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June

Xperimania winners announced: European students show how to make science fun!30.06.2009

Xperimania winners announced: European students show how to make science fun!

Interest in their baby cousins’ nappies brings victory for Jack M and Nicola B from Glasgow, UK, in the Xperimania school competition. The 'Check out the property!' competition, run via the Xperimania website...more >
3 days of Creativity at Couleur Café Festival29.06.2009

3 days of Creativity at Couleur Café Festival

More than 75.000 visitors visited on 26, 27 & 28 June Couleur Café, the unique festival anchored in the heart of Brussels dedicated to all currents of urban music across the world. This year the festival hosted the Orbis Pictus...more >
EU innovation needs paradigm shift, says commissioner29.06.2009

EU innovation needs paradigm shift, says commissioner

The EU needs to improve its "innovation climate" and the speed with which it transforms research into market products, EU Science and Research Commissioner Janez Potocnik told EurActiv in an interview (© text: euractiv.com).more >
Education at the heart of EU innovation ‘manifesto’26.06.2009

Education at the heart of EU innovation ‘manifesto’

Education policy will be at the heart of a manifesto to be published later this year by the 27 ambassadors for the European Year of Creativity and Innovation (© text: euractiv.com).more >
“Rewarding excellence in entrepreneurship promotion”26.06.2009

“Rewarding excellence in entrepreneurship promotion”

Awards Ceremony 2008/2009more >
Inauguration de l'exposition 25.06.2009

Inauguration de l'exposition "Créativité en action"

Le 23 juin 2009 à 17h30, dans le cadre de l'Année Européenne de la Créativité et de l'Innovation 2009, l'exposition "Créativité en action" a été inaugurée par Vladimir SUCHA, Directeur de la Direction de la Culture, du...more >
Erik Spiekermann on creativity, innovation and the role of Ambassadors of the European Year24.06.2009

Erik Spiekermann on creativity, innovation and the role of Ambassadors of the European Year

Erik Spiekermann, Professor, typography designer and author of books and articles on type and typography, is an Ambassador for the European Year of Creativity and Innovation 2009. Euractiv interviewed him at the occasion of a...more >
WWF report: Green industries create more jobs24.06.2009

WWF report: Green industries create more jobs

Jobs in low-carbon sectors are already outstripping those in Europe's traditional polluting industries in Europe, but the EU is missing the boat as regards harnessing the economic crisis to kick-start the transition to a...more >
VideoLectures.NET: Innovative e-content from Slovenia to the world23.06.2009

VideoLectures.NET: Innovative e-content from Slovenia to the world

The services of VideoLectures.NET, a global web portal for high definition academic videos, was awarded the first prize and recognized by world experts in the field of ICT as one of the most outstanding examples of creative and...more >
Baltic and Black Sea regions go innovative!22.06.2009

Baltic and Black Sea regions go innovative!

Launched at the occasion of the European Year of Creativity and Innovation, the FestLab for Creativity and Innovation is established to spotlight the excellence of festivals in the creative and societal process and to give...more >
Europe’s next generation of entrepreneurs are waiting for your investment!22.06.2009

Europe’s next generation of entrepreneurs are waiting for your investment!

43 young entrepreneurs representing 13 student companies from across Europe will head to Bjerringbro, Denmark this week to participate in the JA-YE Europe Enterprise Challenge 2009, hosted by Young Enterprise Denmark (© text and...more >
“Ciak Junior” International Festival22.06.2009

“Ciak Junior” International Festival

The XX edition of the “Ciak Junior” International Festival has successfully been concluded in Treviso (© text and photo: Alcuni).more >
Brussels festival showcases EU's creativity agenda19.06.2009

Brussels festival showcases EU's creativity agenda

An EU-funded art exhibition promoting imagination and creativity, unveiled by the European Commission yesterday (18 June), will be showcased at the Couleur Café festival in Brussels.more >
18.06.2009

"The pot of gold": Damini Kumar's portrait in the Irish media

The Irish Times published an Innovation supplement in May, featuring the inspiring story of Damini Kumar, Ambassador for the European Year of Creativity and Innovation 2009 (©photo: Irish Times)more >
Opening of 'Orbis Pictus'- an exhibition inspiring creativity @ Couleur Café festival18.06.2009

Opening of 'Orbis Pictus'- an exhibition inspiring creativity @ Couleur Café festival

The famous Couleur Café Festival in Brussels welcomes this year the exhibition Orbis Pictus, to mark the European Year of Creativity and Innovation 2009. The exhibition, under the patronage of Jàn Figel’, European Commissioner...more >
Imagine a new world through your lens17.06.2009

Imagine a new world through your lens

In the context of the European Year of Creativity and Innovation (EYCI) 2009, the European Commission has just launched the "Imagine a new world" photo competition . Professional and amateur photographers of all ages from across...more >
German team ‘solAround’ Wins HP’s Responsible Business Ideas Contest16.06.2009

German team ‘solAround’ Wins HP’s Responsible Business Ideas Contest

Junior Achievement-Young Enterprise (JA-YE) Europe and HP Europe, the Middle East & Africa (EMEA) yesterday announced the winners of the HP Responsible Business Ideas Contest. This contest awards students across Europe for...more >
President Sepi: Creativity and sustainability go together16.06.2009

President Sepi: Creativity and sustainability go together

This was the message from Mario Sepi, the President of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), in a Spring Day 2009 online debate on 8 June 2009 (© text: European Schoolnet).more >
LIFT France, with Fing 15.06.2009

LIFT France, with Fing "Hands-on future "

Come and meet the innovation community, the people that imagine the future! Creating a bridge between innovation, creativity and society, this event will bring together international visionaries and pioneers to discuss the...more >
Network Forum in Copenhagen15.06.2009

Network Forum in Copenhagen

Organised by the Danish Ministry of Education at the end of May, the Network Forum included workshops, interview sessions and happenings, all dedicated to creativity and innovation (© text and photo: www.krea09.dk).more >
Less research, more products, say experts12.06.2009

Less research, more products, say experts

A panel of experts earlier this week argued that the EUs innovation strategies need to shift their emphasis from conducting more research to using existing research to produce income-earning products and services (© text:...more >
The winners of the 2009 European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage/Europa Nostra Awards12.06.2009

The winners of the 2009 European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage/Europa Nostra Awards

The Grand Prizes went to projects in Finland, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom. The awards ceremony took place against the majestic backdrop of the Teatro Antico in Taormina, Sicily (Italy).more >
Success stories in design management12.06.2009

Success stories in design management

Design management is a key driver of innovation and competitiveness and the EU-backed ADMIRE (Design Management Europe, DME) project is raising awareness of this important area and awarding organisations which use design...more >
Next Commission president 'must champion innovation'09.06.2009

Next Commission president 'must champion innovation'

The EU executive should charge its next president with developing a harmonised innovation policy in order to fix Europe's fragmented innovation infrastructure and benefit from investment in research, according to a leading figure...more >
The Innovation Value Institute (IVI) launched in Dublin09.06.2009

The Innovation Value Institute (IVI) launched in Dublin

The Prime Minister of Ireland, Mr Brian Cowen, together with high level executives of the National University of Ireland Maynooth and Intel, launched IVI to the European market in Dublin last June 3rd.more >
Brussels Debate: How green can Europe become through creativity and innovation?08.06.2009

Brussels Debate: How green can Europe become through creativity and innovation?

The role of eco-innovation and creativity in sustainable development will be discussed on Wednesday, 10 June, in the fourth Brussels Debate organised in the framework of the European Year of Creativity and Innovation 2009. The...more >
Get in touch with creativity and innovation in Maastricht08.06.2009

Get in touch with creativity and innovation in Maastricht

This is the title of a three-day international conference that the Province of Limburg is organising in Maastricht on 14, 15 and 16 October 2009. Charles Landry is the keynote speaker and adviser on content, guaranteeing an...more >
Time for a ‘Bretton Woods’ of innovation08.06.2009

Time for a ‘Bretton Woods’ of innovation

A report to be published in a month's time lambasts national recovery plans for failing to achieve global coordination of innovation policies to combat the recession. It concludes that a massive global conference on innovation is...more >
Measuring creativity for better education and more effective policies05.06.2009

Measuring creativity for better education and more effective policies

An international conference, organised by the European Commission and its Centre for Research on Lifelong Learning (CRELL) in Brussels on 28 and 29 May 2009, looked at whether and how creativity can be measured.more >
A new tool for innovative learning04.06.2009

A new tool for innovative learning

“The knowledge becomes learning when pedagogy comes into play”. This is the starting point of the Guide to methodological innovation in e-learning, prepared by the Espacio Virtual de Aprendizaje (EVA- Virtual Learning Space) in...more >
Linz and Wroclaw - The compelling power of a title04.06.2009

Linz and Wroclaw - The compelling power of a title

The concept creative city refers to the role played by culture in urban development. Riding on the wave of the knowledge economy, policymakers hope to bring dozy provincial towns back to life and to transform them into...more >
Videos: Stories from 1001 Europe03.06.2009

Videos: Stories from 1001 Europe

For many young people, YouTube is an important source of information, a social meeting place, a public space, where they can research, discuss and interact. It is a fascinating medium, one that is known to play an important role...more >
Hop on a creative tram in Zagreb02.06.2009

Hop on a creative tram in Zagreb

The slogan of the European Year of Creativity and Innovation – "Imagine. Create. Innovate." (in Croatian: Zamislite. Ostvarite. Budite inovativni.) is being additionally promoted in the Croatian capital Zagreb. more >