The European Commission


Application Deadline: 21 October 2018.

The European Commission wants to put the spotlight on projects which contribute to the development of digital skills in Europe. The Awards will be presented by Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society on 6 December 2018. The Awards are a great opportunity for nominees to showcase their projects, as the winners and four runners up in each category will be invited to exhibit their project at the ICT 2018 conference in Vienna as a reward.

The European Digital Skills Awards 2018 which are organised with the support of the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition, will recognise initiatives that have improved the digital skills of Europeans at school, at work, for ICT specialists, for girls and women and in society in general. We are particularly looking for success stories which could be scaled-up and replicated in other cities, regions, countries and sectors.

Having a digitally skilled population and labour force is crucial to drive European competitiveness and to foster an inclusive digital society. Today 43% of Europeans do not have basic digital skills. This is why improving  the ability of Europeans to use digital technology is one of the priorities of the Digital Single Market and the New Skills Agenda for Europe, of which the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition is a prominent initiative.

Winning projects will be selected in the following five categories:

  • Digital skills for all – developing digital skills to enable all citizens to be active in our digital society
  • Digital skills for the labour force – developing digital skills for the digital economy, e.g. upskilling and reskilling workers, jobseekers; career advice and guidance
  • Digital skills for ICT professionals – developing high-level digital skills for ICT professionals in all industry sectors
  • Digital skills in education – transforming the teaching and learning of digital skills in a lifelong learning perspective, including the training of teachers
  • Digital skills for girls and women – taking actions to develop digital skills for women and girls


  • The Awards are open to any organisation or company (e.g. national or local public authorities, businesses, education, non-governmental organisations, associations or a mix thereof) undertaking digital skills projects in Europe. The initiative must cover one or multiple EU Members States or EFTA countries, and have started and shown results between the 1 January 2016 and 30 October 2018.
  • Submissions made for the 2016 and/or 2017 awards may be re-submitted, excluding the winners. Winning organisations are nevertheless welcome to submit a different initiative.

How to Submit:

  • You can submit a project for the European Digital Skills Awards 2018 by filling in the online application form by 21 October 2018.
  • By submitting the application form you agree to the project being listed in the European Commission’s Digital Skills and Jobs initiatives repository openly available through the European Commission website.
  • The winners will be chosen by an independent jury of digital skills experts from different stakeholder groups and different Member States, appointed by the European Commission.
  • The jury will assess the impact of the project, the synergies between different stakeholders involved, the scalability and replicability of the initiative and the originality and clarity of presentation of the project.


For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the European Commissions’ European Digital Skills Awards 2018

Application Deadline: August 31st 2018

Building upon the success of GYBN’s 2017 series of Capacity-Building Workshops and thanks to generous support from the Japan Biodiversity Fund, the European Commission, the CBD Secretariat, the African Wildlife Foundation, Engajamundo and the Telangana Forest Department, GYBN will organize another three Youth Capacity-Building Workshops for ASIA, AFRICA and LATIN-AMERICA and the CARIBBEAN in 2018/19.

The workshop for ASIA will be held in partnership with the Telangana Forest Department in Hyderabad, India in mid-October 2018 (exact dates to be confirmed but likely from October 14 to 20).

To strengthen the capacity of young leaders to take action in support of National Biodiversity Strategies and Actions Plan (NBSAPs , https://www.cbd.int/nbsap/search/default.shtml) and to contribute towards the achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets (https://www.cbd.int/sp/targets/), the Global Youth Biodiversity Network (GYBN, http://www.gybn.org) is hosting a series of capacity-building workshops around the world in 2018/19.

Participants will take part in team building, networking and training sessions in international biodiversity conservation policy, mobilization, advocacy, campaign skills and project management to create or enhance existing projects that directly contribute to the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and the implementation of NBSAPs.

For these workshops, travel, accommodation, and limited food expenses will be funded for successful applicants who are based in the region in which the workshop is held. Visa costs will be covered on a case by case basis. Flights will only be funded for travel within the same region.

These week-long regional workshops will bring together 15-18 young leaders in each region to:
– Mobilize networks/communities at the regional, national or local levels in order to increase public/youth engagement, general awareness and political will for biodiversity conservation
– Learn about the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD, http://www.cbd.int), the CBD’s Strategic Plan 2010-2021 and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets
– Learn about key aspects of NBSAP and how young people can partner with national and sub-national authorities to support implementation
– Catalyze concrete actions to bring these legally-binding international decisions down to the local, national, and regional level
– Join a global effort to set youth priorities for a future in harmony with nature and push governments, business and citizens to act
– Mobilize young people in order to have their perspectives considered in the CBD post 2020 framework

The deadline for applications is August 31 at 23:59 GMT.

– Application form (fill it out online) here http://bit.ly/gybnasiawp2018
– Digital copy of CV
– Digital copy of Passport

Send a pdf copy of your CV and the identification page of your passport to: gybnsteeringcommittee@gmail.com

obs: the title of your document should be LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_CV.pdf and

1. Be a registered GYBN member by the start of the application period
2. Between 18 – 35 years old
3. Commitment to biodiversity conservation with a previous track record showing such engagement
4. Active member or coordinator of a youth organization/network/community that is active on Biodiversity on the local/national or regional level
5. Possess the time and ability to share knowledge gained from the workshop, including implementing workshop outcomes and replicating workshop model at the national/local level
6. The applicant’s biodiversity-related work has to be based in the region in which a workshop is held. However, the applicant need not be a citizen of a country of that region.

Due to our donor’s funding requirements, for the workshops in Asia, Africa and Latin-America and the Caribbean financial support is only available for applicants that are citizens of developing countries. Applicants from developed countries (i.e. Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea etc.) cannot be financially supported. However self-funded participants are welcome to join the workshops!
The workshops in Europe and North-America (yet to be announced) will be open to applicants from developed countries from their respective regions.

If you are unsure whether you are eligible to join the workshops, if you are interested to participate as a self-funded participant or if you should have any other questions, please write to gybnsteeringcommittee@gmail.com and cc it to christian.schwarzer@gmail.com and swetha.stotrabhashyam@gmail.com

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered. Applications must be submitted in English. Applications submitted in another language will not be considered. Incomplete applications will also not be considered.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the 2018 GYBN Regional Youth Capacity Building Workshop for ASIA

Application Deadline: 20 October 2015
The European Commission has launched the 3rd edition of the EU Prize for Women Innovators.
This Prize aims to raise public awareness on the need for more innovation and more women innovators. It will reward three women who have achieved outstanding innovations and brought them to market.
Who can participate?
Every woman innovator complying with the following criteria:
  • You are residing in an EU Member State or in a country associated to Horizon 2020, the EU’s research and innovation programme.
  • You are the founder or co-founder of an existing and active company.
  • Your company has been registered before 1 January 2013.
  • The annual turnover of the company was minimum EUR 100 000 in 2013 or 2014.
  • Either you or the company you founded/co-founded have received or is receiving funding from the EU’s research framework programmes, the EURATOM Framework Programme, the Competitiveness and Innovation framework programme (CIP) or actions relating to research and innovation under the European Structural and Investment Funds (known as the Structural Funds prior to 2014)


Three prizes will be awarded in Spring 2016:

  • 1st prize: €100 000
  • 2nd prize: €50 000
  • 3rd prize: €30 000

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the  European Commission s’ EU Prize for Women Innovators 2016

The deadline for applications is 19 October 2015 for both awards

The European Commission has launched the 2018 European Green Capital Award and the European Green Leaf 2016.

The European Green Capital Award is given each year to a European city, not necessarily a capital, which has demonstrated a well-established record of achieving high environmental standards and is committed to ongoing and ambitious goals for future sustainable development. The European Green Capital also acts as a role model to inspire and promote best practices to other European cities.


  • All cities with more than 100,000 inhabitants can apply for the award. In countries where there is no city with more than 100,000 inhabitants, the largest city is eligible to apply.

The selection of a city to be designated European Green Capital 2018 will be assessed on the basis of twelve indicator areas:

  • Climate change: mitigation and adaptation
  • Local transport
  • Green urban areas incorporating sustainable land use
  • Nature and biodiversity
  • Ambient air quality
  • Quality of the acoustic environment
  • Waste production and management
  • Water management
  • Waste water treatment
  • Eco innovation and sustainable employment
  • Energy performance
  • Integrated environmental management.

The European Green Leaf is a competition open to cities with a population of between 20,000 and 100,000 inhabitants. Recognising success in achieving green growth, it is awarded to cities that bring green living concepts to life.

Cities applying for a European Green Leaf 2016 will be assessed under six categories:

  • Climate change and energy performance
  • Mobility
  • Biodiversity and land use
  • Quality of air and the acoustic environment
  • Waste and green economy
  • Water management


  • Both competitions are open to EU Member States, EU Candidate Countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.


  • The winners will be announced at an award ceremony which will take place in Ljubljana – the 2016 European Green Capital – in June 2016.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the European Green Capital Competition

Deadline: 10 April, 2015, by midnight

The European Commission is launching a video competition entitled “What does a united Europe mean to you? ” for young people (aged 13-15) from the EU Member States as well as from the candidate countries and potential candidates in Southeast Europe.

National juries will select one entry from each country. The winners will be invited to Brussels, where they will have an opportunity to explore the city and the European institutions, and meet young people from all over Europe.


  • Each participant may submit only one application;
  • All applications must be clearly related to the topic of the competition;
  • Acceptable are only original works. Once submitted, the application will be considered final;
  • The video can include other people, but only one person can submit a video as the author and the video will be evaluated in this way by the national jury. Do not accept group reports;
  • Applications may be with maximum duration of one minute;
  • Applications that contain violence, hatred, racism, sexism or insults expressed in any other way, containing material and / or statement which violates or infringes in any way upon the rights of others or that may be considered illegal, will be disqualified;
  • Applications from direct family members of employees of the EU institutions are not accepted.


  • National juries will choose one application from each country.
  • Winners will be invited to Brussels accompanied by one adult in June/July 2015 where they will have the opportunity to explore the city and the EU institutions and to meet young people from Europe.
  • Each winner with accompanied adult, will get fully covered return flight/bus ticket to Brussels, accommodation and three meals a day, transportation costs through Brussels as well as tickets for organized activities.

Register Now for the What does a United Europe Mean to You? Video Competition 2015

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