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Fair of European Innovators in Cultural Heritage – 15th & 16th November, Brussels

WHEN: 15th and 16th November

WHERE: Brussels, Belgium


Organised by the European Commission, the Fair will showcase how the EU is promoting research and innovation in cultural heritage and encouraging stronger ties between research & innovation and arts. The Fair is taking place between 15-16 November in Brussels. Further details and registration are available on the website below.

ESPON Seminar – New Narratives for Territorial Development

WHEN: 5-6th December 2018

WHERE: Vienna, Austria

REGISTRATION: ESPON website (deadline – 16th November)


The ESPON seminar “New Narratives for Territorial Development” is organised in cooperation with the Austrian Presidency of the EU Council in the framework of the ESPON 2020 Cooperation Programme.

Taking place on 5-6th December in Vienna, the aim of the event is to discuss new narratives for territorial developments in the context of the Territorial Agenda 2020 and how best to mobilise to impact Cohesion Policy goals. Programme, as well as the registration details are available on the website below.

Time to register to the European Week of Regions and Cities 2018!

The 2018 European Week of Regions and Cities (EWRC) will take place in Brussels from October 8th to 11th under the headline “For a strong EU Cohesion Policy beyond 2020”.

An annual event, the EWRC brings together representatives from local and regional authorities, universities, EU networks, private businesses and practicioners in regional and urban policyto showcase how regions and cities can create growth and jobs, tackle key challenges and implement the objectives of Cohesion Policy. The EWRC also provides opportunities to exchange best practice and to network.

In total, more than 160 sessions (workshops, seminars, conferences) will be organised by local and regional authorities and European institutions and up to 6,000 participants will attend. The discussions will revolve around themes highly relevant to local authorities such as the future of cohesion policy post-2020, regional development, territorial development, energy, climate and the urban agenda.

Several Irish local and regional authorities will take part in events including:

  • Sligo County Council as part of the “Making a difference” partnership for a session on “Building cohesive communities through solidarity and volunteering”
  • Donegal County Council as part of the “ETC regions supporting SMEs to internationalise” for a workshop on “Internationalisation of SMEs – Interreg Europe projects highlight their impact”
  • Northern and Western Regional Assembly in a session on “Improving access to markets for SMEs: European Entrepreneurial Regions experience” organised by the Committee of the Regions
    Those interested in attending can consult the programme and register online.



Get ready for the European Week of Sport!

From September 23rd to 30th, the 4th European Week of Sport will take place all over Europe.

Events will be organised in 29 different countries to encourage European citizens to be active and make them aware of the importance of physical activity. A recent Eurobarometer survey found that 46% of Europeans never exercise or play sport, a number that has been increasing since 2009.

The official opening ceremony will be held in Vienna (Austria) on September 22nd. In Ireland, the week is coordinated by Sport Ireland. Several sporting events will be organised all over the country, including flagship events such as the Great Dublin bike ride, the National Fitness day or the family Sportsfest. You can find the full list of events on the dedicated website.

Celebrate Tipperary Energy Agency’s 20th anniversary with a conference on energy and climate transition

To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Tipperary energy agency is organising a conference on Citizens leading the Energy and Climate Transition together with the Covenant of Mayors.

In the framework of the National Dialogue on Climate Action, this conference will seek to develop capacity and knowledge of local actors to facilitate a successful energy and climate transition in their regions, with the support of citizens.

With the participation of representatives from local authorities, the Irish government and European institutions, the event will share success stories and hear from Europe’s leading regions in the field. Tipperary county council will present their own journey as signatories of the Covenant of Mayors, a European initiative bringing together thousands of local governments committed to implementing EU climate and energy objectives. Tipperary Energy Agency is a supporter of the Covenant of Mayors.

You can check the agenda and view the event’s page for more information.

Date: 12th September
Location: Clonmel, County Tipperary
Fee: 30€

5th Atlantic Stakeholder Platform Conference in Vigo (Spain)

The annual Atlantic Stakeholder Platform Conference will take place in Vigo on October 23rd and 24th with a focus on actions fostering sustainable jobs, competitive skills and career in the blue economy in the area. The conference will give stakeholders the opportunity to discuss how to boost employment in the maritime domain, especially for young people.

The event will also focus on the international dimension of the Atlantic strategy and include networking opportunities, a match-making session between innovators and investors and the 3rd Atlantic project award ceremony.

For more information, you can consult the agenda and the dedicated webpage where a pre-registration form is available.

This conference is organised by the Support Team for the Atlantic Action Plan whose mission is to support the implementation of the Atlantic Action Plan by providing information and networking opportunities to stakeholders.

Register to the Horizon2020 Energy Info Day on October 5th in Brussels

The European Commission is organising an info day on the upcoming Horizon 2020 calls for proposals related to smart energy systems and smart cities and communities.

The session will focus on six calls to be organised in 2019:

Smart citizen-centred energy system

Smart Cities and Communities

The various sessions will give more information on the calls, tips to draft a successful application and share lessons learnt from current projects.

You can check the agenda and register online.

A brokerage event will be organised in parallel to enable participants to present their project ideas and look for European partners. If you are interested, you will need to separately register to this event.

Date: October 5th 2018
Time: 8.30 – 15.30
Location: Charlemagne building, Brussels