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Week 31

Wednesday, 31 July 2013

  • Events
    • INDO-MARECLIM Winter School on Climate Change and Variability, Marine Ecosystems and Coastal Zone MA - 2-7 November 2013, Kochi, India

      INDO-MARECLIM announces a one-week winter school to be held at Bolgatty Palace and Island Resort, Kochi (India) from 2 to 7 November 2013. During the winter school, which is an inter-disciplinary training programme, a select group of instructors from India and Europe will provide lectures and practical training on recent advancements in the global understanding of marine ecosystems, climate change and their socio-economic impacts. Applications welcome from EU and Indian PhD students, post doctoral fellows and scientists in early stages of career development. The maximum number of participants is restricted to 35. Selection would be on the basis of academic skills, qualification in the relevant subjects, statement of interest and letters of support.

  • Horizon 2020 - video testimonials
    • Jean-Marie Aerts (BE): How do you see research and innovation making a difference for a better future?
      In our field, we are mainly focusing on developing technology for measuring information on individual human beings and what we see is that there is a quite strong evolution or, should we say, revolution in hardware development: sensors becoming smaller, more performant, cheaper, the same with the hardware: we have ubiquitous computing, computing power is everywhere and what we strongly believe and also see already in research is that, by combining these technologies, by integrating this sensing, this computing, together with mathematical modeling techniques, it enables us to monitor in real time the status and also changes in the status of individuals, or even, in a next step, that we are able to control the individual or some processes inside the individual. So we believe that is the future, actually, to go to.

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

  • Horizon 2020 - video testimonials
    • Katarina Sipic (HR): What is needed to exit the crisis and help Europe's economy to grow?
      I think that what is needed is a bigger political union in the European Union because as it is we do have the Euro, but we're not really politically agreeing on everything that to do with it. I think it is pretty obvious that,you know, some things come about and then need a very big plan or scheme to get solved, like this crisis. But I don't think it's the only issue. Obviously the crisis is an outcome of something greater and bigger in the world, so, it is the way, we've learned ever since the Reagan and Thatcher era to do the business, to leave, very many I don't know, free hands to our banks and the financial system. If that is wrong or good, I think that's actually a very difficult question to answer, I think it is very good to give freedom but I'm always a little bit skeptical as to how much we should actually trust the people who are always using freedom in a good way.

  • Research Headlines
    • Protecting Europe's crops and woodland from pests and pathogens
      In the UK, Plant Health Officials are approving a newly developed portable DNA testing device for disease diagnosis. They are checking for ash dieback, the spore-borne disease caused by the fungus Chalara fraxinea which, according to the UK Forestry Commission, has infected more than 330 sites in the UK and resulted in the destruction of tens of thousands of young trees. A sample of infected bark is taken from an ash tree and prepared in a manner which can amplify and detect DNA from the organism. The result is available within minutes - rather than the days it would have taken if the sample had been sent for laboratory analysis. Since speed is of critical importance in diagnosing such disease outbreaks, this is a major step forward.

Monday, 29 July 2013

  • Horizon 2020 - video testimonials
    • Gil Lee (US): In your experience what are the benefits of participating in EU research projects?
      One of the reasons I moved to Europe is because I wanted to, basically, collaborate in larger consortiums and the unique thing about the European Commission for Research is that it allows individuals to participate across the EU and in the United States, that type of collaboration is much more difficult. So, you can really build very large and multidisciplinary teams to work on important problems. Now, there's a limited number of problems, but fortunately I think that the problems that the EU chooses are typically very interesting. I should say that several of the research grants that are being funded in my group actually also have to deal with the development of individuals - these are the Marie Curie actions - and I think that type of funding is unique, it's quite important because it allows early stage investigators to develop from someone who might understand science, to someone who can really do it at a world class level. So, I've been very impressed by those programs as well.

Sunday, 28 July 2013

Week 30

Saturday, 27 July 2013

  • Horizon 2020 - video testimonials
    • Gerrit Lesaffer (BE): What is needed to exit the crisis and help Europe's economy to grow?
      I think SME's will have to be more competitive in contast to the large companies. I think, if, and I speak now for Belgium, in Belgium I know, 99% of all entreprises are SME's so SME's are really important for the economic tissue and the prosperity of economics in Europe, I think. Belgium is not the only country where there are so many SME's. So they have to be more competitive and in order to get them more competitive, we have to join forces between SME's and the large institutions. There are some programmes in Europe FP7-SME programmes, and now, in Horizon 2020, luckily, there will be more resources for SME's.

Friday, 26 July 2013

  • Events
    • 10th Annual Conference: Science and Technology Entrepreneurship as a Driver for Change - 4-6 November 2013, Riyadh

      On the 4th, 5th and 6th of November, The Technopolicy Network organizes their 10th Annual Conference on Innovation Based Regional Development in collaboration with King Abdulaziz City for Science & Technology (KACST) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Experts from all over the world will join this conference, which will offer inspiring presentations by leading IBRD experts and numerous networking opportunities. This year, we expect over 1000 participants from all over the globe. The focus of the conference will be on ‘Science and Technology Entrepreneurship as a Driver for Change: How Regional Development, Entrepreneurship and Incubation Interact.’

    • PROSUITE Final Conference - 30 October 2013, Brussels

      PROSUITE is an EU Integrating project for PROspective SUstaInability Assessment of TEchnologies. We combine technology forecasting methods with life cycle approaches, to integrate economic, environmental and social sustainability dimensions in a standardized, comprehensive, and broadly accepted way. Attend our final conference to learn about our new integrative framework that goes beyond the traditional 3 pillars to identify five major impact categories. See how case studies in 4 areas have applied the PROSUITE assessment approach, and test out our Decision Support System freeware/open source tools.

    • CROENERGY 2013 - 2-4 October 2013, Tuheljkse Toplice (Croatia)

      Sustainable Energy Finance and Investment Summit CROENERGY 2013 aims to identify ways of financing renewable energy projects using innovative financial instruments. At the same time, the programme will highlight the importance of regional co-operation by promoting energy efficiency investments. Regional cooperation in South-East Europe is essential, regardless of different stages of EU integration of countries within the region. Stability, prosperity and the security of this new emerging market are of significant interest to the EU.

    • VAMP2013 - 30 September - 1 October 2013, Helsinki, Finland

      TERENA and SURFnet kindly invite you to the second VAMP workshop on September 30th & October 1st, 2013 in Helsinki, Finland. Goal of VAMP2013 is to foster the deployment of identity management and collaboration tools within the research community. The organisers invite IT architects of international Research Communities, identity federations and providers of (collaborative) infrastructures for research to participate in this interactive workshop.

    • Industrial Biotechnology in Poland. Identifying Hurdles and Opportunities - 19 September 2013, Łódź, Poland

      The BIO-TIC consortium wish to invite you to a free one-day workshop discussing issues surrounding the uptake of industrial biotechnology in Poland.For Poland to grow and develop its industrial biotechnology base, it will be vital to access EU funding for research and innovation activities. This is your chance to tell us where the hurdles lie and suggest ways in which they could be addressed. Your input will be crucial in helping us develop an action plan which best addresses the needs of Polish stakeholders in this strategically important area. This workshop is one of a number of regional workshops being held throughout Europe as part of the BIO-TIC FP7 project, which aims to develop an integrated roadmap and action plan for the successful development of industrial biotechnology in Europe. Register at http://tinyurl.com/biotic-poland or contact Claire Gray at bio-tic@europabio.org.

  • Horizon 2020 - video testimonials
    • Dr. Hedda Dyer (DM): What is needed to exit the crisis and help Europe's economy to grow?
      You have different perspectives and I'm comenting from a medical perspective. I think, from the way we approach our problems in medicine, is that of collaboration. A collaborative effort. And you know that, the larger the networks of the collaborative teams the more difficult the collaboration may be, especially in terms of an economic crisis and brainstorming, as to how to get out of it. You need to have targeted workforce or working group and you also need to implement any recommendation which may come out of some of the working groups that you have. I also think that Europe needs to be more outward-looking in terms of the global perspective. We are in the twenty-first century and there are new players on the stage...so we need to embrace them and look outside the usual field of vision.

  • Research Headlines
    • Bridging European biodiversity research with policy
      Biodiversity is the abundance and variety of species, genes and ecosystems on the planet that underpins ecosystems functioning properly. Our food, drinking water and the air we breathe all depend on this system. Yet humans are also one of the greatest threats to the earth's biodiversity. Over seven billion people live on our planet today and by 2050, that figure is predicted to have reached eight billion. To ensure sustainability, EU policymakers have made greening European economies and social systems a central part of the Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7), which runs from 2007 to 2013. However, because biodiversity research is very complex, the exchange of knowledge and requirements between policymakers and scientists is not always simple.

Thursday, 25 July 2013

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

  • Research Headlines
    • Fractures fixed in a fraction of time
      Regenerative medicine is a new field in science that focuses on helping you heal faster. It can help a body repair broken bones in a fraction of the time it would normally take. An EU-funded research project is using gene therapy and stem cells to help damaged bones regenerate faster and open up new market opportunities for tissue-repair technology in the European medical sector.

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

  • Events
    • Clinical Genomics & Informatics Europe - 4-6 December 2013, Lisbon, Portugal

      Bio-IT World and Cambridge Healthtech Institute's fifth international Clinical Genomics & Informatics Europe conference will feature four main tracks on Clinical Exome Sequencing, High Scale Computing, Genome Informatics, and RNA-Seq and Transcriptome Analysis, as well as two pre-conference symposia on Clinical Epigenetics and Quantitative Digital Detection Technologies. The conference will tackle the huge amounts of sequencing data produced by new technologies that have introduced significant challenges for bioinformatics, both in terms of the analysis and interpretation of data and clinical implementation of novel variants. Members of the international community will come together to look at the science and informatics required to utilize next generation sequencing for the molecular diagnosis of complex diseases.

    • Going Green - CARE INNOVATION 2014 - 17-20 November 2013, Vienna, Austria

      The International CARE Electronics Office is pleased to announce the Going Green – CARE INNOVATION 2014 conference and exhibition on Electronics and the Environment. It will take place in Schoenbrunn Palace Conference Centre Vienna (Austria), which is situated in the Apothecaries’ Wing of the famous building. This Symposium is the only platform for presenting the up-to-date progress on sustainable development and the development of eco-efficient electr(on)ic & automotive products. This year’s program will feature the latest in environmental design, clean manufacturing, resource efficiency, climate change, new eco-efficient technologies, collection, reverse logistics, refurbishment, carbon trading, re-use, recycling and policy making from leading experts in industry, academia, consulting, recyclers and public area around the globe. Leading companies and institutions in green electr(on)ics will present their innovative products, processes and services at the exhibition. All companies in the electr(on)ics, automotive, solar and PV, chemical and recycling industry, power suppliers, electricity generators and distributors, contract manufacturers, material and component suppliers, service and logistic companies, collective systems, academia, consulting and public authorities (local, regional, international) are invited to attend and contribute.

    • The OpenChina-ICT Final Conference - 5 November 2013, Vilnius, Lithuania

      The OpenChina-ICT project, supported by the European Commission (DG CONNECT) through its FP7 research-funding programme, aims at significantly contributing to the facilitation of ICT related research cooperation between Europe and China. The project will organise its Final Conference on strengthening cooperation in ICT research between Europe and China. This event will be held on November 5, 2013 at the Radisson Blu Hotel Lietuva in Vilnius, Lithuania, the day before the launch of ICT 2013, representing the major European event dedicated to ICT research and innovation and organised by the European Commission from November 6-8, 2013. The conference objective is to (i) bring together policy and research stakeholders from Europe and China, (ii) present the final project outcomes, (iii) evaluate new ways to promote scientific cooperation in ICT research and (iv) provide recommendations towards more effective funding and more fruitful cooperation programs between the two regions in the framework of the new research funding programme Horizon 2020. Registration is free of charge but compulsory due to room capacity constraints, register in advance on the following page: http://store.sigma-orionis.com/login?conferenceid=73. For complementary information, please contact us: info@openchina-ict or visit the project website: http://openchina-ict.eu.

    • 6th International Conference on Advanced Research in Virtual and Rapid Prototyping (VRAP 2013) - 1-5 October 2013, Leiria - Portugal

      The International Conference on Advanced Research in Virtual and Rapid Prototyping (VRAP 2013), organised every two years since 2003, is designed to be a major forum for the scientific exchange of multi-disciplinary and inter-organisational aspects of virtual and physical prototyping and related areas. VRAP 2013 will be held at Leiria, from October 1 to 5, 2013. The Conference carries out a full paper submission and a rigorous paper peer reviewing. Accepted papers will be included in a Hardcover book with ISBN registration published by Taylor & Francis. The Conference program will include invited talks by leading experts. The event will start with a Welcome Reception at Leiria Castle on Tuesday, 1st October. Leiria is a beautiful city with a striking royal castle, built in 1135 by the first king of Portugal, Dom Afonso Henriques. The historical city centre spreads along the castle hill and the river Lis. The city of Leiria is located near the western coast, in the central region of Portugal, with a Mediterranean climate and oceanic influence, one hour north of Lisbon.. For more information, please visit the conference website at www.vrap.ipleiria.pt

    • 2nd OpenChina-ICT Thematic Workshop on Internet of Things and Future Internet - 23 August 2013, Beijing, P.R. China

      The OpenChina-ICT project, supported by the European Commission (DG CONNECT) through its FP7 research-funding programme, aims at significantly contributing to the facilitation of ICT related research cooperation between Europe and China. The 2nd OpenChina-ICT Thematic Workshop on Internet of Things and Future Internet will be held on August 23, 2013 at Park Plaza Hotel in Beijing Science Park in co-location with iThings2013 (http://china-iot.net/iThings2013.htm) organised by IEEE from August 20-23. The draft agenda has been released featuring the participation of Chinese and European Experts from the EU-China IoT Advisory Group as well as EU-China FP7 projects specialised on IoT and Future Internet. The workshop will also include parallel thematic sessions during which working groups will strive to thoroughly discuss sub-themes and identify possible cooperation projects Do not miss this unique opportunity and join us in Beijing on August 23 to participate in this major event devoted to the debate and policy developments on EU-China cooperation on Internet of Things & Future Internet. Registration is free of charge but compulsory due to room capacity constraints, visit the event webpage to find out more: http://openchina-ict.eu/project-events/2nd-thematic-workshop.

Monday, 22 July 2013

  • Horizon 2020 - video testimonials
    • Christa Janko (AT): How do you see research and innovation making a difference for a better future?
      Research is the answer, it's just a matter of 1° prioritizing the topics. I mean, we can't do everything at a time so, we have to prioritize, according to our biggest health challenges. That includes prophylaxis, so we have to teach and train our people to even prevent diseases and, once the diseases are developed, we need to work together across the sectors and it is more than ever a question of cross-discipllinary collaboration, so we can find the answers quicker and streamline our resources towards the right answers, towards the right research that we need.

  • Research Headlines
    • Intelligent waste management involving European citizens
      The European Union's (EU) approach to waste management is based on three principles: waste prevention, reuse and recycling, and improving final disposal and monitoring. In 2010, the total generation of waste from economic activities and households in the EU amounted to 2.570 million tonnes, which equates to 5.1 tonnes of waste per person.

Sunday, 21 July 2013

  • Horizon 2020 - video testimonials
    • Colin Wisely (GB): How do you see research and innovation making a difference for a better future?
      I think research and science are actually two-edged swords: sometimes they can improve things and simultaneously, make things worse. For me the future should be about integrating our scientific knowledge with the beginning of an understanding of issues such as compassion. For me, in particular as I'm working in a department of nursing in the UK, these sorts of questions around compassion are becoming much more important. And I think that it is really the future certainly of medical science. So, I think medical science has made huge advances, but one of the areas that medicine hasn't really been able to develop is really the human emotions. So, for me, that's an area that I think is particularly interesting: how can we serve people who are emotional beings ?

Week 29

Saturday, 20 July 2013

Friday, 19 July 2013

  • Horizon 2020 - video testimonials
    • Bryan Hanley (GB): What are your main concerns for the future?
      I'm a scientist and so one of my concerns,is that in lots of places, there's a confusion between price and value. And we try to put a price on everything and on our science and that means it become very short term but we don't put a value on it, we don't think how valuable this is to the community as a whole and that means that, particularly young people, are not inspired by doing science. They think science is just a way of doing something which ticks boxes but it's very difficult to get young people inspired that's the fear that I have : in the future, we're not going to have young inspired people becoming the inspiration for others.

  • Research Headlines
    • Managing food risk information in an online world
      Food scares can undermine consumer confidence, ruin business reputations and create unnecessary panic. If these scenarios are to be avoided, industry needs to develop more effective strategies for communicating to the public. Focusing on online media, an EU-funded project has made a significant contribution by helping to better understand how information on food risk is spread.

Thursday, 18 July 2013

  • Horizon 2020 - video testimonials
    • Renate Foerch (DE): What is needed to exit the crisis and help Europe's economy to grow?
      I think Europe would benefit from a few structural changes, structural changes in selected countries, better correlation between the countries, possibly, yes,maybe so that the South and the North talk more to each other that there is more impact between the countries. For the economy, I think there would be a lot of benefit if research was sponsored more, of course being scientist I would say this. I also feel that there's a big gap between what comes out as a product and what is being done at university and the relationship between industry and academia. I mean, this is addressed in many interviews that you have on tv, I can only add to that and support that. Yes, whatever we can do to improve that, I'm sure will help.

  • Research Headlines
    • EU-GEI - Demystifying schizophrenia
      Treating schizophrenia presents huge challenges and those involved see first-hand how this diverse medical condition causes huge suffering and requires complex and costly care, often over a lifetime. In the Netherlands, Prof. Jim van Os is heading up an exciting and ambitious international research project that brings together professionals, patients and their families who depend on each other to unlock new answers and approaches to treatment. There is so much that we don't yet understand about it and current treatments are inadequate, so there is a real motivation to work together and solve more bits of a complicated puzzle.

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Monday, 15 July 2013

  • Horizon 2020 - video testimonials
    • Thierry Reip (BE): What are your main concerns for the future?
      My main concern is definitely the social and cultural balance that we can experience all over the world, in many countries. In fact, we can see that a lot of people are coming to Europe, we are trying to go and make business in Asia and in other countries, and I think that we will need a real experience balance based on trust and confidence between the mentalities, the nationalities. And I also think that we have to face the fact that people who are coming in a coutry to make business or to live try sometimes to push a little bit too much their culture against the one existing in place, and I think that is a major issue that we will have to face in the future.

  • Research Headlines
    • Unique study looks at global population projections up to 2100
      Scientific research into climate change tends to look at the impact it will have in the future, and how it will affect the Earth's physical system. Very few studies have focused on how climate change will affect future societies. This gap is being addressed with a study aiming to produce the first comprehensive science-based projections of population by age, sex and level of education worldwide, up to 2100. This will form the basis for the study of climate change impacts on human well-being

Sunday, 14 July 2013

Week 28

Saturday, 13 July 2013

Friday, 12 July 2013

Thursday, 11 July 2013

  • Research Headlines
    • EuroCoord – Coordinating the A-Z of HIV
      In just over a year the EuroCoord project has brought together all the leading players in HIV research to create a huge study based on 250 000 individuals with the disease. As work gathers pace, the researchers involved are plugging the gaps in understanding how HIV emerges and evolves, striving towards smarter drug treatments that focus more on the individual.

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

  • Horizon 2020 - video testimonials
    • Emilia Belfiore (IT): What is needed to exit the crisis and help Europe's economy to grow?
      To try to grow again, I think we should immediately try to invest in facts and not really in words, because until now, lots of politicians, both at the European and the national level, they suggest to invest in research and innovation and improving budgets concerning these sectors but I think that we should really work also at the national level, because bureaucracy problems, cultural problems, now, especially during the last twenty years, really didn't show all this incredible and great integration process promoted by the European founders. And so, I think that training and research and innovation can be the pillar to promote, again, the growth in Europe.

Tuesday, 09 July 2013

Monday, 08 July 2013

  • Horizon 2020 - video testimonials
    • Daniela Cirillo (IT): How do you see research and innovation making a difference for a better future?
      Research and Innovation is going to be a key point for a better future in Europe. We need to invest, to keep our young people, to give the possibility to small and medium enterprises to grow inside the countries, to employ young people and really to develop products that will be not only for Europe, but also for countries that are mostly in need. So I'm working in a research field that is related to tuberculosis and my main concern is that we are not investing very much in a research that may lead to products that may improve the tuberculosis management in countries that are very affected.

  • Research Headlines
    • Remaking life to conquer degenerative brain diseases
      How is it possible to rewind life and take cells back to their embryonic state? Enter the world of stem cell generation and regenerative medicine! This field of science for medical treatment is at the forefront of technology and therapeutics, and is controversial. The potential to replace damaged cells in the brain, and even to enable recovery of lost functions, in devastating conditions such as Parkinson’s disease and Huntington's disease, holds amazing hope for sufferers. The scientists involved in the NeuroStemCell project are faced with the daily challenge of big unanswered questions, together with pressing ethical issues.

Sunday, 07 July 2013

Week 27

Saturday, 06 July 2013

Friday, 05 July 2013

Thursday, 04 July 2013

Wednesday, 03 July 2013

  • Horizon 2020 - video testimonials
    • Marizela Kulisic (RS): What are your main concerns for the future?
      I'm not sure that I will talk about my main concern, but what I'm thinking about at the moment is the big imbalance, I would say, in Europe and I don't want to compare, very poor countries with very rich, or very poor individuals with very rich, but more about professions. So for example, if we expect this world, - or at least Western Europe - to improve, my big concern is like: why then we see a big imbalance between financial sector and bankers, and for example, science and researchers.

  • Research Headlines
    • Many research partners needed to progress neo-natal care
      In the highly-charged environment of emergency care, the treatment of premature babies carries additional uncertainty and risk. In cases of neo-natal shock – an acute state with inadequate circulatory function and oxygen delivery in the newborn - immediate intervention is required to raise the blood pressure, but doctors may be called to act without understanding precisely what is causing the problem, or even how to accurately assess circulatory failure in such immature infants.

Tuesday, 02 July 2013

Monday, 01 July 2013

  • Research Headlines
    • Boosting immunity - and vaccine research
      Vaccination has achieved huge success in controlling many devastating infectious diseases. However, there are still many such diseases, or 'pathogens', against which we cannot generate life-long protective immunity. On the eve of Croatia's accession to the EU, Professor Stipan Jonjic's ERC-funded research into new vaccines to offer better protection - is already underway. Prof Jonjic is the first Croatian ERC grantee to base his project in Croatia.


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