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What was new in August 2015

Week 31

Friday, 31 July 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • Engineering safer cities
      Picture of the Paris metro signHow can we guarantee the integrity of existing buildings while continuing to develop urban spaces? Professor Debra Laefer's ERC-funded project tackles fundamental problems at the interface between new engineering undertakings and building conservation. The research team will draw on a largely unmined data source to create a system to predict the degree of damage likely to be sustained by buildings as a result of tunnelling.

  • Success Stories
    • Sowing the seeds for food security and plant conservation
      Photo of sunflower seeds Climate change is affecting plant life worldwide, with potentially disastrous effects for both wild and agricultural species. EU-funded researchers are studying the impact of higher temperatures and drought on seed quality in order to develop techniques for conserving wild plants, and for ensuring sustainable crop yields.

Thursday, 30 July 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • Taking pesticide contamination off the menu
      Picture of the radiology technician at workEurope's smaller agri-businesses will soon be able to tell whether their products are within the EU's strict limits for pesticide residues without having to send samples to the laboratory. This is because an EU-funded project has developed a rapid, easy-to-use portable biosensor that offers testing up to 10 times cheaper than conventional means.

  • Success Stories
    • Advancing universal health coverage in Asia
      Photo of a child in hospital Access to healthcare is a basic human need, but efforts to provide affordable public care in many developing nations have had mixed results. EU-funded researchers sought to find out why through a landmark evaluation of healthcare systems in six Asian countries. The conclusions highlight the influence of insurance schemes' affordability, understanding what motivates people to take out insurance policies, and how public money is spent.

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

  • International Cooperation
    • Newsletter - July 2015 issue
      The 'International Research Newsletter' is published monthly and contains news and updates on the EC's International Research related activities. This month Cape Verde, Latin America, Korea, Morocco and much more...

  • Research Headlines
    • Personalising breast cancer screening
      Picture of the radiology technician at workBreast cancer is a leading cause of death for women, despite screening programmes cutting mortality rates. EU-funded researchers have developed new tools for personalised screening programmes to improve detection and prognosis - several of which are ready for use.

  • Success Stories
    • Investing in Europe's bright future in fusion
      Photo of a researcher The EU-funded FUSENET project created new learning opportunities for Europe's future fusion scientists by developing educational materials, organising internships and bringing academia and industry closer together. While the project may be officially over, the concept has been kept very much alive through the ever-expanding FUSENET Association.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • Lymphocytes versus hepatitis B virus: caught in action
      Picture of the blood sample in the laboratoryFor the first time ever, two ERC grantees, Prof. Luca G. Guidotti and Dr Matteo Iannacone, have observed in vivo how specific white blood cells, so-called cytotoxic T lymphocytes, identify, target and attack liver cells that are infected with the hepatitis B virus. To witness these immune cells in action in real time, the two scientists developed advanced, dynamic imaging techniques. An estimated 240 million people are chronically infected with hepatitis B worldwide.

Monday, 27 July 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • Paints for places where a spark spells trouble
      Photo of a welder at a factoryWith the help of EU research funding, three small businesses have been able to take a concept for more efficient, cheaper types of paints for hazardous, explosive work areas, develop innovative products, and successfully bring them to market. The new paints also eliminate the need for the metal particles and solvents normally used in such products - removing a potential health hazard.

  • Success Stories
    • Silent e-cars speak up
      Photo of a car Electric vehicles are quiet - too quiet, possibly. Pedestrians and other vulnerable road users don't always hear them coming. An EU-funded project has developed a solution. This innovative accident prevention system detects persons at risk and warns them by emitting a sound directed at them and them alone.

Week 30

Friday, 24 July 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • Intelligent approach to zero-defect manufacturing
      Photo of an industrial machineEU-funded researchers are developing advanced technology for the manufacturing industry, aiming for zero-defect production of everything from aircraft parts to machine tools. Their work will increase efficiency, reduce waste, boost competitiveness and lower costs for European manufacturers, particularly small and medium companies.

Thursday, 23 July 2015

  • Success Stories
    • A tunnel yields a whole lot of valuable materials
      Photo of big machinery in a dark mine An EU-funded research project has developed a system to automatically analyse and sort materials from the soil and rock excavated during the boring of tunnels and other underground structures. The system will cut waste, help tunnelling companies generate additional revenues, and provide valuable materials to industry, say the researchers.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • How disability can pioneer architectural innovation
      Photo of a man in front of a staircase Disability is often associated with access legislation rather than a source of creativity for architects. With her ERC grant, Prof. Ann Heylighen wanted to reverse this perspective. Her findings suggest that disability can be a valuable source of innovative solutions in architecture by extending prevailing ways of understanding space and designing buildings.

Monday, 20 July 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • Delivering the goods
      Rendering of the Furbot with driver Income from e-sales in the EU in 2013 accounted for 15% of total turnover, and if estimates are correct, e-commerce will grow. However, this growth brings with it an increase in freight transport, especially in urban areas, which in turn contributes to air and noise pollution as well as traffic congestion.

Week 29

Friday, 17 July 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • New research on the causes of heat stroke
      Photo of woman in a carExperts predict that, in the coming years, a higher frequency and intensity of heat waves could lead to an increase of fatalities in the elderly population. To help prevent this, a Marie Curie research fellow, Dr. Andreas D. Flouris, studied and explained the sequence of events leading to heat stroke. His research work was as part of the EU-funded project THERMOMICS.

Thursday, 16 July 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • Biomarkers for personalised breast cancer treatment
      Photo of pink breast cancer awareness ribbon on womans handsIn Europe, some 463 000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year, making it the most common form of cancer in women. Depending on certain conditions, different drug combinations will be more - or less - effective. The EU-funded RESPONSIFY project has identified these conditions.

  • Success Stories
    • New analysis aids planning for climate change
      Photo of a snowed in house A detailed picture of European weather patterns over the past decades is now emerging thanks to an EU-funded project to re-analyse historical records. The results will help governments plan for climate change by better understanding past trends and extreme events.

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • Booster shots for historical buildings
      Photo of Gargoyle on Notre Dame Cathedral, FranceLooking at Europe's flamboyant cathedrals, it is easy to forget that even stone does not last forever. Without effective conservation, gargoyles erode, stained glass shatters, and choir stalls eventually rot. EU-funded researchers have produced innovative compounds to protect our cultural heritage.

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • Singling out sarcomas
      Photo of oncologist talking with young womanLuckily, sarcomas are rare - but this also means that very few clinical trials have investigated better ways to tackle these malignant tumours. The fact that there are many types of sarcoma, which respond to treatment in very different ways, adds to the difficulty of organising such studies. An EU-funded cancer research project has taken up the challenge in a bid to develop targeted treatments.

Monday, 13 July 2015

  • Success Stories
    • Home-grown rubber to keep tyres turning
      Photo of a car EU-funded research has shown that natural rubber from home-grown dandelions and guayule could be used for tyres. Researchers and industry are now working together to scale up production - paving the way for Europe to reduce its dependence on rubber imports and to boost competitiveness.

Week 28

Friday, 10 July 2015

  • Press Centre
    • SMEs in Belgium to benefit from €100 million in EU-guaranteed loans
      Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Belgium will get easier access to risk capital thanks to a new EU-backed loan guarantee facility under the Horizon 2020 programme. A deal, signed today by the European Investment Fund (EIF) with Belfius Belgium, will allow the bank to enter into new loan agreements with SMEs as well as Small Mid-caps for a total of €100 million over the next two years.

  • Research Headlines
    • Beating the clock in diabetes prevention
      Photo of blood sugar testingIf you are at risk of developing diabetes, it will come as no surprise if your doctor suggests you keep an eye on your weight and step up your physical activity. A number of lifestyle aspects are known to play a role. Other insights are only just emerging: new EU-funded research highlights the importance of living in sync with your body clock.

Thursday, 09 July 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • A prescription for venom
      Photo of attacking snakeSnake venom could turn out to be good for you. An EU-funded project shows how researchers can unlock the medical benefits of venom more quickly, promising breakthrough treatments for health problems such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes.

Wednesday, 08 July 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • Computer modelling for safer nanotechnologies
      Photo of an doctor watching x-ray picture on PCAdvances in nanomaterials and nanotechnologies promise to revolutionise many aspects of modern life. The mathematical-modelling project Nanotranskinetics investigated the health hazards posed by nano-sized objects, developing paradigms to develop a computer model of a human organ.

Tuesday, 07 July 2015

  • Events
    • BINGO Opening Ceremony - 10 July 2015, Lisbon, Portugal

      Horizon 2020 BINGO project -Bringing INnovation to onGOing water management - a better future under climate change (2015-2019) - aims at providing practical knowledge and tools to end-users, water managers, decision and policy-makers affected by climate change to enable them to better cope with all climate projections, including droughts and floods.

  • Research Headlines
    • A local eye on climate change
      Photo of kids playing at fountainHow might climate change affect communities and how can they cope with the impacts? To prepare the way for an EU-wide climate service that can best answer those questions, an EU-funded project has developed local climate services, identifying the data local stakeholders need - and the best ways to communicate it.

Monday, 06 July 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • Ultrasound innovation for the ultimate in bread
      Photo of bread dough in a proofing room with mistGreat bread doesn't happen by chance. Even with the best ingredients, it takes practice and patience - notably because the dough needs time and specific conditions to rise to yeasty perfection. EU-funded researchers are putting the final touches to a new system that will make the proofing chambers used in bakeries even better.

Week 27

Friday, 03 July 2015

  • Press Centre
    • €60 million to innovative companies in Luxembourg with financial backing from Horizon 2020
      The European Investment Fund (EIF) and Banque Internationale à Luxembourg SA (BIL) today signed an agreement to increase lending to innovative small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) as well as small mid-caps in Luxembourg. This is the first transaction in Luxembourg to benefit from the support of the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI). The new agreement allows BIL to provide €60 million of finance to innovative companies in Luxembourg over the next two years. The loans will be backed by a guarantee of the EIF, enabled by the InnovFin initiative with financial backing from Horizon 2020, the EU's research and innovation funding programme.

  • Research Headlines
    • Providing electric vehicles with longer lasting energy
      Photo of two electric cars during chargingEU-funded researchers have used novel carbon materials to make lightweight, energy-efficient supercapacitors, the energy storage devices that supply power to electric vehicles during acceleration. Their work promises to extend the distance electric vehicles can travel before a recharge. This improved performance could boost their appeal on the market, help make EU manufacturers more competitive, and contribute to the EU's goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Thursday, 02 July 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • Shipbuilding on a tide of innovation
      Photo of Tthe sundeck demonstrator of the ThroughLife projectWhether an innovative concept sinks or swims depends on customer acceptance, among other things. Moving into uncharted waters can be unnerving. An EU-funded project dedicated to innovation in shipbuilding has devised new business models in a bid to build client confidence. It has also developed new products and techniques.

Wednesday, 01 July 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • Social protection in an unpredictable economy
      Photo of stressed womanHow can societies provide some level of security for their workforce while adapting to economic change? Faced with new realities, the support mechanisms on which we have come to rely will have to adjust, say EU-funded researchers. They have identified approaches that can help policymakers to maintain an effective safety net in uncertain times.

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