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12th Endr Newsletter - 28 June 2019


ENDR Newsletter | June 2019
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New call ‘Challenging the future’ launched under PADR
On 19 March 2019 the Commission published calls for proposals under the Preparatory Action on Defence Research (PADR). The 2019 work programme includes the area of Future Disruptive Defence Technologies. As part of this area, the call ‘challenging the future’ (ref. PADR-FDDT-OPEN-03-2019) was launched on 4 June. The call aims to attract proposals for cutting-edge, high-risk/high-impact research leading to game-changing impact in a defence context.

For more info on the call, click here.
ENDR Conference on Innovative Defence Technologies for the Virtual Battlefield, 18-19 September 2019, Kajaani
This ENDR event, organised by the European Commission, Kainuun Etu, the Association of Finnish Defence and Aerospace Industries and the European Association of Development Agencies, will take place in Kajaani (Finland).

It will bring companies and regional organisations together to discuss opportunities offered by the European Defence Fund and other programmes that support the development of defence technologies in the areas of communications, simulation & modelling, and virtual training.

During interactive sessions, SMEs active in these areas will be able to share their experiences in getting support from the European level, present their innovative technologies and/or express their intention to reach out to potential partners to work in European projects. Interested SMEs can contact for more information.

Matchmaking and b2b activities will be facilitated. Participants will be able to attend a field trip and virtual simulations.

For programme and registration, click here.
EDSP Conference ‘Fostering Skills for Europe’s Defence Industries’ on 9-10 October 2019, Bordeaux
One year after the launch of the European Defence Skills Partnership (EDSP) and at a crucial time for Europe, with the start of the new European Commission and European Parliament for the period 2019-2024, this conference aims at building on the work of previous and existing initiatives to tackle the issue of the skill gaps in the defence sector.

The event, co-organised by the European Commission and AEROCAMPUS Aquitaine in Latresne (Bordeaux), will focus on the vocational education system meeting the needs of defence industries, innovative approaches in higher education for defence-related skills, and enhancing the attractiveness of the defence sector for new talents.

For programme and registration, click here.
ENDR Conference Defence Skills and Dual use technologies, 14-15 November 2019, Caserta
This conference is organised by the European Commission and ENDR member DAC  (Campania Aerospace District).

The event will bring companies, clusters, national & regional authorities, and academia together to discuss actions in support of skills for Europe’s defence industry, as well as how the European Structural & Investment Funds could contribute to this.

Skills are also crucial for the success of cross-border collaborative projects in the framework of the European Defence Fund. This is why this event will also include a workshop dedicated to exploring possible cooperation in line with the 2020 work programme of the European Defence Industrial Development Programme.

More info will follow soon! For inquiries, contact
Save the date - ENDR Members Meeting in Brussels on 4 December 2019
Participants will have the opportunity to get an update on the opportunities offered by the European Defence Fund. Then we will review progress made by ENDR and explore a possible way forward together.

Participation is by invitation only.
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