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18/12/2014
On 9 December 2014, the EIT announced the the pan-European consortium RawMatTERS as the winner of the 2014 Call for Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KIC) in the area of Raw Materials. RawMatTERS plans to address serious raw materials supply challenges that the EU is facing. The KIC covers the whole value chain including sustainable exploration, extraction, processing, recycling and substitution, and brings together more than 100 partners from 20 EU Member States. Read more
18/12/2014
We are looking for your ideas and help in identifying which research and innovation areas attract most interest from innovators and innovation users and how to stimulate developers and providers of innovative solutions to engage in projects of greater ambition in terms of scope, scale and impact. Read more
12/12/2014
This year, the EU stand in the World of Science and Technology (Stand number 30 in the Industries Hall) has a special focus on Food Research - so drop in and find out more about what the EU is doing in the area of Food Research - we look forward to meeting you! Read more
27/11/2014
How can research in food and diets address how we will live and eat in 2050? By supporting the move towards individualised diets; by ensuring the sustainability of the future food system; by improving our understanding of links between food, nutrients and health; and by focusing on integrated policy-making. These are the main findings of a new foresight report that will support work done under Horizon 2020, the EU's Funding Programme for Research and Innovation for 2014-2020. Read more
25/11/2014
Over 500 hundred participants attended the Infoday on Societal challenge 2 calls for 2015 organised by European Commission in Brussels on 21 November 2014. Read more
26/09/2014
The International Journal of Social Robotics has issued a Call for Papers for its forthcoming Special Issue on New Frontiers of Service Robotics for Active and Healthy Ageing. Read more
25/07/2014
Research partnerships between the EU, the private sector and Member States presented their first calls for projects and partners under Horizon 2020, the EU's €80 billion research and innovation programme, at an event in Brussels on 9 July 2014. Read more
18/07/2014
The stakeholder consultation for the Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 5 (Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials) closed on 23 June 2014. A short analysis provides the findings. Read more
07/07/2014
Vigi’Fall received Gold Medal at the Paris international Concours Lépine, which rewards the most promising inventions of the 2014 edition. Read more
16/04/2014
14 European countries and Canada have adopted a Strategic Research Agenda as a first milestone of the Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) “More Years, Better Lives - The Potential and Challenges of Demographic Change”. While ageing is the principal focus of the work of the JPI, the research agenda also addresses the wider picture of demographic change: factors like fertility rates, rural depopulation, and migration are all significant issues. Furthermore, some of the problems, especially in health and social care, which arise in later life, could be prevented by interventions earlier in the lifecourse. The Agenda has a particular focus on the kinds of research that can inform policy. JPIs enable member countries to coordinate their research on specific societal challenges more closely. The JPI "More Years, Better Lives" is now preparing the implementation of the Strategic Research Agenda. The success of the initiative requires active participation of national governments and funding agencies with joint activities such as joint calls as well as alignment of their respective research policies and programmes. Read more

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