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Commission launches AI innovation package to support Artificial Intelligence startups and SMEs

Today, the Commission has launched a package of measures to support European startups and SMEs in the development of trustworthy Artificial Intelligence (AI) that respects EU values and rules. This follows the political agreement reached in December 2023 on the EU AI Act – the world's first comprehensive law on Artificial Intelligence – which will support the development, deployment and take-up of trustworthy AI in the EU. In her 2023 State of the Union address,


New group to research family life in Bavaria

The new Bavarian research association “Family Life in Bavaria – Empirical Insights into Transformations, Resources and Negotiations (ForFamily)” started work in January 2024. Its co-spokespersons are Paula-Irene Villa Braslavsky, Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at LMU, and Rita Braches-Chyrek, Professor of Social Pedagogy at the University of Bamberg.



Your opinion is needed! EU initiative for a common European higher education qualification

The European Commission wants your opinion on a common European higher education qualification, appropriate quality assurance and recognition systems and attractive and sustainable careers in higher education. To this end, it has published consultations aimed at all interested parties - from the higher education sector to partners in its ecosystem, trade unions and employers' organisations, businesses and SMEs, research and innovation institutions, civil society, citizens and Member States (local, regional and national authorities).


EIT Higher Education Programme will be extended until 2027

The 'EIT Higher Education Institutions (HEI) Initiative' will be extended until 2027. The initiative supports change processes in universities in order to increase their entrepreneurship and innovation potential. During the test phase, 359 universities and 179 institutions from the non-academic sector received 69 million euros in funding. In 65 projects, more than 40,000 students, academic and administrative staff received training on innovation and entrepreneurship. In addition, more than 1000 start-ups and scale-ups were supported.


Belgium takes over EU Council Presidency

From 1 January to 30 June, Belgium will hold the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. During its Presidency, Belgium will be responsible for coordinating the activities of the Council and promoting cooperation between the Member States. All this will be done under the Presidency's motto "Protect, Strengthen and Prepare".


Season's Greetings and a Happy New Year 2024!

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Expert knowledge: What are European Digital Innovation Hubs (EDIHs)?

European Digital Innovation Hubs (EDIHs) are central regional contact points that support companies and public sector organisations in overcoming the challenges of digitalisation and increasing their competitiveness. An overarching goal of the EDIH network is to support the achievement of the EU goals for the Digital Decade 2030.


Faces of UAS4EUROPE Interview with Prof Dr Walter Schober - President of Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt and Chairman of Hochschule Bayern e.V.

UAS4EUROPE, the unique European network of universities of applied sciences (UAS), conducted a Christmas interview with Prof Dr Walter Schober as part of the "Faces of UAS4EUROPE" series of talks.


New research association FORinFPRO: 2 million euros for the development of AI-based and self-adapting manufacturing processes

On 12 December 2023, the Board of Trustees of Bayerische Forschungsstiftung decided to support the Bavarian research association "Intelligent Manufacturing Processes & Closed-Loop Production - FORinFPRO" with around 2 million euros.


EIC work programme 2024 published

The EU Commission has adopted the European Innovation Council (EIC) 2024 work programme. It opens funding opportunities worth over €1.2 billion in 2024. The majority is dedicated to SMEs and start-ups to develop and scale up “deep tech” innovations in critical fields such as generative artificial intelligence (AI), space, critical raw materials, semiconductors and quantum technologies.

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