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What was new in October 2015

Week 40

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • Back from the depths of Whittard Submarine Canyon
      Picture underwater life in the oceanA team of 28 scientists and engineers led by ERC grantee Dr Veerle Huvenne has just returned from a successful 5-week expedition on board the RRS James Cook. They used tailored marine equipment to provide some of the first detailed acoustic maps of the fauna inhabiting the vertical cliffs of the Whittard Submarine Canyon. In this interview, Dr Huvenne shares her impressions on an extraordinary scientific journey.

  • Success Stories
    • More lupin beans, less cholesterol?
      Photo of an ice cream Juicy burgers, spicy kebabs, creamy chocolate shakes - limiting your intake of animal protein doesn't mean you have to forego such treats. Products as varied as meat-free steaks and non-dairy ice cream can, for example, be made from lupin seeds. An EU-funded project has helped to optimise such foods and studied potential health benefits.

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

  • Success Stories
    • 3D city modelling for smarter parking
      Photo of a row of parked cars Tired of endlessly looking for a parking spot? Dreaming of having a bird's-eye view to locate free spaces in a congested city? ERC grantee Prof Luc Van Gool is a research leader in the area of computer vision. With his project 'VarCity', he works to innovate existing 3D city modelling by using object class recognition methods and crowd generated data. To apply his idea, Prof. Van Gool received an additional ERC Proof of Concept grant and created a spin-off that commercialises a video-based smart.

Monday, 28 September 2015

Week 39

Friday, 25 September 2015

  • Success Stories
    • Root cause: making crop plants better at sourcing water and nutrients
      Photo of a researcher at the lab Increasing a plant's ability to locate and absorb water and nutrients through its roots could potentially lead to bigger and better crop yields. That is the theory underlying an EU-supported research project at the University of Nottingham in England. Researchers there have been growing wheat and other crop plants in soils with different nutrients and water contents.

Thursday, 24 September 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • Getting a grip on epilepsy
      Picture of small girl during EEGRoughly six million people in Europe suffer from epilepsy. Although treatment is widely available, 30% of patients still experience uncontrolled seizures. Hoping to change their lives for the better, the EU-funded project EpiMiRNA is looking to improve our understanding of the underlying causes of the condition, and to open up new diagnostic and therapeutic pathways focusing on the role of microRNAs.

  • Success Stories
    • Better ways to cook up food policy
      Photo of a woman shopping fresh produce Can too many cooks spoil the broth? Not if they find the right way to work together. An EU-funded project explored new methods for researchers, policy-makers and civil society groups to collaborate to make food sustainable - for both people and the planet.

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • What's in it for the legumes?
      Picture of soil in woman handsLegumes fix nitrogen in the soil, helping other plants to thrive. But do they get anything in return? Indeed they do, says EU-funded research, if they're combined with suitable non-leguminous crops.

  • Success Stories
    • Foreseeing the cities of the future?
      Photo of Cairo To confront the current challenge of managing a city of 20 million, the Egyptian government has revealed plans earlier this year (2015) to build a new capital city, 45 kilometres east of Cairo. The ambitious project tackles growth over the next 50 years and has been set to adapt to future challenges, including population density and land constraints. Like Cairo, many other metropolises are currently under pressure.

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

  • Events
    • Bioeconomy investment summit - Unlocking EU leadership in 21st Century Bioeconomy - 9-10 November 2015, Brussels

      Join this high-level event hosted by the Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, Carlos Moedas, to focus on investment opportunities in the Bioeconomy.

      The Bioeconomy Investment Summit will be held at the Charlemagne building (see link below) and it will include two major exhibitions – a bioeconomy flat furnished and decorated with everyday objects that show how the bioeconomy is already part of our lives; and a two floor exhibition with successful bioeconomy projects....

  • Research Headlines
    • Desert sun partnership powers ahead
      Picture of solar panels in scrublandIf there's one thing North Africa has in abundance, it is sun - and with it, the potential for cheap, plentiful solar power. An EU-funded project is adapting solar technology to the region's environment and infrastructure, while building local research capacity in the field.

  • Success Stories
    • Supporting family practice in Africa
      Photo of a doctor examining a patient What good is an empty clinic? The brain drain that is depleting health care services in many parts of Africa is leaving entire communities stranded. An EU-funded project is looking into ways to mobilise more human resources for primary health care across the continent.

Monday, 21 September 2015

  • EU Contest for Young Scientists
    • Europe celebrates its top young scientists
      The former Milan train factory, Fabbrica del Vapore, buzzed with intense activity over the last few days. 169 young researchers aged between 14 and 20 presented their science projects to an international jury in the hope of picking up one of the prestigious prizes. The honours they were competing for were part of the 27th annual European Union Contest for Young Scientists (EUCYS), which concluded with the awards ceremony today (21 September 2015).

  • Events
    • Czech is Nano - 15 October 2015, Brussels

      Main aim of this event is to provide an overview of the nanotechnology sector in the Czech Republic with several case studies of successful companies with high international profile (Contipro, IQ Structures, Pardam) and to offer a networking platform to establish closer contacts between various parts of the nanotechnology field in the European Union.

  • Research Headlines
    • What African smallholders want from research
      Picture of picking of the potatoes in AfricaMost of the food produced in Africa is supplied by small-scale farmers, many of whom are struggling. New knowledge could help to boost these micro-operations and their contribution to food security, but smallholders are rarely consulted when research agendas are set. An EU-funded project focused on stimulating the necessary dialogue.

Week 38

Friday, 18 September 2015

  • Success Stories
    • Measuring machines for the nano-scale
      Photo of a chip wafer Tiny components of products such as smartphones can require manufacturing tolerances of a few nanometres. EU-funded research has led to a new generation of industrial measuring machines and commercial applications that strengthen the dominance of European SMEs in nano-metrology.

Thursday, 17 September 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • Green energy from offshore wind-farms
      Picture of a long row of windturbinesOffshore wind-farms are an attractive source of renewable energy, overcoming a number of concerns linked to on-land wind turbines. An EU-funded project is increasing cost-effectiveness out at sea with new, lightweight, innovative components. One system prototype is being tested, while another is under development.

  • Success Stories
    • Transporting lorry cargo monitoring into the 21st century
      Photo of a lorry Some 10 years after its completion, the results of the EU-funded project VISIONS are conquering the world of dangerous goods road transport in the form of a real-time cargo monitoring system. The system has been installed in a 1 000 fuel tankers all over the world, facilitating inspections and thus improving safety and efficiency.

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • New skills for traditional food SMEs
      Picture of smoked hamWhat is your idea of a perfect meal? How about some local cheese, artisanal bread and a few slices of regional ham? Traditional food producers are getting help to continue producing in the competitive 21st century, with know-how and training from an EU-funded project.

Monday, 14 September 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • Taking targeted autoimmune therapies to the next level
      Picture of a small boy in Brazil flag t-shirtA drug capable of not only controlling certain autoimmune diseases but also reorienting the immune system has been developed through the EU-funded TRIAD project and is now undergoing clinical trials via a spin-off. Scientists believe that this approach could be the first step towards finding a cure.

Week 37

Friday, 11 September 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • A recipe for reducing Europe's food waste mountain
      Picture of food wasteAn EU-funded project has fed thousands of people on food that would otherwise be wasted in some of Europe's biggest cities. Raising awareness is part of a strategy to reduce food waste. The project is also examining ways to encourage businesses and households to use food more efficiently and discard less. Its proposals could increase resource efficiency along the supply chain, cut bills for shoppers, and contribute to a sustainable food system.

Thursday, 10 September 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • Cochlear implants - the sound of innovation
      Picture of doctor fitting female patient with hearing aidAccording to WHO estimates, 360 million people worldwide suffer from disabling hearing loss. Cochlear implants can help those for whom hearing aids offer little or no benefit. The EU-funded project HEAR-EU is developing ground-breaking imaging technology and surgical planning software to make the implant surgery more predictable and ultimately more successful for the individual patient.

Wednesday, 09 September 2015

Tuesday, 08 September 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • Greener composites for greener buildings
      Image of external wall panel systemWeather cladding and external wall panels made of flax, jute, and a resin from sugar cane waste? Yes indeed, if you want a durable, low-carbon solution... EU-funded researchers have developed innovative biocomposites based on such materials and demonstrated their potential in construction.

Monday, 07 September 2015

  • Events
    • Swiss Innovation Briefing - 22 September 2015, Brussels

      The aim of the Swiss Innovation Briefing, jointly organised by the Mission of Switzerland to the EU and SwissCore, is to give a Swiss example of disruptive innovation, which entails the introduction of new technologies, products or services in an effort to promote change and to consequently create a competitive advantage.

  • International Cooperation
    • EU and China launch new Co-Funding Mechanism for research and innovation
      Today's high level "Joint Conference in Promoting Excellence through Enhanced EU-China Researcher's Mobility and Cooperation" promoted a new Co-funding mechanism for research and innovation. The conference was attended by European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation Mr. Carlos Moedas who is visiting China accompanied by Mr. Jean Pierre Bourguignon, President of the European Research Council, and Ms. Nuria Sebastian Galles, Vice President of the European Research Council.

  • Research Headlines
    • Mentoring and money for innovative farming apps
      Photo of a farmer using mobile phone in a fieldAround Europe, 50 SMEs, start-ups and web entrepreneurs are receiving EU support as they put the final touches to their prototype apps for smart farming. Around 30 will be selected for further funding, which will be used by the developers to prepare their app for market launch in 2016.

  • Success Stories
    • Pioneering power generation from olive mill waste
      Photo of green olives EU-funded researchers are looking to commercialise cutting-edge technology that converts toxic olive oil waste into heat and electricity, bringing environmental and economic benefits to some of the most underdeveloped regions of Europe.

    • Making green organic fertiliser from bones
      Photo of the recycling plant EU-funded researchers have developed a zero-mission method of recycling organic phosphorous fertiliser from animal bones. They aim to help farmers cut down on chemicals - saving them money and making food production safer and greener.

Week 36

Friday, 04 September 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • African network for eye on Earth
      Photo of little boy with toy giraffeEarth monitoring - observing land, security and climate change from space - can help countries protect resources and improve lives. But the technology is no use without human capacity. So that capacity-building in Africa targets the continent's priorities, an EU-funded project brought together African and European specialists to build networks and make key investment decisions.

Thursday, 03 September 2015

  • Success Stories
    • Big push for backup pancreases
      Photo of a man injecting insulin No more injections... For diabetics whose bodies don't produce insulin, transplants of the necessary pancreatic cells can be a solution. However, at the moment, this intervention can only offer temporary relief. A new EU-funded project is taking the technique another step ahead.

Wednesday, 02 September 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • HPV infection may forewarn of head and neck cancer risk
      Words on the boardHuman papillomavirus has long been associated with the vast majority of cervical and anogenital cancers diagnosed worldwide, but its role in head-and-neck cancers has been less widely researched. In a landmark case study, EU-funded researchers are characterising the connection in order to advance the development of new screening and diagnostic techniques.

  • Success Stories
    • EU-Africa synergies for e-waste recycling
      Photo of a man handling a pile of trash The mix of urbanisation and rising technology use has increased the stream of e-waste in Africa, for which recycling capacity is limited. Waste management infrastructures are few and far between, public awareness of health issues is limited and environmental precautions rare. A team of European and African researchers is working on a solution.

Tuesday, 01 September 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • GEOSS: Now with more wow
      Word innovation on the glassThe Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) is providing access to streams of data from around the world, but this is just one of its objectives. Enabling users to benefit from these data and derived information is another. An EU-funded project has advanced the technology, using the example of data on water, oceans and the weather (WOW).

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