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2nd Monitoring Report of Horizon 2020
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Week 50

Tuesday, 06 December 2016

  • Research Headlines
    • Adding 'sparkle' to ultra-hard tools
      Picture of laser processing of drilling toolBy applying innovative laser techniques to ultra-hard machine tool materials, such as diamonds, the DIPLAT project has shown the way to better performance. Their technology has led to the launch of a spin-off company and market-ready products that could help EU industry to lower costs and improve quality.

  • Success Stories
    • What does every crisis have in common?
      Photo of man walking on a tight rope The recession, an ash cloud, floods, a food scandal or terrorist attacks; each event is different, but is it possible that they behave in a similar way? Social scientists are identifying characteristics of crises to help us prevent them from happening and respond when they occur.

Monday, 05 December 2016

  • Research Headlines
    • Drought-resistant crops provide food for thought
      PictureEU-funded scientists are developing dedicated biomass crops that are drought tolerant so that they can be grown on land unsuitable for food crops. This will help sustainable bio-based energy and raw materials to succeed in Europe without applying pressure on food resources.

Week 49

Friday, 02 December 2016

Thursday, 01 December 2016

  • Press Centre
    • EU companies' R&D investment grows faster than global and US trends
      The 2016 EU Industrial R&D Investment Scoreboard, published today by the European Commission, shows that EU companies invested €188.3bn in Research & Development (R&D) in the fiscal year 2015/2016. This constitutes an annual increase of 7.5% which puts EU companies ahead of the global (6.6%) and US (5.9%) trends.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

  • Research Headlines
    • Participation and the young
      Picture of youngs in the libraryHow do young people participate in decisions that concern them and their involvement at the local level? There are many ways they get involved, not all of which are recognised in formal ways. A new EU-funded project is exploring how the rising generation engages with public debate.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

  • Research Headlines
    • Using satellite data to monitor the quality of inland lakes
      Picture of communication satellite in the spacePollutants are known to enter rivers, lakes and coastal waters, damaging and threatening drinking water and crucial habitats. Unfortunately, in situ water quality sampling is costly, time consuming and often unrealistic over vast areas. The EU-funded GLaSS project has developed a system to help monitor global lakes and water reservoirs remotely.

Monday, 28 November 2016

  • Research Headlines
    • Fixing the faults in immune systems
      Illustration of the red blood cellsFor sufferers of primary immune deficiencies, every infection contracted could lead to a serious or debilitating illness. EU scientists have their sights set on a cure for the most severe forms of the disease's 200 variations, and have already had very positive results in clinical trials. The findings could also help treat other conditions.

Week 48

Friday, 25 November 2016

  • Research Headlines
    • Robots to the rescue
      Artist Impression of a disaster Search & Rescue scenario, according with the ICARUS project scopeThe 2015 earthquake in Nepal is just one example of a recent natural disaster that required search and rescue operations. An EU-funded security research project has developed new robotic tools for such operations with great success. Some of its developments are already commercially available and ready to be deployed in order to save lives.

  • Success Stories
    • Europeans will be able to compare cancer care
      Photo of doctor holding hands of patient EU citizens will be able to compare cancer incidence and survival rates across Member States once a continent-wide cancer information system is operational next year, according to Professor Alexander Katalinic, from the University of Lubeck in Germany, Chairman of the European Network of Cancer Registries (ENCR).

Thursday, 24 November 2016

  • Research Headlines
    • One small step for a protein...
      Picture of two young scientists looking in to the microscope in labEU-funded researchers have built a new microscope that can track single molecules, and have used it to clarify how materials are transported inside living cells. It could have wide application in science, medicine and industry.

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

  • Success Stories
    • The same but different: EU researchers look for 'green' carbon fibres
      Photo of the 2 Scientists Super-strong threads of carbon atoms - known as nanofibres - promise a new generation of exceptional materials. When added to another material, the fibres bring an exciting combination of flexibility, strength, light weight and electrical conductivity. But while carbon fibres like these are finding a market in high-spec aeroplanes like the Airbus 320, high cost limit their wider adoption.

  • Synergies with Structural funds
    • New actions to help close the gap in research excellence across Europe
      The European Commission is today presenting new measures that will help bring more countries to the map of research excellence. The actions range from financing new knowledge centres to facilitating structural reforms that will enable more synergies between different funding sources. They will be rolled out during the last three years of Horizon 2020, the EU's research and innovation funding programme that runs until 2020.

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

  • Research Headlines
    • African e-science on the fast track
      Picture of two african kids with tabletAfrica's ICT infrastructures are fast evolving, creating exciting opportunities for researchers keen to join the global e-science community. Dedicated European-African initiatives are exploring the potential and engaging with stakeholders to raise awareness of the possibilities. An EU-funded project has assisted them in this task.

Monday, 21 November 2016

Week 47

Friday, 18 November 2016

  • Research Headlines
    • Gut bacteria could hold key to new treatments
      Sketch with Guts BacteriaAn ERC-funded project has significantly increased understanding of the crucial role that microorganisms in the gut play in maintaining health. The findings have since led to a patent, as well as a follow-on project that could one day steer the way to new targeted treatments for diseases, including cancer.

Thursday, 17 November 2016

  • Research Headlines
    • Accelerator-based light sources at your service
      Picture of the scientist working at FERMI free electron laserHave sample, need light? Europe's synchrotrons and free electron lasers (FELs) produce powerful beams that enable scientists to look right into the heart of matter. Many of them are accessible to external users. An EU-funded project has created a virtual gateway for access to these facilities as part of its remit to support the network and its users.

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

  • Success Stories
    • Technology trialled in fight against ticking timebomb of obesity
      Photo of some test tubesFor the past two years students at a school in Sweden have been weighing out their lunches on devices called Mandometers. It is all part of an innovative new project designed to prevent people becoming obese or developing an eating disorder. The Splendid Project is all about finding a technological solution to stop people eating too much or too little, before it becomes too late.

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