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What was new in February 2015

Week 5

Friday, 30 January 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • Towards science-based policies for the Baltic Sea
      Photo of a Small village with red buildingsThe challenges affecting a regional sea cannot be tackled effectively by individual countries acting alone. Nor can they be addressed without a thorough understanding of the relevant facts and processes. The states bordering the Baltic Sea are cooperating in a joint research programme to provide policy-makers with the information they need to achieve greater sustainability.

Thursday, 29 January 2015

  • Success Stories
    • A robot that grows
      Photo of a researcher demoing the robot Scientists in Italy are working on creating robots that mimic the properties of plant roots, including the capacity for growth. They believe the potential future applications are not just the stuff of science-fiction.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • Building a graphene-based future for Europe
      Photo of graphene layersGraphene is the strongest, most impermeable and conductive material known to man. Graphene sheets are just one atom thick, but 200 times stronger than steel. The European Union is investing heavily in the exploitation of graphene's unique properties through a number of research initiatives such as the SEMANTICS project running at Trinity College Dublin.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

  • Success Stories
    • Robots of the deep
      Photo of two people carrying a submarine robot Underwater robots can explore seas and rivers, gathering in groups to solve problems together, if they learn to cooperate. How can we teach robots?

Monday, 26 January 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • Personalised travel advice from your pocket
      Photo of man with smartphoneWhile many of us are used to checking transport schedules on our smartphones, the i-TOUR app, created by EU-funded researchers, goes much further. It advises which form of transport is most appropriate to get from A to B in large urban areas wherever you are in Europe, and takes into account personal preferences, weather and changing circumstances. The i-TOUR team is currently discussing how to take the idea to the market.

Week 4

Friday, 23 January 2015

  • Press Centre
    • €130m of loans for Danish SMEs under H2020 InnovFin Guarantee
      Danish SMEs will get easier access to risk capital for financing innovation activities thanks to the roll-out of a new EU-backed loan guarantee facility in Denmark. A deal signed today between Vaekstfonden, a Danish State Investment Fund, and the European Investment Fund (EIF) will allow Vaekstfonden to enter into new loan agreements with innovative SMEs for an amount up to DKK 1 billion (over €130 million).

  • Research Headlines
    • Printable cables could spell green energy boost
      Photo of the printer wireSuperconductors can provide a greener way to transport energy but are expensive to make and maintain. An EU-funded project has developed a way to 'print' the superconducting tapes that form power cables, reducing costs and opening the way to their wider use by industry.

Thursday, 22 January 2015

  • Press Centre
    • The EU's InnovFin SME Guarantee to Boost Innovation in Swedish SMEs
      A new European Union loan guarantee facility for innovative small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) will allow entrepreneurs from all over Sweden to tap into EU-secured loans for a total amount of SEK1.2 billion (over €125 million) over the next two years. The European Investment Fund (EIF) and the Swedish government business and financial advisory body, ALMI Företagspartner AB (ALMI), signed today the first "InnovFin SME Guarantee" agreement in the country.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Monday, 19 January 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • Growing up in the shadow of intolerance
      Photo of 2 young peopleDespite the recent rise of radical, extreme or populist movements in Europe, young Europeans still accept democracy and reject violence, an EU-backed project has found. However, many feel that the political establishment does not represent them, leading them to consider alternative politics. Politicians must start listening more to young people to engage them fully in the democratic process, the researchers advise.

Week 3

Friday, 16 January 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • Safety in numbers... for European transport systems
      Illustration of a plane flying awayYears of research, application and targeted policy initiatives have massively improved the safety of Europe's transportation system. An EU-funded project has identified ways for researchers to share their knowledge and work with each other and policymakers, leading to new insights on how to make all transport modes safer for Europeans.

Thursday, 15 January 2015

  • Success Stories
    • The Plight of the Pollinators
      Photo of a child looking at bees Pollinators like bumblebees are declining in Europe. What are the causes, the consequences and the possible solutions? Researchers know that the causes are multiple: a combination of habitat loss, pathogens, alien species, agrichemical pollution and even climate change.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

  • Events
    • Tackling societal challenges: solutions from DRIVERS for Health Equity - 3 February 2015, European Parliament, Brussels

      DRIVERS will present its findings and recommendations at the European Parliament on 3 February 2015. The event titled ‘Tackling societal challenges: solutions from DRIVERS for Health Equity’ will provide an opportunity to learn about the research findings and overarching principles for policy and practice that help reduce health inequalities across the life course, and debate with Members of the European Parliament and policy makers on how to incorporate the recommendations from DRIVERS in existing, emerging and future policy initiatives.

  • Research Headlines
    • Fighting seaweed with green technology
      Photo of a boat stern hull and propellerBiofouling - or biological fouling - is the build-up of plants, algae and other marine organisms on wet surfaces, which can corrode and damage objects such as ships, pipes, and bridge supports. The issue has long defied engineers and scientists. The EU funded research project SEACOAT has developed a novel green technology that applies special coatings on vulnerable surfaces to control biofouling.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

  • Success Stories
    • A second chance for injured brains
      Photo of a Researcher with the patient Jouni Salmenjaakko, once a busy executive manager, now spends all his time with his family at their home in Turku in southern Finland. Brain injuries suffered in a car crash during a business trip in Dubai have left the 47-year-old unable to work.

Monday, 12 January 2015

Week 2

Friday, 09 January 2015

  • Press Centre
    • Commission supports innovative SMEs with €117 million in new grants
      Over 275 innovative small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are on track to receive a total of €117 million in new grants from Horizon 2020, the EU's research and innovation funding programme. These are the latest results of calls under the new €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.

    • Building a new innovation fast track to bring ideas to market quicker
      The European Commission has today launched the new, €200 million Fast Track to Innovation (FTI) pilot initiative to promote innovation by reducing the time it takes to bring innovative ideas to market. Over the next two years, the pilot initiative will be open to all types of participants, particularly from industry, while stimulating first-time applications from industry and SMEs to Horizon 2020, the EU's research and innovation funding programme.

Thursday, 08 January 2015

Wednesday, 07 January 2015

  • Events
    • SAVE THE DATE! Aerodays 2015 - 20-23 October 2015, Queen Elizabeth II Centre, London, UK

      Aerodays is the European Commission flagship event in Aviation research and innovation taking place once during each EU Research Framework Programme. The goal is to share achievements of collaborative research and innovation in Aeronautics and Air Transport within Europe and in world-wide international co-operation. For this edition - in the course of Horizon 2020 the EU Framework Programme 2014-2020 - five key themes based on Europe’s Vision for Aviation ‘Flightpath 2050‘ and subsequent work of ACARE: efficient and seamless mobility; Competitiveness of Industry; Greening of Aviation; Safety & Security; Skills for Breakthroughs. The programme will consist in plenary and parallel sessions and some additional social events. The last day, October 23 will be dedicated to optional technical visits. The event is co-organised by the European Commission, the British Department for Business, Innovation & Skills and ADS Group Limited.

  • Success Stories
    • Deep Cure
      Photo of a Researcher with a petri dish Over 99% of the microscopic inhabitants of the world's seas have still not been scientifically studied, even though many of them might be useful to treat cancer and other human diseases. In fact, there are so many unexplored species that it is hard to even estimate how much we still do not know about them.

Tuesday, 06 January 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • Planning the future of wave and tidal energy
      Photo of ocean wavesWhen it comes to renewable energies, wind and solar power have already become staples of our electricity mix. Wave and tidal energy could be next in line. EU-funded researchers are already making waves, aiming to help industry cut costs and increase reliability with innovative decision-making software.

Monday, 05 January 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • A closer look at corruption, and how to fight it
      Photo of man with moneyThe battle against corruption has been a challenge ever since the first bribe was exchanged for private gain. There have been some successes and many failures. In response, EU-funded researchers are taking a fresh look at one of the murkiest sides of human behaviour. Their studies have already yielded results - steps towards practical solutions to an age-old problem.

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