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Welcome to White Rose Brussels

Phil Holliday

Welcome to the first blog of the White Rose Brussels Office. Finally the website has launched with all its bells and whistles, including this blogpost for myself, the European Public Affairs Director, to write my thoughts and activities in the unofficial capital of Europe.

This week I have been busy with numerous events organised by the European Commission. I attended a number of information days on ‘Leadership in Emerging and Innovative Technologies’ (Pillar two of Horizon 2020) and ‘Social Sciences and Humanities’. Both events were completely full with keen European researchers eager to gain an advantage over their competitors and the usual Brussels crowd of ‘multipliers’ such as representative offices like the WRUC. David Smith, Head of Unit of something important, gave a very insightful breakdown of all the topics in the 2016 call and continued to reassure applicants that there would be additional funding for this area in future calls.

Looking forward to next week, I will be travelling back to Yorkshire for a week full of meetings at the universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York. Apart from the usual meeting with Steering Group members, I will also meet up with Maggie Smallwood, Head of the University of York’s Biovale, which is aiming to build on Yorkshire and the Humber’s world-class strengths in the bioeconomy and establish it as an internally recognised centre for bio-based innovations. I will also meet with Michael Fake, Press Manager and Tom Grady, Administrative Assistant of the newly launched White Rose University Press, a new open access digital platform to publish scholarly articles across the academic disciplines that will publish peer-reviewed academic papers, books, textbooks, and conference literature from across the academic community both in the UK and internationally. Online access to all the published material is free to all readers, an important part of supporting open access and open science across the EU and beyond.

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