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EuroNews launches "Innovation" - a brand new TV and internet magazine on European research and innovation

Brussels, 2 February 2011

To mark the launch of the Innovation Union Flagship Initiative, which is put up for adoption this week by the February Council, EuroNews has just launched its new magazine "Innovation" that puts the spotlight on exciting success stories in European Research and Innovation.

Focusing on some of the most innovative European research projects, and on promising industrial and commercial applications of research, "Innovation" will show how partnerships between European researchers lead directly to innovation in the products and services that can have a positive impact on the quality of life of European citizens and on the economy. The magazine will showcase, in particular, successful projects driven by European SMEs, which have been explicitly singled out in the Innovation Union Flagship Initiative because of their importance for generating employment.

"Innovation" will be in a short, fast-paced, highly visual, 3-minute format, produced in HD, with dynamic interviews of scientists and innovators. During this launch week (31 January to 4 February) five new issues of "Innovation" will be broadcast on EuroNews, with each new magazine repeated up to 10 times a day (see schedule below). In ensuing weeks, additional "Innovation" magazines will be broadcast, in alternating weeks, with EuroNews' flagship TV magazine on European research, Futuris.

Produced for television in the 10 EuroNews languages, "Innovation" is available to all interested European broadcasters free of rights via the EBU Eurovision exchange, as well as via downloads from EuroNews ftp website.


In addition to television distribution by Euronews (see broadcast schedule in annex), "Innovation" magazines will be available in web streaming on a number of sites, including



Media representativesinterested in screening and/or using "Innovation" for professional use re-broadcasting are invited to download the initial set of 8 magazines in SD from the EuroNews Productions Extranet (HD versions are available upon request) at


Patrick Vittet-Philippe
Press and Information Officer, Audiovisual Coordinator
Research and Innovation DG
European Commission

"Innovation" Magazines
First Series


Firefighting robot (European Research project FIREROB)
Filmed in Zagreb, Croatia

The FireRob is a powerful new unmanned robot firefighting vehicle designed to go where normal fire trucks fear to tread. Based on technology developed for mine-clearing machines, this super-tough tool is put through its paces for Innovation magazine cameras in Zagreb, Croatia, driving  through walls, picking up cars and shooting foam into the heart of a raging fire.

A revolution in lighting (European Research Project          
Filmed Aachen, Germany

OLEDs mark a revolution in lighting. These highly energy efficient panels of organic luminescence are far removed from the bulbs and filaments of current lighting technology. At Philips in Aachen, Germany, Innovation magazine shows how OLEDs are inspiring designers and architects, and uncover how these wafer-thin lights are made.

Heart valves grown in laboratory (European Research project Lifevalve)
Filmed in Zurich, Switzerland

The thousands of babies born with congenital heart defects could soon be treated with heart valves that grow with them into adulthood. In Zurich, Switzerland, Innovation magazine interviews Professor of medicine Simon P. Hoerstrupp and shows how he is developing tissue engineering technology to grow heart valves from the patient's own cells, and then implant them without major surgery.

Second generation biofuels (EU Research Project KACELLE)
Filmed in Kalundborg, Denmark

Straw that farmers would normally leave to rot or simply burn is now being turned into second-generation biofuels. At the landmark Inbicon plant in Kalundborg, Denmark, Innovation magazine shows how the newest developments in enzyme and processing technology allow waste agricultural products to be turned into both fuel for cars and feedstock for coal fired power stations.
Euronews broadcast: Tuesday February 1st at 05:15, 7:45, 9:45, 12:15, 15:45, 17:15, 20:45, 0:45, 2:45 and 4:45 CET.

Tidal energy from sails (European Research Project Tidalsense)
Filmed in Haugesund, Norway

Are Børgesen is a keen sailor who has invented a new tidal energy device. In Haugesund, Norway, Innovation magazine meets Are and the Tidalsails team as they launch a prototype into a fjord. The unique design with its underwater sails is still being perfected, but it could offer a whole new way to efficiently and reliably capture the power of the tides and generate clean electricity.
Euronews broadcast:  Wednesday February 2nd at 5:15, 7:45, 9:45, 12:15, 15:15, 17:15, 20:45, 22:45, 3:45 and 4:45 CET.

Heel less running shoes (European Research Project Heelless)
Filmed in Stoke-on-Trent, UK
Keen athlete Adri Hartveld has invented a new type of running shoe with no heel. Innovation magazine shows his radical-looking design as it is put through its paces by Adri's EU project partners at Staffordshire University in Stoke-on-Trent, UK. The shoe has a unique, patented reinforcement that transfers the power of the runner's stride more evenly across the foot, in theory reducing the risk of injury.
Euronews broadcast: Thursday February 3rd at 5:15, 7:45, 10:15, 12:15, 15:15, 17:15, 21:45, 22:45, 2:45 and 4:45 CET.

Cartilage made from silk (European Research Project Silkbone)
Filmed in Oxford, UK

Spiders are some of the world's most impressive bioengineers, and their silk-processing technology has been copied in order to develop new implants for cartilage and bone repair. Innovation magazine shows how silkworm silk is used to generate the knee-implants at Oxford-based Orthox, in UK, with hopes that this technology could help the millions of people who suffer from painful joints every day.
Euronews broadcast: Friday February 4th at 5:45, 7:45, 10:15, 12:15, 14:15, 17:15, 20:45,0:45,2:45 and 4:45 CET.

Advanced carbon nanotube technology (European Research Project Inteltex)  
Filmed in Sambreville, Belgium

Carbon nanotubes may be invisible to the human eye, but they have massive potential in industry. When blended into polymers they can be used to create textiles with electrical conductivity, high-strength carbon fiber, anti-static plastics and many more cutting edge technologies. Innovation magazine interviews the SME Nanocyl from Sambreville in Belgium which coordinates several EU projects in this exciting field.
Euronews broadcast: Monday February 7th at 20:45, 22:45; Tuesday 8th at 5:15, 7:45, 15:45, 17:45; Wednesday 9th at 12:15, 20:45; Thursday 10th at 6:15, 17:15; Friday 11th at 16:15; Saturday 12th at 11:15, 22:15; Sunday 13th at 7:15 and 19:45CET.

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