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Willy Van Puymbroeck
25/02/2015 - 15:24

'Match Making' at the Brokerage Event on Micro- and Nano-electronic technologies

I hope that this year the brokerage event on micro- and nano-electronic technologies helped some 'match making' among potential partners.

The event was a true success: we had more than 100 guests and many others watching on-line. More than 30 presentations on project ideas or individual expertise were showed by the participants in a really welcoming and dynamic atmosphere.

My colleagues did a very good job in organising the event. Not only did they explain the various documents and concepts underlying Horizon 2020 but they also encouraged the stakeholders to 'think

Athanasios Dimoulas
25/02/2015 - 10:35

Silicene, the next star material for nanoelectronics

This is a guest blog post written by Athanasios Dimoulas, 2D-NANOLATTICES project coordinator, the first European project aimed to study silicene, a 2D semiconductor

I have enjoyed being the coordinator of several ICT projects dealing with advanced nanoelectronic materials and devices; however, coordinating the FET Open 2D-NANOLATTICES project was the most enjoyable and rewarding experience in my professional life. Whenever I get involved in research I am focused on applications. This time, it was a bit more special. Both I and my European collaborators in the project were driven by scientific curiosity when trying to make, for the first time, silicene, a material similar to graphene, which however does not exist in Nature. Every time we were talking to our colleagues in conferences and other meetings about our new exciting research subject, we were always

Marta Anna Bulik
19/02/2015 - 10:23

Life-saving early warning system takes off

*The Blog Post was written by Markus Korn, Project Officer, DG CONNECT, European Commission

A new wireless, very-low-power, sensor technology allows for the early detection of cracks, degradations and hazardous movements in structures which would potentially save many lives.
What is new? Rather than the costly connecting of each installed sensor to the power supply and the monitoring system using cables (can you imagine cables all over an ancient temple?), wireless sensors can now be attached non-intrusively at any point of a structure. They are powered by battery and connected to each other and the monitoring system via radio signal. The advantages are manifold. The most prominent is that the cost of deploying and maintaining such a system is dramatically less. This should motivate authorities not only to use this technology for new constructions (so as

Thierry Van Der Pyl
09/02/2015 - 13:26

Human Brain Project at its first buoy!

The Commission held the first annual review meeting of the Human Brain Project (HBP) assisted by 19 independent experts, last week, in Brussels. As announced back in September 2014, the aim of the review was to assess the work of HBP in its first year of activities against the current FP7 contract. The review covered the scientific and technological progress of the project as well as the Consortium's coordination, management and ethics-related activities.

During this 3-day review, the experts held in-depth discussions with the HBP Consortium in a constructive atmosphere. The experts confirmed that HBP is a very challenging and ambitious project driven by scientists having a clear vision of the way to reach the project goals and found that HBP achieved good

Georgios Ioannidis
27/01/2015 - 10:27

Get on stage with mymeedia!

This is a guest blog post written by George Ioannidis, director of IN2 and Maxiculture project partner

All major events nowadays engage on social media to share updates and inform participants and online visitors about what is going on. What happens though to all this content once the event is over? It fades out and becomes part of the "social noise", it cannot be retrieved, and there is no way for event organisers to make it relevant again. Until now. Continue reading and you’ll find a solution proposed by an EU funded project.

Event websites functioned as the main marketing medium before the event and social media during the event. However, due to the nature of current social networks and their primary segmentation by content type (e.g. Twitter short live messages, Instagram/

Adam Watson Brown
16/01/2015 - 15:43

Friendly, Foresightly Disruption of the 2016/2017 H2020 workplan – new study

Long before wrapping up the Digital Futures project, DG Connect's foresight micro-team launched its next gig, an exploration of whether participatory foresight could bring anything useful to the planning process for the next work plan of the H2020 research programme. The project sought to answer the brief but complex question What type of research should be funded by the public purse? The study that marks the culmination of this project - Foresight Services to support strategic programming within Horizon 2020 – is now available. Continue reading to find out more and to download the report.

For those unfamiliar with foresight,

Ariel Oleksiak
23/12/2014 - 10:53

Can data centres be leaders of energy efficiency? CoolEmAll tools can help to make it happen

They use around 2% of the total energy usage worldwide which equals to the total consumption by the aviation industry - comparison that I still find surprising! Moreover, data centres market grows quickly due to development of industry and science but also to the enormous growth of the social networks and multimedia use.

What else should attract a special attention to the data centres efficiency? Since data centres actually consist of IT infrastructure, they provide great opportunities of monitoring and control functions that are not available, without additional and costly instrumentation, in many other industries. I think that this fact along with their substantial energy consumption make data centres ideal candidates to be leaders of energy efficiency and to pave the way for other domains.

CoolEmAll approach and tools

The CoolEmAll

Dipak Kalra
19/12/2014 - 09:50

Breaking down the Tower of Babel in Medicine

This is a guest blog post written by Prof Dipak Kalra, President of EuroRec, Scientific co-ordinator of SemanticHealthNet

Imagine you have your medical record posted in a safe place in the cloud. You can read it in words you can understand, any time your want. You can take it with you on any trip abroad, for doctors to read it in any language in any country you choose to travel to. Your general practitioner and your specialist(s) can access it, but also any emergency doctor admitting you, unconscious from an accident or a medical crisis.

Europe is building electronic highways of medical information, called eHEALTH platforms. These allow the medical information to circulate freely but privacy-protected between health care providers, institutions, policy makers, and researchers.  However, building highways is not enough to enable safe traffic flows. In order

Evagelos Kosmidis
18/12/2014 - 12:04

E-government and cloud-services: a Win-Win combination

This is a guest blog post written by Evagelos Kosmidis, project coordinator of e-Enviper

As owner of a very small size enterprise (v-SME) from Greece and a citizen of Europe, every day in my professional and personal life, I realize the need of better public services (e-government) and how the improvement and the “cloud-ification” of these services can really be a win-win situation for all involved parties.

As coordinator of e-Enviper, a project funded by the PSP-CIP programme and dealing with the improvement of environmental permitting procedures through the deployment of a workflow management software and based on cloud services, I faced a lot of challenges both in managerial and technical issues.

Throughout the course of the project I have learnt a

Kai Rannenberg
17/12/2014 - 10:17

Can you gain trust anonymously? Yes, you can!

This is a guest blog post written by ABC4Trust Project coordinator, Kai Rannenberg

The project Attribute-based Credentials for Trust (ABC4Trust), co-funded by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme, enhanced the understanding of Attribute-based Credentials (ABCs) as an identity management technology.

In a nutshell, we developed a system for electronic identification that benefits both the user's privacy and the counterparties' security. But let me give you some examples of how it works. The user receives attribute-based credentials that enable identification but allow him/her to choose which attributes are disclosed to the counterpart without transmitting unnecessary personal information. Privacy-ABCs can prevent usage patterns between different accesses of an individual user to the same or different