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What was new in March 2015

Week 13

Friday, 27 March 2015

  • Press Centre
    • Commission supports innovative SMEs with over €130 million in new grants
      387 innovative small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are on track to receive a total of €130.6 million in new grants from Horizon 2020, the EU's research and innovation funding programme. These are the latest results of calls under the €3 billion SME Instrument, launched under Horizon 2020 to help innovative small firms get ideas from the lab to the market and help generate growth and jobs for Europe.

  • Research Headlines
    • New sensor system sniffs out mycotoxins in wheat
      Photo of farmer hand touching wheat earsMycotoxins - produced by fungi - contaminate about 25% of food crops worldwide, according to the latest estimates. Detecting contamination quickly and reliably is essential for food safety, as mycotoxins could be transferred to bread, for instance, making it unsafe to eat. The MYCOHUNT project developed a system that can sniff out mycotoxins almost immediately. It is expected to be on the market within two years.

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

  • Events
    • 21st EARMA Annual Conference 2015 - 28 June - 1 July 2015, Leiden, The Netherlands

      This year the theme for the conference is Global Outreach: Enabling Cultures and Diversity in Research Management and Administration. This theme reflects the growing need and ambition to reach out and get connected and work together globally. Cooperating not only in the field of scientific research & innovation and higher education but also in the field of research management and administration.

    • The Atlantic - Our Shared resource. Making the Vision Reality - 16-17 April 2015, Brussels

      The implementation activities of the Galway Statement on Atlantic Ocean Research Cooperation, signed in May 2013 by the EU, Canada and the United States of America, and launching an Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance, are moving to a new exciting stage. This event will be the launch pad for all the 'Galway Statement follow-up projects' funded with the first Horizon 2020 Blue Growth calls - the main financial instrument on the EU side to make the Galway Statement commitments reality.

  • Research Headlines
    • A big booster for vaccine development
      Image of dead tiger mosquitoAn EU-funded project has accelerated the development of vaccines for diseases such as Lyme disease, malaria, tuberculosis, dengue, influenza, mumps, whooping cough, pneumonia, HIV, and two types of cancer. Their work could lead to new, more effective vaccines - potentially saving millions of people from disease.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Monday, 23 March 2015

Week 12

Friday, 20 March 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • Improving prostate cancer diagnosis
      picture of medical staffThe European Union (EU)-funded project PRO-NEST has paved the way towards novel therapies to prevent prostate cancer, which is the third most common cause of cancer for males in Europe. New diagnostic tests and treatments to curb the disease are now in the pipeline, and expected to become available within the next 10 years.

Thursday, 19 March 2015

  • Success Stories
    • Turning the tide in the war against AIDS
      Photo of a street with people passing by The AIDS pandemic has claimed the lives of nearly 40 million people. Another 35 million are living with HIV. Scientists around the world however are getting closer to creating a vaccine that could prevent or eliminate the infection. In this program, we go to the forefront of the war against AIDS.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • Better machine tools: less chatter, more work
      Measurement CheckingInnovative machine tool 'joints' developed in the EU-funded PoPJim project can tune-out the vibrations that cause material and productivity losses. Manufacturers can expect a long-sought competitive edge as the technology moves towards commercialisation in the coming years. Testing has already shown a two to three-fold productivity boost for certain tooling jobs.

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

  • Success Stories
    • Growing greener fuel for cleaner transport
      Photo of a bus in a green field Plants might be the source of a new renewable fuel for planes, or new greener ingredients to replace fossil resources used to produce plastics. At an experimental agriculture plot near Athens in Greece, agricultural engineers are growing plants which could produce these new greener fuels.

Monday, 16 March 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • Oiling the wheels of greener transportation
      Big truck on the roadBurning rubber is the last thing a driver wants to do to save fuel. In fact, tyres account for up to 15% of a vehicle's fuel consumption. An EU-backed project has developed new compounds, designs and treads for tyre manufacturing to slash this "rolling resistance" for the good of the transport sector and the environment.

Week 11

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Friday, 13 March 2015

  • Press Centre
    • Austrian SMEs to benefit from €290 million in EU-guaranteed loans
      Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Austria will get easier access to risk capital thanks to the new EU-backed loan guarantee facilities under the Horizon 2020 and COSME programmes. Two deals signed today between Austria Wirtschaftsservice (aws), an Austrian federal development and financing bank, and the European Investment Fund (EIF) will allow aws to enter into new loan agreements with SMEs as well as Small Mid-caps for a total of €290 million over the next two years.

  • Research Headlines
    • Double-teaming on neurological diseases
      Human brain with missing pieceEuropean researchers report a breakthrough technique paving the way for the first-ever stem cell-derived brain cell transplantations in people with Parkinson's disease. Meanwhile, research on brain cell reprogramming is moving towards potential application for Huntington's disease.

Thursday, 12 March 2015

  • Success Stories
    • Fresh and safe from field to plate
      Photo of a researcher from the project "Cases of food poisoning from vegetables affect more people and lead to more hospitalisations than those from meat." While it may come as news to many consumers this fact, revealed by Ana Allende, a food microbiologist with CEBAS-CSIC, will not surprise her colleagues working on a major European research project on food safety.

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • Red alert for ragweed allergy
      Ambrosia artemisiifolia L.Pollen season is a difficult time for many. In Europe, Ambrosia artemisiifolia L., a.k.a. common ragweed, could soon be adding to the plight of allergy sufferers, and many more people could develop symptoms. Climate change will enable this highly allergenic alien species to advance across the continent, say EU-funded researchers, who are calling for urgent action to keep the invader at bay.

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

  • Events
    • 7th European Innovation Summit - 7-10 December 2015, Brussels

      The 7th European Innovation Summit (7th EIS) is Knowledge4Innovation's annual flagship event taking place in the European Parliment in Brussels. The 7th EIS is taking place under the framework of the K4I Forum of the European Parliment which includes more than 30 MEPs.

    • FOODSEG Symposium 2015: The Network 14 + meets in Rome - 23-24 April 2015, Rome, Italy

      FOODSEG network 2014+ is a follow up network based on the completed FP 7-project “FOODSEG”, which was focused on identifying problems and risks all along the foodchain. The FOODSEG network 2014+ mainly focuses on bringing people together in order to initiate cooperation, technology and know-how transfer and common research projects. It is also a platform to disseminate results from (EU-) funded research and cooperation projects.

  • Success Stories
    • Watching for bubbles: storing CO2 at sea
      Photo of a researcher from the project Is it possible to safely dispose of excess CO2 by storing it deep in the seabed? And what would be the effect on the ecosystem if this practice was widely used? A European research project carrying out tests in the North Sea and the Mediterranean is seeking to answer these questions.

Monday, 09 March 2015

  • Press Centre
    • EU launches the third edition of the Women Innovators Prize
      On the occasion of International Women's Day, the European Commission is launching today the third edition of the EU Prize for Women Innovators to reward three women who have achieved outstanding innovations and brought them to market. The prize aims to raise awareness of the need for more female entrepreneurs and to inspire other women to follow in their footsteps. The first prize is worth €100 000, the second prize €50 000 and third prize €30 000.

  • Research Headlines
    • Coastal forecasting service sets sail
      Tugboat on the seaPowerful modelling tools developed by European researchers have been commercialised to provide forecasting services for coastal sea conditions in Europe and beyond. Applications range from storm forecasts for beach and coastal defence management to efficient route planning for shipping, and contingency planning for oil spills.

Week 10

Friday, 06 March 2015

  • Press Centre
    • EU inducement prize reaps rewards for European vaccine development SME
      One year ago, the German biopharmaceutical company CureVac GmbH won the EU's first ever innovation inducement prize worth €2 million for making progress towards a novel technology to bring life-saving vaccines to people across the planet in safe and affordable ways. Today, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) has announced a commitment to invest €46 million in CureVac to accelerate the development of its innovative vaccine technology and the production of numerous vaccines against infectious diseases.

Thursday, 05 March 2015

  • Success Stories
    • Longer life for damaged livers
      Photo of a researcher from the project Three years ago the lives of Andrew Ryan and his family changed forever when he was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver. His health deteriorated so quickly that his only hope was a liver transplant. The former offshore oil worker eventually had one and now undergoes almost weekly check-ups at his local hospital in Newcastle, England.

Wednesday, 04 March 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • Shoring up Europe's flood defences
      Flooding in Warsaw Poland, in 2010From Pakistan to the Balkans and from Mozambique to Western Europe - images of the misery caused by flooding are a regular feature in the media. While eliminating all risk is impossible, understanding it and adapting buildings, infrastructure and flood defences can save lives and money. EU-funded researchers have developed the tools needed to do just that, and have passed them on to Europe's policymakers.

Tuesday, 03 March 2015

  • Events
    • Tenancy Law and Housing Policy in Multi-level Europe - TENLaw project meeting - 8-9 May 2015, Tartu, Estonia

      Private tenancy law is existentially affecting the daily lives of European citizens, as about one third of them depend on rental housing.
      That notwithstanding, it constitutes a nearly blank space in comparative and European law. This is due to its national character, its political nature and its embeddedness in widely diverging national housing policies, which ultimately reflect different welfare state models. At the same time, however, different parts of EU law and policy do affect tenancy law significantly, albeit indirectly. Thus, EU social policy against poverty and social exclusion extends to selected issues of housing policy....

  • Press Centre
    • 10 years of commitment to better working conditions for researchers
      Today, the first two hundred Deans and Rectors from universities and research institutes to have implemented the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers will receive the 'HR Excellence in Research Award' for their efforts to create attractive working conditions for researchers in Europe. To mark the event, the European Commission is hosting a conference to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Charter and Code, celebrating the creation of an attractive, open and sustainable labour market for researchers in Europe.

    • Commission helps EU Member States reform their research and innovation systems
      The European Commission has today launched a new Policy Support Facility (PSF) to help EU Member States reform their research and innovation policies. Such reforms are a priority for EU economic policy as highly performing research and innovation systems can kick-start renewed growth and job creation. The first countries to make use of the Facility are Bulgaria and Hungary.

      Available also in version: Bulgarian and Hungarian

  • Success Stories
    • Tsunami alert
      Photo of a researcher explaining the system The ocean can be ruthless and unpredictable. Tsunamis strike without warning, taking thousands of lives. How can we spot an approaching wave in time to save people? Outside Setubal, Portugal, scientists from a European research project are testing a device that automatically detects a rising wave to alert people on the nearby beach.

Monday, 02 March 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • Paints for places where a spark spells trouble
      Welders at the 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.

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