This report presents the conclusions of the independent Expert Group on the “Follow-up to Rio+20, notably the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)” that was established by the European Commission (EC) to provide advice on the role of science, technology and innovation (STI) for implementing the new global sustainable development agenda (2030 Agenda). Read more
With her degree in biology, Dr Maria-Elena Torres-Padilla left Mexico and embarked on an international career in epigenetics. She completed her PhD at the Pasteur Institute in Paris and then moved to Cambridge University. In 2006 she joined IGBMC in Strasbourg where she is currently a group leader. Supported by an ERC grant, she studies the mechanisms controlling embryonic cellular plasticity with the aim of shedding new light on today's fertility issues. Read more
Why do so many diabetes patients develop kidney disease, and how can we improve prevention? EU-funded research has examined insulin-related processes at play in impaired renal function — and it may have found a way to protect key cells that help to filter our blood. Read more
The European Commission is launching today the second edition of the "SOFT Innovation Prize" for fusion research. Proposals can be submitted concerning any physics or technology innovations related to magnetic confinement fusion research with a potential for further exploitation. Read more
Xylella fastidiosa is considered a dangerous plant pathogens worldwide, provoking serious damage to a number of crops, including olive trees, grapevine, citrus and ornamental plants, with huge economic impact for agriculture. The pest is quarantined in the EU. Read more
High-performance computing (HPC) is one of today’s most important priorities. Europe can attain worldwide leadership in HPC, not for the sake of being the first to get the fastest machine, but to master this strategic technology and put it to the service of a more competitive and innovative Europe and to help address societal problems. Read more
From fairy-tale fortresses to majestic monasteries, preserving Europe’s cultural treasures takes time and money. New all-natural materials developed by EU-funded researchers could help ensure that cleaning and protection become less frequent and less costly. Read more
Companies can miss the chance to innovate because they are slow to react to new opportunities. An EU-funded project is developing software tools that will help businesses make faster and more robust decisions. Read more
What is the origin of the Universe? How do galaxies form and evolve? Is there a possibility of extra-terrestrial life?
This brochure presents a few projects addressing some of the most important challenges in the field of Universe Sciences which were funded by the European Research Council (ERC).