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Week 22

Friday, 31 May 2013

  • Research Headlines
    • Unlocking the biofuel potential of algae
      Biofuel extracted from algae could provide a much-needed solution to the world’s increasing energy needs. The Marine algae as biomass for biofuels (Mabfuel) project is working on ways to optimise growth processes and oil yield on a commercial scale with future energy demands in mind. Early results show two specific species of algae have higher oil content when produced outdoors and thus could help address these demands.

Thursday, 30 May 2013

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

  • Horizon 2020 - video testimonials
    • Nicolas Baygert (BE): How do you see research and innovation making a difference for a better future?
      Well, the first thing we have to keep in mind is that it is not a solution to outsource science. What I mean with that is that we see that a lot of very good scientists and very successful students are more and more leaving Europe to study elsewhere, study in the US or even in Asia, and that is a big problem for the future. So we have to make the surrounding the environment in which they can pursue their research, more attractive. We have to give them some interesting environment, in order to want to stay in Europe. So, that's the first problem. And then, I think that science was always at the heart of the European project. Why? Because innovation is something that is deep rooted in the European mind. Innovation, really belongs to the way we think, the way we function as Europeans, so, definitely it is essential for the European future.

  • Research Headlines
    • Major human drug trial underway for Alzheimer's
      A potentially ground-breaking human drug trial is currently underway, which aims to discover whether blood pressure medication can slow or halt the progression of Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). This is the latest in EU-funded studies, which are being made public to highlight the European Month of the Brain.

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

  • Success Stories
    • Improving safety in vehicles for all European citizens
      Road accidents killed almost 35 000 people in the European Union's 27 member states in 2009, the latest year for which statistics are available. While this number represents a fall of 38% since the start of the 21st century, there is still great scope to improve vehicle safety in Europe.

    • Protecting and managing biodiversity - the foundation of life as we know it
      "Biodiversity is the living tissue of our planet," says Xavier Le Roux, BiodivERsA's project coordinator. "It delivers services – what we call "ecosystem services" – which are very important for human society." Provided by the countless living organisms which make up life on earth, these services include functions such as plant and crop pollination, the maintenance of soil fertility, the regulation of greenhouse gases, and the production of food.

Monday, 27 May 2013

  • Horizon 2020 - video testimonials
    • Mike Taylor (GB): What are your main concerns for the future?
      I'm concerned about the recent events in the financial world. There's a complete reworking required for the banking system and related financial systems. Efforts have been made in the US and in Europe to repare the damage and prepare the future, but I'm not sure enough has been done yet. People are very timid about changing an established system, which, unfortunately, was based on human greed. I'm also concerned about the environment, about, not only the way the industry functions, but also about the way that certain NGOs function in the so-called defense of the environment

  • Research Headlines
    • Switching to sustainable urban water management
      Cities around the world are facing a myriad of pressures, including rapid urbanisation and urban sprawl. As a result, authorities are finding it increasingly difficult to manage scarce water resources, deliver water and sanitation services, and dispose of wastewater. At the same time, authorities must do their utmost to minimise the negative impact of such developments on the environment and urban populations.

Sunday, 26 May 2013

  • Horizon 2020 - video testimonials
    • Emilie Tack (FR): How do you see research and innovation making a difference for a better future?
      Research and Innovation is very broad but in different sectors you can enable a smart, sustainable and inclusive future. So it can be key enabling technologies for a smart and green future. It can also be cutting edge technology for us to have faster and more global connections with the rest of the world, but also so that these connections like planes for instance, respect our environment. So of course technologies do have a role to play and they do already play a role, but we have to make sure that they also respect people's privacy and the environment.

Week 21

Saturday, 25 May 2013

Friday, 24 May 2013

  • Events
    • How to retain European leadership in particle physics - 29 May 2013, European Parliament, Brussels

      The European Strategy for Particle Physics, whose current update is to be formally adopted by the CERN Council in Brussels on 30 May, sets out Europe's vision for a bold future at the forefront of global particle physics research. In this meeting, the President of the CERN Council and the Director General of CERN presents a preview of the strategy and discuss the benefits to society of European leadership in basic science.

  • Press Centre
    • EU, US, Canada launch Atlantic Ocean research alliance
      The European Union, the United States and Canada today agreed to join forces on Atlantic Ocean research. The agreement focuses on aligning the ocean observation efforts of the three partners. The goals are to better understand the Atlantic Ocean and to promote the sustainable management of its resources. The work will also study the interplay of the Atlantic Ocean with the Arctic Ocean, particularly with regards to climate change. The EU and its Member States alone invest nearly two billion euro on marine and maritime research each year. The 'Galway Statement on Atlantic Ocean Cooperation' was signed today at a high level conference at the Irish Marine Institute in Galway. The Prime Minister of Ireland, Taoiseach Enda Kenny, attended the event.

  • Research Headlines
    • Turning the nanotech promise into commercial reality
      Nanotechnology offers human society a vast range of benefits, making possible startling advances in everything from medicines and cosmetics to energy generation, electronics and even 'hi-tech' clothing. What is more, this nanotechnology 'revolution' is still only in its infancy. Research into ever more applications is in full swing.

  • Success Stories
    • The solar car driving Egypt into the future
      It doesn't look much like the car of the future: the vehicle parked in a workshop in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt's Red Sea tourist haven, resembles nothing more than a golf cart or a milk float. But thanks to its pioneering solar technology, it could pave the way for the production of Egypt's first ever eco-friendly road vehicle.

    • Cheese by-product to make packaging greener
      Plastic films are used for packaging a wide range of products, offering protection against humidity and potential contaminants. Over time, however, these films let in air, diminishing the properties of the packed products. And while multilayer films combining several plastics are often used to improve protection, most of this packaging cannot be recycled. The researchers behind the EU-funded WHEYLAYER project found a cheese-based biodegradable alternative to conventional multilayer films.

Thursday, 23 May 2013

  • Events
    • BRAIN DAMAGE AND REPAIR - 22-26 July 2013, Santander (Spain)

      This Summer School is devoted to neurodegenerative diseases and spinal cord trauma, their pathogenesis and to the actual development of drugs and strategies for neuroreparation and neuroprotection of the damaged brain. Expert scientists from the EU and the USA will deliver their lectures in the frontier of knowledge. Also young PhD or postdoctoral students attending the School will present their experimental own results.

  • Research Headlines
    • A breath of fresh air for Europe's citizens
      Over half of the world's population lives in urban areas and that proportion is rising. This has severe consequences for the quality of the air we are exposed to thanks to increased transportation and industry within built-up areas. Rising levels of pollution prompted the European Commission in recent years to fund a number of projects into air quality across the EU at the city, regional and country level.

  • Success Stories
    • New airplane inspection system to make skies safer
      The research team behind the European Union (EU)-funded "QualiTi" project has developed a new testing system for titanium-made airplane parts that improves by 20 percent manufacturing-related defects' detection, even if the probability of such flaws causing any potential incidents is very low.

    • New weld inspection system to boost rail safety
      Europe's railway networks have dedicated teams devoted to checking track safety, inspecting the metal for any cracks or defects that could cause problems. If a track needs fixing, it is often welded on-site. But for all their expertise, the track inspectors have few tools to check whether the resulting welds are strong enough. Now, however, researchers have built a new tool to provide an easy yet reliable ultrasonic test of track welds, adding a much-needed layer of safety to the rail network.

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

  • Events
    • Agricultural Research and Food Security - Outlook to Horizon 2020 and Beyond - 5 June 2013, Brussels

      What will be the biggest challenges facing European agricultural sector in the near future, and what will be the role of research, namely the new EU research programme, Horizon 2020, in facing them? That will be the focus of a conference entitled "Agricultural Research and Food Security – Outlook to Horizon 2020 and beyond", held at the Czech Permanent Representation to the EU (Rue Caroly 15) on 5 June 2013. More information on the programme and the registration form are available on the website of CZELO, the Czech Liaison Office for Research, Development and Innovation.

  • Success Stories
    • Tracking and cleaning small oil spills
      Major oil spills from sinking supertankers are thankfully very rare these days. However, smaller oil spills from shipping are unfortunately still common. Most ships have some type of fuel on board and if they are involved in an accident, there is a risk of that fuel leaking into the sea.

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

  • Success Stories
    • Banishing the "black cloud": How rice research could clear Egypt's skies
      It's a phenomenon known locally as the "black cloud", and it plagues Egypt every autumn after the rice harvest: an estimated 4 million tonnes of rice straw is burnt every season, spewing some 80,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide into the skies. It leaves a choking, toxic layer of thick smog hanging just 25 meters above over the entire Nile valley for weeks, and adds to the already polluted air over the Cairo megalopolis.

    • Deep inside the brain
      The brain controls our thinking, feelings and movements and a new exhibition in southern France aims to reveal some of its secrets.

Monday, 20 May 2013

Sunday, 19 May 2013

  • Horizon 2020 - video testimonials
    • Gérard Spencer (LU): What is needed to exit the crisis and help Europe's economy to grow?
      I believe it actually starts from the youth. To be able to get out of this crisis we need more qualified youth, a youth which is more aware of what to be European actually means, what are the privileges of being European: freedom of movement, being able to travel to study other European programs. So basically we need to talk about what being a European is: it is a benefit to be multilingual, it is a benefit to be able to travel freely in the European sphere and it is those children who will grow into this kind of education who will have more ideas, a big identity, more language skills, be more adventurous, who will have new ideas for the future. So I believe it is about focusingon European youth today to get Europe out of its crisis tomorrow.

Week 20

Saturday, 18 May 2013

Friday, 17 May 2013

  • Events
    • 1st OpenChina-ICT Thematic Workshop on Smart and Sustainable Cities - 31 May 2013, Guangzhou, P.R. China

      The 1st OpenChina-ICT Thematic Workshop on Smart and Sustainable Cities is organised by the OpenChina-ICT project under the aegis of the European Commission through its FP7 research-funding programme, aiming at facilitating ICT related research cooperation between Europe and China. This event (free of charge) will be held in Guangzhou, P.R. China on May 31, 2013 and will bring together policy and main research stakeholders from Europe and China specialized on the ICT aspects of Smart and Sustainable Cities to create feasible research collaboration with the emergence of concrete projects. ...

    • Fujitsu Innovation Gathering - 30 May 2013, Dublin

      What next for Big Data, the Cloud and High Performance Computing? How to extrapolate R&D value and turn technology into tangible business solutions? What role for Ireland? Fujitsu invites you to join the discussion with industry strategists, leading academia and state agencies at a unique, one day conference in Croke Park on Thursday, 30th May 2013 to find out how Ireland can best position itself to maximise innovation and R&D collaboration to drive commercial success.

    • ICE Flooding 2013 - 23 May 2013, London

      The Institution of Civil Engineers is holding its first national-level flooding conference. Focussing on developing flood resilient communities, the programme examines every stage; from planning, design and construction, drainage and insurance to engaging the puvlic.

  • Research Headlines
    • All-optical broadband ... cheaper, faster and greener
      A European team of researchers is exploring new ways of using fibre-optic technology to deliver ultra-high-speed internet access to even the remotest locations in Europe, at less cost and with less impact on the environment. It is ambitious, but innovative solutions are needed to strengthen Europe's digital economy and provide jobs.

  • Success Stories
    • Water-friendly hydraulic technology to make heavy machinery greener
      Bulldozers, diggers, tractors: these heavy machines all apply the same basic hydraulic powers for their trays and claws. Around 85% of all hydraulic fluids leave their system through slow leaks, line breaks or system failures. Exhausted lubricants could be a severe fire risk, with a cumulative impact on plants, fish, and wildlife. When the fluids need to be disposed of at the end of their life, the cost, at €1 per kg, is around the same as the lubricant itself. As the costs associated with disposal rise, there is a growing demand for alternative options.

Thursday, 16 May 2013

  • Horizon 2020 - video testimonials
    • Imina Osemwegie Soul (NG): How do you see research and innovation making a difference for a better future?
      It does! But only if we create the right channels. Because there are different types of research: economic research, development research and human research. So it depends on the role every country wants to play. Europe has enough resources, all it need to do is to work on economic research, which means create more labour, more working environment, then it will change the economy. Because at the moment the economy is stagnating, it is not moving forward, because no new jobs are created, every old jobs have been taken, so it is like a boomerang situation. All they need to do is to open up the system, that allows more trainee and more work.

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

  • Horizon 2020 - video testimonials
    • Benjamin Bruyninx (BE): What is needed to exit the crisis and help Europe's economy to grow?
      I think it depends on what we consider as Europe: is it politicians or people in the street? I think that the solution may come from the people and the citizens. There is an important to change the mentalities and I think that people have to be more critical about the world in which they are living and we have to change our habits and our way to consume goods and find new values. And I think that politicians have to help that and they have to believe and to realize that we have to change the system in which we're living and the economical system and the philosophical, political way to consider the world and society in general, today.

  • Research Headlines
    • Exploring the genetic and neurobiological bases for mental disorders
      Psychiatric disorders are a major, though often "hidden", health problem. It is estimated that mental disorders affect more than 160 million Europeans - 38% of the population each year. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), one in four of us will suffer from at least one mental disorder during our lifetime. In addition to the direct impact this has on patients and their families, the impact on national healthcare systems is significant. In Europe, the annual cost is estimated to be more than €200 billion.

  • Success Stories
    • A European Flood Alert System to protect Europe's cities
      In August 2002 Europe was struck by a disastrous flood when the Elbe and Danube overflowed, affecting the Czech Republic, Austria, Germany, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, Romania and Croatia. The cities of Dresden and Prague particularly suffered extensive damage. In response to this disaster, the European Commission's in-house science service, the Joint Research Centre (JRC), launched the European Flood Awareness System (EFAS).

    • Enhancing sustainability by unlocking the secrets of wood
      If the world is to live within its environmental limits, the need to make the most sustainable use of its raw materials will become ever more vital. Increasingly, this will require us to focus on making maximum use of all the components of those raw materials, right down to the waste products. In today's world, everything has to be used.

    • Leading the charge into the future, one electric car at a time
      Overconsumption of fossil fuels, excessive carbon emissions and threats to air quality are all urgent problems that would be addressed if all-electric vehicles were fully operational and in widespread use. Research conducted by the European Union funded Fuerex project could give consumers in the near future the option of driving a car with almost zero emissions, without compromising on the range of the battery.

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

  • Horizon 2020 - video testimonials
    • Bryna Benhoff (US): What is needed to exit the crisis and help Europe's economy to grow?
      There's no worse or better there's only different. And I can promise you that. In the US, there are so many different issues and class disparity and you see that people that are poor are becoming so much poorer. Now they are starting to become a social stygma. And unemployement is just as bad except they have no net to fall into. Now Europe have the safety net which brings a lot of people into. You know you don't have the motivating factors but I would say it is going to just...Both sides needs to swallow their pride and realise that they have to make changes, especially in today's world where you can't just throw money in industry anymore, you can't just say: We need to manufature more goods because we don't need more goods. We need to have ideas, like from talent places that were out today that you need to start opening your mind. The systems are very closed right now, and you need to start opening those up and maybe steal some ideas from both sides.

  • Research Headlines
    • Understanding cell behaviour to help treat major diseases
      The ability to measure concentrations of oxygen inside living human cells is a key requirement to help advance our understanding and treatment of a range of serious medical conditions. These include ischaemic stroke (where the stroke is caused by a blockage in the artery, preventing sufficient oxygen from reaching the brain), neurodegenerative disorders, and cancer.

  • Success Stories
    • Innovative infrared testing device set to reduce aircraft development costs
      To make modern aircraft ever lighter, faster and more fuel efficient, manufacturers are continually introducing new advanced materials, composites and super lightweight structures. Before using them on a plane, the integrity and performance of these materials have to be tested in a non-destructive way, to see how they would perform in the real-life pressure and temperature conditions of flight. Among the techniques aero-space testing facilities currently rely on are two important tests: one using laser beams and one using thermal imaging to see inside the material under stress and detect problems in structures caused by hidden defects. European researchers have found a way to replace these two with a single test.

Monday, 13 May 2013

  • Press Centre
    • EU chooses finalists for innovation in public administration prizes
      The European Commission has today announced the 18 public authorities shortlisted for its competition to find the most innovative public initiatives in Europe. The finalists are competing for nine prizes worth €100,000 each. The purpose of the prizes is to encourage modern approaches to public spending, which accounts on average for half of EU gross domestic product. The prize money has to be used by winning administrations to scale up and expand their winning initiatives.

  • Research Headlines
    • Developing new weapons in the fight against cancer
      Cancer causes some 13% of deaths worldwide. Of these deaths, some 90% are caused not by the original cancer, but by its spread to other parts of the body. These secondary cancers, known as metastases, are most often caused by 'circulating tumour cells' (CTCs) which escape from the primary tumour and travel around the body in the bloodstream. In the process, CTCs often undergo modifications that make them more resistant to treatment than the primary tumours.

  • Success Stories
    • New smart robots to improve inspection of nuclear plants
      Nuclear power accounts for one sixth of the European Union (EU)'s energy consumption, and there are power plants in 14 of the 27 member states. Safety is a priority and there are regular maintenance checks on every aspect of the plants. But what happens if cracks appear in the machinery that are so small and deep that they escape the human eye? And how can one check every corner of a nuclear reactor when some areas are, by necessity, shrouded in radiation?

    • On the right track
      When Europe's rail pioneers created the first steam engines some two centuries ago, they gave little thought to whether their inventions might be used in other countries: while their ingenuity helped transform travel, they never got round to setting uniform rail technologies across the continent.

    • How to save historic buildings from climate change
      From Roman temples and Gothic churches to Greek theatres and medieval castles, Europe is peppered with historic buildings that reflect its rich cultural heritage. But these monuments all need to be preserved, a task complicated by age, pollution, tourist demands and climate change. Now science is lending a hand in this task, with a new European Union research project developing measures to reduce energy loss from within old buildings.

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Week 19

Saturday, 11 May 2013

Friday, 10 May 2013

  • Success Stories
    • Plastic materials for environmentally friendly devices
      A radio made completely of plastic? We might see them in the near future, claim scientists. In 1977 researchers discovered that certain types of plastic can conduct electricity, just like metals. Initially these plastics remained a curiosity, but by improving their electrical properties researchers have now opened the way for their use in a large number of electric and electronic devices.

    • Automated machine to harvest white and violet asparagus
      As a food, asparagus can trace an illustrious lineage back 20,000 years to Egypt; it features in the world's oldest surviving cook book, Apicius's third century 'De re coquinaria'; it is packed with vitamins, and a very good source of dietary fibre. No wonder the asparagus is such a prized food. But its reputation as the ultimate gourmet vegetable is also reflected in its delicate cultivation, with white asparagus in particular requiring labour intensive hilling. And in Europe, this dedicated nurturing is threatening the crop as farmers struggle to find the manpower needed to harvest asparagus.

    • Mapping the vulnerability of Europe's seas
      The seas are Europe’s lifeblood. With the highest ratio of shoreline to land area of any continent, Europe is very much a maritime continent. Now, an EU-funded tool called EMIS (Environmental Marine Information System) allows policymakers and citizens to monitor those seas at the click of a button.

Thursday, 09 May 2013

  • Research Headlines
    • Charting Europe's nanotechnology 'roadmap'
      Nanotechnology is opening the way to a new industrial revolution. From 'individualised' medical treatments tailored for each patient to new, environmentally-friendly energy storage and generation systems, nanotechnology is bringing significant advances. Exciting new futures await those businesses able to get ahead in the race to turn this wealth of promise into commercial success. But in a field which requires a high degree of coordinated effort involving many different stakeholder groups, including researchers, policymakers and commercial players across a wide variety of industrial sectors, it has perhaps been inevitable that fragmentation, disconnectedness and duplication have stood in the way.

Wednesday, 08 May 2013

  • Research Headlines
    • Paving the way for thought-controlled prostheses
      Understanding how the brain processes new skills and actions can help to improve learning and aid research into neurodegenerative and psychiatric disorders such as Parkinson's and Huntington's disease. An EU-funded project has collected new data on the development of neural mechanisms of action learning and habit formation and addiction through the manipulation of the brain’s molecular networks. This could lead to breakthroughs in thought-controlled prostheses.

  • Success Stories
    • A new research facility for the Middle East
      Wel-known accelerators, like the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, the European Laboratory for Particle Physics near Geneva, smash subatomic particles together to study their properties. But there is another group of accelerators where electrons don´t collide, instead they are kept circulating through a ring-shaped vacuum tube, called a storage ring. While they are racing around this ring they produce intense radiation.

    • Reducing forest-fire danger and damage on a European scale
      About one million hectares of forests, which corresponds to one third the size of Belgium, are destroyed by fire every year in the Mediterranean basin. Forests are an important economic resource in that region, and the loss of forests weighs on the economies of the affected countries, especially in North Africa where a warming of 2 degrees Celsius and decreasing rainfall has been recorded. It is expected that climate change in North Africa will substantially increase the yearly losses to fire.

    • The ultimate flight simulator
      For pilots, one of the most difficult skills to learn is 'upset recovery' - righting a plane that has stalled or been thrown into an unstable situation due to weather or a technical problem. When a pilot is not able to fly out of an 'upset' and the plane proceeds out of control, accidents can result. And it is precisely because these extreme conditions seldom occur in real life that it is hard for a pilot to be prepared for them: up to now, no flight simulator reflects adequately how an actual aircraft behaves during upset situations. Alternative training methods – such as using large commercial aircraft for training or smaller ones – are either too dangerous or too expensive, or may not be comparable to how large aircraft behave and respond.

    • Brighter future for Mediterranean and Black Sea ecosystems
      Where better to enjoy a relaxing coastal trip than the Mediterranean? However, with large areas of this and the Black Sea basin under threat from environmental change, collaboration within the local scientific communities is more important than ever.

    • Operation Innovation
      In 2006, several years before innovation became the buzz word across the world, the EuroMed Innovation and Technology Programme (Medlbtikar) was making waves across the MEDA region. This three year, €7.24 million programme successfully offered the Mediterranean Partner Countries (MPCs) new and improved instruments to stimulate innovation. It also encouraged networking between the MPCs and the European Union.

    • Boosting research on Morocco's medicinal plants
      The use of plants in medicine is as old as medicine itself. Today, in the age of high-tech drug design, the pharmaceutical industry continues to draw on naturally occurring compounds in its search for new treatments. The fragrance and nutritional supplement industries are perhaps even more reliant on plant-sourced chemicals.

    • An Earthquake early-warning system for a safer Europe
      Even 10 seconds can make a difference. When Japan was hit by the earthquake in 2011, early-warning systems were in place, and within seconds even the high-speed "bullet" trains stopped. About half of Europe is also a high-risk earthquake area, especially Mediterranean countries like Greece, Italy, and also other regions around the Black Sea.

Tuesday, 07 May 2013

  • Events
    • 2013 NEM Summit - 28-30 October 2013, Nantes, France

      The NEM Summit, organised every year since 2008 by the NEM Initiative in close cooperation with leading industrial and academic players worldwide, is the “not-to-be-missed” annual event for all those interested in Future Internet developments and in the fast paced evolution of the networked and electronic media industry. ...

  • Research Headlines
    • Assessing the impact of indoor air pollution on Europeans
      The health impact of indoor air pollution is a real environmental health issue, which is believed to have a bearing on respiratory conditions such as asthma. This has prompted a European study to take action. While outdoor pollution is often cited as the cause of many asthma related issues, indoor threats are also being addressed in the light of World Asthma Day.

  • Success Stories
    • Real Partnerships. Real Results
      The Mediterranean sea is a huge marine ecosystem with an area of 2.5 million km². The wellbeing of this unique ecosystem is vital for the health of the 427 million people living in the countries around it and the 175 million visitors it receives each year. Nevertheless, it remains fragile and continues to deteriorate due to the devastating effects of pollution. Effective decontamination is crucial and this is just one area where the Mediterranean Innovation and Research coordination Action (MIRA) is making a welcome impact.

    • Monitoring pollution in Europe: what and where
      Imagine you are an enthusiastic gardener and cherish a perfect lawn. Instead of picking the weeds by hand you use an herbicide that kills all the weeds except the grass. The result is that you will have added a considerable amount of chemicals to the soil, some of which are nasty, persistent and will stay around for a long time. The rain will transport these chemicals via sewage systems to rivers, and ultimately these chemicals will end up somewhere, in lakes or the sea. There they will enter the food chain, and be part of your next fish dinner.

    • European gene therapy research may restore essential human senses
      A world without hearing, sight or smell; without music, the light of the day or the scent of a delicious meal. This is the reality for those who suffer from congenital cilia diseases, a condition stemming from genetic defects; they go through life missing one or more senses.

Monday, 06 May 2013

  • Horizon 2020 - video testimonials
    • Khadija Rejdy (BE): What is needed to exit the crisis and help Europe's economy to grow?
      At this moment, I believe that you cannot get out of something if you have the same mentality as you started with. So, for me, the big thing to get out of this crisis is to have a change in mentality: we can't look at the problems the same way as we came in to the problem...So, meaning by that is having these entrepreneurs out there, that change things, that really see it from a different point of view, from an innovative point of view, it can be the same way, but just the approach is very much different. Again linking towards a strong leadership in it and having those change agents.

Sunday, 05 May 2013

Week 18

Saturday, 04 May 2013

  • Horizon 2020 - video testimonials
    • Steve Phillips (GB): How do you see research and innovation making a difference for a better future?
      More robust infrastructures, pragmatic reaction If we look at some of the challenges, I mean climate change, is a key one facing us, and a lot of the people will say we need to do a lot for climate change. Which is actually true,there is a lot of mitigation things we're doing. But we also, need heavy investment. in some of the adaptation methods as well. I've just come bacl from a tour of the United States, looking at what the're doing dealingwith all their extreme events. We have to make our system in Europe,all our society more robust for the changes that are going to happen. and this is not a defeatist in, saying we cannot prevent it, it is just a pragmatic reaction to the fact, things are going to happen.

  • Research Headlines
    • Super surfaces at your service
      Every time a firefighter braves an inferno, a scientist wonders if a new material or special flame-resistant coating could be created to protect him. Today, armed with nanocomposite techniques and insights into bio-based materials, new classes of smart, adaptable super-surface coatings are possible, according to European researchers.

Friday, 03 May 2013

Thursday, 02 May 2013

  • Horizon 2020 - video testimonials
    • Malcolm Harbour (GB): How do you see research and innovation making a difference for a better future?
      We're now seeing with new programs of science and innovation a focus on tackling the big challenges that we need for the future and looking in ways in which we can have more integrated programs where science and technology and different fields is working much better together, exploring the synergies, we could say in longer words. Because I think up to now that we've perhaps had too much of a single focus in different disciplines. So this multidisciplinary horizontal research. Working together in teams and building bigger knowledge and innovation communities across Europe which is something we are doing with the European Institute of Technology which I'm very passionate about. I think that's a real step forward in developing new ways of working together So a combined effort, but focused on solving those big challenges and what interest me is when I see some universities in my region and other places, starting to organize their own research program around societal challenges. So within the universities themselves they're building these multidisciplinary teams and then will respond to the challenges that are coming from outside.

  • Research Headlines
    • Sweetening the bitter pill of cancer treatment
      Despite a massive research effort, cancer is still a major killer in Europe. European researchers are working on a sugar-based drug-delivery system which they believe will boost the potency of anti-cancer drugs, helping them reach and destroy cancerous cells more effectively. The project team has developed particles tiny enough to invade cancer cells and deliver treatments to the very heart of the tumour.

Wednesday, 01 May 2013

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