The newsletter you are reading is No. 97, which means the first of the 9th year. As a matter of fact, the No. 1 was issued in Sept 2010 when the most popular mobile phones were the Samsung Galaxy S (the first of the series now arrived to S9) and the iPhone 4, there was no 4G, nobody spoke about Internet of Things (IoT) or Mobility as a Service (MaaS); technology speaking, we were much less equipped than now.
With regard to European projects we were at midlife of the 7th Framework Programme (FP7) funding scheme, struggling with forecast numbers of CO2 saving requested by the Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE), the 2011 Transport White paper was not yet published whilst the Renewable Energy Directive (2009/28/EC) was just published.
In that period we decided to launch a monthly newsletter aiming to inform recipients about the EU funds available (e.g. calls for proposals), technical and industrial achievements, professional events organised in Europe on selected areas as well as about the EPN Consulting activities and news from members that could publish papers and info on their achievements, projects and contracts won.
During these years the newsletter evolved in its structure, provided more info and listed deadlines for submitting EU project proposals until the point that was too long and people didn’t have the time to read it all. This made us work on a refreshed version that now includes a shorter list of EU calls deadline and professional events (the entire repository can be found on our website in the Events section) and the number of selected professional news limited to five.
In this polishing process we introduced “The Editorial” where I comment a specific topic every month, expressing my own views that people can discuss either by writing to [firstname.lastname@example.org] or directly in the News section, part of the revamped EPN Consulting website launched in July 2018.
We are always open to suggestions for improvements and will be happy to hear from you. Please don’t hesitate to be in touch!
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