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Wednesday (post conference)

Media Programme

Communicating European Research 2005 offered media an opportunity to meet leading European researchers and communication professionals. From press briefings to one-on-one meetings, CER 2005 provided the latest news and best insights into Europe’s scientific research.

Some of the press opportunities offered in CER 2005 were:

  • Press conference with Janez Potocnik, European Commissioner for Research, on November 14
  • Media briefings on European research news on November 14 and 15
  • Guided tour of the exhibition
  • Interviews with speakers from the conference and media briefings on request
  • Several conference sessions of interest to the press

Monday, 14 November

14:00-14:45 - FishBase: Fishes of the world in the computer.
Speaker: Rainer Froese (DE)

European scientists have embarked on producing a register of the invisible two thirds of the planet (the oceans) in the Fishbase project. Fishbase is the largest and most comprehensive information system on fish. Highlights of this research were be presented for the first time: trophic signatures of ecosystems, indicators for fishing down the food web, resilience of fishes against fishing and extinction, and simple tools that allow the public to participate in fisheries management (over 15 million hits a month for Fishbase).

15:00-15:45 - PEOPLE: How clean is the air in European cities?
Speaker: Pascual Pérez Ballesta (ES)

The PEOPLE (Population Exposure to Air Pollutants in Europe) project is a new approach to air pollution monitoring. The sampling procedure was performed via ordinary people who carry personal monitors with them. The experiment was organised in 6 European cities (Brussels, Bucharest, Dublin, Lisbon, Ljubljana and Madrid). The results were presented to the press for the first time.

16:00-16:45 - Forecasting flood events: Europe at the leading edge
Speaker: Michael Butts (DK)

Floods are the most common natural disasters in Europe and in terms of loss of life and economic damage the most costly. After the recent disasters (e.g. New Orleans), European researchers met in October to review the state of European research. The results were presented at the CER 2005. More particularly, a new generation of flood forecasting methodologies was explained as they offer
significant increases in forecast lead-time, allowing greater opportunity to instigate flood warning and protection measures.

17:00-17:45 - RAPHAEL: Sustainable nuclear energy for all uses
Speaker: Dominique Hittner (FR)

This briefing presented the launch of an Integrated Project called RAPHAEL (ReActor for Process heat, Hydrogen and Electricity generation) with 35 partners from 12 countries (including non-European). The stakes and potential of RAPHAEL for European society and the economy in the medium-term were presented, as well as the level of achievement of this technology.

Tuesday, 15 November

10:00-10:45 - Polar research: The major European projects
Speaker: Gérard Jugie (FR)

Presentation of the major European polar projects and the impact of polar research on environment. Announcement of the 2007-2008 International Polar Year.

11:00-11:45 - Methane in the ocean: A concern for the environment?
Speaker: Bo Barker Jorgensen (DK)

Methane is both an important greenhouse gas and a potential energy source. Recent European research work has made considerable progress on key issues such as: whether global warming could lead to a significant release of methane? Whether such a release could trigger a sub-ocean surface landslide, thereby generating a devastating tsunami? Are there significant reserves of methane that can be exploited to provide a new energy resource which could be safely extracted? Detailed results on these topics were presented to the press for the first time.

12:00-12:45 - Fusion energy and ITER: What's next?
Speaker: Bill Spears (UK)

The recent developments of ITER were presented at the CER 2005: what work is currently being done on ITER, what are the next steps, who will manage and with which structure? All you want to know about the follow-up of the decision to have ITER in Europe were explained.

13:15-14:00 - Creating a global weather forecasting system with GEANT 2
Speaker: Dai Davies (UK). Press kit and video

The threat from climate change has been recognised as one of the most important issues facing the world today. Sharing of detailed information is crucial for effective hazard management and in order to provide a global weather tracking and prediction service. Collaborating researchers across Europe and beyond can use GEANT 2 to share data and resources. The project makes use of GRID computing, with GEANT 2 as the essential, underlying structure, powering the research. With its connections to other networks such as Red Clara (Latin America) and TEIN2 (Asia), the vision of a global service can be realised. The project will also describe how GEANT2, a leading world project, has been designed to meet the growing needs of the research community.

14:15-15:00 - ESOPE: A new therapeutic approach for local tumors
Speaker: Lluis Mir (ES)

Electrochemotherapy (ECT) is a new therapeutic approach which combines the administration of drugs with the application of electric pulses to tumours in order to facilitate drug delivery into the cells. The results of the treatment of skin metastases of solid tumours by such a technique were presented.

15:00-15:45 - EUDD: The new European train driver's desk
Speaker: Wolfgang Steinicke (DE)

The project European Driver’s Desk (EUDD) represents one of the first successful projects developing interoperable rail products based on a consensus building approach between supply industry, operators, scientists and associations on a European scale. The EUDD tangible product represents a train driver’s workplace designed for interoperable rail service across borders, integrating the latest knowledge in human factors engineering to improve working conditions and the active safety of the railway system. EUDD resulted also in a functional demonstrator which has been tested by more than 40 drivers from 7 countries. This functional mock-up was presented in the exhibition area of the conference.

Speakers were available for interviews on request

All the media briefings are going to take place in Room C (1122), entrance from Hall 10
Parc des Expositions de Bruxelles - Brussels Exhibition Centre
Communicating European Research Conference
Place de la Belgique
Hall 10
B-1020 Bruxelles

Media Materials

Communicating European Research 2005 - Time to get talking research


Other news about European Research

ENSEMBLES: Climate predictions, region by region.

Global and regional climate modelling is a key research area, in which European scientists are world leaders. ENSEMBLES is a European project involving 66 institutions from 19 countries, related to the Environment Programme. The aim is to produce for the first time an objective estimate of uncertainty in future climate at different timescales. Highlights are on extreme events, their occurrence, severity and frequency, but also on their impact on European citizen and economy. The impact of events like shutdown of the Gulf Stream circulation in the North Atlantic, are also described, with references to the UNFCCC (UN Framework Convention on Climate Change), Kyoto Protocol and IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.)

Renewable fuels for advanced power trains RENEW

In the research area of Sustainable fuel production, the project aims to use biomass sources as feedstock to produce synthesis gas from which various vehicle fuels can be derived, and it aims to develop compare and demonstrate a range of fuel productions chains for motor vehicles, with a view to produce cost-effective fuels for combustion engines RENEW has the vision to develop commonly agreed strategic recommendations based on understanding among relevant players in industry and concerning fuels It has positive socio-economic impacts, offers Kyoto benefits, and includes 31 partners 7 SMEs.

European study on the genetics of addition

In the area of Brain Research, a European Research Initiative in the genetics of drug addiction has been made, and funded the University of Surrey with 8.1 million euros from the European Commission. 8 public and private research organisation have been brought together and they aim at identifying the genes involved in addiction and advancing the development of new treatment strategies; the role of genetics has been recognized in susceptibility to addiction, a complexity of disease made isolating genes a formidable challenge. This initiative will combine human population genetics with powerful animal genetics and gene-expression strategies; Reykjavik-based decode genetics; a biopharmaceutical company who is world leader in gene discovery in common diseases will work with Iceland National Centre of Addiction Medicine. Understanding the genetics of addiction would give insight into the biological basis of addiction and the dysfunction of the addicted brain.

Diet, genomics and the metabolic syndrome: an integrated nutrition agro food social and economic analysis

This European project deals with the research area of Food quality Safety and the impact of food on health. The LIPGENE Integrated project has two components, the plant study and the economic study. The aim is quantifying through economic modelling the impact of the metabolic syndrome, the economic barriers to implementing innovative agricultural practices which could modify plant and animal fat composition and the social perspective of implementing such innovative technologies.

Taking stock of 10 years of international research cooperation on Integrated Water Resources in water issues Management (IWRM)

The main contribution of IWRM approach has been to encourage water scientists to recognise that IWRM is sensitive to the highly political nature of water use and allocation. Political awareness should be ensuring that there is constructive engagement of public, private and collective research. There are challenges facing political leaders, policy-makers and water users. Research community addresses policy priorities, and water focused research. Community includes individuals and institutions in EU mode of collaborative research, but effectiveness of communication of results needs to be evaluated as well.

SEINIT virtualises security for pervasive computers and ambient intelligence.

In the research area of Security and related to pervasive computing for private and professional users, and security and dependability of large interconnected IT systems. With emerging IT technologies, legacy security standards have to be integrated and SEINIT explores the capability of the virtualisation paradigm applied to security and the ability of V2V approach to set up the relevant security mechanisms based on the policies agreed with negotiation process.

(SEINIT abstract: PDF - 159kB)

Nano biotechnology and the leap forward for medical diagnosis

Nano biotechnology and nano-analytics offer some of the most exciting possibilities in health applications, and become one of the key technologies of the twentieth century. Social demands of 21st century are early and accurate diagnosis of illness, management of health costs, and extension of life expectancy in good conditions. The nano-analytical tools qare fast and sensitive diagnostic tool, targeted drugs fitted and suited to patients with no side effects.

Socially unsustainable work? New problems of working life in Europe

The project is also part of the European Research FP6, and more especially of the research area of ‘Citizens and Governance in a Knowledge Based Society’. It is concerned with growing insecurity at work, favouring Lisbon Agenda calling for ‘more and better jobs’, tracing the current changes in work and employment such as: individualisation; mobility, undermining trust and collective learning and flexibility. The ‘Info work’ project investigated the same issues, and brought together the results from a range of projects under the fourth and fifth framework programmes and it showed that work in Europe undermines social inclusion and social cohesion; and that Europe runs the risk of ‘socially unsustainable work’.

The European Social Survey: measuring and understanding social change in Europe.

ESS was set up in 2001 to chart changes in social attitudes and values throughout Europe. It was funded by Commission at least until 2010 and it is among first social science projects to be included on the ESFRI the European Strategic Forum on research Infrastructures. ESS methods are the major advance in comparative social measurement, and cooperation is fostered between European and American scholars. ESS will propose a first group of social science scholars for EC Descartes prize. Project’s data can be found on , and seven books are in print or available. ESS aims to develop a set of social indicators to complement economic ones, the latter being the measures of national success.

Migration, Borders and Asylum: Trends and Vulnerabilities in EU Policy

CHALLENGE set up its observatory online at, and the showed the first results achieved in one year. Centre for European Policy Studies CEPS was one of the main partners inside CHALLENGE, and it dealt with the changing dynamic and security in an enlarged European Union. The level of policy convergence reached by EU member states on immigration; border and asylum are explored, and critical analysis has been done of the most recent policy developments in this politically sensitive domain. The aim is the achieving of the most appropriate action to ensure equal treatment and social cohesion in the EU.

CECO-the China-European Union Science and Technology Cooperation Promotion

Office-The project is about EU and China Science and Technology cooperation, political
background and promotion of cooperation, science and technology investments by industry, joint innovation projects. There will be a Chinese science and technology Year in Europe 2006/2007.

BIOSTREAM: Development of a novel bioprocess platform addressing the needs of ‘next horizon’ biomanufacturing technology

European biotechnology sector is facing the problem of establishing a global on its market. The key components that constitute the BioStream platform consist of integrated upstream and downstream processing systems for bio-manufacturing and outline how the pan-European team assembled to address the key project issues.

Synthetic Biology-Applying Engineering to Biology

HLEG expert group on ’Synthetic Biology’ produced a final report to elucidate its scope and potential for advancing science, technology and innovation.

Unleashing Mathematics-A Driving Force for Industry and Society in Europe

This project deals with the research areas of Social Sciences, Economics, Materials Sciences and Biochemistry. Mathematics can be included in a much earlier stage in the research process using mathematical theories of multi-scale phenomena, complexity, risk and uncertainty showcased in themes of Modelling criminality in urban environment, modelling the business environment, visualisation and simulation materials and complexity in modelling proteins and interfaces at the molecular level.

Lifelong learning: how research based on indicators and benchmarks can contribute the realization of the Lisbon strategy

The scientific research has the crucial role in the future of Education policies in Europe. Lifelong learning is a core element of the Lisbon strategy, the guiding principle for the education and training policy. Education systems are important in making the vision of reality.

More information or interviews on request.

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Working Facilities

CER 2005 welcomed all journalists interested in covering the event. There was a fully-equipped press room and two ENG teams for TV journalists available during the two days of the event.

Media Contacts

Catherine Audouze-Ouannes
Press and Information Officer,
Research DG, European Commission
Tel: +, GSM: +32.498.98.23.07 Fax: +

For print press:
Mónica Vicente Cristina
Hill & Knowlton International Belgium, working under EC contract for this event
Tel: +32.2.737.95.00, Fax: +32.2.737.95.01, Mob: +32.472.390.601

For audiovisual media:
Gérald Alary
DDB Focus-Europe, working under EC contract for this event
Tel: +32.2.761.20.29, Fax: +32.2.761.19.06

We enjoyed having you with us at CER 2005!