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Week 18

Tuesday, 30 April 2013

  • Press Centre
    • €150 million for brain research launches EU 'Month of the Brain'
      At the start of its 'European Month of the Brain' initiative, the European Commission has earmarked some €150 million of funding for 20 new international brain research projects. It will bring the total EU investment in brain research since 2007 to over €1.9 billion. The 'European Month of the Brain' (#brainmonth) will highlight European research and innovation in the area of neuroscience, cognition and related areas through over 50 events across Europe this May. The initiative aims to showcase the latest achievements in the field, but also to urge a more decisive effort to combat brain diseases.

  • Research Headlines
    • Thin-film "smart glass" puts rivals in the shade
      Electrochromic glass – which instantly glazes or shades at the flick of an electrical switch – has proved popular in a range of applications where the control of light and heat is important. But the physical nature of the glass and the costs involved limit the opportunities open to this technology. An EU-funded project has applied these 'smart glass' principles to a flexible film which opens up a whole new world of green, low-cost and commercially viable possibilities.

Monday, 29 April 2013

  • Events
    • INFuture2013: Information Governance - 6-8 November 2013, Zagreb, Croatia

      The Future of Information Sciences (INFuture) is a series of biannual international conferences aimed at researchers and professionals from the broad field of information and communication sciences and related professions. The objective of the conference is to provide a platform for discussing both theoretical and practical issues in information organization and information integration.

    • Open Innovation 2.0: Sustainable Economy & Society Conference - 20-21 May 2013, Dublin, Ireland

      The European Commission, Open Innovation Strategy and Policy Group, Intel Labs Europe, Dublin City Council, Trinity College Dublin co-organise the unique working conference, in May 2013, Dublin. Open Innovation 2.0 (OI2) is a new paradigm based on principles of integrated collaboration, shared value, new innovation ecosystems and rapid adoption. It is the new paradigm for individuals and organisations to generate prosperity and harness the opportunities together.

  • Research Headlines
    • Dog genes offer keys to human disease
      For Kerstin Lindblad-Toh, of the University of Uppsala in Sweden, news that the European Union (EU) was to provide funding for a project aimed at using research into canine genetics as a kind of 'fast-track' to help provide cures for many important human diseases marked the achievement of a long-held ambition.

Sunday, 28 April 2013

Week 17

Saturday, 27 April 2013

Friday, 26 April 2013

  • Events
    • ESOF2014 calls for proposals - 9 May 2013, Copenhagen

      Over the six days of June 21st-26th June 2014, Copenhagen will host the Euroscience Open Forum 2014 "Science building bridges". The programme tracks of ESOF 2014 will create a platform where researchers, journalists, policy makers, students and organisations can meet and debate European research and global challenges.

  • Horizon 2020 - video testimonials
    • Rudi Pauwels (BE): What is needed to exit the crisis and help Europe's economy to grow?
      Well first of all, I think we have to really recognize and analyze our strength. I think a lot of it is about resources, well, the biggest resource on the planet is right here: this is our people. So I truely believe that we have to build a future industry. It's clear that we have to innovate. I think this is another element, and we have one of the best educational systems in the world, we have top universities, we have a long tradition to solve problems, this is in the history of our people, so I think we have to get back to that and look at the challenges and opportunities of the future, I think in energy, in communication, especially in healthcare... so I think that's where we need to focus on and really build a longer term, sustainable industry.

  • Research Headlines
    • Lending an ear to age related hearing loss
      Age related hearing loss (ARHL) is far too easily ignored. Its onset is insidious. Its progression gradual. People with declining hearing often mistakenly believe the problem is that their conversation partners mumble or speak too quickly – and as hearing ability diminishes further, social exchanges slowly turn from fluid repertoires to too many non sequiturs. Frustrated from no longer being able to understand others well in social settings, people may stop going to the theatre or senior centres, or even just to a restaurant with friends or family. This social isolation, in turn, is associated with depression and cognitive decline. Disturbances of gait and balance have also been linked to ARHL.

Thursday, 25 April 2013

  • Research Headlines
    • Establishing the link between climate change and human security
      The UN Security Council has expressed concerns that the adverse effects of climate change could lead to certain threats to international peace and security. However, research suggests that scarcity can lead to cooperation rather than conflict. In order to improve our understanding of the factors involved, the European Union (EU)-funded CLICO project studied the world's most exposed and vulnerable areas to both floods and droughts - the Mediterranean, Middle East and Sahel (MMES) regions.

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

  • Research Headlines
    • Nanotechnology to fight hospital superbugs
      Each year, twice as many people die in Europe from hospital acquired infections than from road accidents. These infectious diseases have developed antibiotic resistance and spread despite the best efforts of staff, mainly through textiles like bed linen. But the technology developed by a European research project helps fight back against the so-called superbugs, by using a revolutionary nanotechnology to treat bed linen and other textiles.

Monday, 22 April 2013

  • Research Headlines
    • Tackling fresh-water shortage problems around the Mediterranean
      Water is the most vital resource for human life. However, urbanisation, extensive irrigation and variations in rainfall patterns due to global climate change have led to serious water scarcity in many areas of the world. A European research project has developed a transport system consisting of water-bags and tugboats to bring fresh water to the hardest-hit coastal and island regions around the Mediterranean. Areas under increasing pressure from water scarcity, particularly in the summer months, include small cities and islands along the coasts of Spain, Greece and Italy, among others.

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Week 16

Saturday, 20 April 2013

Friday, 19 April 2013

  • Horizon 2020 - video testimonials
    • Michael Gannouni (BE): What is needed to exit the crisis and help Europe's economy to grow?
      I think Europe has to start thinking outside of countries, but more inside of really the Union itself and not thinking about: yeah, we need appraval from that or that country, to do a kind of policy, but really put the power more centralized and I think solutions should come from an idea that it should be people-centred, and so, every idea or policy or whatever should help a cause, of course...and I think also, we need to cut down a little bit on bureaucracy and make things move faster and easier.

  • Research Headlines
    • Better targeting of multiple sclerosis
      European researchers have identified new biological indicators that can predict, among other things, the likely effectiveness of 'interferon-ß', a vital treatment for multiple sclerosis (MS) that is only effective in 50% of patients, in the treatment of individuals with MS. The ‘UEPHA-MS’ network has also discovered that ‘natural killer cells’ can influence the effectiveness of certain drugs. These and other findings are helping to put MS treatment in sharper focus.

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

  • Press Centre
    • EU loan guarantee agreement for innovative SMEs signed in Portugal
      A new EU loan guarantee agreement for innovative small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) was signed today with BPI bank in Portugal. Under the Risk Sharing Instrument (RSI), a joint initiative of the European Investment Bank Group and the European Commission, the European Investment Fund and BPI have signed a guarantee agreement which will allow support up to €60 million of lending to innovative SMEs over the next two years.

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

  • Horizon 2020 - video testimonials
    • Ben Kestner (GB): How do you see research and innovation making a difference for a better future?
      If you're a doctor, usually, you rely on medical research and that's something that we're all thankful for when we go to doctors. What the tragedy in education is, we tend not to do that in education. There's so much education research out there and we're not really taking that research forward. So, that's really what I think about that: I think we need to...for example: research into the brain. The games industry has really taken that research, used it and taken it forward. OK? One of the tragedies is, in education, we haven't used brain research when we're planning schools, when we're planning curriculum, when planning education. So the games industry have gone way ahead of us and the education system needs to take note of some of the brain research that's been around for the last 20 years now and that's definitely how research can really help, I think, in education.

  • Research Headlines
    • A breakthrough towards preventing cardiovascular diseases
      The hardening of arteries – also known as 'atherosclerosis' – can cause cardiovascular diseases (CVD), which can lead to heart attacks and strokes. New evidence has been uncovered strengthening the link between inflammation – a defensive reaction of the body – and cardiovascular diseases. This could lead to new innovative preventive and therapeutic strategies, and perhaps ultimately to a cure for atherosclerosis.

Monday, 15 April 2013

  • Horizon 2020 - video testimonials
    • Yasaman Sheri (IR): What is needed to exit the crisis and help Europe's economy to grow?
      Personally, I think it's important to look at new technologies, like biology and bio-technology and I think that, to have everyone have access to open science and open research is extremely important because as a designer who is not a researcher, collaborating with scientists becomes one of the most interesting projects that I have done. So I think it's important to allow the space for people to collaborate together and also think about new technologies and applications together collaboratively.

  • Press Centre
    • EU launches the second edition of the Women Innovators Prize
      Today, the European Commission has launched the second edition of the Women Innovators Prize 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 €25 000.

Sunday, 14 April 2013

  • Horizon 2020 - video testimonials
    • Alexander Asseily (LB): What are your main concerns for the future?
      My concern for the future is largely based around giving a sense, for people around the world, that they no longer have to be consumptive, there could be a shift from being passive and consuming beings to being more active and assertive and that's kind of an idea that doesn't take hold partly because it scares people but I think that's the way to make the world more cooperative: it's to empower people to be who they want to be and to say what they want to say and share the ideas that they have and not to just sit and consume what's given to them by governments and by companies and by leaders, so to speak.

Week 15

Saturday, 13 April 2013

Friday, 12 April 2013

  • Events
    • European Conference on ICT for Transport Logistics - 23-25 October 2013, Zaragoza, Spain

      The ECITL (European Conference on ICT for Transport Logistics) is an established and well-known international conference where experts, practitioners and researchers in the field of Transport Logistics, Supply Chain Management and ICT meet. This years’ conference focus on “Logistics Research: IT Solutions and Innovations Facilitating Cooperation”. The conference consists by a scientific day and two industry day where new and innovative topics will be presented and discussed.

  • Horizon 2020 - video testimonials
    • Rocio Leza (ES): What is needed to exit the crisis and help Europe's economy to grow?
      Well, I guess it needs to be more dynamic, I think, we need to support the little people who start their own project because I feel right now the only ones getting support and the only ones getting the good regulations are the ones who are able to lobby, so, it's the big guys...And so, all the small guys just face a lot of problems and nobody is there to support them. So I think we need to support these little people who just make little shops or little business, to go ahead and boost the economy in Europe.

  • Research Headlines
    • Are wireless devices potentially harmful?
      Mobile "smart" phones, wireless Internet access, Bluetooth and other types of wireless communication devices and technologies are becoming so commonplace that it is getting harder to think of the time when they didn’t exist. Most people living in the European Union (EU) use some form of wireless equipment, and the number and variety of uses continue to grow.

Thursday, 11 April 2013

  • Success Stories
    • Improving the art of organ manufacturing
      Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics in Munich, Germany, spent the past three years working with Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) to develop IT tools for the design of top-quality wooden and metal organ pipes. In December 2011 the team, set up in the context of the EU-funded research project "Innosound", unveiled a first prototype that cut by 20% the organ pipes' size and reduced by 15% total organ production costs. The study was backed by €625,000 in EU funds.

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

  • Events
    • Innovation, a Business Opportunity for SMEs - 11-12 June 2013, Dublin

      Register now for a two-day, free of charge conference event that will give you unique insights on what it takes for a small to medium-sized enterprise to successfully innovate and grow, and learn about support opportunities that can turn businesses into constant innovators! Apart from keynote speeches on the inclusive economy, open innovation and sustainable growth for SMEs, the event will feature a session on SME promotion under the new Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, Horizon 2020. Enrol now at and join the Irish Presidency of the EU and the European Commission in Ireland for a discovery tour of the potential of innovation for SMEs!

  • Horizon 2020 - video testimonials
    • Maciej Biesiada (PL): How do you see research and innovation making a difference for a better future?
      The global population is growing so we've got to and it depends heavily on science how we're gonna face that problem and difficulties. More and more people will be affected by climate disasters. More and more people will be affected by famine. More and more people will be affected by lack of clean water. More and more people will be affected by secure place to live and that's not because we are unable to provide it right now. It's because the population is growing. The science role ,we know that, is to find a solution which has never been seen before: some people can say that it can be gentically modified food others can say that it's access to clean water, to filters, the rest can say: ok, let's just try to figure out some new systems, how to some new vaccinations, eradicate polio for example, with the Rotary program...Science is the most crucial thing and it should be funded, subsidized heavily. Because it works. Science works.

  • Research Headlines
    • Research improves Europe's protection against landslides
      In the decades ahead, landslide risk will probably increase in some regions of Europe as a consequence of climate change and growing population. But landslides’ danger can be hidden: though their destruction is plain, in official data landslides are often lumped in with their triggers, such as extreme precipitation, earthquakes or floods. This means that damage wrought by landslides is generally underestimated by analysts, and public awareness of landslide risk is less than that of comparable natural hazards.

  • Success Stories
    • European researchers make advances in HIV and cancer detection
      A multidisciplinary EU-funded research team has successfully tested a pioneering HIV-detection technique that is ten times more sensitive than any identification method used to date. The new methodology, which offers a much simpler and cheaper naked-eye-based read-out and could be commercialised in future, has also achieved positive results in similar early detection tests for different types of cancer.

Tuesday, 09 April 2013

  • Horizon 2020 - video testimonials
    • Catherine Hennessy (IE): What is needed to exit the crisis and help Europe's economy to grow?
      I'm not an economist, but it would seem to me that two dissonent ideas that are the cause of the crisis. The first is we have built a society and a structure on the concept of a permanent job through which we pay taxes, we receive benefits and pensions, however, those jobs that create these goods that we consume, have increasingly been exported to other parts of the world, which means that the actual basis for our society, which is an artificial construct, but has served as well, is no longer valid. We need to revisit the ideas that Bismarck had, when he first created the pension system for Europe. There are other ways of doing things. Unfortunately for us, we have built layers of government and politics on top and it is they, who are the most reluctant to change, because they will lose the most.

Monday, 08 April 2013

Sunday, 07 April 2013

  • Horizon 2020 - video testimonials
    • Jasper Bergink (NL): How do you see research and innovation making a difference for a better future?
      You know, innovation, when those ideas really help, they are inspiring and they are nice and they are, you know, motivating and entertaining. But there's one more thing, that if there's a really good idea, then it will also generate jobs and it will generate interesting products and...One of the great examples is of course what we have seen over the last years: the iPods and iPhones, which is a new idea and then everybody wanted to have this product and it is generating a lot of sales and then, it's getting further because other companies, they jump in and come with new ideas.

Week 14

Saturday, 06 April 2013

Friday, 05 April 2013

  • Horizon 2020 - video testimonials
    • Colin Scaife (GB): What is needed to exit the crisis and help Europe's economy to grow?
      Well, we can get rid of the few politicians, for a start, because they are all busy, worried about their position, as opposed to what needs to be done practically. There are very complicated situations to get through; I don’t think many people can solve it. They are doing the best that they can. But they really need a good dose of entrepreneurship. So, you really, all the funding and everything doesn’t get communicated very well, what they do. That’s one thing. Secondly, how to make people or how to help people work in harmony, so they can express themselves. There’s a lack of ideas. You see people today are on a status quo because they feel comfortable. We can’t be comfortable, we need a pioneer spirit.

  • Research Headlines
    • Meshing around made air planes quieter
      Anyone living near an airport will testify to the ferocious sound of airplanes taking off and landing. It can be deafening very close to the runway and still very disruptive at a distance. But thanks to a European Union research project, those thundering flyovers could be muffled, sparing the eardrums of people under the flight paths.

Thursday, 04 April 2013

  • Horizon 2020 - video testimonials
    • Alexander d'Hooghe (BE): What is needed to exit the crisis and help Europe's economy to grow?
      I see two things that we probably should be doing, as Europeans: one has to do with immigration, where we need to be trained towards a different attitude with regards to immigration. I think we need to become much more open and re-attract talent, and just attract young people from over the world, to come to Europe and work here and grow businesses here. That's a big project and that's a sort of relaxation exercise we need to do... On the one hand. On the other hand, any European investment in infrastructures that are cross-border, cross-national, new europeanized infrastructures...I think is a good investment. Anything that increases a little of exchange between European countries whether with trains or roadways or information networks, is in principle a good thing... or water networks...So, all those investments will actually grow and benefit us all. And the faster we get rid of single nation centric infrastructures, the better! And the faster we get rid of single nation centric infrastructures, the better!

  • Research Headlines
    • Adapting to climate change in Northern India
      Millions of people in the Ganges basin depend on water resources from melting snow and ice as well as from monsoon rainfall. However, developments such as retreating glaciers, changing monsoon patterns, and declining groundwater levels coupled with increasing population and enhanced water demand for irrigation are likely to place water resources under considerable stress.

Wednesday, 03 April 2013

  • Research Headlines
    • Hydrogen storage for energy efficient buildings
      Accounting for some 40% of all energy consumption, the building sector is one of Europe's most energy consuming. And as the vast majority of this power comes from fossil fuels, increasing energy efficiency, reducing CO2 emissions and using Renewable Energy Sources (RES) has in recent years become priority.

  • Success Stories
    • True bluefin: The breeding scheme promising a future for tuna
      Known as the tiger of the sea, the bluefin tuna or Thunnus thynnus, can grow to more than half a tonne, glide at speeds of up to 70km/hour, and migrate over thousands of kilometres. But for many people, the bluefin’s majesty and grace in the water count for far less than the delicious taste of its rich, creamy red flesh: in January 2012, a 269kg bluefin tuna fetched a record 56.49 million yen (€564,000) at a Tsukiji market auction in Tokyo. Demand for the lucrative fish is driving it to extinction: despite global initiatives to limit the hunting, bluefin tuna populations have fallen an estimated 80% since 1970.

Tuesday, 02 April 2013

  • Horizon 2020 - video testimonials
    • Tito Jankowski (US): What are your main concerns for the future?
      I think my biggest concern is around education. As technology is accelerating so fast, a programming language, or an engineering tool, or a way of designing things that was the best 5 years ago or 10 years ago, is now non existing, is useless. And we need really to pay attention and make sure that we change the way we deucate. So you can learn things faster, so you can learn things quicker and not just learn once... can't apply that for your entire life you have to learn and learn and learn.

  • Research Headlines
    • Unearthing the past with future technology
      In their quest to better understand the past, archaeologists also take great care to preserve the resting grounds of ancient artefacts. This is not always easy in large digs. But the Radiography of the Past (Radio-Past) project has harnessed the skills of international research teams to develop the next generation of non-destructive approaches to archaeology, including aerial surveying and remote-sensing technology. This approach has unearthed new evidence from buried settlements across Southern, Central and Western Europe which sheds light on how Roman cities and societies were constructed.

Monday, 01 April 2013

  • Horizon 2020 - video testimonials
    • Stuart Firestein (US): What are your main concerns for the future?
      Well I think everybody is concerned about sustainable resources and my main concern about a sustainable resource, is the next generation of thinkers. In particular, of course, of scientific thinkers, not exclusively, but my interest is in science, especially where is my expertise, and my concern is how we are educating the next generation of scientists, where the creative, curious, inquisitive scientists will come from and who will do the work that will keep this place running in spite of one crisis after another that we’re inventing. So we have to invent solutions as quickly as we invent crisis, it seems to me.

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