5 December 2002
- Women in science: More effort needed
Statistics show that, while the representation of women in the sciences is increasing, they still trail behind men in key research sectors, especially in industry.
- Ways and means for SMEs
Europe's 19 million small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) play a vital role in fostering innovation, creating employment and maintaining the economic competitiveness of the region.
- Enlargement and beyond: international co-operation is vital
While the primary aim of the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6) is to foster an integrated approach to research and technological development (RTD) within a European Research Area (ERA), the global nature of many of the issues to be faced demands co-operation on a world scale.
- Collaborative research for a long-lasting sustainable development
The four years covered by the GROWTH Programme under FP5 were characterised by a rapidly changing background: the development of ERA; the Lisbon strategy; the Barcelona declaration; the Gothenburg Council.
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29 May 2002
- Expressions of interest - the M&T experience
The mechanisms used for implementing measurements and testing (M&T) activities were constantly evolving. As the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6) gets underway, expressions of interest and dedicated calls aim to mobilise a critical mass of research and development resources together with a better integration of research capacities across Europe.
- Simulating metal forming processes
Metal-forming processes are used in many manufacturing areas, such as in the production of components for cars, aircraft and household appliances.
- Research in a larger Europe
As the Newly-Associated States of central and eastern Europe prepare for accession to the European Union, opening some of the major EU research programmes to their institutes and companies allows exchange of knowledge and expertise in the period before they become member states.
- SMEs take the lead in high temperature micromaterial testing
The GROWTH - HiT project funded under the CRAFT scheme is developing an electron-optical device for the automatic operation of high temperature micromaterial tests on electronic components.
- Setting standards for mechanical behaviour at high temperatures
Standardisation is vital for the testing of high temperature materials used in safety-critical industries such as power generation, surface transport, defence, aerospace and aeronautics.
- Measuring up in the ERA
Innovation in most areas of science and technology depends on the ability to make accurate and verifiable measurements.
- In good measure
Metropolis is a network of 38 scientific institutions in 17 European countries, developing an interdisciplinary approach to measurements and their reliability in environmental monitoring.
08 May 2002
- Promoting co-operation in polymer research
In December 1997, the European Commission formally approved the formation of a Targeted Research Action (TRA) to promote collaborative research and technology development between process industries and research institutes in the polymer materials sector.
11 April 2002
- Mastering measurement
Chemicals are an ever-present component in almost everything we buy, use or consume. Accurate measurement of these chemicals and their properties and the correct interpretation of these measurements are essential to ensuring that products and processes are both efficient and safe.
- Workshop on waste prevention and chromium issues in industrial liquid effluents (Luleå, Sweden, 16 June 2002)
On 16 June 2002, the GROWTH programme is organising a special workshop in Luleå, Sweden on 'Waste prevention and chromium issues in industrial liquid effluents' as a curtain raiser to the 'Recycling and waste treatment in mineral and metal processing: technical and economic aspects' conference from 17 to 20 June.
27 March 2002
21 March 2002
- Aspiring to higher standards
Collaborative projects linking public research institutes, universities and private companies in many EU member states are developing new repeatable methods for a wide range of measurements.
08 March 2002
- Research clustering brings added dividends
Where areas of common interest clearly exist, consortia of individual GROWTH projects under FP5 are actively encouraged to co-operate in the formation of project clusters.
- Smart fibres protect their users - and their makers
Textiles that change colour in response to light or heat have appeared as fashion gimmicks - but the effects are typically diminished in a relatively short time by repeated wearing and washing...
- Recycling textiles
European Union consumers discard 5.8 million tonnes of textiles a year. Only 1.5 million tonnes (25%) of these post-consumer textiles are recycled by charities and industrial enterprises...