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Week 44

Thursday, 31 October 2013

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

  • Research Headlines
    • Harnessing the power of the sea for commercial gain
      Tidal power has great potential for electricity generation due to the fact that tides are more predictable than wind energy and solar power. However, tidal energy conversion presents a complex engineering challenge: to produce affordable, competitive energy in one of the harshest natural environments, where access to maintenance is both expensive and high risk. An EU-funded project is meeting this challenge by testing long-range ultrasonic sensors for the automated detection of defects in tidal energy conversion devices such as turbine blades.

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

  • Horizon 2020 - video testimonials
    • Andreea Gulacsi (RO): In your experience what are the benefits of participating in EU research projects?
      The main benefits we see are, first of all, and I would say the most basic benefit is not to reinvent the wheel, is not to rediscuss or readdress issues that maybe are already addressed in current standardization work. We're having standard's work on energy efficiency, we're having on e-vehicles, on all the new topics: smart cities, on all these topics that are very hot in the research innovation area, we address them also in standardization. So it's making that link. And I would say that's the main added value of standardization. And another one is to codify, to transfer the research, the language, the findings, the methodologies, the analyses, the test methods, to codify that into marketable products, into standards.

  • Research Headlines
    • Innovative and sustainable water treatment systems for India
      In India, 30% of urban and 90% of rural households are entirely dependent on untreated surface or groundwater. In addition, the vast majority of the country's population is affected by severe water scarcity, waterborne diseases and excessive levels of fluoride, nitrates, iron and arsenic in available water, which can cause severe health disorders. There is thus an urgent need for effective and safe water supply systems for the country's inhabitants.

Monday, 28 October 2013

  • Research Headlines
    • Measuring aerosol damage to the atmosphere
      Aerosols have been long known to damage the atmosphere, but it can be hard to quantify the impact, especially in Eastern Europe where data is scarce. A European Union (EU)-funded research project addressed this information gap by measuring atmospheric particulate matter (the fine particles suspended in the air) in north-eastern Romania and studying their chemical composition.

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Week 43

Saturday, 26 October 2013

Friday, 25 October 2013

  • Events
    • EU Brokerage Event on KETs in Horizon 2020 - 29 November 2013, Strasburg

      The French and German National Contact Points (NCPs) and Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) Alsace, in collaboration with the Europe Alsace Network, will organise an EU Brokerage Event on Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) in Horizon 2020, with a focus on Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials, Advanced Manufacturing and Processing. Participants will have the opportunity to present their own project concepts and to meet representatives from companies/SMEs, universities and research organisations in order to exchange ideas during pre-arranged meetings. The aim is to pave the way for future co-operations and European projects including call topics for 2014 and 2015.

    • Industrial Biotechnology in UK and Ireland - Identifying Challenges and Opportunities - 19 November 2013, London

      The BIO-TIC consortium wish to invite you to a free one-day workshop discussing issues surrounding the uptake of industrial biotechnology in the UK and Ireland. 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 UK and Irish 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.

  • Research Headlines
    • Expanding the frontiers of computing to benefit and protect society
      It has become a cliché today to talk about the ‘IT revolution’. Computers have changed our lives beyond recognition. However, the scale of this revolution could be dwarfed by the advances promised by the next generation of information technology – quantum computing. With its potential to exponentially increase computing power, quantum computing opens up possibilities we could previously only dream of. These possibilities include quantum cryptography, strengthening our capabilities in an area that has become more and more critical as computers have increasingly become central to our lives: the need to stay secure against potential criminal hackers and terrorists.

Thursday, 24 October 2013

  • Success Stories
    • Re-thinking the future of aviation
      Air travel today may be taken for granted as an integral part of modern life, for both passenger and freight transport. But it comes at a cost which is both economic and environmental, and it is subject to limitations in the distances different types of aircraft can cover, the locations they can serve, and the payloads they can carry.

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

  • Horizon 2020 - video testimonials
    • Vaclovas Šleinota (LT): What is needed to exit the crisis and help Europe's economy to grow?
      The former 20 years, industry came out of Europe towards Asia, Now, because the European industry was not competitive or very low on innovations, it means something unless we can't manage the situation from another point and today, we must understand our former activities and learn how to manage, for example how to protect our intellectual property rights, how to protect ourselves from unfair competitiveness, etc. It means that in innovation we need to be more competitive but we can't forget the future and the other things.

Monday, 21 October 2013

Sunday, 20 October 2013

  • Horizon 2020 - video testimonials
    • Maretva Baricot (GB): What is needed to exit the crisis and help Europe's economy to grow?
      Well I think the main thing needed now is cooperation between all the members of the European Union. Europe needs to create areas, to define areas of collaboration, to do research and innovation. This will definitely reflects on Europe competitiveness. I also think that education is something that should be looked at now, at this moment of crisis. I think the current educational schemes should be targeted to meet industry and society's needs. I think young people should be encouraged to actually think outside the box, to be more creative and I think that will impact positively on Europe competitiveness.

Week 42

Saturday, 19 October 2013

  • Horizon 2020 - video testimonials
    • Prof. Henning Zoz (DE): How do you see research and innovation making a difference for a better future?
      Actually, Science is absolutely top important, and the problem is...energy itself is not our problem, the problem is materials. And materials will answer the questions: how to collect, how to store, how to transport so called renewable energies and unfortunately, on the contrary to energy, materials, we have only a very limited resource: we have our Mother Planet Earth and we have a few planets around it, but that's it! And in order to have more of something that we by nature can't increase, we need to increase the performance. Performance and recycling are the major targets for the future, with respect to not only energy but also to materials and that means we need technology to go from...micromaterials to nanomaterials and to find more applications with the same amount of material. So, make more with less.

Friday, 18 October 2013

Thursday, 17 October 2013

  • Horizon 2020 - video testimonials
    • Algirdas Valiulis (LT): How do you see research and innovation making a difference for a better future?
      As we see, this new program, agenda Horizon2020, really, this new approach in my opinion is very important. It's a step to another direction, because now companies offer for...well I don't know about big countries like Germany and others but I speak about small countries, we have about 95% of small and medium companies. In these companies we have no resources, we have not enough personel for implementation and we don't need fundamental knowledge from the research Institution for example or universities. And we have another big problem, a big political problem in my country because the evaluation of universities depends on how many articles you publish in the Thompon database, EC Thomson database specific level, but what the value for your country really is, nobody really knows, and the work together with companies, for universities is really zero!

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

  • Events
    • 5th AEBIOM European Bioenergy Conference 2014 - 12-14 May 2014, Brussels, Belgium

      The AEBIOM European Bioenergy Conference organized by the European Biomass Association is the fifth edition of the growing series. The annual conference has grown ever since its first edition in 2010 and has quickly become Europe´s major occasion for discussion and networking amongst important industry leaders and policy makers. Bioenergy is the largest renewable energy source in Europe and we expect around 300 industry representatives to be present at this event which is one of the leading bioenergy conferences in Europe. The 5th edition will be co-organized with the European Pellet Council (EPC), the Industrial European Pellet Suppliers (EIPS) and the International Biomass Torrefaction Council (IBTC).

    • SMART CITIES - 5-7 March 2014, Sofia, Bulgaria

      The first South-East European Smart Cities event will focus exclusively on Intelligent Energy, Intelligent Mobility & Transport, Intelligent Emergencies Management and ICT, Intelligent Waste Management. Smart Cities Exhibition and Conference are the logical successor of Smart Buildings Expo 2013. The event will be held in parallel to the 10th Forum and Exhibition on Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy and Waste Management & Recycling.

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Monday, 14 October 2013

  • Events
    • Industrial Biotechnology in Italy. Identifying Hurdles and Opportunities - 24 October 2013, Naples, Italy

      The BIO-TIC partners, in collaboration with Assobiotec, are pleased to invite you to half a day workshop for an in-depth discussion with experts and multiple stakeholders across different value chains on how to overcome barriers for innovation in industrial biotechnology in Europe. Draft roadmaps outlining market potential, technological bottlenecks and non-technical barriers have already been developed through a preliminary literature review....

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Week 41

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Friday, 11 October 2013

  • Research Headlines
    • Helping to unravel the mysteries of the genome
      Genetics is an area of scientific research that is opening up a world of new possibilities. For example, genotyping – the process of determining differences in genetic make-up through examining DNA sequences – could lead to new treatments for hereditary diseases. Investment in the Estonian Genome Project at Tartu University should place Estonia at the cutting edge of this research.

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Wednesday, 09 October 2013

  • Events
    • 7th European Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring - 8-11 July 2014, Nantes (France)

      EWSHM 2014 (European Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring) invites original contributions on all topics related to Structural Health Monitoring, including, but not limited to: Physical monitoring principles in general (visual, mechanical, acoustic, electrical, thermal, etc.) Signal processing (FFT, wavelet, PCA, feature extraction, pattern recognition, etc.) Structural simulation (stress & strain, modal, acoustics, electromagnetics, thermal, neural networks, etc.) Sensors and sensor systems (network, wireless and smart sensors piezoelectric, fibre optic, electromagnetic, MEMS, nano agents, etc.) Principles of SHM-based structural monitoring, design, and maintenance SHM applications (aerospace, marine, railway, automotive, pipelines, civil engineering, power plants, energy generation and distribution, production, etc.)

    • Industrial Biotechnology in Germany. Identifying Hurdles and Opportunities - 10 October 2013, Hannover, Germany

      The BIO-TIC consortium wish to invite you to a free one-day workshop discussing issues surrounding the uptake of industrial biotechnology in Germany. 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 German 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.

Tuesday, 08 October 2013

  • Events
    • Innovation Convention 2014 - 10-11 March 2014, Brussels

      The 2nd Innovation Convention will take place on 10 and 11 March 2014. The first edition was described as “a creative collusion of some of the world’s brightest people from across all sectors involved in research, innovation and science”. This second edition will be even bigger and better, with over 2000 participants....

  • Horizon 2020 - video testimonials
    • Zahra Ghovamland (IR): How do you see research and innovation making a difference for a better future?
      I think, you know science and technologies are improving fast, we just need to help this innovation to become a product. I know that there are a lot of legislation against finding a good market for products, for example in the water area we work on a lot of materials that have the ability to be commercialize but unfortunately, there's a lot of legislation against these materials that stop even though we characterize the material as not toxic. But still, some of the legislation, especially Europe is very restricted, very limited on the marketing part. So I think helping the science part to be commercialized can help in this part.

Monday, 07 October 2013

  • Research Headlines
    • Stronger and longer-lasting tuberculosis vaccines
      Perceived by the general public as a disease that largely has been tamed, tuberculosis kills about 1.5 million people worldwide each year – including an average of one person every seven hours in Europe. Faced with 9 million new infections annually, and mutating strains of the tuberculosis bacteria that confound the medical community, a high-profile European Union research project is working to coordinate the development of stronger, longer-lasting vaccines.

Sunday, 06 October 2013

  • Horizon 2020 - video testimonials
    • Adriele Prina Mello (IT): In your experience what are the benefits of participating in EU research projects?
      The participation to European frameworks projects is a unique opportunity to create a direct link between academia, industry and the regulatory bodies and agencies and authorities. So therefore it creates a new dimension for the research category, the research community to develop a sense of how the research has to be translated to create innovation. And since innovation is the top key priority of the future Horizon 2020 funding opportunity, we need to make sure that this translation of innovation is thought through from the academic to the industry, to the regulatory to then facilitate market production.

Week 40

Saturday, 05 October 2013

Friday, 04 October 2013

  • Horizon 2020 - video testimonials
    • Thomas Nappez (FR): What is needed to exit the crisis and help Europe's economy to grow?
      The main issue is basically the same for Europe, the United States, the Asian countries. The fact is that from science to market there are huge and numerous steps between them that we have to face. The first is the technological development, the second one is product development, the third one is mass production. So for each of these 3 key points some initiatives have to be taken and to face these 3 key points I think the collaborative project has to be strengthened between researchers and companies.

Thursday, 03 October 2013

  • Horizon 2020 - video testimonials
    • Pirjo Pasanen (FI): How do you see research and innovation making a difference for a better future?
      I think it's our biggest chance, in a way. We do need research and we do need pure research, I'm very sure of that. But without the innovation and without commercialization I don't think we can solve any of the big problems with environment and all the energy crisis and these sorts of things. I do believe in technology and I do believe that's one way of solving these problems. It also brings up a lot of responsibility for the researchers, they have to think about how they can also benefit the society and not just do pure research. And I also think that for companies I would like to see some signs, also companies taking up these kinds of social responsaibilities and solving the problems because in the long run I think that would be also beneficial for them,not just for the next quarter.

Wednesday, 02 October 2013

  • Research Headlines
    • Save energy: commercial cooler chills beverage in just 50 seconds!
      Commercial fridges and freezers keep food fresh and beverages cool. They are vital to modern commerce but troublesome for the environment. European industrial researchers set out to turn these power-hungry machines into a green technology of the future. The trademarked ‘V-Tex’ cooler they developed can chill a standard-sized beverage in under a minute. This is super-fast and means small quantities can be chilled on demand, saving huge amounts of energy.

Tuesday, 01 October 2013


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