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Week 4

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

  • Press Centre
    • Meet the 12 finalists of the EU Prize for Women Innovators 2017
      The finalists of the Horizon 2020-funded EU Prize for Women Innovators 2017 are announced today by the European Commission. The shortlist contains twelve outstanding women entrepreneurs who have brought their breakthrough ideas to the market. For the first time, this year's contest includes three finalists in a new category, the Rising Innovator, to recognise excellence in female entrepreneurs aged 30 years or under. All of the finalists have founded or co-founded a successful company based on their innovative ideas.

  • Research Headlines
    • Underwater gliders to reach new depths for ocean monitoring
      Picture of the underwater caveAn EU-funded project is developing two new deep-water gliders that would expand the ability of scientists and industry to measure the environmental impact of commercial activities such as drilling for oil and gas at sea. The autonomous gliders, sort of deep-sea drones, would also be able to extract better and more meaningful data from greater depths. The insights gained from improved ocean monitoring would contribute to the management of maritime resources.

Monday, 23 January 2017

Week 3

Friday, 20 January 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Dyeing proteins to peer deeper inside living cells
      Picture of the hand of a person who is analyzing sample under microscopeSuper-resolution microscopy that allows researchers to see inside nerve cells, track disease-causing proteins and watch cell division in living organisms earned three scientists the Nobel Prize for chemistry in 2014. Building on that breakthrough, a Marie Curie post-doctoral fellow has developed a pioneering technique to peer even more closely inside living cells at the nano-scale, using fluorescent dyes to label the tiny amino acids that are the building blocks of all proteins.

  • Success Stories
    • Polar research warms up
      Photo from the locationIn northern Sweden, some 150km inside the Arctic Circle where winter temperatures can fall to -45c, it's thaw season. Futuris went to meet a group of biologists studying the basic mechanisms used by plants to survive in this challenging ecosystem.And the variety of colours of their flowers is one of those survival mechanisms as pollinating insects are attracted by their colours.

Thursday, 19 January 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Understanding cancer progression to improve treatment
      Picture of syringe and medicinesAs Europe's population ages, cancer has become the leading cause of death. Therapeutic targeting - changing the activity of a protein or nucleic acid with a stimulus - is of limited use because of the complexity of cancer: changes take place within the tumour cell itself, but also in the cell's microenvironment. An EU-funded project will increase understanding of cancer progression and provide the basis for new, targeted approaches.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Monday, 16 January 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Reducing steel industry waste through nickel recovery
      Image of the water drop in sinkStainless steel is one of the most ubiquitous materials in the modern world, playing an essential role in manufacturing, construction and other sectors. Home to one of the largest steel industries globally, the European Union is at the forefront of efforts to make steel production more efficient, less wasteful and more environmentally friendly.

  • Success Stories
    • Saving our cultural heritage
      Photo of seafoodWhat will come - as time goes on - of traditional dance, folk music, of the cultures of the people? To prevent their disappearance, a European research project - in Thessaloniki in Greece - is establishing a digital database, fully dedicated to intangible cultural treasures of humanity.

Week 2

Friday, 13 January 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Giving citizens a voice in the era of nanotechnology
      Image of the nano cellsFrom user communities to school competitions, an EU-funded project has given civil society a stronger voice in the ongoing debate over nanotechnology. The goal is to help ensure societal concerns are incorporated at all levels of decision-making, and that research with the potential to directly benefit citizens is prioritised.

Thursday, 12 January 2017

  • Success Stories
    • Artificial retinas help bring life back into focus
      Photo of an eye You might think that part-human, part-machine cyborgs belong only in fiction, but adding a bit of technology into your body could help prop it up as it ages, as researchers are demonstrating with the development of artificial retinas to improve deteriorating vision.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Creating the computing experts of the future
      Photo of male hands shielding the model of an airplaneWhat do research on personalised medicine, work towards safer aircraft, understanding turbulence and unravelling the structure of matter have in common? They all require high performance computing (HPC). An EU-funded project is creating the experts we will need to find the answers to these and other global questions using HPC.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Training the antiviral drug developers of the future
      Picture of the tablespoons full of drugsViral infections are a major course of disease worldwide. Licensed antiviral drugs are currently only available for a few viruses, such as HIV, influenza and hepatitis C. Through a multi-disciplinary, inter-sectoral training programme, the ANTIVIRALS project is training a new generation of experts to develop novel antiviral drugs

Monday, 09 January 2017

Week 1

Friday, 06 January 2017

  • Events
    • Global Forum on Food and Agriculture - 19-21 January 2017, Berlin - CITYCUBE

      The Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) is an international conference that focuses on central questions concerning the future of the global agri-food industry. It is held during the International Green Week (IGW) and will be taking place in its current form for the ninth time. The Forum gives representatives from the worlds of politics, business, science and civil society an opportunity to share ideas and enhance political understanding on a selected topic of current agricultural policy within the context of food security. The GFFA is organised by the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) in cooperation with the Senate of Berlin, Messe Berlin GmbH and GFFA Berlin e. V.

Thursday, 05 January 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Process optimisation for streamlined polymerisation
      Photo of the electrical cables on reelsPolymers are everywhere, and in the modern world, many of them are manmade: materials such as polyethylene, nylon and PVC are part of our daily experience. EU-funded researchers have developed solutions to make polymer production in the chemical industry more efficient and more sustainable.

  • Success Stories
    • A possible treatment for severe sepsis undergoes clinical test
      Photo a sample under a microscope EU-funded project SEPCELL will conduct a clinical trial of a stem cell treatment for patients with severe sepsis caused by a severe form of community-acquired bacterial pneumonia. The trial is one of a series of steps in assessing whether the treatment is safe and efficacious for patients with this life-threatening disease.

Wednesday, 04 January 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Enhancing energy efficiency across diverse urban areas
      Photo of the tubes for underfloor heatingRetrofitting buildings across entire city districts with modern insulation, heating systems and other new construction techniques is a cost-effective way to improve energy efficiency. But the variety of urban areas in Europe means there is no one-size-fits-all solution. EU-funded researchers have developed a macro-level modelling tool for sustainable district retrofitting that takes into account Europe's broad urban diversity.


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