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What was new in September 2016

Week 40

Thursday, 29 September 2016

  • Research Headlines
    • Hydrogen drives Europe towards emissions-free transport
      Picture of hydrogen stationA clean revolution is quietly taking place on Europe's roads. Hydrogen fuel cells are powering fleets of public buses and refuelling stations are being deployed. Building on the results of several pilot projects, uptake of the technology is accelerating rapidly, putting hydrogen fuel cells in a position to underpin zero-emissions transport Europe-wide.

  • Success Stories
    • Monitoring sea pollution
      Photo of the lower part of the vessel Marine pollution is one of the key issues affecting our future. Futuris looked at a prototype developed by European researchers in Sicily to detect and analyze possible pollutants in seawater, in real time.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Monday, 26 September 2016

Week 39

Friday, 23 September 2016

  • Research Headlines
    • A faster, more efficient way to search for patents
      Picture of the drawer with one binders, one called patentsIf you're among the growing ranks of entrepreneurs launching start-ups, you have probably already discovered how complicated, time-consuming and expensive it is to search patent databases to check if your bright idea is really new. European researchers are solving the problem with innovative search technology that will soon be implemented commercially.

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

  • Research Headlines
    • Software tool for more cost-effective offshore wind farm
      Picture of the windfarmThe potential for offshore wind farms to meet a large proportion of our energy requirements is almost unlimited, and interest in building more offshore wind farms is increasing. But cost remains a major barrier. The EU-funded EERA-DTOC project has produced a tool - Wind & Economy - that helps minimise the cost of planning, developing and operating offshore wind farms. It is already on the market.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

  • Events
    • FamiliesAndSocieties – Final Conference - 18 October 2016, Brussels

      FamiliesAndSocieties (Changing families and sustainable societies: Policy contexts and diversity over the life course and across generations ) is a large-scale collaborative research project in the Seventh Framework Programme. The project addresses the development of families in Europe and the challenges posed by their increasing complexity and diversity. It aims to extend the research terrain and to provide a broader empirically grounded basis for policy making at the European, the national, and the local level by addressing the causes and consequences of family change, reflected in changing parental and gender roles, vulnerabilities, and new patterns in intergenerational relationships in families and societies in Europe. The project seeks to contribute to policy frameworks promoting well-being of families and sustainable societal development.

    • Understanding Europe – Promoting the European Public and Cultural Space - 17 October 2016, Brussels

      The conference Understanding Europe – Promoting the European Public and Cultural Space addresses the key issues of (digital) cultural heritage, identity formation as well as intellectual, artistic, creative and historical legacy of the European Union. The conference is organised for discussing with new projects selected for Horizon 2020 funding under the H2020-REFLECTIVE-2014 & 2015 call the policy aspects of their research objectives. The conference provides an excellent opportunity for enabling contact and cooperation between on-going EU-funded research projects on "Cultural Heritage and European Identities", heritage practitioners and policy makers from the European Institutions.

Monday, 19 September 2016

  • EU Contest for Young Scientists
    • Europe's top young scientists chosen in Brussels
      The European Commission today awarded top prizes to 45 young scientists for their outstanding science projects. Cash prizes totalling € 49 500 were handed out at the European Union Contest for Young Scientists award ceremony in Brussels, along with other valuable prizes such as science trips to Europe's leading research laboratories.

  • Success Stories
    • Revolutionising in-situ maintenance and repair
      Photo of a crane in an offshore drilling platform Once the stuff of science fiction, robots are today a common sight in many industry sectors. EU-funded researchers have significantly advanced the technology, developing a robotic system for in-situ repair and maintenance that makes work in hazardous environments easier and safer. It could be on the market in three to five years.

Week 38

Friday, 16 September 2016

  • Research Headlines
    • A closer look at dendritic cells and their links to cancer
      Image of the cancer cell in human bodyDendritic cells are a type of white blood cell. By studying them, an EU-funded project aims to provide wider insights into the role of the immune system in the development of cancer. The insights provided by the project could eventually help researchers develop new ways to fight a range of cancers - helping to save lives.

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

  • Research Headlines
    • Boosting the Large Hadron Collider
      Picture of the 3D dipole integration tunelThe world's most powerful particle collider is soon to become even more powerful: a massive overhaul is expected to increase the luminosity of the Large Hadron Collider by a factor of 10. An EU-funded design study has shaped key innovations that will underpin the new configuration planned for 2026, which include new magnets and transmission lines.

  • Success Stories
    • The travelling greenhouse
      Photo from inside the greenhouse What looks like an ordinary transportation container houses a sophisticated robotic greenhouse that, according to its developers, can help guarantee the sustainability of European forests.

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

  • Research Headlines
    • Cleaner urban transport with hydrogen buses
      Picture of hydrogen busTrials in cities around the world have demonstrated that fuel-cell passenger buses can cut emissions and noise pollution while providing good quality public transport. New EU-funded projects could double Europe's fleet of hydrogen buses - reducing vehicle and infrastructure costs per bus to boost take-up of the technology.

Monday, 12 September 2016

  • Research Headlines
    • The driving forces of cell division
      Picture of the lab technician looking through microscopeWith her ERC grant, the 5000th awarded to a leading scientist in Europe, Dr Iva Tolić wants to push forward the frontiers of knowledge on the mechanical principles of cell division. To reach her goal, after spending several years in the USA, Denmark, Italy and Germany, she has moved back to Croatia where she is setting her new research team. The results of her ERC-funded project could lead to new insight in cell and molecular biology, potentially opening novel ways to treat cancer.

Week 37

Friday, 09 September 2016

  • Research Headlines
    • 3D city modelling for smarter parking
      Picture of the cars parked on the streetTired 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.

Thursday, 08 September 2016

  • Success Stories
    • Surveillance technology monitors animal wellbeing
      Photo from inside a smart farm Humans have long been under CCTV surveillance, but now chickens and pigs are being watched too - by big farmer technology! Researchers have set up cameras, sensors and microphones at some 20 experimental smart farms all over Europe - to track animal movements.

Wednesday, 07 September 2016

Tuesday, 06 September 2016

Monday, 05 September 2016

  • Research Headlines
    • Sensitive robot hands
      robot hand with red ballA robot with the ability to perform sensitive and fine manipulation has been developed by EU-funded project SOFTHANDS. The project aimed to create a robot with the same dexterity as the human hand, something which will help the development of high-performance prosthetic-limbs.

Week 36

Friday, 02 September 2016

  • Research Headlines
    • Medical robots the size of bacteria
      Close up of a micro robotRobots the size of bacteria represent the future of medical surgery, ERC research team BOTMED have developed microrobots, currently being tested on animals, that will be able to enter the body through natural pathways and perform key medical procedures with minimal impact.

Thursday, 01 September 2016

  • Research Headlines
    • Labels to show how retreaded tyres stack up against new tyres
      Picture of old tiresAn EU-funded project has provided the data needed for labels that would classify the environmental impact and safety of retreaded truck tyres - an environmentally-friendly, cost-effective alternative to new tyres, which must already have such labels under EU law. The project results should help consumers choose between new and retreaded tyres more objectively, maintaining confidence in retreaded tyres and preserving jobs in retreading SMEs.

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