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Newsletter #30 | November 2022



TRA2022 Conference Highlights


The Transport Research Arena (TRA) Conference in Lisbon took place from 14-17 November 2022 in Lisbon and gathered more than 2000 participants, 600 speakers and 60 exhibitors

 For the Magellan Circle organising team, it was rewarding to see the results of many months of hard work on all the communication activities for #TRA2022, from the website and branding to videos and social media. ✨

Several EU funded projects which Magellan Circle is involved in also made their debut at the conference. PIONEERS joined the conversation on one of the hot topics of TRA, the sustainability of ports and airports, through presentations at the ALICE & European Commission (EC) booths and speaking on the topic in Strategic Session 3.2

Our maritime projects LASH FIRE and STEERER were present at the common booth hosted by the Waterborne Technology Platform, while LASH FIRE also had a presentation at the EC booth.

The EALING Project also presented its flagship action on cold ironing in ports at the TRA2022 through a poster and presentation in a scientific session.

Watch the conference highlights below.


See the photo gallery


BiLOG – Logistics and Maritime Forum 


The third edition of BiLOG - Logistics & Maritime Forum was held in Piacenza, Italy, on 10 and 11 November.

During the event, organised by Piacenza Expo in collaboration with Circle Group, debates and in-depth discussions were held on the Green & Digital Transition in Transport and Logistics.

Exploring sector innovations and opportunities, the event was the right place to stay up-to-date with the latest logistics developments.
BiLOG 2022 was promoted by the Municipality of Piacenza, the Port System Authority of the Eastern Ligurian Sea and Cosil-Piacenza Consortium.

Relive the edition

MedBAN: ensuring the twin transition and accelerating the Mediterranean Blue Economy


Organised by the MedBAN consortium, where Magellan is an affiliated partner, the Kick-off Webinar took place on the 29th of November 2022, from 15h30 to 17h00 (CET), through Zoom. 🌊

This session gave an overview of MedBAN, a project that aims to mobilize EU blue economy SMEs to adopt greener and digitalized processes, its partners and the next steps. Alexio Picco, Chairman of Magellan Circle, was one of the speakers that entered the discussion about clusters’ roles and contributions within the EU Blue Economy, with a specific focus on the Mediterranean Region

Meet MedBAN

APF: "Decarbonising to Compete - From Management Quality to Industrial Innovation"

Organised by Magellan Circle and headed by APF (The Portuguese Foundries Association), the final conference "Decarbonizing to Compete: From Management Quality to Industrial Innovation"🧑‍🏭

The conference, which took place on the  29th of November, at the School of Economics and Management of the University of Porto marked the closing of the project "Capacity Building in the Foundry Sector: The transition to a circular and digital economy", co-funded by FEDER through Norte2020/PT2020.

The conference had the participation of distinguished guests, among them, João Pedro Matos Fernandes (FEUP Professor and former Minister of Environment and Climate Action) and Isabel Soares (FEP's Professor Emeritus).

Learn more


Equal Pay Day, Digital Services Act & COP27

Women in the European Union still continue to earn less than men for equal job, with the average gender pay gap in the EU standing at 13%. This means that for every €1 a man earns, a women will make €0.87. Progress is steady, however still too slow, with a 2.8 percentage point gap reduction in 10 years. This year, European Equal Pay Day fell on the 15th of November.

On the 16th of November, a landmark new set of EU rules for a safer and more accountable online environment entered into force with the Digital Services Act (DSA).The DSA applies to all digital services that connect consumers to goods, services, or content. It creates comprehensive new obligations for online platforms to reduce harms and counter risks online, introduces strong protections for users' rights online, and places digital platforms under a unique new transparency and accountability framework.

At the COP27 which ended on the 18th of November in Egypt, the EC showed ambition and flexibility to keep the goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees within reach. On mitigation, Parties agreed that limiting global warming to 1.5C requires rapid, deep and sustained reductions in global greenhouse gas emissions, reducing them by 43 percent by 2030 relative to the 2019 level. On loss and damage, the Parties decided to establish new funding arrangements for assisting developing countries that are particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change.

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Sustainable, secure and competitive energy supply

The need of including sustainable biofuels in a transformed integrated energy system is recognized worldwide. Enhancing the European global role in this area will increase the potential to export European renewable fuel technologies into global developing markets. Project results are expected to contribute to some of the following expected outcomes:

  • Build global knowledge for the scaling-up and the sustainability assessment of sustainable biofuels value chains.
  • Contribute to the SET Plan Action 8 Bioenergy and Renewable Fuels for Sustainable Transport.
  • Accelerate capacity building for sustainable biofuels in the world.
  • Develop networks for knowledge sharing in sustainable biofuels value chains.

EU funding of EUR 127,5 million in total is now available for Horizon Europe Energy topics with a deadline of 10 January 2023 at 5pm (CEST).
More information here.

Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Transport

The 2022 CEF Transport call for proposals makes EUR 5.12 billion available for projects targeting new upgraded and improved European transport infrastructure. Projects funded under this call will help to increase the sustainability of the transport network, putting the EU on track to meet the European Green Deal objective of cutting transport emissions by 90% by 2050.
The indicative total budget of the call is available to support infrastructure projects on the Core and Comprehensive TEN-T networks in the following areas: railways inland waterways, maritime and inland ports, road safety, rail-road terminals, multimodal logistics platforms, multimodal passenger hubs, smart and interoperable applications for transport, safe and secure mobility and infrastructure resilience
The deadline date is 10 January 2023, 17:00 (CET). More information here.


Annual EU Budget 2023

Why is the adoption of the 2023 #EUbudget big news for Europeans?

Because it will: 
empower EU to continue shaping a changing world, boost EU's strategic autonomy and economic recovery, safeguard sustainability and protect and create jobs.

Read more below!

Know more

Are you curious to know what has Magellan Circle's team been listening to during this month?  Find a wide range of music genres suitable for every music taste in Magellan Circle's November playlist!

Click below and sing along! 🎶

Listen to the playlist
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