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Week 27

Friday, 03 July 2015

  • Press Centre
    • €60 million to innovative companies in Luxembourg with financial backing from Horizon 2020
      The European Investment Fund (EIF) and Banque Internationale à Luxembourg SA (BIL) today signed an agreement to increase lending to innovative small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) as well as small mid-caps in Luxembourg. This is the first transaction in Luxembourg to benefit from the support of the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI). The new agreement allows BIL to provide €60 million of finance to innovative companies in Luxembourg over the next two years. The loans will be backed by a guarantee of the EIF, enabled by the InnovFin initiative with financial backing from Horizon 2020, the EU's research and innovation funding programme.

  • Research Headlines
    • Providing electric vehicles with longer lasting energy
      Photo of two electric cars during chargingEU-funded researchers have used novel carbon materials to make lightweight, energy-efficient supercapacitors, the energy storage devices that supply power to electric vehicles during acceleration. Their work promises to extend the distance electric vehicles can travel before a recharge. This improved performance could boost their appeal on the market, help make EU manufacturers more competitive, and contribute to the EU's goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Thursday, 02 July 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • Shipbuilding on a tide of innovation
      Photo of Tthe sundeck demonstrator of the ThroughLife projectWhether an innovative concept sinks or swims depends on customer acceptance, among other things. Moving into uncharted waters can be unnerving. An EU-funded project dedicated to innovation in shipbuilding has devised new business models in a bid to build client confidence. It has also developed new products and techniques.

Wednesday, 01 July 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • Social protection in an unpredictable economy
      Photo of stressed womanHow can societies provide some level of security for their workforce while adapting to economic change? Faced with new realities, the support mechanisms on which we have come to rely will have to adjust, say EU-funded researchers. They have identified approaches that can help policymakers to maintain an effective safety net in uncertain times.

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

  • Press Centre
    • EU and China step up cooperation in research and innovation
      Carlos Moedas, EU Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, and WAN Gang, Chinese Minister for Science and Technology, agreed today to step up EU-China cooperation in the field of research and innovation at the 2nd EU-China Innovation Co-operation Dialogue, in the margins of the 17th EU-China Summit.

  • Research Headlines
    • Saturn's moon Mimas could be hiding an underground ocean
      Photo of the moonDoes Saturn's moon Mimas have an underground ocean? EU-funded researchers think this is a distinct possibility. The clues are in the way the moon wobbles, which scientists now understand better. This breakthrough and others made by the ESPaCE project are providing new insights into the origins of our solar system.

Monday, 29 June 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • A roadmap for jumping ahead of degenerative disease
      Photo of man watching old photographsAcross Europe, researchers are trying to reduce the impact of neurodegenerative diseases on sufferers and society alike. An EU-funded project has set out a roadmap to better coordinate this work - helping scientists target the right research areas and access the best resources.

Week 26

Friday, 26 June 2015

  • Events
    • Horizon 2020 Health Partnering Event - 17 September 2015, Brussels, Belgium

      Health-NCP-Net 2.0 and Fit for Health 2.0 are jointly organising a partnering event which offers health researchers and companies the opportunity to discuss new project ideas and to find potential partners for their Horizon 2020 funding application. The event will be focused on the upcoming call for proposals in "Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing", to be launched by the end of September.

  • Research Headlines
    • Extracting healthy ingredients for food and cosmetics from rice starch
      Photo of women during rice massageEU-funded researchers are extracting small pieces of protein from rice starch by-products for 'superfoods' and new cosmetics. These 'magic' molecules could add a healthy twist to baby food, sports protein supplements and products for sufferers of coeliac disease. An engineered human skin eliminating any need for animal testing could also be on the market within two years.

Thursday, 25 June 2015

  • Events
    • Moana – The Rising of the Sea - 25 June 2015, Viage Theatre, Brussels

      For anyone who lives on an island, surrounded by the deep, beautiful yet dangerous sea, it is a cruel thought that one day the island will be swallowed by the ocean. For the inhabitants of the tropical Pacific islands, this is about to happen. Global climate change makes the sea rise and the land disappear. How does it feel when the sea forces you to abandon all that you hold dear? What does the threat from climate change mean to the island societies and the families who live on the islands of Oceania?

  • Research Headlines
    • Finding the link between language and perception
      Photo of boy in headphonesLanguage is at the heart of everyday communication. But we don't all understand language in the same way, with prior information, age and cognitive ability playing a key role. An EU-funded network is studying how people in different ability and age groups perceive language. Its projects are developing tools and training software that could help people with disorders like autism communicate better.

  • Success Stories
    • A safer, cheaper, greener Li-ion for electric cars
      Illustration of a car An EU-funded project has developed innovative components, chemical technologies and manufacturing processes for cheaper, more-dependable and greener Lithium-ion batteries. These breakthroughs promise to boost competitiveness among European battery and electric vehicle manufacturers.

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • Less does more with smart irrigation
      Photo of agricultural machine while working in the fieldFarming consumes around 70% of the world's fresh water. Limiting irrigation to the actual water crops need - and no more - makes farming more sustainable and improves yields. An EU-funded project is developing a user-friendly precision irrigation decision support system for more accessible technology that saves water. A first interface will be available next year.

  • Success Stories
    • Conflicted consumers: anxiety and food decisions
      Photo of a group of people dining Surveys such as the 2010 Eurobarometer show that people around Europe are worried about what they eat and where it comes from. But what causes this? And does it affect behaviour? An EU-funded project studied consumer choices about shopping, cooking and eating - offering a more accurate picture of what shapes their decisions. The results could lead to better-informed policies on health, sustainability and business.

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • Putting health risk on a map
      Picture of power plant smokestacks at sunsetAsthmatics already know that certain weather conditions can leave them short of breath. If sufferers of this and other diseases had access to an alert system warning of environmental conditions that could put them at risk, lives might be saved. The EO2HEAVEN project has done the groundwork for such a system. It is already in use to some extent in Germany, South Africa and Uganda.

  • Success Stories
    • Smart labels make food safety stick
      Photo from a fish market Have you ever stared at packaged meat from your fridge or freezer and wondered if it's still good to eat? Thrown out food because you just weren't sure? Smart labels could help to set your mind at rest. An EU-funded project has developed innovative stickers to do just that.

Monday, 22 June 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • Turning sea water into drinking water
      Picture of cars covered in snowThe world needs more drinking water, without damaging ecosystems, and the sea is one possible source. EU-funded researchers are developing a self-cleaning filter membrane for desalination plants that cuts their energy use, waste and maintenance costs compared to those of existing filters.

Week 25

Friday, 19 June 2015

  • Press Centre
    • EU to increase funding for cultural heritage research and innovation
      In 2016-17, over €100 million for research and innovation in the field of cultural heritage will be available under Horizon 2020, the EU's research funding programme. This increase in funding recognises cultural heritage as an investment opportunity where research and innovation can make a difference. This is one of the main conclusions of the report 'Getting cultural heritage to work for Europe' which was handed over today to Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation.

  • Research Headlines
    • New analysis aids planning for climate change
      Picture of cars covered in snowA detailed picture of European weather patterns over the past decades is now emerging thanks to an EU-funded project to re-analyse historical records. The results will help governments plan for climate change by better understanding past trends and extreme events.

  • Success Stories
    • Better timing, better grapes, better wine
      Photo of a wine glass Ripe, but not too ripe; sweet, but still a bit tart - to make outstanding wine, grapes must be harvested when they are at their best. Choosing the right moment is one of the key decisions of the winemaking process. The WinePen, a low-cost handheld device developed by the EU-funded PREMIVM project, can help. It is based on innovative techniques that can give winegrowers the information they need much faster than conventional tools.

Thursday, 18 June 2015

  • Press Centre
    • EU-funded study into virus mutations marks breakthrough in fight against Ebola
      A major contribution to eradicating Ebola has been made by the EU-funded EVIDENT project. It has confirmed that the Ebola virus has mutated at a lower rate than feared during the recent outbreak in West Africa. This means that the new diagnostic methods, treatments and vaccines under development should still be effective in the fight to eradicate the disease.

  • Research Headlines
    • Clean and efficient CO2 capture
      Picture of coal power plantCarbon capture and storage (CCS) technology has the potential to help the EU significantly cut its greenhouse gas emissions. However, a lack of low-cost and energy-efficient capture technologies is hampering their take-up. EU-funded researchers have developed new CCS technologies to produce efficient and cost-effective electrical power from fossil fuels with near-zero emissions. One solution has been patented, while another is being prepared for market.

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • Salamanders: unearthing the mystery of limb regeneration
      Picture of red salamanderCellular regeneration allows wound healing in humans but in other vertebrates such as salamanders, it goes a step further: they can regenerate their limbs in their full complexity of bones, nerves, muscle and skin and can do it over and over again. Prof. Elly Tanaka studies these amazing capacities and, mirroring the process, has successfully grown a piece of mouse spinal cord in vitro.

  • Success Stories
    • What happens in teenagers' brains
      Photo of a group of teens Adolescence is marked by significant physical, cognitive and socio-emotional changes. Despite these well-known developments, the neural mechanisms supporting this phase of growth in the life of human beings remain unknown. Prof. Eveline Crone has carried out for the first time a longitudinal study to investigate the brain processes underlying the behaviour of teenagers.

    • A new harvest for Africa
      Photo of dam in Ethiopia Where water is scarce, it makes sense to make the most of what you receive for free. An EU-funded project is studying the different ways Africa's farmers can increase the volume of rain and river water collected, to improve crop yields and bridge dry spells.

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

  • Success Stories
    • Solar cells: on the road to a technological revolution
      Photo of solar panels The Sun provides a steady source of power that could make solar energy a sustainable alternative to conventional sources of energy, provided that technological advances can actually reduce energy production costs. Prof. Michael Gratzel modified the composition of dye-sensitized solar cells to significantly increase their efficiency, including for indoor use. His result laid the ground for paradigm shifts that could revolutionise solar cells technology.

Monday, 15 June 2015

  • Press Centre
    • Horizon 2020 kick-starts Bio-based industries in Europe with €50 million
      The first ten projects of the new Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU), a partnership between the EU and industry, will get underway with a total of €50 million from Horizon 2020, the EU's research funding programme, and a further €28 million from the industry. This is thanks to the signature of the grant agreements finalised today (15 June 2015).

  • Success Stories
    • Our impact today on tomorrow's world
      Photo of a nuclear factory Most of our actions can have an impact on the environment, be it minor, long-lasting or simply irreversible. But how can this effect be measured, avoided, predicted? What are the specificities of long-term risks and how can collective decisions be taken effectively to tackle those threats?

    • What you make is important, but also how you make it
      Photo of a chemical lab Faster, greener and more sustainable: our world is thirsty for innovative processes that meet these demanding criteria. While natural resources can offer part of the solution, the biggest challenge lies in cleaning-up chemical synthesis. Prof. Georgios Vasilikogiannakis and his team have been looking for answers.

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