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The Future Generation Art Prize and XOMEHKOPresent a Limited Edition of Upcycled Sweatshirts

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 8 dicembre 2021

The Future Generation Art Prize invited Yasia Khomenko to create a special design inspired by the idea of the Future Generation Art Prize. It brings together the most exciting emerging artists from around the world and one of the most exciting emerging Ukrainian fashion designers.Yasia Khomenko offered a limited edition of multi-coloured sweatshirts made with XOMEHKO’s signature technology of compressing upcycled textiles. Her design was inspired by themes in the exhibition of 21 shortlisted artists for the Future Generation Art Prize 2021 and reflects on an inclusive future. Yasia Khomenko and XOMEHKO become the first participant in a series of conversations between the Future Generation Art Prize and Ukrainian designers. XOMEHKO’s team is a part of the art and culture community and feels deeply about young artists’ growth, development, and opportunities to realize artists’ creative potential. It represents and caters to the contemporary art and culture community that continuously reflects and questions the notions of identity, self-identification, and tradition. Established by the Victor Pinchuk Foundation in 2009, the Future Generation Art Prize is a biannual global contemporary art prize to discover, recognise and give long-term support to a future generation of artists. All artists aged from 18 to 35 from anywhere in the world, working in any medium are invited to apply. The main prize winner receives US $100,000 split between a $60,000 cash prize and a $40,000 investment in their practice. A further $20,000 is awarded as a special prize/s between up to five artists at the discretion of the jury for supporting projects that develop their artistic practice. Official website: pinchukartcentre.org

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‘Future’ exhibition, artists: Meeting with the artists

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 6 dicembre 2021

Rome Saturday 11 December hours 5-7 pm Via Raffaele Cadorna 28 Visitabile da lunedì a venerdì 11-17 Incontro con gli artisti sabato 11 dicembre ore 17-19. Curator Cristina Madini.For the ‘Future’ exhibition, artists from all countries have shared their reflections on how they imagine could transform the world. Nothing more than art can create enchantment, vision, dreams and utopia.It is well known that utopias nourished and continue to nourish artists today, but what exactly does it mean and because it is so important for each of us today to believe in vision and strive to achieve utopias.We are short-sighted, we are used to seeing too closely, we satisfy immediate desires, thus limiting that discussion around themes, concerning the great ambitions, visions, utopias that in the past have allowed human progress. In fact, however, it would be necessary to reflect deeply on the still open scourge of world hunger, on social disparities, on great migrations, on climate change and the consequent new geographies, on the pollution of the land and the sea, to reflect on the level of freedoms, that are taking different forms in our world.We have before our eyes enormous challenges that seem to remain out of the public discussion and too often from the daily discussion of each of us, while these challenges could be precisely to generate opportunities for a revolution of the gaze to propose new ideas, new companies, new visions in a planetary ever-changing geography.Certainly, that’s a generalization, but the artists, through sensitivity, create and communicate what is no longer traceable on the planet: ideas.The prerogative of art isn’t solving the problems, but the artists are capable of highlighting, interpreting and simplifying them to generate new visions, approaches and ideas. Artists can focus on the relationship between man and planet, show human or war tragedies, raise environmental issues through their works. The exhibition organized by Rossocinabro is sponsored by AMACI (Association of Italian Contemporary Art Museums) on the 2021 Day Contemporary which provides for the extraordinary opening of Museums and Galleries on Saturday 11 December.The exhibition will be open until December 30th without reservation, changes due to new government measures will be communicated in real time on our website http://www.rossocinabro.com

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Future Inventors, progetto che propone un nuovo approccio educativo

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 5 dicembre 2021

Milano Il Museo Nazionale Scienza e Tecnologia in Via San Vittore 21 e Fondazione Rocca (Giorni di apertura: aperto da martedì a domenica. Orari: da martedì a venerdì 10-18 | sabato e festivi 10-19) presentano Future Inventors, progetto che propone un nuovo approccio educativo per potenziare l’insegnamento e l’apprendimento delle STEM nella scuola secondaria di I° grado. L’apertura al pubblico, oltre ai giorni 4-5-7 dicembre, è prevista anche nel periodo delle vacanze di Natale, nei giorni 28-29 dicembre 2021 e 3-4-5 gennaio 2022.Un’iniziativa rivolta sia agli insegnanti che agli studenti: attraverso tecnologie digitali, linguaggi artistici ed espressivi d’avanguardia quali proiezioni interattive, sound art, videomapping e algoritmi creativi , tutti integrati in percorsi di apprendimento attivo e sperimentale, Future Inventors contribuisce a coinvolgere e appassionare i ragazzi dagli 11 ai 13 anni alle STEM, arricchendone la pratica educativa in classe. Tra gli aspetti innovativi del progetto c’è la realizzazione di un laboratorio, uno spazio che funge da luogo di sperimentazione immersiva della metodologia di Future Inventors, ma allo stesso tempo diventa anche una risorsa permanente a disposizione di tutti i visitatori del Museo. Il laboratorio apre al pubblico a partire da sabato 4 dicembre proponendo un percorso esperienziale innovativo basato sulla contaminazione originale fra scienza, tecnologia e arte. Nel sistema scolastico italiano, emerge sempre più forte la necessità di dotarsi di una strategia educativa nuova. Le analisi condotte in questi anni da Fondazione Rocca sulla scuola italiana hanno evidenziato come i risultati degli studenti, a partire dalla scuola media, inizino a peggiorare in rapporto sia a quelli degli altri paesi europei che, in maniera ancora più evidente, nei confronti dei paesi asiatici. Anche nel nuovo rapporto di ricerca, che Fondazione Rocca presenterà a breve, le difficoltà degli studenti delle scuole medie nelle materie scientifiche emergono con evidenza. Nell’ambito del dibattito intorno all’educazione alle STEM e alle competenze del 21° secolo trovano posto anche le competenze digitali, necessarie per migliorare le performance dei nostri studenti, per creare una consapevolezza sul ruolo della tecnologia e delle sue applicazioni nella vita delle persone. Sulla base di questa che può essere definita come una vera emergenza educativa, Fondazione Rocca ha cofinanziato il laboratorio di Future Inventors e collaborato alla messa a punto di un percorso di formazione rivolto agli insegnanti che potesse contribuire a cambiare il modo di insegnare le STEM nelle scuole secondarie. L’utilizzo dei linguaggi digitali, oltre a rendere gli studenti protagonisti nel percorso di apprendimento, li spinge ad un uso più consapevole e meno passivo delle tecnologie. Future Inventors propone un processo di apprendimento, dedicato agli insegnanti e ai loro studenti oltre che al pubblico del Museo, basato sulla contaminazione originale fra STEM e Arte, digitale e analogico, fisico e virtuale: la cultura digitale, così vicina alla quotidianità dei ragazzi, viene usata per attivare nuove connessioni e comprensioni e diventa lo strumento che permette di esplorare contenuti scientifici e aspetti di metodo.Il percorso inizia infatti dall’esperienza immersiva nel laboratorio Future Inventors al Museo durante la formazione, per poi proseguire con le attività rivolte agli studenti. Da questa esperienza, gli insegnanti riceveranno proposte e strumenti con l’obiettivo di innovare l’insegnamento delle STEM superando alcune tradizionali separazioni tra le discipline.

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Young Ambassadors present youth visions for the Future of Europe

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 21 novembre 2021

The Young Ambassadors of the European Youth Parliament (EYP) will meet with the European Commission Vice-President for Democracy and Demography, Dubravka Šuica, the Vice-President of the European Parliament, Klára Dobrev and other key decision-makers in Brussels to discuss youth visions for the Future of Europe.Young people have shown that they are ready to act and drive social change. The project Young Opinions on the Future of Europe strives to engage youth with and spread the word about the Conference on the Future of Europe as well as to enable diverse and representative participation. After more than 1000 event participants and youth poll respondents contributed their ideas, preferences and suggestions, EYP’s Young Ambassadors on the Future of Europe are happy to present the main product of this collaborative process.More information can be found in our attached press release, in the paper Youth Vision for the Future of Europe and on the website of the Young Opinions on the Future of Europe project. By Helena Nepp

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Futures e speculazione incidono sull’aumento del prezzo del gas

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 29 settembre 2021

By Mario Lettieri e Paolo Raimondi. In Italia, non solo tra le forze politiche, si discute dell’aumento delle bollette del gas e dell’elettricità, rispettivamente del 31% e del 40%. E’ un trend inflattivo in atto in tutta Europa e nel resto del mondo. Manca, però, la chiarezza sulle cause dell’aumento. Non basta riferirsi alla ripresa economica globale e dei consumi dopo i lockdown pandemici, alla domanda di energia pulita e al cambiamento climatico. Tutti aspetti veri, ma il classico rapporto tra domanda e offerta, a nostro avviso, non spiega il fenomeno dei prezzi così “inflazionati”. Però, diventano delle giustificazioni per operazioni di carattere finanziario, come i futures sul gas.Com’è noto, il prezzo del gas naturale e quello dei futures sul gas sono definiti nello stato della Lousiana dal cosiddetto Henry Hub. Dall’inizio dell’anno il prezzo dei futures sul gas contrattati negli Usa è cresciuto di oltre 94%. Cinque volte quelli di due anni fa. Si aggiunga che sul mercato ci sono anche i cosiddetti CFD (contract for difference), strumenti finanziari derivati il cui utilizzo non comporta lo scambio fisico, in questo caso il gas. Bensì si prevede il pagamento in contanti della variazione di valore della materia prima alla scadenza del contratto. I mercati principali dei futures sui prodotti energetici sono il Chicago Mercantile Exchange e il NYMEX di New York. Come per gli altri futures e, in genere, per i derivati finanziari, i trader possono usare il cosiddetto leverage, la leva, per cui un deposito limitato messo in garanzia permette di sottoscrivere contratti per un valore multiplo. Pertanto, la sola spiegazione oggettiva dell’aumento del prezzo del gas, causato dalla crescita della domanda e dei consumi, non regge. Lo conferma anche lo studio, “The future of liquified natural gas: Opportunities for growth“, pubblicato nel settembre 2020 da McKinsey & Company, la maggiore società internazionale di consulenza strategica. McKinsey ha una sua credibilità. Per esempio, in passato ha elaborato lo studio più accurato sulle infrastrutture a livello globale. McKinsey sosteneva che l’industria del gas naturale liquefatto (GNL) stava praticando prezzi bassi e un’offerta eccessiva e che, per la pandemia, la domanda di gas nel 2020 sarebbe potuta diminuire dal 4 al 7%. Tanto che gli esportatori di GNL avevano cancellato alcune spedizioni di gas (più di 100 cargo statunitensi sono stati cancellati nel mese di giugno e di luglio 2020), poiché il prezzo spot nei mercati asiatici ed europei non copriva più il costo della fornitura. In ogni caso, McKinsey spiegava che in futuro lo GNL avrebbe avuto una grande potenzialità in rapporto a cinque aree di intervento: efficienza del capitale, ottimizzazione della catena di approvvigionamento, sviluppo del mercato, de carbonizzazione e digitalizzazione avanzata dei processi. In seguito, McKinsey ha valutato una crescita della domanda globale di gas intorno al 3,4% annuo fino al 2035. Perciò, l’aumento della domanda c’è, ma in dimensioni che non giustificano la sproporzionata crescita del prezzo del gas. Invece, l’aumento dei prezzi dei futures può deformare l’andamento del mercato. Ovviamente i liberisti facinorosi sostengono che i futures non influenzano l’andamento dei prezzi, poiché si tratta di contratti tra privati, dove se uno perde, l’altro vince. Somma zero. In realtà, i futures e in generale le operazioni speculative in derivati, grazie al leverage, raggiungono numeri altissimi e riescono a influenzare i mercati e determinare i prezzi di una materia prima. Si ricordi il balzo del petrolio fino a oltre 150 dollari al barile nel 2008, alla vigilia della Grande Crisi, per poi crollare. Allora si parlò dei famosi “barili di carta”, perché per ogni barile reale di petrolio, almeno cento barili erano trattati con strumenti speculativi. Resta ineludibile, quindi, l’approvazione di nuove regole sulle attività finanziarie e speculative. Il G20 non può sottrarsi a questa specifica responsabilità. Se ne faccia carico anche il governo italiano. Mario Lettieri già sottosegretario all’Economia e paolo raimondi economista

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Applied research dedicated for the future

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 3 settembre 2021

The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) predicts that Germany will consume around 655 terawatt hours in the year 2030 – an increase of almost 20 percent compared to today. The fast-growing electromobility sector is therefore look-ing for new ways to reduce the energy required to produce batteries and thus to design them to be as cost effective and environmentally friendly as possible. DRYtraec® is a promising solution developed by an interdisciplinary research team at Fraunhofer IWS in Dresden that focuses on the manufacture of battery electrodes. A key component of any battery, electrodes consist of a metal foil with a thin coating. This coating contains the active components that are responsible for storing energy. The conventional coating process uses a wet chemical method in which active materials, conductive carbon black and binders are dispersed in a solvent to make a paste that is applied to the metal foil to form a wet coating. This requires extremely large plants with very long drying tracks to ensure that the solvent evaporates. The researchers can make this process more effi-cient with the newly developed DRYtraec® dry-coating process.The building sector is one of the biggest emitters of greenhouse gases. According to the German Environment Agency, buildings are responsible for around 30 percent of the country’s CO2 emissions. Buildings with large glass frontages are particularly problematic. They heat up in the sun, especially in summer. The interior therefore needs to be cooled with electricity-intensive air conditioning, which exacerbates the carbon footprint of the building. The Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC and the Fraunhofer Institute for Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technology FEP have come up with a sophisticated solution to this problem. In the “Switch2Save” project, researchers have been working on transparent coatings for glass façades using electrochromic and ther-mochromic materials. These add a variable, transparent dark tint to the outside of the windows. This keeps the rooms cool and thus contributes to environmental and climate protection.Another building problem, the occurrence of mold in damp conditions, could be solved in the future with bamboo. This rapidly renewable raw material absorbs CO2 and is resource-efficient and biodegradable. For this reason, the construction industry is increasingly choosing to use it as a substitute for wood, which is becoming scarce due to the increase in building activities across the globe. The Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics IBP is presenting a solution that helps to forecast bamboo’s response to moisture, thereby enabling the humidity of the material to be managed efficiently. The goal is to prevent the occurrence of mold without the need to use chemical poisons.

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Future Forum 2020

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 15 aprile 2021

Udine mercoledì 21 h 11.30 Sala Consiglio (sede di Udine, secondo piano, ingresso da piazza Venerio) Dopo le edizioni televisive di Future Forum 2020 e della prima “declinazione” dedicata ai “Quaderni d’agricoltura”, è pronta a partire la nuova progettualità del Friuli Future Forum della Camera di Commercio Pn-Ud. Questa volta, il tema affrontato sarà il turismo, uno dei settori più colpiti dalle misure contenitive della pandemia e uno dei fondamentali da supportare per la ripartenza. “FF Tourism – Di turismo e accoglienza facciamo il nostro orgoglio” sarà un percorso a tre vie: – un ciclo di quattro trasmissioni su Telefriuli – quattro webinar tematici per le imprese – un percorso formativo operativo per le imprese del comparto Le iniziative saranno presentate in una conferenza stampa dal presidente Cciaa Giovanni Da Pozzo, che ospiterà in Sala Consiglio Cciaa, martedì 20 alle 12, anche l’assessore regionale alle attività produttive e turismo Sergio Bini e il vicepresidente di Confcommercio Udine Alessandro Tollon.

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CME lancerà dei Micro Future sul Bitcoin a maggio

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 2 aprile 2021

Analisi di Eliézer Ndinga, Research team di 21Shares. La Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME), impresa con oltre 75 miliardi di dollari di asset gestiti, lancerà dei micro-future sul Bitcoin nei prossimi due mesi, nell’arco del mese di maggio. L’asset sottostante a questi future corrisponde a circa un decimo di Bitcoin e non solo risponde alla domanda per dei titoli dalle “dimensioni ridotte”, ma offre anche a un pubblico più vasto la possibilità di esporsi a questa criptovaluta. I volumi scambiati mensilmente sul mercato dei future sono molto più grandi rispetto a quelli del mercato spot, infatti fino a ora gli scambi mensili si attestano sugli 1,8 trilioni di dollari per il primo, contro gli 889 miliardi del secondo. Questo dimostra anche la crescita dell’interesse da parte degli investitori istituzionali nei confronti dei future sul Bitcoin, dato che da giugno 2020, questi sono cresciuti del 450% – da poco meno a 450 milioni a oltre 2,7 miliardi di dollari, soglia toccata lo scorso 29 marzo.Molte giurisdizioni si stanno accorgendo delle potenzialità del Bitcoin come riserva di valore in un mondo sempre più digitalizzato, soprattutto da quando è esplosa la recente crisi sanitaria. L’adozione del Bitcoin da parte delle istituzioni è cresciuta di pari passo con la disponibilità di strumenti per investimenti institutional-grade, come gli investment trust scambiati over the counter negli Stati Uniti, gli ETP/ETN in Europa e gli ETF in Canada e, recentemente, in Brasile. Questi strumenti rappresentano delle opzioni e delle alternative per quegli investitori istituzionali che hanno la possibilità di scegliere quello che si adatta meglio alle loro esigenze. Esiste anche una gamma di prodotti che si accompagna a quelli appena citati, come i certificate di XBT Provider, che hanno delle date di scadenza e mancano di market maker indipendenti per la liquidità, a differenza di ETP ed ETF, poiché anche l’emittente di certificate effettua transazioni attraverso questi, il che in una certa misura comporta rischi di controparte.La crescita degli ETF al di fuori dell’Europa non ha tuttavia precluso un interesse senza precedenti nei confronti degli ETP di 21Shares nel Vecchio Continente, dato che la nostra gamma di prodotti è la più ampia al mondo. Tra l’altro, lo ABNB e lo HODL sono gli ETP che hanno conseguito le performance migliori al mondo e sono stati emessi da noi.Il grafico sottostante mostra quanto l’interesse verso il Bitcoin sia cresciuto da aprile 2020, un mese in cui la crisi sanitaria era particolarmente acuta. Da quando è scoppiata la pandemia, i portafogli di criptovalute detenuti per un periodo compreso tra 1 e 6 mesi sono quasi raddoppiati e hanno registrato un picco annuale – arrivando a rappresentare oltre il 25% dell’offerta complessiva di Bitcoin.

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The Future of Learning: imparare la tecnologia per formarsi al futuro

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 15 gennaio 2021

Cosa dovranno studiare i nostri figli per poter affrontare un futuro in cui le tecnologie esponenziali cambieranno, in modo radicale e continuamente, il contesto in cui viviamo e lavoriamo? Come si dovranno riorganizzare le scuole, di tutti i livelli, per poter formare le competenze umane e professionali adeguate? Sono domande impegnative, ma che è necessario porsi, a cui cercheremo di dare qualche risposta nella Mission Six di SingularityU Legnano Chapter, in programma il prossimo 20 gennaio, dalle ore 17.45, in diretta streaming. Il panel di relatori di questa serata è speciale come l’argomento, perché dal Future of Learning, dipende la nuova umanità che andremo a formare ed educare.
Insegnante di liceo di matematica e fisica, Lorella Carimali è stata selezionata dalla Varkey Foundation tra i 50 finalisti del Global Teacher Prize 2018, l’equivalente del premio Nobel per gli insegnanti. Sulle competenze del futuro, Lorella ci parlerà di come la matematica possa essere la chiave per la rinascita sia personale che del Paese poiché è attività di pensiero che dà visione. Per questo non deve lasciare fuori nessuno/a. Immagina e descrive mondi nuovi ed è scientifica nei metodi. Le persone non sono state allenate a trovare soluzioni (chiave della matematica). La matematica è per tutti e per tutte. Anche nel 2021 the ZEN agency, agenzia di comunicazione full service di Legnano, sarà Media Partner del Chapter di Singularity University dell’Alto Milanese.

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Applied research dedicated for the future

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 5 gennaio 2021

The monthly editions of Research News are here to keep you informed about recent projects by the Fraunhofer Institutes. This update on current trends, future topics, studies, the latest developments and innovative concepts goes out to you at the beginning of each month.Microscopes and other lab equipment are a vital weapon in the fight against viruses and bacteria. They help scientists in their search for vaccines and therapies to combat diseases – such as those caused by SARS-CoV-2. At the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST in Braunschweig, researchers are developing hard-magnetic, cobalt-samarium (CoSm) coatings for magnetic scales. These coatings are used for linear scales in microscope stages, the platforms where specimens are mounted for viewing. Combined with sensors and an evaluation algorithm, they help scientists achieve the highest possible positioning accuracy. Cells and other biological materials move, so the ability to position things on a micrometer scale is essential. Microscope stages that use a magnetic positioning system generally have a very compact design. They are used in microscopes from renowned manufacturers such as Leica and Zeiss.In future, self-driving cars will be even safer thanks to LiDAR (light detection and ranging) systems, which measure the distance between the vehicle and other objects. By scanning the vehicle’s surroundings, such systems effectively replace the driver’s eyes on the road. The Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems IPMS has developed a new type of microscanner mirror as well as a key component of LiDAR systems that enables digital vision in three dimensions with detection ranges of up to 200 meters.A colleague chatting on the phone in the office or a neighbor playing loud music can often be a cause of stress. That’s because our acoustic environment is a key factor in determining how we feel. Sound absorbers offer a useful way to improve room acoustics. Interior designers use sound-absorbing elements as wall claddings or interior furnishings. Many of these are currently made of mineral fibers or plastic foams, some of which are not classed as sustainable and are difficult to recycle. In a bid to bring to market a more eco-friendly alternative, the Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology UMSICHT and the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics IBP are developing sound absorbers made of mushroom-based materials.The number of laboratory animals in Germany has remained relatively stable for a number of years. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Toxicology and Experimental Medicine ITEM have been working on various projects to develop alternatives to animal testing. In recent years, they have focused on testing strategies based on human cell lines and organ sections. The scientists’ goal is to steadily reduce the number of animal experiments required for drug development and ultimately replace them entirely.

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What Future for the Blue Economy?

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 20 ottobre 2020

27 October 2020 10:00-12:30 am (online) A European Commission Webinar.The European Commission is in the process of shaping a new comprehensive approach to the blue economy. In this virtual meeting, we will present its general concept and orientations. Representatives of regions, clusters and NGOs as well as scientists and finance experts will give us their outlook on challenges to tackle and opportunities to grab. Panel discussion M. Arjen Uytendaal, President of the European Network of Maritime Clusters (ENMC) Eleni Marianou – Secretary General of the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (tbc) Mrs. Monika Verbeek, Executive director, Sea at Risk Dr. Torsten Thiele, Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam Professor Sheila JJ Heymans, Executive Director of the European Marine Board Open debate with audience. Pannel discussion will be moderated by Christos Economou, acting director, DG MARE.

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Ricerca “The Future for Workers, By Workers”

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 13 ottobre 2020

Ha analizzato le aspettative dei lavoratori sul ritorno al lavoro e ad una nuova normalità. Il Covid-19 accelera la rivoluzione delle competenze a livello globale, ma accentua le diseguaglianze di genere e quelle fra lavoratori con skill più o meno ricercate dalle aziende.In Italia: • le priorità dei lavoratori post Covid sono: continuare ad imparare (93%), non perdere il proprio lavoro (90%), prendersi cura di sé (salute e benessere, 85%), mantenere condizioni di lavoro flessibile (83%) • il 65% degli italiani è favorevole al rientro sul posto di lavoro, anche se oltre la metà dei lavoratori teme una nuova ondata del virus • il 19% dei lavoratori ha perso temporaneamente il lavoro, il 44% dei lavoratori ha visto diminuire il proprio stipendio: donne più a rischio degli uomini • oltre il 50% dei lavoratori teme di perdere il controllo sui propri dati personali

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The Conference on the Future of Europe

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 1 ottobre 2020

Since the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Libyan GNA and Turkey, Ankara has increased its provocative moves in the Eastern Mediterranean. It has sent drilling ships in Greek and Cypriot waters, often accompanied by navy vessels. Such provocations to two European Member States have been rightly condemned across the EU but few substantive actions have been taken at an EU level. Furthermore, despite the efforts of Member States such as France or Germany, Turkey has not given up its aggressive stance in the Mediterranean. Turkish behaviour in the Eastern Mediterranean does not only constitute a challenge for Greece and Cyprus but has wider ramifications over a range of different issues and has implications for the Union as a whole. As such, the current tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean urgently requires a coordinated EU response. Firstly, the European Commission has presented a detailed legal analysis on issues linked to the conflict, which are of exclusive EU competence and covered by EU law in the area of common fisheries policy. As a reminder, what is challenged herein are the rights given to islands under UNCLOS, a UN Convention that the EU has signed and ratified as a full party. Secondly, the Council should at least define a well-balanced, strong common response that goes beyond a strongly worded statement. As such initiatives have not only proven unsuccessful in persuading Turkey in the past but have angered it further. It is important therefore, to have a coordinated response, which will allow EU Council Members to trust each other, communicate, and share relevant information between them. Thirdly, the European Parliament should call for a wider evaluation of the EU relations with Turkey concerning its candidacy to the Union: the respect of human rights, the rules of law and values, the management of the migration flow transiting Turkey towards Europe and the reworking of economic ties between the two sides. This evaluation, needs to take into account the drift of Erdogan’s Turkey, away from meeting the minimum required to be considered an EU candidate country, a status it still possesses. Finally, it is necessary to recall that this situation can and should be solved through existing international law. Laws, as well as dispute-settlement mechanisms, exist for these sorts of matters and their use need to be promoted. If the European Union is able to coordinate a cohesive and effective response it will be possible to convince Turkey to settle this matter in court, as this remains the only peaceful and rightful conclusion to the problem.

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L’innovazione nei tessuti: Technow presenta il progetto “Graphene Inside the Future”

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 24 settembre 2020

Presentazione a White Milano, spazio Tortona 27 – Superstudio Più, il 24 e 27 febbraio. L’innovazione nel tessuto fa il suo ingresso in Italia dalla porta principale. Technow, giovane azienda svizzera dedicata alla ricerca e sviluppo in ambito tessile, ha scelto il salone della moda contemporanea White Milano per presentare il suo progetto Graphene Inside the Future. Una soluzione altamente innovativa che, nel rispetto del mantra dell’ecosostenibilità, dà un valore aggiunto a tutti i prodotti della filiera tessile: dal filato alle imbottiture accrescendone le proprietà tecniche e fisiche. Condividendo l’impronta innovativa e sostenibile, Technow sarà ospite di WRAD il 24 e il 27 febbraio nello spazio Tortona 27 – Superstudio Più a Milano.Alla base del progetto sviluppato da Technow c’è il grafene. «Un materiale di recente scoperta costituito da un singolo strato di atomi di carbonio con caratteristiche fisiche incredibili e che grazie alla sua estrema duttilità trova applicazioni in diversi settori industriali», spiega Francesco Lazzati, terza generazione di una famiglia di imprenditori tessili e tra i fondatori di Technow.«Attraverso studi e continui test di laboratorio siamo riusciti ad applicare il grafene alle principali fibre tessili (nylon, poliestere, lana e cotone) alle membrane tecniche e alle imbottiture, trasformando prodotti tradizionali in smart textile, ovvero prodotti con caratteristiche uniche, senza però alterare la loro naturale composizione».
Il tutto, con un’anima eco-sostenibile. Prosegue Lazzati: «Il grafene che applichiamo nelle nostre lavorazioni tessili è l’unico ottenuto da biomassa ovvero ricavato dagli scarti di lavorazione del mais, differenziandoci così dai tradizionali processi produttivi del grafene proprio grazie a questa sua natura eco-sostenibile».L’applicazione di questo materiale nel tessile permette accrescere le caratteristiche tecniche dei tessuti. «Innanzitutto, abbiamo un tessuto capace di termoregolarsi con la temperatura emanata da proprio corpo, ovvero in grado di propagare e disperdere calore più velocemente rispetto ad un tessuto tradizionale», spiega il referente di Technow. In secondo luogo, grazie a specifiche tipologie d’applicazione e anche possibile avere «un tessuto antistatico, poiché la distribuzione continua ed uniforma di grafene consente la dispersione delle cariche elettriche lungo la superficie del tessuto». Non ultimo, è antibatterico.
«Infine, grazie alla sua struttura atomica può conferisce ai materiali ottime proprietà antibatteriche, motivo per il quale siamo presenti come Technow a WSM Fashion Reboot Milano tra le aziende attive nella produzione di tessuti antibatterici».Dalle magliette ai giubbotti, dai rivestimenti per arredo fino all’abbigliamento sanitario passando per i rivestimenti dei sedili delle auto e arrivare alle imbottiture, il grafene rappresenta un valore aggiunto per il mondo del tessile. Diversi marchi internazionali hanno già adottato Graphene per capi di abbigliamento in ambito fashion e sportswear.

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Europe’s Largest Initiative Launches to Accelerate Therapy Development for COVID-19 and Future Coronavirus Threats

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 26 agosto 2020

Brussels, Belgium CARE (Corona Accelerated R&D in Europe) a new consortium supported by the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) public-private partnership announced its launch to accelerate the discovery and development of urgently needed medicines to treat SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. With a grant totaling € 77.7 million, CARE is funded by cash contributions from the European Union (EU) and cash and in-kind contributions from eleven European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA) companies and three IMI-Associated Partners. CARE is a 5-year project bringing together 37 partners from Belgium, China, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, the UK and the US, and is led by VRI-Inserm (French National Institute of Health and Medical Research, Paris, France), Janssen Pharmaceutica NV, one of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson (Beerse, Belgium), and Takeda Pharmaceuticals International AG, (Zurich, Switzerland). It integrates partners’ COVID-19 projects ongoing since February 2020.“The COVID-19 pandemic has emerged as the largest global health threat to humanity in this century, requiring the global scientific community to join forces in unprecedented ways,” said Professor Yves Lévy, Executive Director of the VRI-Inserm and CARE coordinator. “Beyond the scientific excellence of the different teams involved in this very ambitious project, CARE is bringing together 37-partners in an alliance pooling their expertise and know-how around an ambitious 5-year work plan to develop therapeutics against the current COVID-19 pandemic. We are very grateful for the financial support provided by the Innovative Medicine Initiative that will enable us to implement this plan”. With no licensed vaccines and only limited therapy options against COVID-19 yet, the COVID-19 pandemic is ongoing, counting more cases and deaths every day. Uniting some of the most innovative and experienced scientists from all relevant areas in a unique collaborative spirit CARE will maximize synergies and complementarities with other initiatives such as the Gates Foundation-supported COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator, MANCO[1], SCORE[2], and the ECRAID[3] network, to accelerate the path to providing solutions for the current COVID-19 pandemic as well as future coronavirus outbreaks. After testing in the laboratory, the project will advance the most promising drug candidates to clinical trials in humans.

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COVID-19 pandemic adds uncertainty on future emissions

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 8 agosto 2020

The Climate Action Tracker today published updated assessments for 12 of the 36 countries it assesses, and has included projections of the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on 2020 emissions.The CAT team has updated Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Germany, Ethiopia, Morocco, Norway, Singapore, South Korea, Turkey, Ukraine and the USA (see below for details).
ect, but there does appear to be a worrying trend where countries are protecting their fossil fuel industries,” he said.For the US, the Trump Administration continues to systematically walk back climate policy now even more using the pandemic as justification. If the new rule rolling back the Obama-era vehicle emissions standards withstands legal challenges, a 12% share of electric vehicle sales in 2025, projected by the last CAT assessment, will drop to 7%.The USD 2 trillion recovery package goes without support for climate. But renewables continue to dominate in terms of new investment. The CAT’s US emissions projections for 2030 are 5%–10% lower compared to our previous projections in December 2019, mainly due to the impact of the pandemic on emissions and the greening of the electricity sector due to market forces.Chile’s rating has been upgraded from “Highly Insufficient” to “Insufficient” based on its updated Paris Agreement target submitted to the UNFCCC. Chile was one of the first countries to officially submit an updated target.“Chile is one of the few countries that followed the specific request of the Paris Agreement to submit an updated target that is more ambitious than the first. More countries have to follow suit,” said Deborah Ramalope, head of climate policy analysis at Climate Analytics. The CAT grades government’s Paris Agreement 2030 targets with one of five possible ratings, based on its “fair share” methodology: 1.5˚C Paris Agreement compatible, 2˚C compatible, Insufficient, Highly Insufficient and Critically Insufficient.

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What’s next for the future of our ocean?

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 8 agosto 2020

Ocean governance concerns the international and regional processes, agreements, rules and institutions that allow the international community to coordinate and work together for conservation and sustainable use at sea, where challenges cannot be tackled by one country alone. The consultation aims to identify relevant actions in light of today’s challenges and opportunities to deliver global sustainability objectives for oceans in particular the Sustainable Development Goal on the oceans (SDG14) under the 2030 Agenda in support of the European Green Deal.High Representative/Vice President Josep Borrell said: “The protection of our oceans is a global challenge that requires a collective response. The European Union is doing its part and ready to do more. We are determined to continue to fulfil our responsibility towards our citizens and to work with partners across the world. We all want sustainable and healthy oceans and to improve their governance.” Virginijus Sinkevičius, Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries said: “The EU is fully committed to promoting ocean governance. We are a reliable partner in strengthening the international framework, a top donor in building capacity, a strong supporter of ocean science and a business partner for the sustainable ‘blue economy’. This consultation will help the EU to lead on delivering of global sustainability objectives for the ocean.”

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Conference on the Future of Europe should start by September, say MEPs

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 29 Maggio 2020

The European Parliament’s Constitutional Affairs Committee, underlines that the COVID-19 crisis has made the need for reforms more crucial than ever.The shortcomings of the EU and its member states, especially in relation to its coordinated response in times of crisis, were highlighted by all MEPs in today’s meeting. The Conference on the Future of Europe will need to be launched as soon as possible in order for effective reforms to be implemented based on its outcome, they stressed.Most speakers pointed out the need for the Council to come up with a sensible negotiating position in the immediate future, with many asking for a commitment by the member states to implement Conference-driven reforms, potentially including treaty change. A broad majority also stressed that a joint declaration between Parliament, Council and Commission will need to be concluded before the summer in order for the Conference to be launched in September and to be at full speed by the end of the year.Citizen participation and the need for the Conference to be a bottom-up exercise with an open agenda were reiterated as core demands by all MEPs, many of whom advocated for the use of digital technology and remote participation tools during the pandemic.

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EU future at stake: MEPs broadly welcome Commission’s recovery package proposals

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 28 Maggio 2020

Focussing on future generations, Commission President von der Leyen discussed the €750 billion recovery instrument within a revamped long-term EU budget in plenary.Following the presentation by Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and the pledge by the Croatian Council representative Nikolina Brnjac to work with member states to swiftly conclude negotiations with Parliament on the new package, political group leaders took the floor to outline their initial reactions. Click on names to view the individual statements.“European solidarity is back and we are opening a new chapter for the EU”, Manfred Weber (EPP, DE) said. The new money needs to be spent on fresh ideas and not on Europe’s old problems. “Solidarity goes hand in hand with responsibility”, therefore it must be clear how the money will be paid back, he said, calling for new own resources and for digital giants to pay their part.Iratxe García Perez (S&D, ES) thanked von der Leyen for an ambitious proposal and for giving the EP “the role it deserves” in the design of the recovery package. Warning that the survival of the European project is at stake, she urged the Council to adopt the new MFF by qualified majority to avoid keeping the EU “hostage by four member states that prefer a national response to a European one”.“It is a game changer, unprecedented in the history of Europe”, said Dacian Ciolos (Renew, RO). “The MFF and the recovery plan must focus on the future”, with the Green deal and digital agenda as building blocks, he said. “We may differ on some details, but I really welcome the approach”, he said, reminding member states that “the EU is not a cash machine. Solidarity comes with values”.Jörg Meuthen (ID, DE) rejected the package proposal as “completely wrong and nonsense”, without a proper legal basis and lacking responsibility or economic sense. The Commission wants to spend money “as if there was no tomorrow”. It is a huge price for European taxpayers, he concluded.Ska Keller (Greens/EFA, DE) urged: “We must not repeat the big mistakes of the past and force countries into austerity and blind market ideologies. Instead, we need to make sure that the money is well invested into projects that will help in the long term, create jobs and save the one planet that we have.”Johan van Overtveldt (ECR, BE) said: “If we are going to allow loans and grants, there must be clear conditions. The money needs to go to where it is most needed, and there must be safety mechanisms in place for our businesses. People working and saving should not have to “fork out” for these programmes”.“Instead of making a clean break with past dogmas”, the Recovery Plan stops “midstream” said Manon Aubry (GUE/NGL, FR). Welcoming the new proposals on Own Resources, she called for the crisis debt to be cancelled, for direct perpetual loans to member states, and for public support to be conditional on social considerations.The Commission has also unveiled its adjusted Work Programme for 2020, which will prioritise the actions needed to propel Europe’s recovery and resilience.

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Response to pandemic is vital for the sustainable future of the transport sector

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 16 Maggio 2020

Transport Committee MEPs supported the urgency procedure for proposed measures. However, they noted also that there is a need for greater transparency and deliberation before rushing any legislative proposals through:
Aviation: Contracts with ground-handling services should be flexible, as should modified air carrier licensing rules. The measure mostly received support in the debate.
Maritime: Ports should be able to defer, reduce or lift port infrastructure charges for port users. Many MEPs underlined that it is not clear who would benefit from this proposal and it is difficult to see its added value in a very competitive environment. This might cause unfair competition. The Commission said that it remains an optional tool to provide additional flexibility and keep supply lanes open.
Rail: the deadline to transpose EU law on rail safety and interoperability should be extended. Transport Committee MEPs agree with the extension; however, the timeframe remains under discussion.
Relieving the administrative burden: the validity of certain certificates and licences should be extended by providing temporary derogation from 15 legal acts. Many MEPs supported the changes by the Council, i.e. for the less affected member states to opt out from the relief measures.The MEPs also reiterated the need for a coordinated approach to easing COVID-19 lockdown measures as well as the need for additional support measures for both the transport and tourism sectors.
Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans acknowledged that transforming the transport sector is essential to the success of the European Green Deal. “COVID-19 or not, there is still a climate crisis. That will not go away. We have to do everything we can to stop the temperatures rising”, he said. “We want to make sure that, in the recovery plan, we save jobs and at the same time make the transition to sustainability. We will have to invest as much as possible at the EU and national level. This is the most challenging part of our mandate.”Many MEPs raised doubts about whether a strong economy is compatible with a fair transition to sustainability. “Can we afford a green deal in this crisis? There is no contradiction between the need to recover economically and to do it in line with the Green Deal. We cannot succumb to short-term expediency”, explained the Executive Vice-President, adding that it is already evident that investments into sustainable energy now outpace the investments in old energy. Several questions also tackled the loss of jobs in the car industry, the lack of infrastructure for electric vehicles, the aviation sector’s struggles in the current crisis and a possible additional tax burden, the importance of rail transport, as well as rethinking transport systems in cities.

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