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Martijntje Bakker
30/03/2015 - 17:31

Ageing in the workplace: Existing evidence and the need for further research

This is a guest blog post written by Martijntje Bakker, member of the management team of ZonMw (the Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development) and GA member of the Joint Programming Initiative  "More Years Better Lives"

At the European Summit on Innovation for Active and Healthy Ageing, on March 9th, I chaired a session organised by the Joint Programming Initiative ‘More Years Better Lives’ (JPI MYBL) on the topic of ageing in the workplace. We had four intriguing contributions discussing the topic from different angles that I would like to share with you.

The JPI More Years Better Lives first

Carsten Schmidt
30/03/2015 - 16:03

Inside the cross-EU digital public services at CeBIT2015!

What a fast-paced, energetic and ambitious week at CeBIT (16-20 March 2015)!

The biggest ICT event in Europe hosted e-SENS, e-CODEX and the European Commission’s Connecting Europe Facility (CEF DSIs - Digital Service Infrastructures) programme, showcased some exciting solutions for modernising public administration around Europe.

I had the privilege of managing the Large Scale Projects (LSP) booth during the event, which showcased the EU Commission’s investment on cross-border digital public services

Our booth was a central attraction: service providers, software vendors, solutions developers, systems integrators as well as media, researches and public

Konstantinos Mi...
26/03/2015 - 09:36

LabDisk: the portable lab bringing EU technology to Low- and Middle-Income Countries

This is a guest blog post written by Dr. Konstantinos Mitsakakis, Project Coordinator

"Disc"...because it is like a CD.

"Gnosis" (Greek [γνώσις = knowledge])...because it allows to know what a patient suffers from.

"DiscoGnosis" is about diagnosing infectious diseases at the point-of-care, in resource-limited areas, in a fully-automated way, and within less than 1 hour from sample collection to result.

The scenario

In a village in Africa a 4-year-old boy cries in the middle of the night due to suddenly elevated fever, no other symptom.

The mother runs with her son to the rural health post. The doctor uses one strip test (

Lucilla Sioli
24/03/2015 - 14:58

Here is how we will improve digital skills and create more jobs in Europe

This week is European Get Online Week (GOW), a campaign aimed to engage and empower people to use technology and the Internet with confidence and acquire digital skills. #GOW15 will see the involvement of 25 countries and directly target more than 50,000 Europeans. I take this opportunity to summarize our actions and targets with regards to boosting digital skills and jobs in Europe.

For everyone a natural consequence of technological innovation is the quest for new types of skills.  Yet skills development does not come about as fast as technological development, which is why we are faced with a paradoxical situation: although almost 24 million Europeans are currently without a job companies have a hard time finding skilled digital technology

Elena Alampi-da...
24/03/2015 - 09:25

eID: emerging business cases

Public services are rapidly going digital.  Citizens will be able to access public services in another EU member state using their eID issued by their own or even another member state. But it is not just about getting hold of public services more easily when you are in another country. It can also provide trust and security for business and their customers previously missing.

Some businesses need more than just a credit card in order to discharge responsibilities put on them. For example the financial sector with its anti-money laundering requirements. But it is not just about meeting requirements. Legal uncertainty and the lack of trust can inhibit action or entering into an agreement. The sharing economy, where greater certainty about the individual is desirable is just one example.

A key aspect of the

Michael Boniface
23/03/2015 - 14:09

With real-time ‘mixed reality’ you can race with the champions!

A professional skier battled against two online gamers in the world’s first interactive mixed reality downhill ski race, using technology pioneered by European researchers...and lost!

Hitting speeds of up to 100 kilometres an hour, Lukas Seyfried hurtled down the world cup ski course in Schladming, Austria, in a bid to reach the finish line before his two competitors – virtual reality gamers based in Thessaloniki and Munich.

The racers used a 3D tele-immersion platform and wore new virtual reality technology that allowed them to compete against each other by racing down the same ski slope at the same time. Despite the skier on the real slope picking up an early win in the first race, the two online gamers went on to battle back and win the successive races, with the racer in Greece gaining the lead and finishing with the best overall time.


Benjamin Mandler
20/03/2015 - 10:41

Driving innovation in IoT(Internet of things)

Oh, what a journey this has been! It seems like ages ago when we started formulating the basic ideas behind the COMPOSE project, but so much has changed in the IoT landscape during this time. It almost seems like a different era. A couple of years back when I mentioned to people that I was working on IoT, the few that knew what I was talking about usually responded with some variation on the story of the refrigerator that recognizes that you’re low on milk and sends an order to your supermarket. Very funny indeed!. But now, only a couple of years later the IoT has become a reality that we can see all around us, and yes, including fridges, washing machines, and even diapers. A while ago when subscribing to IoT related news I’d get an article every couple of days, and today it’s hard to open the door due to the accumulated news articles arriving constantly.


Mariëlle Swinkels
17/03/2015 - 16:09

Innovation in Active & Healthy Ageing: The Smart Health experience in the Noord Brabant area

Last 9 and 10 March I had the pleasure to take part to the European Summit on Innovation for Active & Healthy Ageing together with the province of Noord-Brabant delegation, including our Vice governor and executives of several municipalities.

It was a fruitful experience: our local politicians were inspired by the practices and vision of other politicians and experts across Europe in relation to the European, national and regional strategies for active and healthy ageing.

They formalised their intention to join forces in the field of healthcare innovation and knowledge development by

Robert Madelin
12/03/2015 - 17:47

Self- and co-regulation in the EU landscape

It is obvious that self- and co-regulation practice has to comply with basic design principles, a new culture of relationships between interested stakeholders, and between public and private actors. With this in mind I have set up and chair a Community of Practice for better self- and co-regulation in 2013. The Community of Practice gathers practitioners of self- and co-regulatory actions and is an advocate for good practice thanks to constructive interaction between civil society, businesses, academics and policy makers across the EU and beyond.

During the three first plenary meetings, we shaped the Community of Practice vision by investigating the success factors and challenges facing self- and co-regulation activities. The discussions gradually gained in maturity, clearly positioning self- and co-regulation as

Thierry Van Der Pyl
11/03/2015 - 09:53

Under full sail - the Graphene Flagship continues its voyage

Over the course of 3 days, the experts held in-depth discussions with the Graphene Consortium. The overall conclusion is that the Flagship has made good scientific and technical progress over its first year of activities. This review also confirms that the impact of graphene as the first of a new class of 2-Dimensional single-layer materials promises to be revolutionary in a wide range of potential applications and uses. Some of these are still in the early research stage, while for others attention is already turning towards the challenges of innovation and exploitation. The experts confirmed that the project is providing worldwide credibility and visibility to the EU investments in graphene.

The experts have now finalised their detailed report. The main conclusions and recommendations of this report can be found