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Special features are pages created on a topic for an occasion such as a 'world day' or when there is a hot topic in the news. They are displayed via the home page when first created then listed here for future reference.

  • 1 December 2014
    World AIDS Day 2014: EU Research
    Research on HIV/AIDS has been a top priority for the European Union ever since the first AIDS programme was adopted in 1987. Through its successive programmes for research, the EU has supported the development, testing and optimisation of treatments, preventive tools and novel diagnostics. Find out more.
  • 16 October 2014
    World Food Day 2014: EU Research and the Bioeconomy
    Where does the EU come into the picture? To mark World Food Day 2014, here is a quick look at some EU-funded research in the field of food, agriculture and the bioeconomy.
  • 4 February 2014
    World Cancer Day 2014: EU Research to Fight Cancer
    In 2008 (latest figures available), an estimated 2.4 million new cases of cancer, excluding non-melanoma skin cancers, were diagnosed in EU countries – 55% in men, and 45% in women. The most commonly diagnosed cancers were prostate, colorectal, breast and lung cancer. Yet it is estimated that more than one third of cancers are preventable.
    Where does the EU come into the picture? To mark World Cancer Day 2014, here is a quick look at what the EU is doing in the field of cancer research.
  • 7 June 2013
    Flooding in Europe: EU Research
    There has never been a time when natural hazards did not regularly and profoundly affect life on earth. Tales of torrents, floods and earthly upheaval appear in our most ancient myths, and such events have played and continue to play, now more than ever, an integral part in the natural history of our planet. As the world continues to be confronted by natural hazards, single states will always struggle to provide an adequate response when working in isolation. Therefore, it makes more sense to address such hazards from a European and global perspective.
    Click the link above to see some of the research the EU is funding in this area.

  • 22 May 2013
    International Day for Biological Diversity: EU Research
    Biodiversity is the complex web of life on Earth, incorporating humans and our social and economic systems. The number of life-forms on Earth is unknown, but it may be some 20–30 million species, of which only about 1.8 million are known to science. European research is directed towards assessing and forecasting changes in biodiversity and understanding the dynamics of ecosystems, particularly marine ecosystems. The relationships between the environment, the society and the economy are analysed in order to identify – and mitigate – potentially harmful effects on the environment and on human health and society. Risk assessments based on European research allow us to better manage, conserve and rehabilitate our ecosystems in a sustainable manner for future generations.
    Click the link above to see some of the research the EU is funding in this area.

  • 25 April 2013
    World Malaria Day 2013: EU Research
    According to the World Health Organisation, in 2010, an estimated 219 million malaria cases occurred globally and the disease killed about 660 000 people, mostly children under five years of age.
    Since 2002, the EU has invested more than €209 million in 87 projects carrying out research into the disease and how to control it. In addition, through its partnership with sub-Saharan Africa (the EDCTP initiative), the EU is supporting 32 clinical trials into new treatments with some €50 million.
    Click the link above to see some of the research the EU is funding to tackle malaria.
  • 22 March 2013
    World Water Day 2013: EU Water-related Research
    Water research has been a major component of EU research since the late 1980s, covering a wide spectrum of water-related topics and evolving over the years in close correlation to EU water policy. Over the last 10 years, the EU - via the Framework Programme for research - has contributed an average of €130 million per year to water-related research.
    Click the link above to see some of what the EU is doing in the field of water-related research.