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Week 44

Friday, 28 October 2016

  • Research Headlines
    • Real-time quality control for thin-film solar cell manufacturing
      Picture of solar panels on the meadowSolar cells as thin and flexible as a piece of paper can generate clean energy wherever it is needed, but manufacturing these revolutionary devices using thin-film printing processes is tricky. A novel quality control solution being developed by a European consortium is improving production efficiency and performance while reducing waste.

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

  • Success Stories
    • The power of sound - in space
      Photo of a galaxyHeading out beyond Jupiter, the light from our sun gets very dim. And even close to home, space exploration can't always draw power from the rays - e.g. on Mars, at night or during the planet's fierce dust storms. Another option involves generating electricity from an inbuilt heat source. EU-funded research has combined acoustic waves and electromagnetism to do so.

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

  • Research Headlines
    • Turning grass into fuel
      Picture of the grassThe identification of perennial grasses that make strong candidates for biofuel production and new drying techniques are among the results of the OPTIMA project - along with a call for support for farmers that will enable them to turn their marginal land into valuable biomass.

Monday, 24 October 2016

  • Research Headlines
    • Bio-active prosthetic joints for more successful implants
      Picture of the doctor and female patientAn unsuccessful joint replacement will cause pain, immobility and a progressively unstable hip or knee - for example - that needs repeat surgery. The EU-funded project BIOSTEM has developed a coating for artificial joints to improve the chances of stability and avoid these symptoms that threaten patient quality of life.

Week 43

Friday, 21 October 2016

  • Health
    • European Union invests €45 million into research to combat the Zika disease
      The European Union, through the Horizon 2020 programme, is investing €45 million in research to combat the outbreak of the Zika virus disease and other emerging infections transmitted by mosquitoes. The significant funding from the EU's research and innovation programme will support research on treatments, diagnostics and vaccines, as well as better risk assessment for Zika.

  • Research Headlines
    • Trading on trust
      Picture of workers in reflective vests and helmetsYou'd be forgiven for thinking that the documents accompanying shipping containers are always accurate. But you would be wrong - discrepancies are frequent. EU-funded research suggests that a system of trusted trade lanes could address this problem and the associated business and security concerns.

Thursday, 20 October 2016

  • Consultations
    • Public consultation: have your say on Horizon 2020
      The European Commission has today launched a public stakeholder consultation which will feed into the interim evaluation of Horizon 2020, the EU's €77 billion research and innovation funding scheme running from 2014 to 2020. This interim evaluation will help improve the functioning of Horizon 2020, and will also be an important element in preparations of a next EU research and innovation programme.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

  • Research Headlines
    • A fresh approach to water security
      Pictureof Rio Napo in EcuadorLocal people have more power than they think to adapt to new water supply patterns from climate change. An EU-funded project is helping communities in tropical forests in Argentina, Bolivia and Chile self-organise to ensure secure access to water and wiser use of resources.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Monday, 17 October 2016

  • Research Headlines
    • Innovative cloud network to simplify travel planning
      Picture of the hand with smartphoneAn EU-funded project aims to boost the competitiveness of Europe's travel industry by developing a cutting-edge cloud services platform capable of pulling together data from millions of service providers. The platform would allow travellers to access more diverse and flexible travel services faster and more securely than is currently possible - simplifying journey planning.

  • Success Stories
    • Creating 3D models with your mobile phone
      Photo of a smartphone taking a photo In a World where smartphones, sensors and cameras are everywhere, researchers dream of using their mobile phones differently. Let's look at whether our smartphones can help to create sophisticated 3D models which will turn us into active makers of 3D computer models.

Week 42

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

  • Events
    • Spreading Excellence and Crossing the Innovation Divide Conference - 23 November 2016, Brussels, Belgium

      The international conference “Spreading Excellence and Crossing the Innovation Divide” will be organised on 23 November 2016 in Brussels. The conference takes place at an important point in time since the ex-post evaluation of the 7th Framework Programme will be completed. It may thus contribute to the overall assessment and reflection on what has been achieved in the effort of the EU to reduce disparities among Member States in terms of performance. The interim evaluation of Horizon 2020 will also be launched and discussions on the future Framework Programme will start to take shape. Furthermore, the first Widening projects under Teaming, Twinning and ERA Chairs have started already in 2015 and some examples might be showcased....

  • Success Stories
    • Making the most of Africa's biowaste
      Photo of over ripe bananas Cassava peel, sugar cane vinasse and overripe bananas - residues such as these may be known as biowaste, but that doesn't mean they're necessarily wasted. An EU-funded project identified sources and current uses of such materials in five African countries and proposed quick, simple ways of processing them into products with higher added value.

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

  • Research Headlines
    • Digesting GMO risk assessment data
      Picture of the grains in the laboratoryDo we really need to test genetically modified food and feed on rats? What risk assessment data do we have, and how can we boost public confidence in conclusions drawn from this input? EU-funded researchers have produced guidance on the consolidation of scientific evidence and put the EU's mandatory rodent feeding trials under the microscope.

Monday, 10 October 2016

  • Research Headlines
    • Turning plants and waste into renewable plastics and chemicals
      Picture of garbage bin full of fresh foodPlastics are still made from petrochemicals that take their toll on the environment. But this could be about to change. Thanks to the EU-funded BioConSepT project, it is now feasible to make plastics from renewable resources such as wood and straw. Industry could soon be making plastic bags and bottles using chemicals derived from agricultural waste.

  • Success Stories
    • Squeezing extra value from fruit and veg
      Photo of basket of apples An EU-funded project has shown that by setting up onsite facilities, fruit and vegetable processors can cost-effectively transform their by-products into sustainable added-value compounds. This can boost rural employment and provide a new source of ingredients for the chemicals, materials, food and pharmaceutical industries.

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