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Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union 2021

Portugal holded the Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first semester of 2021. The Council Presidency is held on a rotating basis by each EU Member State for periods of six months and entails the coordination of the activities at all levels of the Council, thus ensuring the continuity of the EU's workplans (click here for more information on the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union 2021).


Utopia and knowledge - main conclusions and statements approved and released during the PPUE21 in the area of ​​research, innovation and higher education.

Riding the Next Wave of Research Data - statement written in the context of the workshop “Riding the Next Wave of Research Data: Leveraging the COVID-19 response towards advancing data interoperability” .

The national priorities of the Portuguese Presidency of the European Union 2021 (PPEU21), which integrate the Trio Programme, were the following: a Resilient Europe, a Social Europe, a Green Europe, a Digital Europe, and a Global Europe.

FCT worked closely on the activities of PPEU21 in two major aspects:

  1. technical monitoring of the work of the Council, namely the Research Working Party by providing the necessary support to the Portuguese Permanent Representation to the European Union (REPER)
  2. co-organising events hosted under PPEU21.

Events and initiatives carried out by PPUE21 in the area of Research and Innovation (R&I):

26 to 29 of January                               European ENGAGED University
2 of February Launch of Horizon Europe
10 of March International Conference "Clinical Academic Centers: the impact on clinical research"
15 to 17 of March European Students' Convention 41
18 of March Medical Training: What kind of doctor do we want for the future?
19 to 26 of March Arctic Science Summit Week 2021
22 to 26 of March EuroHPC Summit Week
29 to 30 of March EU University & Culture Summit: "Fostering the Union through Culture and the Arts"
12 and 13 of April Heritage in the intercultural exchanges roads: debate, preserve, enhance - a meeting of contributions for the European Humanities Conference
14 of April Conference “European Universities: pioneering transformation in education, research and innovation”
15 and 16 of April Bologna Follow-up Group meeting
20 and 21 of April Europe: a Knowledge and Science Bridge Towards a Global Circular Economy
20 and 21 of April Conference "Climate Science from Space: Synergies for a greener innovation economy"
27 of April Conference on "Emerging Infectious diseases and related environmental, clinical and translational challenges"
29 of April In April, 1000 digitail!
3 of May European Cancer Research Summit 2021
4 of May Ministerial Conference COST - European Cooperation in Science and Technology
5 of May Conference “A Sea of Equality”
5 and 6 of May EuroNanoForum2021
5 to 7 of May European Humanities Conference (UNESCO event)
11 to 12 of May Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Journalism
16 of May The relevance of Society for Science/Caminhos do conhecimento
19 of May Clinical Academic Centers in Europe: Challenges and Opportunities
20 and 21 of May 30th EURASHE Annual Conference – Porto, 2021: "Professional Higher Education For Sustainable Development: Creating A Change That Endures"
25 of May Conference "From Sea to Society"
1 and 2 of June Leading the Digital Decade
1 and 2 of June One Health: new insights and challenges of zoonotic diseases
2 to 4 June 2021, Ponta Delgada, Azores, Portugal All-Atlantic 2021 - Strengthening the All-Atlantic Marine R&I Community
7 June 2021, LNEC, Lisbon Workshop: Riding the Next Wave of Research Data
8 June, Lisbon A Blue Agenda in the Green Deal - High Level Ministerial Meeting
8 and 9 of June New Space Atlantic Summit
8 to 11 of June 2021 Joint EuCNC & 6G Summit
10 and 11 of June Fórum de Ciência entre África e Europa para Observação da Terra
15 to 17 of June Anthropocene Summit 2021
17 and 18 of June Launch Conference for the new Erasmus+ Programme
21 of June Learning from 20 centuries of Europe-Atlantic interactions
28, 29 and 30 of June 2021 Science 2021 – Science and Technology Summit in Portugal