Language, reasoning and learning are abilities powered by the neocortex, the folded grey matter on the outside of the brain. But how does its neuronal circuitry actually handle information? Using the example of syntax processing, new EU-funded research is exploring the physiological underpinnings of human cognition.
High unemployment rates, increasingly precarious jobs and industry restructuring are just some of the elements characterising today's labour markets. A network of EU-funded researchers is studying socio-economic and social trends to better understand current developments.
Poland does not necessarily top the list of destinations researchers consider while planning their next career move - even if it is their home. And yet, it has much to offer. A new EU-funded grant scheme will enable 90 incoming scientists to advance their work at Polish research organisations. It will also help to consolidate the country's research community.
By comparing urban dynamics in Lebanon, Israel and Palestine, this ambitious European-funded research project mapped inter-ethnic relations in contested cities throughout the Eastern Mediterranean. Its findings are intended to help policymakers understand the situation and could empower them to implement change.
On 1 February 2016, ten European partners launched the Mobile Age project. Aiming to develop inclusive mobile access to public services using open government data, Mobile Age targets a group of citizens that are usually marginalised when it comes to technical innovations but which is rapidly growing in number and expectations: European senior citizens.
In an ever more complex and expanding world social sciences still have to rely on data from experiments with very limited numbers of participants. FET project IBSEN promises to change this with a viable simulation tool which takes account of real world conditions.
A clay pot, an arrowhead, a delicately carved bone bead - taken in isolation, the artefacts of bygone ages don't convey much information to the untrained observer. Immersive 3D technologies are opening up new ways to provide context for individual objects, or across entire cultural heritage sites. An EU-funded project is advancing key techniques.
Prof. Nosnitsin’s ETHIO-SPARE project made several field trips to North Ethiopia to identify the most important collections, create inventories and make digital copies of over 2000 manuscripts. Next steps were the classification and scientific cataloguing of these cultural treasures and the publication of selected studies and research results.
EU-funding helped scholar Christophe Fricker restart his academic career and link it up with his experiences in the business world. His research has shed new light on the life and writing of controversial German author Ernst Junger.
Political cynicism and alienation, as well as moves towards violent extremism, threaten the values that underpin democracy. EU-funded research reveals how we can engage young people in peaceful civic and political processes.