Neelie KROES
Vice-President of the European Commission

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  • Search gets smarter with identifiers

    Wed, 19/03/2014 - 15:21

    The future of computing is based on Big Data. The vast collections of information available on the web and in the cloud could help prevent the next financial crisis, or even tell you exactly when your bus is due. The key lies in giving everything – whether it's a person, business or product – a...

  • Robot rescuers to help save lives after disasters

    Wed, 19/03/2014 - 15:13

    Robots could scour avalanche sites, enter burning buildings or secure city streets contaminated by poisonous chemicals, saving lives and increasing the effectiveness of rescue missions.

  • Organic circuits - lighter, cheaper and bendier

    Mon, 17/03/2014 - 11:35

    A new type of plastic electronics made from organic materials is lighter, cheaper, and more flexible than any of today’s technology. Such circuits could be worn on clothing or placed inside medical sensors.

  • Bringing museums to life

    Mon, 10/03/2014 - 16:02

    Manoeuvring a satellite into its housing inside an Ariane space launcher is almost as difficult as rearranging the order of the planets that orbit around the sun. At least that’s the hope of developers of a new technology that was used to guide visitors around the Cité de l’espace theme park in...

  • A revolutionary portable lab for rapid and low-cost diagnosis

    Fri, 14/02/2014 - 08:59

    Do you remember the James Bond film Casino Royale? After being poisoned, the agent uses a portable diagnostic kit to identify the toxic substance and alert his HQ in London. Such type of technology is not fiction anymore. European researchers have developed a ground-breaking diagnostic system based...

  • Sensors bringing the world to life

    Thu, 13/02/2014 - 08:57

    Visitors to Santander in Spain can see tourist attractions, public parks and nearby shops tagged in real time if they look through the camera of their smart phones. It’s thanks to a new iteration of the internet that incorporates the physical world, creating an augmented reality of web-connected...

  • Start Up Europe Press Conference

    Thu, 23/01/2014 - 09:25

    Leading European tech start-ups have tabled a manifesto for Europe's national leaders, and with the support of European Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes, the EU is launching at Davos a new think-tank and a new pan-European platform to pave the ground for the development of global champions...

  • GRAPHENE Competitive Call

    Thu, 05/12/2013 - 15:02

    Since 25 November 2013, the GRAPHENE Flagship competitive call for consortium extension is open. The consortium will be extended with another 20-30 research groups. The total volume of the call is around  9M€ of EC funding. The call deadline is 5 February 2014.

  • Energy aware means energy efficient

    Wed, 11/09/2013 - 15:31

    'Smart Grids' are the future of electricity supply, allowing consumers to become interactive participants in a supply network that includes decentralised as well as centralised power generation.

  • Putting a seal of security on the Internet of Services

    Tue, 10/09/2013 - 00:00

    Book a flight online, perform an internet banking transaction or make an appointment with your doctor and, in the not-too-distant future, the 'Internet of Services' (IoS) will come into play.