News archive

July

Intercultural Dialogue Day 2.031.07.2009

Intercultural Dialogue Day 2.0

On 24th September, AFS volunteers in 20 countries will make a joint effort to set up simultaneous events in a large number of cities all over Europe and beyond. more >
EU urged to keep innovation high on the agenda30.07.2009

EU urged to keep innovation high on the agenda

Maintaining the scope and funding of European R&D projects is vital to the EU's economic recovery, Istvan Varga, Hungary's minister for national development and the economy, told in an interview (© text: euroactiv.com).more >
Microsoft sees e-health as innovation driver28.07.2009

Microsoft sees e-health as innovation driver

Corporations are pumping billions of euros into e-health R&D in a bid to steal a march on competitors in a sector expected to be a major driver of economic growth, Pamela Passman, corporate vice-president at Microsoft, told in an...more >
Bridges Pécs 2010 World Conference27.07.2009

Bridges Pécs 2010 World Conference

In 2010, the Bridges Conference will be held in Pécs, Hungary, July 24-28. As always, the Conference will feature talks and artworks presenting the latest ideas in mathematics and the arts from experts around the world.more >
27.07.2009

"Perles rouges" from across the world

"Perles Rouges" is a photographic spectacle of latitude and wit, put together in a flash by contemporary troubadour of image Marco Palombi for an exhibition at the Jean Monnet Conference Centre in Luxembourg, within the context...more >
Find out what is a Breakthrough City20.07.2009

Find out what is a Breakthrough City

The British Council's Creative Cities project explores new ways to improve the quality of life in urban communities by involving young professionals from diverse backgrounds. The project will enable them to acquire knowledge,...more >
Culture is also a catalyst of economic and social innovation for our regions and cities17.07.2009

Culture is also a catalyst of economic and social innovation for our regions and cities

A study that has just been released by the European Commission explores the still largely underestimated links between culture, cultural diversity, creativity and – more largely – social, scientific and economic innovation. This...more >
Prize-winning Kitten Scanner conference eye-catcher17.07.2009

Prize-winning Kitten Scanner conference eye-catcher

The Red Dot Awards are presented every year in Essen, Germany. This internationally acclaimed design award covers a variety of different design categories. This year, Royal Philips Electronics hauled in no less than six awards in...more >
The road to 2018 - Maastricht is banking on culture16.07.2009

The road to 2018 - Maastricht is banking on culture

Jean Jacobs and Odile Wolfs, municipal and provincial executive councillors for Culture respectively, accompanied a delegation to Vilnius, capital city of Lithuania. Vilnius is the European Capital of Culture this year....more >
Innovation and Creativity in Youth Exchange16.07.2009

Innovation and Creativity in Youth Exchange

In the European Year of Innovation and Creativity, the upcoming edition of the EFIL Volunteer Summer Summit will focus on new innovative approaches in the AFS volunteer work. more >
Estonian team fights off stiff competition from 31strong contenders in the JA-YE Europe Company Competitiion 200916.07.2009

Estonian team fights off stiff competition from 31strong contenders in the JA-YE Europe Company Competitiion 2009

Student company ‘Touch of Green’ from Estonia won the 20th JA-YE Europe Company Competition with their CO2 neutralising plantation service (© text: JA-YE).more >
Investors commend JA-YE Europe young entrepreneurs - JA-YE Europe Entreprise Challenge 200915.07.2009

Investors commend JA-YE Europe young entrepreneurs - JA-YE Europe Entreprise Challenge 2009

Student company "Niso I/S” from Denmark won the JA-YE Europe Enterprise Challenge 2009 with their ‘Plastic Fantastic’ shoe protector. The two person team have created their company as part of the Graduate Programme and have...more >
Knowledge building in the 21st century14.07.2009

Knowledge building in the 21st century

Converging Pathways to New Knowledge is a LabforCulture initiative considering the future of knowledge building and knowledge sharing within a new digital paradigm. Among the series of online debates, the first one was focused on...more >
Opening of the Photo exhibition ‘Smart creativity and innovation in action’13.07.2009

Opening of the Photo exhibition ‘Smart creativity and innovation in action’

SICA, the NL centre of international culture policy and NL coordinator of the European Year of Creativity and Innovation presents a photo exhibition on creative and innovative work in The Netherlands. The exhibition opened by the...more >
SMEs innovate successfully through collaboration with designers13.07.2009

SMEs innovate successfully through collaboration with designers

Recently design has been recognized as an important tool for innovation. In the current market, product diversification is no longer a matter of superior technological quality, but of answering user-demands through good design....more >
10.07.2009

"Creativity, Innovation, People": the regional dimension unveiled

The second flagship conference of the European Year of Creativity and Innovation, organised by the European Commission, DG Education and Culture, was the perfect occasion to bring together policy makers, practitioners, academia...more >
10.07.2009

"Promoting a Creative Generation" - 29-30 July, Gothenburg

In the context of the 2009 European Year of Creativity and Innovation, the Swedish Presidency of the EU with the support of the European Commission is organising a conference to explore the creativity and cultural habits of...more >
Les lauréats du concours scolaire GENIAL ! récompensés pour leur créativité et leur esprit d’innovation10.07.2009

Les lauréats du concours scolaire GENIAL ! récompensés pour leur créativité et leur esprit d’innovation

Ce jeudi 9 juillet, 22 créateurs en herbe ont été consacrés lors de la remise de Prix du concours scolaire GENIAL ! organisé par Luxinnovation, l'Agence nationale pour la promotion de l'innovation et la recherche en collaboration...more >
Visions from Creative Mayors: Obidos07.07.2009

Visions from Creative Mayors: Obidos

Questions delivered by Miguel Rivas, Urbact lead expert, to Telmo Faria, Mayor of Óbidos (Portugal) in the framework of the Urbact thematic network “Creative Clusters in Low Density Urban Areas” (© text: The Creative Brief).more >
VIVA EUROPA: Wagner and his 07.07.2009

VIVA EUROPA: Wagner and his "VALKYRIE" brought thousands of Europeans together

Viva Europa, a festival of the European Year of Creativity and Innovation 2009, broadcasted "The Valkyrie" live from Valencia to public spaces of 9 European cities: Brussels, Manchester, Liverpool, Swansea, Bristol, Ravenna,...more >
Of extreme speed cars, light transmitting concrete and Europe 204906.07.2009

Of extreme speed cars, light transmitting concrete and Europe 2049

Participants original from 23 countries attended the IncrediblEurope Summit on 29 June in Vienna. Design legend and mastermind Luigi Colani gave a thought-provoking but very inspiring presentation. A very valued contribution to...more >
06.07.2009

"CREATIVE YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR Luxembourg 2009" « And the Winner is… »

On June 29th, at the Philharmonie, the Junior Chamber International of the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg organized the third award ceremony of the "Creative Young Entrepreneur Luxembourg” during which the winner of the 2009 edition...more >
Aleveo, The Place Where Students' Ideas Reach Companies06.07.2009

Aleveo, The Place Where Students' Ideas Reach Companies

Chiara Cicenia and Dejan Strbac, two students of the Politecnico of Milan, have designed and published online "Aleveo", an initiative which, by its high level of innovation, has become part of the initiatives linked to the...more >
Metropolitan muse03.07.2009

Metropolitan muse

Sustainable development inspires architect’s ‘Vegetal City’ (© photo: Luc Schuiten).more >
Creativity within the Italian High School final exam02.07.2009

Creativity within the Italian High School final exam

The European Year of Creativity and Innovation among the topics provided by the Italian Ministry of Education for the High School exams.more >
Halve patent fees for SMEs, says EU think-tank02.07.2009

Halve patent fees for SMEs, says EU think-tank

Small, innovative companies should be given special status by the European Patent Office (EPO) in order to remove barriers to intellectual property protection, according to a new report by the Brussels-based Bruegel think-tank (©...more >