The European Commission launched a call for expert to join an advisory expert group with the purpose of structuring a potential new Mission on the New European Bauhau under Horizon Europe.
The main tasks of this advisory expert group, known as Mission Board, will be to provide guidance to the Commission regarding the development of a potential future New European Bauhaus Mission, which was proposed by the Commission on 19 July 2023. This guidance will include insights on the proposed mission’s design, outlining its objectives, defining relevant indicators, and setting appropriate timelines.
Additionally, the Mission Board shall offer advice on the specific research and innovation (R&I) content required to achieve the objectives of the proposed mission. This advice will consider input from stakeholders and, where relevant, the public, fostering investment in bold innovation related to the New European Bauhaus.
The Mission Board of the proposed EU Mission on the New European Bauhaus shall be composed of a balanced team of up to 15 high-level experts with diverse profiles. These should cover several domains such as business, public administration, science, research and innovation, culture, citizen engagement, and civil society organisations, from across Europe and beyond.
The Mission Board members shall be individuals appointed in a personal capacity who shall act independently and in the public interest. The Mission Board members should have the capacity for strategic analytical thinking, demonstrate a clear understanding of the New European Bauhaus and show a deep commitment to the success of the proposed mission.
The call for applications is available online. The deadline for applications is 29 August 2023 at 12:00 CEST.
Interested individuals are invited to submit their application via the EUSurvey platform.
The New European Bauhaus (NEB) is an initiative by the European Commission to make neighbourhoods sustainable, inclusive and beautiful, leading to a better quality of life for citizens. It seeks to care for the needs of the planet, leaving no one behind, and capitalising on European culture and cultural diversity. The New European Bauhaus was first announced by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in her 2020 SOTEU speech and launched in early 2021.
After two years of implementation, the initiative has made significant progress: it has its own Community of over 1.000 members active across Europe and beyond, and it is inspiring a number of bottom-up projects and initiatives that test and demonstrate New European Bauhaus ideas and actions.
With a focus on innovation, the proposed New European Bauhaus Mission would aim to transform neighbourhoods for the better, making them beautiful, sustainable and inclusive by 2035. These neighbourhoods should act as ‘living labs’ for innovation that leads to the refinement of existing standards and the development of new ones, which would in turn inform regulations and public procurement. The proposed New European Bauhaus Mission would also engage with people to build greater social acceptance for Green Deal policies, promoting social ownership of green solutions and encouraging behavioural changes needed to meet Green Deal targets.
The proposed New European Bauhaus Mission would filter innovation within ecosystems affecting the development of neighbourhoods, not only through the lens of sustainability, but also through those of affordability and acceptance. It does so by embracing three core values: beautiful, sustainable, together. In basic terms, these can be understood as paying attention not only to climate neutrality in the green transition, but also the accessibility, affordability and quality of experience provided by solutions in order to achieve a successful transition. The success and speed of the transition depends on a combination of aspects in addition to the environmental sustainability and functionality of the R&I solutions proposed. Sustainable designs are often not affordable, and affordable solutions often neither provide quality experiences to communities, nor are they sustainable.
Five EU Missions were already launched in September 2021. They are high-profile initiatives, rooted in research and innovation, which are tasked to deliver a transformative impact for society, the economy, and the environment by addressing the challenges, which are faced by European citizens. Missions provide a clear target to measure success and a systemic approach which combines, for example, new knowledge and technology with innovations in business, finance, regulation, forms of governance, skills and social aspects.
If endorsed by the Member States and the community, this proposed new Mission could be a game-changer for innovative materials and the built environment. It could present a remarkable opportunity for Europe to assert its position as a leader in research and development. By combining natural solutions emerging from evolution (No Tech) with advanced cognitive tools provided by science (High Tech), it could create ground-breaking new “Super Tech” solutions.More info