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Week 9

Thursday, 28 February 2013

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Monday, 25 February 2013

  • Events
    • Promoting Africa-EU Research Infrastructure Partnerships - 7-8 March 2013, Brussels

      This high-level conference will present the outcomes of the PAERIP (Promoting African European Research Infrastructures Partnerships) project, funded under the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme FP7. Over the past two years PAERIP undertook an extensive analysis of Africa-EU research infrastructure partnerships, including best practices which could be identified from current cooperation and the formulation of recommendations to enhance collaboration. In this context PAERIP considered cooperation activities such as how to enhance transnational access to research infrastructures for African and European researchers, and the promotion of networks integrating African and European research infrastructures....

  • Horizon 2020 - video testimonials
    • Stephanie Kleine (DE): What is needed to exit the crisis and help Europe's economy to grow?
      I think what we really need and what does lack in Europe is a clear leadership! They are requested, for example, for Germany - I am from Germany - and they are asking for the bigger countries here to take the lead, for France and for Germany but for Germany it's not easy, due to history... you know? But I think we need this, we need leadership. It's not the most important thing, that 'this is the perfect leadership but the leadership itself is needed so that the people get hope and the economy and then, let me say, there's an automatic process that we do not have at the moment, that will give hope to everybody that will support to get us out of this problem.

  • Research Headlines
    • Watching over the world's oceans
      Covering 72% of the Earth and supplying half its oxygen, oceans are our planet's life support system. They play a crucial role in distributing heat, carbon, oxygen, nutrients, and, of course, water around the world, influencing our climate and our weather. The effects of global warming on sea levels, currents and water heat are still only partly understood, making predictions for future climate conditions difficult. But a worldwide programme using thousands of plastic floats is currently monitoring the oceans and - with crucial help from European researchers - is finding answers to what moves the seas.

Sunday, 24 February 2013

Week 8

Saturday, 23 February 2013

Friday, 22 February 2013

  • Research Headlines
    • Controlling the killer
      Visceral leishmaniasis (VL) & cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL) are parasitic diseases transmitted to humans by the bite of sand flies. In VL, the parasite migrates to the internal organs such as liver, spleen and bone marrow. Signs and symptoms include fever, weight loss, mucosal ulcers, fatigue, anaemia and substantial swelling of the liver and spleen. VL if left untreated will almost always result in the death of the host. Meanwhile, CL is the most common form of leishmaniasis. It is a skin infection caused by a single-celled parasite that is also transmitted by sand fly bites and can cause facial disfigurement.

Thursday, 21 February 2013

  • Horizon 2020 - video testimonials
    • Line Lacroix (CA): What is needed to exit the crisis and help Europe's economy to grow?
      I used to live in Europe and, a few years ago, at the beginning of Europe - I'm not an economist - but I never understood why countries with so different levels of living would do to be able to share a common economy. Because anyone, any country could not come up with the style of living of Germany and France instantly because they were in Europe... And I think that a lot of countries expected that to be...and that cannot happen. In the other way we can't expect Germany, France and other countries to lower their style of living because of the other countries. So...that's a big issue and, unfortunately, I think I saw the problem, but I don't have any solution...

  • Success Stories
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    • Award-winning innovation revolutionises vaccine production
      A European Union (EU)-funded research project has opened up a radical new era in the world of vaccine discovery and production. Focused on veterinary vaccines, the project's work has made possible a dramatically faster and more effective route to the creation of vaccines to combat some of the most devastating diseases affecting farm livestock. The same accelerated route can be used to uncover a vast new range of urgently-needed vaccines for humans as well.

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

  • Events
    • Sustainable Intelligent Manufacturing - 26-29 June 2013, Lisbon

      The International Conference on Sustainable Intelligent Manufacturing aims at providing a major international forum for academics, researchers and industrial partners, from different backgrounds like engineering, architecture, design and economics, to exchange ideas in the field of sustainable intelligent manufacturing and related topics, to foster networking and collaboration among participants advancing knowledge and identifying major trends in the field.

    • European Geothermal Energy Congress 2013 - 3-7 June 2013, Pisa

      A five-day event bringing together the entire geothermal sector, examining both technological and socio-economic issues. Three days of conference and exhibition, with ISS short courses and conferences of EU-supported projects (Groundmed, Geoelec and Thermomap) running alongside.

    • Road Infrastructure Innovation Expo - 4-6 June 2013, Brussels

      Are you an SME currently developing innovative solutions to improve road infrastructure? If so, then come and exhibit your latest research and innovation results free-of-charge at the first Road Infrastructure Innovation Expo to be held in Brussels on 4-6 June 2013 within the scope of the Infravation programme.

    • FEHRL Infrastructure Research Meeting 2013 (FIRM13) - 4-6 June 2013, Brussels

      With the theme of "Advanced and Innovative Construction and Maintenance", FIRM13 will feature sessions on infrastructure innovation, implementation and maintenance, including adaptation to climate change, knowledge transfer and asset management. The programme will also include sessions with innovation funding agencies and others, as well as a workshop on barriers to market uptake.

    • Atlantic Forum Workshop - 4-5 March 2013, Cork, Ireland

      The European Commission has been organizing workshops with the Atlantic Member States to ensure awareness of the Atlantic Forum and EU funding processes. The objective of this is to support the Atlantic Action Plan and to assist stakeholders in coming forward with well-prepared projects....

  • Horizon 2020 - video testimonials
    • James Misener (US): What is needed to exit the crisis and help Europe's economy to grow?
      You speak about a European crisis but in fact, it's a worldwide crisis because all over economies and people are interlinked. Transport is not a solution or panacea certainly the area which I deal, but the movement of people and goods is essential to recover from any crisis, financial matters notwithstanding. So certainly the sector to which I belong could have a contribution to overcoming the crisis because you connect peoples and goods more efficiently, it's the engine that lubricates the economies.

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

  • Research Headlines
    • How European research is making kidney transplants safer
      For those unfortunate to suffer from kidney failure, an organ transplant may seem like the best long-term treatment. But kidney transplants are loaded with risk, the most salient being the rejection of the donor organ by the host’s body. Now, however an Irish-led research project has developed a new drug that could succeed in preventing organ rejection, offering hope to thousands of patients seeking donor kidneys.

Monday, 18 February 2013

  • Events
    • Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda and Clean Sky Info day - 6 March 2013, CDTI, Madrid

      The Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) is the new roadmap for aviation research, development and innovation, that will outline the main threads of technical, operational and strategic actions to achieve the ambitious goals set by Flightpath 2050 (Europe’s vision for Aviation beyond 2020). The Advisory Council for Aeronautics Research and Innovation in Europe (ACARE) is developing the SRIA through the involvement and consultation of major aeronautics and air transport stakeholders.

  • Horizon 2020 - video testimonials
    • Ireri Ibarra (GB): In your experience what are the benefits of participating in EU research projects?
      I have been involved with EU research for a number of years now, and I would say the benefits, at least in my perspective, come in two ways: the first one has got to do with how we interact as people, because the richness of a EU project in terms of different cultural background, different mentalities, the way of solving problems, that, is just absolutely fascinating! I'm an engineer, but I think the social component of life is very important. And the other is obviously the more technical side of life. And precisely because I think the EU has a certain... knack for getting people together with real expertise, really good people, they have managed to steer the fundings in a very focused way.

Sunday, 17 February 2013

Week 7

Saturday, 16 February 2013

Friday, 15 February 2013

  • Research Headlines
    • Pinpointing cancer's origins
      Cancer is one of the most pressing health matters of our time. It is a disease that attacks the very building blocks of life, leading to uncontrolled cell division and disabling programmed cell death. Almost everyone has known at least one person who has had to cope with cancer; it remains one of the leading causes of death in Europe.

Thursday, 14 February 2013

  • Horizon 2020 - video testimonials
    • Hakan Cankaya (TR): What are your main concerns for the future?
      Well I think as the technology is more and more coming into usual life and it's not only putting goods, it's also putting a lot of problems and it's kind of funny, because we're trying to solve the technical problems with other technical solutions, so as we are definitely not going backwards we have to find new solutions for the technical problems we have but we also have to try not to get too far away from the needs of the people that's a problem that I see, so we deal with the problems which some people have and other people are having much more different problems which we are not aware of... So this is a problem that...we are kind of opening to the world providing solutions for the world, but that are kind of local even if we are not aware of it very much...and so I think the term the connected world and being connected to everyone is kind of not really correct at the moment and we are not really aware of the problems which people have and the real needs that people have and I don't think that we're always finding the needed solutions fro the problems we have we're always finding the needed solutions fro the problems we have

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

  • Press Centre
    • EU-U.S. Joint Consultative Group Meeting on Science and Technology Cooperation
      European Union and U.S. officials met in Washington, Feb. 12 to discuss ways to enhance science, technology and innovation cooperation. Both sides are committed to the role science, technology and innovation can play in developing the knowledge and technologies that can foster economic growth, create jobs and help solve shared challenges, such as in health, climate change and food security.

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

  • Horizon 2020 - video testimonials
    • Gregory Gage (US): How do you see research and innovation making a difference for a better future?
      So I think that innovation has to happen early in the education process and so, what we have right now, in neuroscience can only be done in large institutions, right? So if you get a Ph.D, then you can become a neuroscientist and understand how the brain works. But if in astronomy it was the same thing you'd have to get a Ph.D in astrophysics to be able to look through a telescope, but kids can look through telescopes today the maybe become interested in become an astronomer...But as neuroscience doesn't have that even though we have all these diseases with no cures, so what my research in innovation is about, is bringing these expensive tools down into the classrooms, so that the kids from 5th grade, 6th grade, all the way up to graduate school, can understand exactly how the brain works, by doing hands-on experiments which living neurones.

  • Research Headlines
    • 'Designer' enzymes to boost hi-tech manufacturing
      In nature, all life depends on one simple thing: the ability of organisms to carry out a ceaseless flow of highly varied and specialised chemical reactions. At the heart of all these reactions sits nature’s ‘secret weapon’ - enzymes. These are proteins which act as catalysts, allowing the reactions to take place at a rate which is simply unachievable with ‘classical’ chemical methods.

Monday, 11 February 2013

  • Horizon 2020 - video testimonials
    • Eri Gentry (US): How do you see research and innovation making a difference for a better future?
      When I first met scientists, they were some of the most passionate people that I had ever met. Passionate, bright, willing to work for practically nothing in order to try to save people's lives. And this was were I saw discovery happening, with the people who care so much. It's not always the person who studied the most but the person who had the most passion to create something, or to solve a problem. And what I work on, is getting people with passion - a lot of time they're called hackers - into science. They have a great capacity to learn, and the way they approach problems is going to be the future of research and discovery.

Sunday, 10 February 2013

Week 6

Saturday, 09 February 2013

Friday, 08 February 2013

  • Research Headlines
    • The Crafoord Prize in Polyarthritis 2013
      The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Crafoord Prize in Polyarthritis 2013 to Peter K. Gregersen, The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, Manhasset, NY, USA, Lars Klareskog, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden and Robert J. Winchester, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA "for their discoveries concerning the role of different genetic factors and their interactions with environmental factors in the pathogenesis, diagnosis and clinical management of rheumatoid arthritis"

Thursday, 07 February 2013

  • Events
    • Third EU-US-Japan Trilateral Conference on Critical Materials - 29-30 May 2013, Brussels

      "Towards New Models in Efficient Management of Critical Materials"

      Under the auspices of the European Commission, the U.S. Department of Energy, Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, and the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization, the Third EU-US-Japan Trilateral Conference on Critical Materials will be organised in Brussels, Belgium on 29 and 30 May 2013. This year, the conference will focus on the development and implementation of new models in efficient management of critical materials....

  • Horizon 2020 - video testimonials
    • Cheryl Miller (US): What is needed to exit the crisis and help Europe's economy to grow?
      I think something that happens in Europe - and I'm speaking as an American who's lived in Europe now for 13 years - is that we do an awful lot of attempting to emulate other actions in the world, instead of focusing on things that are really particularly unique and good in Europe. A couple of things that I think are, first, the cause of the global economic crisis and some ways that Europe can uniquely deal with that, is focusing on sustainable growth, focusing on, again, women-led industry, women-led enterprise which is slower, more sustainable, more risk-adverse, and looking at this is actually a more constructive way to slowly grow and develop the economy.

  • Research Headlines
    • Deciphering the 'language of sugars' to benefit health and industry
      Tomato ketchup may have been commonly used in low-budget movies to simulate blood, but the two substances actually have more in common than might first appear. Both are fundamentally affected in the way they behave by the actions of complex sugar molecules. That link may seem technical and obscure, but it points the way to a potentially vast range of benefits for human society - if only science could better understand and harness the capabilities of these molecules.

Wednesday, 06 February 2013

  • Horizon 2020 - video testimonials
    • Dale Stephens (US): What are your main concerns for the future?
      My main concern for the future is that we are not giving kids enough freedom to learn how they want to learn. I have run an organisation where we provide resources to help self learners to thrive outside of school and I am concerned that right now, going to school is not an option but rather an obligation. I think that public schools should be available, should be there for people to access, but right now there are negative social stigmas around not going to school.

Tuesday, 05 February 2013

  • Research Headlines
    • Bridging the knowledge gap between research and policy
      Knowledge is power only if you know how to use it, which is why the Knossos project is building a bridge between available scientific evidence and policy-making in the environment field. By making pertinent research and information easily available to those at decision and policy-making levels, KNOSSOS is facilitating more effective environmental policies through increased access to knowledge.

Monday, 04 February 2013

Sunday, 03 February 2013

  • Horizon 2020 - video testimonials
    • Alan Greene (US): What are your main concerns for the future?
      As a paediatrician, I've seen children's health change dramatically in the last couple of decades. When I started paediatrics, it was rare to see a child with high blood presssure or blood sugars out of control or cholesterol levels that were up or waist size up to 38 to 40 inches...But today in United States, where I practice, two thirds of American children, in middle school or high school, already had at least one of those middle age conditions. And it's spreading around the western world. And for the first time, most children will have a chronic illness some time in childhood. This is a metabolic ticking timebomb that if we don't addess now, will cause severe problems for the next generation. And it threatens to banckrupt our economies as well.

Week 5

Saturday, 02 February 2013

  • Horizon 2020 - video testimonials
    • Aaron Rowe (US): What is needed to exit the crisis and help Europe's economy to grow?
      I think what is needed is to re-train an enormous number of people to be entrepreneurial with a technical twist. As far as I'm concerned, I know in the United States at least, engineers are not getting adequate to training and how to actually create a product from start to finish. And I assume it is the same in Europe. You can relatively quickly train a person to design and market new products, and to innovate. There are so many people with ideas but they don't know how to act upon those ideas and actually, it's something that in one year, you could train a person to have all the technical skills they need to actually bring their ideas to flourishing so you have a lot of people with big dreams and no way to implement them and so I think we need a combination of this technical training, that is very well thought out for helping people create products and services that have never been seen before, and also we need a financial structure to support them, either low interest loans or grants that can be distributed to people with great ideas.

Friday, 01 February 2013

  • Research Headlines
    • Doing away with bacteria in water systems
      Harmful bacteria can be removed from water sources through the addition of copper and silver ions. The SILCO project has developed an innovative monitoring device that senses the elimination process of complex bacterial communities known as biofilm and unsafe bacteria from drinking water systems. The prototype successfully killed legionella bacteria at a natural source spa in Slovakia, helping to alleviate public health concerns associated with the potential contamination of water sources.

  • Success stories - special collections
    • World Cancer Day 2013: EU Research to Fight Cancer
      In 2008 (latest figures available), an estimated 2.4 million new cases of cancer, excluding non-melanoma skin cancers, were diagnosed in EU countries – 55% in men, and 45% in women. The most commonly diagnosed cancers were prostate, colorectal, breast and lung cancer. Yet it is estimated that more than one third of cancers are preventable. Where does the EU come into the picture? To mark World Cancer Day 2013 (4 February), here is what the EU is doing in the field of cancer research.

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