: Research and innovation for maternal and newborn health” took place in Brussels on 8 December 2015. Around 200 researchers, policy makers, health practitioners, research funders, advocates, and NGOs active in low- and middle-income countries participated and contributed to make this conference a success.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY In 2015, 303,000 women died due to causes related to pregnancy or childbirth, 2.7 million babies died before the age of 1 month, and 2.6 million were stillborn. While improvements in maternal and newborn health (MNH) have been achieved since 1990, more progress needs to be made in the years to come. The conference on research and innovation for MNH:  assessed the successful actions which we know are contributing to better health of pregnant women and newborns both in Europe and beyond;  discussed the role that research and innovation can play under the sustainable development goals (SDGs), taking into account the challenges that new lifestyles, migration and other large-scale changes may pose on a global level;  asked what the current research gaps are, what more can be done, and what should be done differently in order to move from knowing to doing. The conference was carefully timed to take place within weeks of the announcement of the SDGs and the relaunch of the UN Secretary General’s Every Woman, Every Child Campaign. The meeting was also convened at the very end of 2015 – just as the final results of the MDGs were emerging, including estimates for the maternal mortality ratio and other important impact indicators. The meeting takes its place among other key conferences as one of the major scene setting fora in MNH research in the new SDG era. Innovation to improve maternal and newborn health Five key challenges were discussed for which innovative solutions need to be developed: 1. The double burden of malnutrition and obesity: Trends in nutritional status for girls, women and infants provide an important context for MNH today and into the SDG period. Solutions tend to have most impact on the poorest sectors of the population. 2. Adolescence – a critical life stage for MNH: Interventions that help girls stay in school, and equip them with capabilities early in their adolescence have been shown to be vital. Evidence also shows that the most effective interventions are often multi-sectoral, comprehensive with a focus on multiple outcomes, and incorporate a life cycle approach. 3. Research collaborations – still essential for MNH: The development of innovative solutions to both emerging and existing problems requires collaboration between academic researchers (from a variety of disciplines), clinicians and users (both women and their families and communities). 4. Quick turnaround cycles – not necessarily high tech solutions: The ability to develop rapid solutions to crises and constantly adapt/revise them is crucial to addressing persistent as well as emerging challenges to MNH, and can make the difference between life and death. ‘Low-tech’ solutions can be particularly effective in some settings. 5. The importance of prevention as an overall strategy: Interventions such as exclusive breastfeeding have been shown to be extremely effective in prevention of childhood malnutrition. Family planning also improves women’s chances for education, employment, family and economic stability, and the wellbeing of whole communities. Putting evidence into action: Implementation at scale How can research be done differently to ensure a better uptake of results? The following 5 solutions and key contexts were outlined at the conference: 1. Implementation research – understanding health systems and testing solutions in real life situations: A consensus exists on the key role of health systems to deliver solutions to entire populations (not just people living in intervention areas). So health systems research is a key pathway towards extending solutions beyond the pilot phase. 2. Public/private MNH services – the evolving situation: Important trends such as the fragmentation of public systems have been a critical barrier to progress. Richer groups do access private care, but the extent to which they do so varies widely by country, the quality of the care is variable, and private sector regulation is often difficult. 3. The IT revolution: The massive potential of IT to improve MNH indicates that the SDG era holds much promise. With the widespread availability of mobile technologies, m-health could provide new opportunities to improve MNH services, and research is needed to develop these new approaches. 4. The equity transformation: Equity will be the most important theme of the next generation of MNH research. Nothing short of a full transformation will be needed to place each and every woman and child at the centre of health system strengthening. 5. Migration and demographic change; evolving population trends: Demographic trends such as mass migration (and its associated lack of access to MNH services), population aging, later childbearing and urbanisation have profound implications for MNH. The numbers of urban poor are increasing, and improved access to basic health services is needed to reduce large and increasing inequalities in urban areas, and to ensure that women and children have access to care, especially around the time of birth.

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