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Week 40

Monday, 30 September 2013

  • Events
    • The Big Debate: How will new technology affect the business of the future? - 16 October 2013, London

      Over the last decade, the way we do business has evolved significantly. Technology has altered the shape of our businesses and had a dramatic impact on our personal lives. The crossover between the two is greater than ever, with the Cloud and mobile technology ensuring that we're always online, always connected. Things will continue to change as new technological innovations become available. What do you think will change the way we do business, or alter our society? Join Fujitsu and our guest panel at The Big Debate to discuss the future of technology and business innovation, and help to raise money for the homelessness charity Shelter.

  • Research Headlines
    • Silencing your inner voices
      Hallucinations have been the seeds of inspiration of legendary filmmakers such as Luis Buñuel, Terry Gilliam or David Lynch. Auditory hallucinations are a major symptom of schizophrenia. These inner voices people hear in the absence of any external acoustic input can be very disruptive for health and for social life. Professor Kenneth Hugdahl, who holds an ERC Advanced grant, has developed an IPhone app to help patients to re-focus their attention. Based at the University of Bergen in Norway, he participates in the “Horizons for Social Sciences and Humanities” conference in Vilnius on 23 and 24 September 2013 and exposes the first results of his ERC project.

Sunday, 29 September 2013

Week 39

Saturday, 28 September 2013

Friday, 27 September 2013

  • Events
    • International Conference on Scientific Computing 2013 - 3-6 December 2013, Paphos, Cyprus

      The Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) and the project Linking Scientific Computing in Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean (LinkSCEEM) invite you to the Conference on Scientific Computing 2013 (CSC 2013) to be held in Paphos, Cyprus. The conference will bring together an international High Performance Computing research community to present and debate new methods and results, covering a diverse range of topics from fundamental sciences to climate change and medical applications. ...

  • Horizon 2020 - video testimonials
    • David Gonzalez (ES): What is needed to exit the crisis and help Europe's economy to grow?
      For me it's very clear: we need to go from basic research to innovation. We really need to think 'in market', to really be able to launch products that people can consume at the global level. We really need to train and educate young people. Believe me we have a really nice new generation of engineers, chemists, physicists. So, I've seen in my projects for instance elder people over sixty years old transfering knowledge to really young people with the same enthusiasm. So if we have educated people at a European level, if we have manufacturing, if we have this enthusiasm and hope to go ahead, we will do it for sure.

  • Research Headlines
    • Research in the North Atlantic Ocean sheds light on global climate change
      The North Atlantic Ocean and its shallow sea basins, also known as shelf-seas, have been vital to the economic survival and prosperity of all the surrounding nations in Europe and North America. The North Atlantic Ocean also holds critical significance for the world’s ecological sustainability as the basin’s ecosystems are the key species responsible for carbon flow, and the seizing of the planet’s greenhouse emissions. However, these ecosystems’ valuable ability requires further scientific investigation especially due to current fishing trends and climate variability.

Thursday, 26 September 2013

  • Events
    • Joint FISA and EURADWASTE 2013 conferences - 14-17 October 2013, Vilnius, Lithuania

      FISA 2013, a conference on research and training in reactor systems and EURADWASTE '13, a conference on radioactive waste management will be held in parallel from 14 - 17 October 2013 in Vilnius, Lithuania. These events are co-organised by the European Commission and the Lithuanian Ministry for Education and Science, under the auspices of the Lithuanian Presidency of the EU.

    • Joint Technology Initiatives: Innovation in Action - 30 September - 4 October 2013, Brussels

      The five Joint Technology Initiatives (JTIs) – IMI (innovative medicines), Clean Sky (aeronautics and air transport), ENIAC JU (nanoelectronics), FCH (fuel cells and hydrogen), and ARTEMIS (embedded computing systems) - will present their achievements to date and their vision on future challenges at a shared event and exhibition called Innovation in Action. The event will take place at the European Parliament in Brussels, in the presence of policy makers, industry, academic and research organisations. ...

  • Horizon 2020 - video testimonials
    • Colm Faulkner (IE): What is needed to exit the crisis and help Europe's economy to grow?
      Number one: I think people need to use resources more effectively,use infrastructure, share infrastructures more effectively, share know-how and expertise more effectively. I think people need to breakdown the barriers and boundaries between people generating knowledge and people who can effectively monetize knowledge and turn learning and knowledge into new products. Number two: I think it would be good to lower bureaucracy needed to translate knowledge into new products. And number three: people with energy and drive who say Yes, I can do,I think we need to help and support these people as much as possible.

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

  • Horizon 2020 - video testimonials
    • Amro Satti (IE): How do you see research and innovation making a difference for a better future?
      My main area of research is nanomaterials and nanotechnologies. Socially now a lot of people are not aware of nanotechnology and the risks that are associated with nanotechnology is to have more information about these nanomaterials because they're used in a lot of applications that people are not aware they are used in. They just hear the word nano and they become excited but they don't know the risks associated with it. So we're trying to make this information available for people and tell them that these things, these new materials are safe for them to use and if they're not safe then they shouldn't use them, really. So we're trying to create this knowledge for the common people who are not scientists or researchers.

  • Research Headlines
    • Using gene therapy to tackle complex brain disease
      Substantial progress has been made in the development of treatments for a particular brain disease, thanks in part to an EU-funded project. The X-ALD project focused on achieving a better understanding of the pathogenic mechanisms leading to 'X-linked adrenoleukodystrophy', a disorder which results in the accumulation of long chain fatty acids in tissues throughout the body but especially in the central nervous system.

Monday, 23 September 2013

  • Horizon 2020 - video testimonials
    • Floor Van de Pavert (NL): What is needed to exit the crisis and help Europe's economy to grow?
      When it comes to hi-tech spin-off companies participating in European programmes, I feel it's extremely important to keep in mind their position: it's just a couple of people doing everything that needs to be done in a company. So the financial reporting needs to be done just by a couple of people. Also the time frame for a spin-off company is surviving the next couple of months. So if they want to participate in an European programme, it's hard if they have to participate in the writing process for more than a year and then the consortium agreement for a couple of months... So, if there's a possibility for them to step in at a later stage, that would benefit all parties very much.

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Week 38

Saturday, 21 September 2013

  • Horizon 2020 - video testimonials
    • Winfried Hoffmann (DE): What is needed to exit the crisis and help Europe's economy to grow?
      We have to have a real industry policy in place. Two years ago I was in the High Level Group, with the three commissioners which has now taken up again endeavour, now it's 4 commissioners and I can only hope that those ideas which we developed two years ago, namely that production, massproduction of important products in the key enabling technology areas, are also kept here in Europe. Because otherwise, we will also lose very soon the surrounding industry like the equipment manufacturers, the material manufacturers and as also a last step, the research and development. So that is something where I would encourage each and everyone within the Commission and also the 28 Member States from next month onwards, to really help to get an industry policy in place, which enables us investments to be made -because availability of investment money is one important point- and to really get along in these lines.

Friday, 20 September 2013

Thursday, 19 September 2013

  • Research Headlines
    • Virtual companions making interaction more social
      Most of us interact with computers of one sort or another on a daily basis – but this 'interaction' is generally task-oriented and rather one-sided. Making computer interfaces more 'human' has been a long-standing ambition for researchers. A team of European researchers has developed exciting prototypes that go some way to doing just that.

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

  • Horizon 2020 - video testimonials
    • Roger De Keersmaeker (BE): How do you see research and innovation making a difference for a better future?
      For me, research is money turned into ideas. Which is good. But innovation is maybe even better: that's ideas turned into money. So ideas and innovation is going to help us increase productivity, is going to make the economy grow. That's the beauty of research: that we really are going to contribute to the societal challenges. Now, I think society has come with the expectations that these grand challenges are really addressed and we see enormous challenges in healthcare, in energy, in transportation in communication, in climat threads and there, the research that is going on today also sees an enormous convergence of nanotechnology with biotechnology, with informatics... so these converging technologies have an enormous power indeed to address the societal challenges. So, I'm very hopeful that we will contribute to society.

  • Research Headlines
    • Towards next generation e-voting
      Providing new directions in the field of security, Dr. Feng Hao's project aims to devise a secure and publicly verifiable system of e-voting - a "self enforcing e-voting system" - which does not rely on vote-tallying authorities. Awarded an ERC Starting grant in 2013, Dr. Hao is based at Newcastle University (UK).

Monday, 16 September 2013

  • Research Headlines
    • Female scientist honoured for EU-funded AIDS research
      The numbers of women in science, technology and innovation fields have been alarmingly low for some time. However, many initiatives across Europe are committed to addressing this imbalance, one of which is the L'Oréal Portugal Honour Medals for Women in Science, which has acknowledged an EU-funded scientist for her research on the AIDS virus and its resistance to antiretroviral drugs.

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Week 37

Saturday, 14 September 2013

Friday, 13 September 2013

  • Events
    • COMPASS final conference - 13 November 2013, Rome, Italy

      COMPASS (Optimised CO-Modal PASSenger Transport for reducing carbon emissions) will held its final conference “ICT for co-modality: the way forward” in Rome on 13rd November 2013 for presenting its results and focusing on ICT solutions for co-modality.

  • Press Centre
    • Commission launches new innovation indicator
      Sweden, Germany, Ireland and Luxembourg are the EU Member States getting the most out of innovation, according to a new indicator proposed by the European Commission. The "Indicator of Innovation Output" measures the extent to which ideas from innovative sectors are able to reach the market, providing better jobs and making Europe more competitive. The indicator was developed at the request of EU leaders to benchmark national innovation policies, and shows that significant differences remain between EU countries. The EU as a whole performs well in an international comparison, even though it remains behind some of the most innovative economies worldwide (MEMO/13/782).

Thursday, 12 September 2013

  • Events
    • Best Practice on Co-modality and Green Logistics (BESTFACT) - 19-20 September 2013, Vienna, Austria

      What is the role of Austria in European Green Corridor development? What new concepts and solutions are given on Co-Modality? How to get logistics greener in an economically feasible way? Current trends, innovations and highly recognized industrial solutions will be presented and discussed during the two day workshop in Vienna. The BESTFACT workshop is free of charge and provides the possibility to meet and discuss with key stakeholders from policy, shipping and transport industry, as well as researchers on how to enhance a greener and Co-Modal transport system.

  • Horizon 2020 - video testimonials
    • Giuseppe Visimberga (IT): How do you see research and innovation making a difference for a better future?
      I honestly don't want to go too much into it because I think it's quite accepted that innovation is a key to success and to development. It is quite evident that it's a big risk that, more and more, in our society in our industrialized society, it's a risk that very often cannot just be taken by an individual actor. You need collaboration, you need also societal support, to address societal issues, of course. So, I think the two things go quite well together and I'm also a strong believer of public support to industry and innovation and to strong industrial commitment in innovation.

  • Research Headlines
    • Saving energy with sustainable farming
      Agriculture is at risk from climate change as temperatures, pest levels and growing seasons change. However, agriculture also contributes to these effects through emissions from fertilisers, water wastage and biological processes. A third of vegetables and fruit consumed in the EU are produced by protected horticulture. As 90% of the greenhouse growers are small and medium enterprises (SMEs), they have to compete with cheaper labour, production costs and regular supply from producers outside the EU.

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

  • Events
    • COBALT - Industry’s and Society’s needs for the sustainable use of raw materials in Europe: Exploring solutions for future action - 28-29 November 2013, Brussels

      This event is the opening conference of the FP7 project COBALT that is funded by the European Commission and runs from 2013 to 2015. The conference will bring together the EU and national representatives from industry, civil society, public authorities, research and geological surveys to explore and discuss opportunities and strengths related to sustainable raw materials supply and use in Europe. More specifically, it will look at potential solutions along the value chain from extraction to consumption and recycling at end of product life, and will also identify how industry, and in particular the manufacturing sector, can be best supported to meet the challenge of changing global material demands in ways which also deliver on social and environmental needs in relation to raw material use.

  • Research Headlines
    • Brain project gives young scientists a flying start
      Through collaborative work, an EU-funded research team aims to uncover how neural circuits are genetically encoded and how neuronal computation controls behaviour. It has also set out to give some of Europe's brightest young scientists the chance to cooperate with colleagues in other countries and push forward our understanding of the brain.

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

  • Horizon 2020 - video testimonials
    • Carlos Lee (BE): In your experience what are the benefits of participating in EU research projects?
      Epic is an industry association where ourselves we are also involved so that we can contribute our expertise. But most importantly is that 86% of the companies in photonics are small companies and these companies, they really need this support in the beginning. Companies that have less than ten people, you know, a couple of guys got together and they have an idea, they're very bright, brilliant, but they have to bring this to market, they have to make a product of it money has to come in to feed yourself every month and in that beginning phase, when you're still improving the technology, developing the product, for some of them it's really a question of survival to get access to that funding for the research part. And it's important to support all of these small companies because you don't know who is the Google or the Microsoft of the future. We always refer to them, we need more of those companies. You don't know who they are. And so, therefore, you need to breed more entrepreneurs in Europe and invest in them, in all of these small companies, so that one of them will become the Nokia, will become the MP3 player, will become a DVD standard. And because you don't know who it's going to be, you've got to invest in all these small companies.

  • Research Headlines
    • Arctic exploration provides window on future climate change
      Climate model projections show that the Arctic Ocean will be completely ice-free by the summer by 2060. However, the record lows in sea ice extent of 2007 and 2012 demonstrated that these projections were too optimistic and some scientists think that we might see and ice free Arctic within this or the next decade. This momentous transformation will undoubtedly have important consequences for our climate, but opinions to the extent of the severity of this change vary.

Monday, 09 September 2013

  • Horizon 2020 - video testimonials
    • Carlo Webster (IE): How do you see research and innovation making a difference for a better future?
      At the Tyndall National Institute, one of the areas that we are working on is information communications technology in the area of healthcare. And one of our strategic research topics is connected health. And this is an example: it is a sensorized flexible hand, that we use for stroke rehabilitation. This has sensors at each part of the digit on the fingers so it's one of the most sensorized, flexible hands that exists today. And that helps stroke rehabilitation patients gain movement back in their arms and hands movements. And this is one of the first pieces of technology that we have developed at Tyndall. But it does many other applications for surgical training, for detection of artritic diagnosis, and even, it can be used for the gaming technology as well. So, while is a base technolgy, it has many applications.

  • Research Headlines
    • Unravelling the secrets to achieving high-yield plants
      Understanding the basic mechanics of plant growth could help Europe increase crop yield while decreasing the need for pesticides - a vitally important consideration given our growing demand for sustainable food. An EU-funded project has made significant advances in this respect, by shedding new light on the behaviour of certain plant hormones and their role in achieving successful crops.

Sunday, 08 September 2013

  • Horizon 2020 - video testimonials
    • Lisa O'Reilly (IE): In your experience what are the benefits of participating in EU research projects?
      I think the main benefits of the programmes are the network that's gained through collaborating with EU partners and my organization - Invest NI - we have participated in a lot of ERA-NET funding programmes with European partners to learn about implementation of regional funding, for research and development and we are also just starting a new project, Regions of Knowledge, and we're really keen that the Regions of Knowledge will help build the capacity in the region, so we're working together, ourselves as a public agency with a university and an sme trade association in order to really build a capacity of research driven clusters in the region, while working with European partners.

Week 36

Saturday, 07 September 2013

Friday, 06 September 2013

  • Research Headlines
    • Quantifying the ocean's effect on Europe's climate
      Europe's moderate climate is strongly influenced by the North Atlantic thermohaline ocean circulation (THC) that transports heat from the tropics to the shores of Europe. In 2005, research suggested that the THC may be slowing down, which could have dramatic effects on climate, in particular in Northern Europe. Further investigation was needed. For four years, “Thermohaline Overturning: At Risk?” (THOR), a project under the FP7, explored the dynamics of this circulation. Coordinated by Prof. Detlef Quadfasel at the University of Hamburg, THOR comprised a consortium of 21 scientific groups from 9 European countries. Together, they studied the stability of this oceanic circulation and quantified its impact on the regional climate.

Thursday, 05 September 2013

  • Events
    • Joint EC/European Green Cars Initiative Workshop 2013 - 23 October 2013, Brussels, Belgium

      In continuation of a series of successful expert workshops bringing together the FEV stakeholder community to engage in focused discussions of currently relevant R&I topics, an expert workshop on E/E architecture of electric vehicles and FEV standardization needs will be held on 23 October 2013 in Brussels. This workshop is jointly organized by the European Commission and the European Technology Platforms ERTRAC and EPoSS in order to assess the research activities within the European Green Cars Initiative PPP and to directly collect feedback from the stakeholders regarding R&I strategies and funding policies. Current research projects will report on their results and future plans and experts will give their views on E/E reference architectures and voltage levels. A second focus will be testing and standardization of electric vehicles.

  • Research Headlines
    • Personalising deep brain stimulation treatment for Parkinson's disease
      Parkinson's disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer's. Its main symptoms are: shaking, rigidity, slowness of movement and difficulty maintaining an upright posture. More than one million people suffer from the effects of this disease in Europe today, and this is forecast to double by 2030. Economically, the impact is significant: Parkinson's costs Europe an estimated € 14 billion a year.

Wednesday, 04 September 2013

  • Events
    • Cloud Interoperability Week - 16-20 September 2013, Madrid, Spain and Santa Clara, CA, USA

      OW2, the global open source community for open source infrastructure software and application platforms, brings open technologies to the table at Cloud Interoperability Week. The event is coorganized by OW2 in cooperation with five major standard organizations, DMTF, ETSI, OASIS, OGF and SNIA, and the OCEAN European FP7 project. Offering a Workshop, Tutorials and Testing Sessions, it will be held at 2 locations: 1- in Santa Clara, CA, 16-18 September 2013, during the SNIA Storage Developer Conference (SDC) 2- in Madrid, Spain, 18-20 September 2013, during the Open Grid Forum #39 and the European Grid Infrastructure Technical Forum For more information, please visit the agenda and register online.

  • Horizon 2020 - video testimonials
    • Aidan Quinn (IE): How do you see research and innovation making a difference for a better future?
      Our research at Tyndall is focused on integration of nanomaterials and nanostructures in our Tyndall FlexiFab, to develop new devices and products. Just to give you one example, this tiny little array of microneedles, these are tiny little needles, made out of plastic which are thinner than a human hair, they can be used to make very sensitive electric-chemical sensors that can be used, for example, to sense glucose for diabetics, they can be used to sense water quality, they can be used to sense explosives. And because they're so small, they give you an enhanced sensitivity.

  • Press Centre
    • EU project to find vaccine against ticks
      European Union-funded researchers are launching a five-year project to find a vaccine against ticks to prevent them transmitting the diseases they carry to people they bite. The €3 million project is funded under the Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7). The ultimate aim is to cut the incidence of diseases that affect thousands of people each year in Europe.

  • Research Headlines
    • Promoting the development and implementation of eco-innovation in Europe
      One of the fundamental challenges in modern society is the need to decouple environmental impact from economic growth. This is essential not just for fast-growing countries such as China or India, but also for the United States and Europe. Already a leading force in environmental technologies during the last decade, the European Union aims to further increase its competitiveness by promoting research and development on eco-innovation and thereby creating a strategy for sustainable economic growth.

Tuesday, 03 September 2013

  • Press Centre
    • European Commission seeks 'Capital of Innovation'
      The European Commission has today started the search for the first European Capital of Innovation, or iCapital. The prize will reward the city which is building the best “innovation ecosystem”, connecting citizens, public organisations, academia, and business. Given that 68% of the EU population now lives in urban areas, it is these areas that will contribute the most to making Europe more innovative. Cities foster innovation in their own provision of services, but the key is to create the right environment for others to innovate and to allow the public and private spheres to connect. An independent panel of experts will select the winner in spring 2014, with the city chosen receiving €500000 towards scaling up its efforts. The deadline for applications is 3 December 2013.

  • Research Headlines
    • A fine eye for detail with new breast cancer screening
      Breast screening with x-ray mammography has made a vital contribution to reducing deaths from breast cancer. Dr José Maria Benlloch of CSIC (Spanish National Research Council) and his partners in the MAMMI project (Mammography with Molecular Imaging) recognised this, but they were driven to push science and engineering further to develop machines dedicated exclusively to breast scanning. Now it is possible to radically improve the quality of imaging, detect cancer cells at a much earlier stage and monitor the effectiveness of the treatment more accurately.

Monday, 02 September 2013

  • Research Headlines
    • Marine algae reveal close link between past climate and CO2
      The ocean is filled with microscopic algae that take up carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere in order to grow. A new study by researchers from the Geology Department at the University of Oviedo (Spain) shows that the algae may adapt to rising levels of atmospheric CO2 much sooner than previously thought, and in an unexpected way. This study, published in Nature and co-authored by ERC grantee Heather Stoll, also provides evidence for a much closer link between atmospheric CO2 decrease and cooling and glaciations in the geological past.

Sunday, 01 September 2013

  • Horizon 2020 - video testimonials
    • Kumardev Chatterjee (BE): In your experience what are the benefits of participating in EU research projects?
      The main benefit is, number one - and it has to be said without any hesitation - the amount of funding. There is no way that you can get equivalent amount of funding with the amount of freedom that you have in terms of sharing your results and the openness around that, in any other corporate or any other scheme in Europe today, and certainly not at local or regional levels. But perhaps, the softer, but more significant benefit, is that you get to work with researchers from other countries. And so, not only do you achieve excellence in research, you foster a sense of European citizenship. That is something that is a huge benefit of the European programs. So today, we talk a lot about euroskepticism in different countries, but among the research communities, the scientific communities you see very little of that, in fact.

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