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Week 28

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Wednesday, 09 July 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • Gold Medal at the Paris international Concours Lépine to Vigi'Fall
      Mr. Gérard Dorey has awarded to the Vigi'Fall on behalf of the jury of the Paris international Concours Lépine the Gold Medal which rewards the most promising inventions of the 2014 edition. The Concours Lépine rewards a highly innovative invention. Founded in 1901 by the Chief of Police Louis Lépine, the Concours Lépine is an outstanding economic tool. The ball-point pen, the potato-masher and the steam-iron have been rewarded there!

Tuesday, 08 July 2014

  • Events
    • Save the Planet - Waste Management, Recycling, Environment - 11-13 March 2015, Sofia, Bulgaria

      Keeping pace with the market trends and demand ‘Save the Planet’ encourages the waste and recycling technology transfer to South-East Europe. It will provide participants with a quick market entry and opportunity to meet face-to-face state and municipal representatives e.g. government officials, mayors, ecologists; branch associations; investors and entrepreneurs; executives from the sectors: waste management, recycling, ecology and related industry branches.

    • 27th DIA Annual EuroMeeting - 13-15 April 2015, Paris, France

      The DIA's Annual EuroMeeting is global in scope and attracts well over 3,000 professionals from more than 50 countries. It brings together professionals from the biopharmaceutical industry, contract research and service organisations, academic research centres, regulatory agencies and health ministries as well as delegates from patient organisations. This convergence affords participants the opportunity to network with professional colleagues from around the world.

    • Smart Grids Congress - 27-28 October 2014, Madrid, Spain

      The “Smart Grids Congress” is the main forum in Spain about Smart Grids. The congress covers a wide range of aspect related to the development of the Smart Grids, including energy efficiency, security, usability, etc. as well as the integration of new services such as: Electrical Vehicles, Smart Meters, Smart Buildings, etc., all from both a legal, technical and business perspective. The main content of the congress is based on a call for papers from which the technical board selects the papers to be presented in the congress. Additionally several Round Table discussions and Key Note speeches take place.

    • JTI launch event - 9 July 2014, Brussels

      Public-private partnerships set up under the EU's new research and innovation programme, Horizon 2020, will launch their first calls on 9 July 2014 in Brussels. The partnerships work in strategic areas such as medicines, fuel cells, air and rail transport or electronics. They represent an essential investment into Europe's economy and in a better quality of life....

  • Research Headlines
    • Mapping greenhouse emissions to prevent climate change
      EU-funded researchers have used advanced modelling and geo-spatial information to compile more accurate greenhouse gas inventories for Poland and Ukraine. The approach could substantially improve the accuracy of national inventories of greenhouse gases and boost Europe's efforts to reduce emissions.

Monday, 07 July 2014

Week 27

Friday, 04 July 2014

  • Events
    • Implementing the Science and Innovation Strategy - 29 January 2015, London, UK

      The UK Government's Innovation Strategy is due to be released alongside the 2014 Autumn Statement. This timely conference will bring together key policymakers with stakeholders central to the strategy's implementation to discuss the likely impact of the proposals and the challenges for putting policy into practice.

    • 5th Nordic Biogas Conference - 27-29 August 2014, Reykjavik, Iceland

      NBC is a biennial conference and the largest biogas event in the Nordic countries. NBC 2014 will cover small scale biogas systems, aquatic substrates, liquid biogas, landfill gas, LBG/CBG within road bound transportation as well as future biogas systems. In addition NBC 2014 offers an extensive exhibition, a poster session and a study tour.

    • European Utility Week 2014 - 4-6 November 2014, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

      European Utility Week 2014, an essential 3 days for every smart utility professional! Never has the well worn saying "By the industry for the industry" been more applicable. Since the record-breaking 2013 edition, we have been in close consultation with existing and new stakeholders to bring you a completely re-engineered event programme, including new formats amongst tried and tested formulas with content for all levels dealing with the here and now and the challenges of the future. Innovation will be at the forefront of the 3 days with showcasing of projects and new solutions.

  • Research Headlines
    • Safer designs for ultra-large container ships
      Compared to smaller vessels, the largest container ships afloat are likelier to pick up vibrations caused by waves. These vibrations can cause structural damage, potentially endangering lives. This difference must be taken into account when new ultra-large container ships (ULCSs) are built. EU-funded research has charted a course towards safer ship design.

Thursday, 03 July 2014

  • Press Centre
    • Have your say on the future of science: public consultation on Science 2.0
      The European Commission has today launched a public consultation on ‘Science 2.0’, in order to gauge the trend towards a more open, data-driven and people-focused way of doing research and innovation. Researchers are using digital tools to get thousands of people participating in research, for example by asking them to report if they catch flu in order to monitor outbreaks and predict possible epidemics.

Wednesday, 02 July 2014

  • Success Stories
    • Spotting inherited heart disease before it strikes
      Idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is a type of heart disease in which the organ's muscle becomes weaker. It can lead to heart failure and ventricular arrhythmia (a type of irregular heart beat) or even sudden death. The EU-funded INHERITANCE project has provided a better understanding of the genetic causes of DCM, while developing diagnostic and therapeutic strategies for patients.

Tuesday, 01 July 2014

  • Success Stories
    • A new breed of crops to help save the planet
      Although fossil oils are dwindling, they are still our main energy source and continue to dominate the global chemical industry. However, the European Union (EU)-funded research project ICON helped breed crops to produce high-value plant oils that are expected to break the chemical sector's dependence on petroleum.

Monday, 30 June 2014

  • Events
    • Bio-based Plastics – How do we Grow the EU Industry? - 1 December 2014, Brussels

      This workshop aims to identify workable solutions to the major hurdles hampering the development of the bio-based plastics sector in the EU. We are especially interested in PLA and PHA as we consider these bio-based plastics as having the highest potential for deployment in the EU. Input from market, policy and technological experts within the area of bioplastics is crucial to allow us to develop recommendations which best answer the needs of industry.

    • Chemical Building Blocks – building sustainable foundations for biobased chemicals - 1 October 2014, Reims, France

      This workshop aims to identify workable solutions to the major hurdles and concerns hampering the development of the biobased chemicals sector in the EU. We are especially interested in views on 3HPA, succinic acid, PDO, furfural, and isoprene as we consider these chemical building blocks to have the highest potential for deployment in the EU.Input from market, policy and technological experts within the area of chemical building blocks is crucial to allow us to develop recommendations which best answer the needs of industry.

    • CO2-based Chemicals Production using Industrial Biotechnology - 24 September 2014, Lyon, France

      The BIO-TIC project has organised this workshop with the aim to identify technological, non-technological and market hurdles for the uptake of industrial biotechnology in CO2 based chemicals production and develop recommendations and solutions to overcome the identified hurdles. Input from market, policy and technological experts is crucial to help us develop recommendations which best answer the needs of industry and further build on the roadmaps.

    • Use of IB in Biosurfactants - 3 September 2014, Berlin, Germany

      The BIO-TIC project has organised this workshop with the aim to identify technological, non-technological and market hurdles for the uptake of industrial biotechnology in bio-surfactants and develop recommendations and solutions to overcome the identified hurdles. Input from market, policy and technological experts is crucial to help us develop recommendations which best answer the needs of industry and further build on the roadmaps being developed as part of this project.

  • Research Headlines
    • Mapping greenhouse emissions to prevent climate change
      EU-funded researchers have used advanced modelling and geo-spatial information to compile more accurate greenhouse gas inventories for Poland and Ukraine. The approach could substantially improve the accuracy of national inventories of greenhouse gases and boost Europe's efforts to reduce emissions.

  • Success Stories
    • Better analysis for healthier marine ecosystems
      Changes in climate patterns, ocean circulation, as well as temperature and light-all related to climate change-are having a growing impact on marine ecosystems. Understanding how these factors, together with anthropogenic drivers (such as fishing and pollution), affect the environmental status of marine ecosystems is vital if we are to ensure that they are effectively managed.

Week 26

Friday, 27 June 2014

Thursday, 26 June 2014

  • Events
    • World e-ID Congress - 23-25 September 2014, Marseille, France

      World e-ID Congress has become a key event gathering nearly 400 e-ID programs managers, government officials and technology experts. The 2014 conference will keep its focus on world's most inspiring projects and latest innovation helping the participants to succeed in their e-ID plans and stay ahead of e-ID services

    • Chip to Cloud Security Forum - 23-25 September 2014, Marseille, France

      Chip-to-Cloud Security Forum provides an independent conference platform dedicated to advance end-to-end digital security. It covers all technical aspects of all assets protection of embedded, mobile, M2M and Cloud services and ecosystems. Its scope ranges from the foundations such as cryptography, hardware security mechanisms and embedded software security technologies, including end user verification by biometry, to the latest developments of security services delivered through the Cloud.

  • Research Headlines
    • An innovative lubrication system for aircraft engines
      The EU-funded ELUBSYS project developed a radically new approach to lubricating an aircraft's turbine engines that reduces oil consumption. The innovation could result in more efficient jet engines that burn less oil and fuel – a boon for the airline industry and the environment.

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

  • Success Stories
    • Beyond the subconscious
      We are only aware of about 10% of our brain activity, so scientists at a lab in Barcelona are working to increase that percentage. They hope to enable us to perform better in a world which is increasingly overwhelmed by data.

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

  • Success Stories
    • Finding new ways to combat pregnancy-associated malaria
      Malarial infections during pregnancy can be a particular problem in sub-Saharan Africa, where the disease remains a widespread hazard to human health. Such infections can bring serious complications during pregnancy, including stillbirth, premature birth and low birth-weight, as well as severe risks to the mother's health.

Monday, 23 June 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • A new look at treatments for childhood cancers
      Children rarely develop tumours, but if they do, the prognosis is uncertain. Sometimes, the growth just disappears, without therapy. Unfortunately, few families are so lucky, and there are only a handful of specifically developed treatments. The EU-funded ASSET project is finding better ways to tackle some of the cancers that can appear in early life.

  • Success Stories
    • Food on the brain
      A gastric bypass without the surgery? Not as far-fetched as one might think. EU-funded research into the way the gut and stomach communicate with the brain has uncovered fresh insights into the mechanisms that drive food intake and points to new ways of preventing and treating obesity. The outcomes include a hormone cocktail that could offer all the benefits of a gastric bypass – without the trauma of a major operation.

Week 25

Friday, 20 June 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • Fighting Hepatitis B and liver cancer in West Africa
      EU-funded researchers are identifying and treating patients with Hepatitis B virus (HBV) in West Africa with the aim of reducing their risk of dying from liver cancer. The researchers are also developing a new test to identify those with liver cancer, so treatment can be given sooner – saving more lives.


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