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What was new in 2014

Week 5

Friday, 31 January 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • A smart window for optimal ventilation and minimal thermal loss
      Efforts to improve exterior shells in buildings via better insulation materials in frames and glass have led to deterioration in the indoor air quality (IAQ), especially in older buildings. The EU-funded project Climawin has developed an “intelligent window” prototype for optimal ventilation and minimal thermal loss.

  • Success Stories
    • Tuberculosis: An injection of hope
      Tuberculosis still turns some people’s lives to hell. At a pharmaceutical lab near a hospital in Spain, scientists from a European Union research project are trying to find answers to the complex and often dramatic challenges posed by the disease.

Thursday, 30 January 2014

  • Events
    • 6th Familial Cancer Conference (ESO-CNIO) - 5-6 June 2014, Madrid, Spain

      Main Topics: General concepts in familial cancer; genetic variants and familial cancer; genetic counseling • Common cancers: The family of breast cancer genes; selection criteria and clinical management; new treatments based in animal models and massive sequencing; colorectal cancer and prostate cancer; genetic and clinical management. • Other hereditary syndromes: Familial pheocromocitoma; pancreatic cancer; PTEN-Hamartoma syndromes; familial renal carcinoma; familial melanoma; li Fraumeni syndrome; gastric carcinoid; Fanconi anemia • New technologies applied to research and clinical diagnosis; the role of Consortia in massive sequencing; what to do with the incidental findings?

    • Water beyond Europe II - 20 February 2014, Brussels

      After a successful first edition, we are pleased to announce that “Water beyond Europe II”, the workshop dedicated to our new collaboration with South Africa will take place on 20th of February at the EUREKA Secretariat in Brussels.

  • Research Headlines
    • Getting a grip on safer medicine for children
      Many drugs prescribed for children have not been appropriately tested for use on this age group. Such drugs frequently lack adequate information about the correct dosage and how best to administer them. These longstanding problems with potential health risks have triggered an international response in the form of the European Union (EU)-funded GRiP (Global Research in Paediatrics) project.

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

  • Success Stories
    • Saving Europe's forests from climate change
      One third of Europe's land area - more than 2 million km2 - is covered by forests, which support the timber industry. However, growing fluctuations in temperature and rainfall due to climate change may have a severe economic impact on timber production. This conclusion emerged from the European Union (EU)-funded MOTIVE project which set out to improve forest management and policymaking in the face of rapidly changing climatic conditions.

    • Controlling malaria in southern Africa
      Malaria is still a big killer in southern Africa, and all available technologies need to be employed effectively to control the mosquitoes that spread it. Earth Observation (EO) techniques, such as remote aircraft and satellite sensing, can be employed to monitor and manage these malaria vectors.

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

  • Events
    • Industrial Technologies 2014 - 9-11 April 2014, Athens, Greece

      The Industrial Technologies 2014 conference integrates nanotechnology, biotechnology, advanced materials and new production technologies. The event offers opportunities for developing valuable research and industry collaborations, and showcases cutting-edge research, latest innovations and rising companies from all around Europe.

  • Press Centre
    • 'Smart' windows to cut energy use in buildings by 20%
      A consortium of three European manufacturers and suppliers of windows and ventilation systems has created a new technology for energy efficient heat recovery windows for the renovation of residential and commercial buildings. In winter, windows and ventilation are a significant source of heat loss, particularly in older buildings, and the new windows address this. The smart CLIMAWIN windows also have a self-cooling function suitable for hot weather, reducing the need for expensive air conditioning, making them suitable for all climates.

  • Research Headlines
    • Super wind turbines represent a major technological breakthrough
      Harnessing the wind's energy is the objective of a new project, which aims to provide an important breakthrough in offshore wind industrial solutions. The EU-funded project, called SUPRAPOWER, is working on a more powerful, reliable and lightweight superconducting offshore wind turbine. The four-year project has the expertise of nine European partners from industry and science under the coordination of Tecnalia in Spain.

  • Success Stories
    • Milk and the making of Europe
      What impact did the introduction of milk to our diets have on our early society? By examining Neolithic artefacts and bones, an EU-funded project has contributed to our understanding of how Europeans began to abandon their hunter-gathering lifestyle in favour of farming. As part of its work, the LeCHe research network found milk residues trapped in mud-made cheese-strainers dating from around 7 000 years ago. The pottery, hidden in archaeological sites in Poland, hosts the earliest prehistoric evidence for cheese-making.

    • Making European power networks more resilient
      For professional engineers in the power industry, keeping distribution networks running smoothly is almost a point of honour. Electrical blackouts caused by system overload not only cause disruption to large numbers of people and businesses, they also bring political consequences and loss of trust in the industry. Maintaining power networks therefore involves 24-hour monitoring to ensure that supplies meet demand.

Monday, 27 January 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • Developing human organs and body parts in the lab
      Tissue engineering is making a huge impact in the world of science with artificial scaffold structures, in which new cells are encouraged to grow. This means that the nanostructure of tissues in the body can be mimicked, so that human organs and body parts can be developed in the laboratory.

Week 4

Friday, 24 January 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • Getting a step ahead of the superbugs
      Do you have a wound, an infection, or are you undergoing surgery? One of the things on your mind may be whether you are at risk of catching a superbug; one that won’t be cured by normal antibiotics. Antimicrobial resistance is often talked about in rather alarming ways, but much is still unknown about its evolution and how it spreads. The EvoTAR project is aiming to answer these important questions.

Thursday, 23 January 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • Ground-breaking cancer research
      Cancer treatment is one of the most important areas of research in the medical world today. With research predominately conducted in large pharmaceutical research organisations, it is a positive sign when smaller players take up the challenge to develop their own innovative treatment for cancer.

  • Success Stories
    • Creating an international network for promoting Virtual Museums
      Virtual Museums are an exciting development that allows 'visitors' to explore their cultural heritage in an interactive way. The international V-MusT.net project created a network of institutions to produce sustainable tools and share know-how on establishing such virtual reality experiences.

    • Taking revolutionary new tracking technology to market
      Container ships are the life blood of global trade, transporting raw materials and manufactured goods across the globe. But with fewer than 2% of containers x-rayed or physically checked at customs, they also present a security risk. Thanks to an EU-funded project, cutting-edge tracking technology designed to make cargo shipping significantly safer and more efficient could soon be commercially available.

    • More power for natural gas cars
      The EU-funded INGAS project has improved the designs for engines and vehicles that run on natural gas – making them more attractive to drive while benefiting the environment.

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • A vision turns into reality in the development of electricity networks
      Europe’s vision for the development of electricity networks, which can significantly reduce the environmental impact and allow consumers to play a part in adjusting the system, has turned a vision into a reality. This is also thanks to the project ADDRESS, which stands for ('Active Distribution Network with Full Integration of Demand and Distributed Energy Resources').

  • Success Stories
    • Land ahoy for cleaner, greener ship engines
      With visions of zero carbon emissions and superior performance, partners in the largest ever endeavour to modernise ship engines first put their heads together in 2004. Nine years later, the core team in this EU-funded project has honed in on the concepts with genuine promise – from more robust materials to innovative fuel injection systems. Some of the team's findings can already be found in new ship engines.

    • Getting a grip on safer medicine for children
      Many drugs prescribed for children have not been appropriately tested for use on this age group. Such drugs frequently lack adequate information about the correct dosage and how best to administer them.

    • Proving perennial grass can be greener
      The benefits of producing biofuel from perennial grasses make them a very attractive alternative source of energy. An EU-funded project is working to create improved varieties and identify the optimal environments for production of different grass species to make perennial grasses even more sought after.

    • Passenger ships on course to greater safety
      Technological and scientific developments made it possible to double the size of cruise ships every decade since the 1970s . Today, the largest vessels can carry up to 8,500 passengers . Yet, while the expansion of ships has been racing ahead, their safety regulations have stayed virtually unchanged.

    • New technology to help protect wood
      The European research project, Durawood, has developed a special pre-treatment system using plasma, whereby electric discharges are applied near the wood changing its surface properties. The plasma pre-treatment extends coating durability and may improve fungicide efficiency to protect the wood.

    • Igniting Europe's creative spark for regional growth
      Creative industries, which are often concentrated in highly innovative regional clusters, have real potential to become catalysts for sustainable growth. By identifying possible areas of co-operation between the creative and ICT sectors, an EU-funded project has sought to encourage and develop such potential.

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • EU-funded project to take biometric security systems to the next level
      In recent years we’ve seen face, voice and fingerprint identification software move from Sci-Fi films into real life affordable devices, such as smartphones and tablets. The TABULA RASA consortium, which is supported by EU research and innovation investment, has set out to identify just how well this new software works, in particular against the growing phenomenon of “spoofing ” i.e. using everyday materials such as make-up, photographs and voice recordings to subvert or directly attack biometric systems.

  • Success Stories
    • Handy Robots
      The human hand, a masterpiece of evolution, has for a long time been impossible to recreate artificially. Its complex mechanics and high sensitivity have challenged the best masters of robotics. Now, as if straight from science fiction, a robotic hand is a reality. A more intelligent robotic hand is the goal of a European Union research project that has just presented its results at Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris. Researchers from six EU countries joined forces to make a hand that looks, reacts and behaves like the real thing.

    • Reducing the environmental impact of megacities
      Urbanisation is a significant and growing worldwide trend which raises increasingly important environmental issues for policymakers. More than half of the world’s population now lives in cities, and the number of ‘megacities’ with populations of more than 10 million has risen from 3 in 1975 to around 20 today.

    • Tomato skin - a natural lining for metal cans
      The packaging industry is under pressure to improve its environmental performance and become more competitive. In addition, food packaging safety has come under more scrutiny. An innovative EU-funded project has addressed all three of these objectives at once, with a straightforward yet potentially revolutionary solution using tomato skins.

    • The secret life of insulin-producing cells
      The insulin-producing cells in the pancreas play a crucial role in the management of our blood sugar levels. If they don’t work properly, the body can no longer cope with glucose. New imaging techniques developed through EU support are enabling researchers to take a closer look at the birth, life and death of these precious cells in their quest to improve the prevention and management of diabetes.

    • Serbia is a rising star in astronomical research
      Pushing the boundaries of astronomy is only possible if you have the latest technology at hand. An EU-funded project aims to ensure that the Astronomical Observatory of Belgrade is equipped to become one of Europe's most dynamic and competitive centres of discovery.

Monday, 20 January 2014

  • Success Stories
    • A helping hand
      Gradually losing control of your body is something that patients with neurodegenerative diseases must learn to live with. Lorenzo Rossi, an amyotrophic lateral sclerosis patient is coming to terms with his condition. Andrea Niutta has multiple sclerosis and has been using a wheelchair for almost twenty years. He attends neuromuscular reeducation therapy at Valduce Hospital in Costa Masnaga near Milan. He has accepted to test a new kind of neuroprosthesis developed by a European research programme in Italy and was surprised by the results.

    • Robots at work
      Manual packaging is tedious work – can robots alleviate the boredom? Engineers at the Technical University Munich are testing a talking workstation that helps to pack bulky electrical appliances. Tasks that do not require much physical strength are left to people. Video cameras monitor safety while a robotic hand picks up heavy objects and packs them into boxes.

Week 3

Friday, 17 January 2014

  • Success Stories
    • Eat less, feel full
      It looks like a restaurant kitchen, but it is an advanced research institute on human nutrition in Aberdeen, Scotland. Food is served to study volunteers, not customers. And for this particular study, dishes were cooked up to make volunteers eat less, but still feel happily full.

Thursday, 16 January 2014

  • Events
    • INsPiRE International Workshop on: Oncogenic Pathways and Antitumor Responses - 23-25 April 2014, Athens, Greece

      The University of Athens Cancer Research Group has the pleasure to invite you to the International Workshop on Oncogenic Pathways and Antitumor Responses, which will be held in Athens, Greece on April 23-25, 2014. The workshop will provide a forum for the exchange of the latest information and ideas relating to oncogenic pathways and antitumor responses between participating scientists and young investigators, which will aid in establishing contacts for new collaborations.

    • Africa Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition 2014 - 27-29 March 2014, Durban, South Africa

      AfricaPVSEC is a new initiative partnering EU PVSEC and SNEC for promotion and exchange in the photovoltaic solar energy sector and bringing together leading experts, researchers, public authorities, representatives of international organizations, donors, NGOs. It aims to improve Africa's position on the global PV-map and focuses, amongst other, on the extension and development of solar PV in Africa, the increased potential for exploitation and use of solar photovoltaic and on the transfer of appropriate technologies to the African context. The conference programme is supported and coordinated by the European Commission, DG Joint Research Centre.

    • Final Conference for the IMOSHION project - 13 February 2014, Málaga, Spain

      IMOSHION stands for “Improving Occupational Safety & Health in European SMEs with help of Simulation and Virtual Reality” and aims at improving occupational safety and health (OSH) in small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) by use of simulation and virtual reality technologies. The final conference of the IMOSHION project will be held at the Rectorate building of the University of Malaga, on February 13th, in Málaga, Spain.

  • Research Headlines
    • Crystal clear solutions for low-cost and efficient solar power
      Europeans have made it their mission to develop and use alternative sources of energy, like solar. But despite being clean and fairly easy to use, solar energy systems can be expensive. Enter a team of European researchers who have successfully increased the efficiency of the system’s central component and cut production costs by more than half.

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

  • Success Stories
    • Elderly care: always aware
      A home surveillance system that doesn't offend residents' privacy can be a smart safety solution for elderly persons living independently. It's a biologically inspired stereo sensor that relies on artificial intelligence. In this program, we're visiting an elderly care home in Bremen where this surveillance system is being tested in real-life situations.

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • Developing cutting-edge technologies that save lives
      Belgian company Ion Beam Applications is developing and commercialising cutting-edge technologies and pharmaceutical and customised solutions in the field of oncology, used by some 3 000 hospitals worldwide. Its innovative proton therapy solution has been designed from the ground up to meet the needs of patients and clinicians. It is more affordable, easier to install and operate and offers a shorter time to first patient treated.

Monday, 13 January 2014

  • Press Centre
    • EU and South Africa to step up cooperation in science, technology and innovation
      The EU and South Africa will step up collaboration in the fields of global health research, earth observation and research infrastructures, senior officials agreed at a meeting in Brussels on Jan. 13. The 12th Joint Science and Technology Cooperation Committee meeting took place to review and plan new priorities of collaboration under the new EU research and innovation programme Horizon 2020 and similar South African research programmes.

Week 2

Thursday, 09 January 2014

Wednesday, 08 January 2014

  • Success Stories
    • Cooking up natural plastics
      It’s time for a bit of cooking at a research Institute in Brindisi, Southern Italy. The recipe is simple: a splashing of natural textiles, a good dose of partially-bio resin and a pinch of bio-additives and enzymes. Stir well and place your mixture in an oven for a few hours at 60 degrees Celcius.

Tuesday, 07 January 2014

  • Success Stories
    • Visions of our moody sun
      What causes the violent explosions on the Sun's surface and our communication systems to occasionally go down? How do the Sun's mysterious magnetic fields behave? To this day, researchers remain puzzled by the Sun's complex physics. Even the biggest terrestrial solar telescopes, like the one on the Canary Islands, are simply not powerful enough to understand our star's moody behaviour. So European astrophysicists have a dream.

Week 1

Wednesday, 01 January 2014

  • Horizon 2020 - video testimonials
    • Máire Geoghegan-Quinn (IE): What are your expectations for Horizon 2020?
      Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU research programme ever and one of the largest worldwide. It is designed to be an entirely new kind of EU research programme - funding the entire value creation chain from fundamental research through to market innovation. It will deliver for researchers and businesses who have asked for a clearer, more focused programme with drastically less red tape. More importantly, it will deliver for all Europeans and indeed beyond, boosting competitiveness and supporting breakthroughs that will make a real difference in our lives.


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