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Week 35

Friday, 29 August 2014

Thursday, 28 August 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • Boring buildings be gone
      A new process for concrete buildings has robots cutting mould shapes and bending the steel reinforcement. Self-compacting concrete fills the mould, giving smooth, organic-looking buildings, but without the usual cost. The technologies, developed by EU-funded researchers, are already on the market.

  • Success Stories
    • Behind the mask of biometric security
      How reliable is biometric security? Computers recognize us by our faces, voices and fingerprints, but can we trick them by pretending to be someone else? In this edition of Futuris Denis Loctier finds out just how easily this can be done.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • What to do about rising inequality
      An EU-funded study has resulted in the most comprehensive picture yet of the widening income gap across Europe between top earners and other workers - and how it affects societies. It will help policymakers make informed decisions on how best to reduce the gap - and support those who are falling behind.

Monday, 25 August 2014

Week 34

Friday, 22 August 2014

  • Events
    • Sharing experience to better implement the HR strategy for researchers - Mutual Learning Seminars - 20 November 2014, Brussels, Belgium

      The European Commission is committed to increasing the attractiveness of research careers in Europe and to improving employment and working conditions for researchers. Further work is necessary to implement a sound Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R), based upon the uptake of the Charter and Code concept. HR managers from research institutions and funding organisations will come together to share their experiences and best practices when implementing the HRS4R in their institutions for the benefit of the researchers. Participants will also share creative and innovative, and yet feasible, ideas on the key elements needed to improve the current HRS4R implementation procedure.

    • Sharing experience to better implement the HR strategy for researchers - Mutual Learning Seminars - 9 October 2014, Brussels, Belgium

      The European Commission is committed to increasing the attractiveness of research careers in Europe and to improving employment and working conditions for researchers. Further work is necessary to implement a sound Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R), based upon the uptake of the Charter and Code concept. HR managers from research institutions and funding organisations will come together to share their experiences and best practices when implementing the HRS4R in their institutions for the benefit of the researchers. Participants will also share creative and innovative, and yet feasible, ideas on the key elements needed to improve the current HRS4R implementation procedure.

  • Research Headlines
    • Setting common standards to boost smart metering
      One of the innovations expected to help Europe reduce its energy use and cut emissions is the smart meter, which shows exactly how much gas and electricity is being used in real time. Various smart meters have been produced in recent years, but the widespread introduction of advanced metering infrastructures has been blocked by the lack of widely accepted open standards to ensure the interoperability of systems and devices.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

  • Events
    • European Youth Digital Summit - 28 August 2014, Bucharest, Romania

      European Digital Youth Summit (EDYS) will bring together over 100 specialists, young people and representatives of public and academic institutions, NGOs, mass media and companies from 14 countries (France, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Cyprus, Malta, Greece, Croatia, Lithuania, Iceland and Turkey).

Monday, 18 August 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • Ensuring electronic components are the real deal
      Cars in Europe are consuming an increasing amount of energy. Reducing the weight of vehicles by using lighter materials, however, would radically decrease their demand for fuel, while at the same time lessening their impact on the environment and lowering costs.

Week 33

Thursday, 14 August 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • Boosting research to defeat cancer
      Despite many scientific breakthroughs over the years, cancer remains a deadly disease, and treatments are often limited in their scope. But cancer research is improving and one of the most promising areas is in biological therapy, or biotherapy, where a €100 million loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB) with financial backing from the European Union is helping find out how to manage molecules to kill cancer cells while sparing their healthy neighbours.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • Ensuring electronic components are the real deal
      Counterfeit electronic components are a growing problem for the electronics industry, often resulting in failures, product recalls and serious safety issues. They also cost industry billions of euros each year. The EU-funded ChipCheck project has developed a new inspection system to establish in under a second whether electronic components are legitimate or counterfeit - helping to eliminate costly product recalls and protecting consumers. The result could be commercially available in under a year.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Monday, 11 August 2014

  • Events
    • USE2015 – Conference on Understanding Small Enterprises - 21-23 October 2015, Groningen, The Netherlands

      One of the characteristics of a small business is its interconnectedness with its environment or network: customers, suppliers, partners, employees, and the communities in which it resides. The networked nature of small businesses gives rise to the subtheme of USE2015: “A Healthy Working Life in A Healthy Business”. The organizers welcome papers on substantial, original and unpublished research on any issue relevant to the conference. Especially welcome are abstracts on topics directly related to the three main conference themes: 1. Healthy and safe working environments at SMEs 2. Health organizations as small businesses 3. SMEs in a networked society.

    • RAILCON ’14 - 9-10 October 2014, Nis, Serbia

      RAILCON ’14 is an opportunity for researchers, scientists, experts, managers, political representatives, customers, suppliers and others to meet and exchange with each other opinions regarding the development of railways.

  • Research Headlines
    • Early detection of fires to protect cultural sites
      Fires can have a devastating impact on invaluable archaeological and cultural sites. These areas are often at greater risk of fires because they are commonly surrounded by vegetation or situated close to forest regions. Early detection, however, can significantly reduce the potential damage fires cause.

Week 32

Friday, 08 August 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • Space - the final frontier for food
      Armstrong, Aldrin, Gagarin… all giants in space exploration. US scientist Gary Stutte may not be in this league, but in the world of 'space agriculture', he is a legend. His work on hydroponics and how crops adapt and grow in controlled environments - such as space - fills volumes. Now, thanks to an EU exchange programme, he has shared his expertise with European scientists.

Thursday, 07 August 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • One step closer to understanding cancer
      Understanding the cell changes associated with cancer will provide vital clues for both detecting and treating the disease. The EU-funded GlycoBioM project is contributing with tools to pinpoint disease indicators. And three years into the project, the team has already come up with a method to reduce false-positive cancer diagnoses.

  • Success Stories
    • Viral attack: defenceless oysters
      Oysters are being wiped out in Europe. But can science save them? In southwest France, oyster farmers say they have good reason to fear for their livelihoods. Scientists at a European research project are trying to identify and neutralise the elusive oyster killers.

Wednesday, 06 August 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • Interactive linking of climate data from multiple sources
      Policymakers and planners trying to solve the complex problems often resort to modelling software - programs that attempt to predict and even simulate the likely results of policy initiatives. While such software has been around for years, it tends to be sector-specific, focused for example on climate science, energy economics or agriculture. To date, providing useful modelling based on data from multiple areas of environmental activity has remained limited.

Tuesday, 05 August 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • Researchers develop new technique to predict health risks of long-term space travel
      In addition to the psychological impact and the negative effects of weightlessness on bones and muscles, astronauts also face potentially dangerous levels of radiation in space. With manned missions to Mars nearing reality, a European Union (EU)-funded project, HAMLET, has developed a new technique to better predict the health risks, such as cancer and organ damage, associated with extended space travel.

  • Success Stories
    • Genetic variants linked with schizophrenia have impact in healthy carriers
      Genetic variants associated with schizophrenia and autism still have an impact on cognitive skills and brain structure in people who carry the genes but do not suffer from these conditions. This is one of the main findings from research published Nature by scientists from the NEWMEDS project, which is supported by the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI).

Monday, 04 August 2014

  • Success Stories
    • Preserving cultural objects from harmful conditions
      Objects showcased in museums or exhibitions are vulnerable to the effects of pollutants both from outside the building where they are housed as well as from potential substances found inside. Better measuring tools could enable curators and conservators of cultural artefacts to take the necessary steps to ensure their protection.

Week 31

Friday, 01 August 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • New technologies for disease indicator identification
      Smart new technologies for characterising cellular components, collectively known as omics, offer the potential for great advances in the evaluation of an individual's risk of developing disease. However, their use in the study of the risk of disease associated with exposure to environmental factors is still in its infancy.

Thursday, 31 July 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • Building high performance, low cost radar system
      Since the ancient Greeks first began collecting rainwater in pots in about 500 BC, little has changed in how basic rainfall records are made. While there are more precise measurement methods, for example by using parts of multi-purpose radars operated by large weather services, they are complex and expensive for local users. Now, an alternative is possible thanks to a European Union (EU)-funded research project developing an accurate, affordable, real time, and user-friendly system to monitor both the spatial distribution and the intensity of rain.

  • Success Stories
    • Arithmetical surprises from the quantum universe.
      The classical notion of trajectory in physics has its foundation in common sense: the position and the velocity of an object can be predicted by computations and measured at a given time. As opposed to the classical universe, the behaviour of elementary particles is elusive. Only the probabilities of physical events can be predicted. These probabilities are sums of all possible trajectories of the quantum system from the initial to the final state.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • How our environment can shape us
      In Europe, reproductive health problems in men such as poor semen quality, testicular cancer, and genital birth defects are common. These issues seem to be the result of maldevelopment and malfunction in the testes of the foetus, the so-called testicular dysgenesis syndrome (TDS), which evidence suggests may be caused by exposure to environmental chemicals.

  • Success Stories
    • Farmers 1 - fruit flies 0
      Farmers around the world are united in their loathing of fruit flies. A new warning system developed by an EU-funded project to alert them of imminent infestation could save struggling farmers both time and money – and cut down on pesticide use. Two companies are preparing to commercialise the results.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • At the threshold of personalised cancer treatment
      New tumour profiling methods developed by EU-funded researchers aim to help doctors adjust treatments for colorectal cancer to the specific needs of an individual patient. The methods are currently at the trial stage and could be in use in clinics within three years.

  • Success Stories
    • Talking Plants
      Plants communicate using their own language, made up of electrical signals, they send messages to other plants and to the environment. In Florence, a European research project is analysing this electrical activity.

    • Stepping up the fight against food contamination
      They may sound exotic or obscure to most of us, but they are an integral part of our everyday lives, whether we know about them or not. Known as perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), they are chemical compounds which are used in a wide variety of industrial products, from food and drink packaging to fire-fighting foams, to dirt- or water-proofing treatments for carpets or clothing. The drawback is that these chemicals have now spread throughout the environment.

Monday, 28 July 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • Research to help reduce the risk of aircraft accidents
      Automation is supposed to relieve an aircraft pilot's workload and reduce errors. The reality can unfortunately be very different sometimes. When the pilot and the aircraft do not interact as foreseen, automation technology can be the cause of disturbing instability, which has resulted in catastrophic failures. Tools and techniques developed by the EU-funded ARISTOTEL project are already being used by industry, and should reduce the risk of such accidents.

Week 30

Friday, 25 July 2014

  • Events
    • Sustainable Places 2014 - 1-3 October 2014, Nice, France

      Sustainable Places 2014 builds on the successful “ICT for Sustainable Places” conference held in Nice in September 2013. It will focus on energy efficiency at building, district and city levels. The event will be composed of: - the 2nd EC DG CONNECT workshop on eeBuilding Key Performance Indicators - the EuropIA.14 colloquia on Architecture and City Design - presentations & workshops on innovative business models, technologies, modeling and monitoring for sustainable buildings, districts and cities.

    • Utilising academic research in policymaking: Horizon Scanning, trend analysis & policy effectiveness - 25 November 2014, London, UK

      This timely seminar will focus on ways in which Government can utilise academic research and respond to developments in science and technology for effective, long-term policy development. It follows the Commons Science and Technology Committee's inquiry into Government Horizon Scanning, looking at possible improvements in Government's responses on regulation, funding and skills policy in the face of emerging scientific and technological breakthroughs such as graphene, 3D printing and wider advances in renewable energy, transportation systems and telecommunications.

  • Research Headlines
    • Defining biomarkers to spot bladder cancer
      The European FP7 project DeCanbio brought together a consortium of clinicians and researchers in genomics, proteomics and bioinformatics to identify and validate biomarkers that hint at a recurring bladder cancer. The Centre de Recherche de la Santé (CRP-Santé) joined forces with researchers and clinicians from France, Spain, Greece, Switzerland, and Germany to develop a simple test to spot this.

  • Success Stories
    • Establishing a systems medicine approach
      Imagine you are ill and see the doctor. After a brief examination and blood analysis, you receive an efficient, personalised treatment that is adjusted to both your personal physiological makeup and your lifestyle. What sounds like science fiction today could soon come closer to reality with the help of the FP7 project CASyM, funded by the European Union.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • How to protect Europe's seas
      Increasing pressures on Europe's marine and coastal areas, particularly around the Mediterranean and the Black Sea, highlight the need for these areas to become more resilient to human activities and natural change. There is a large scientific research effort already underway to identify some of the environmental baselines, but the challenge now lies in turning that knowledge into effective decision-making.

  • Success Stories
    • Multi-physics-the great unknown
      A large number of engineering applications involve granular material or a particulate phase in combination with a gaseous or liquid phase. Applications for this kind of materials mix can be found in diverse domains such as the pharmaceutical industry, the food and processing industry, energy production or systems biology. Everyday products such as coffee, corn flakes, nuts or fertilizer all depend on this field of knowledge known as multi-physics.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • A fourth generation laser that is pushing research boundaries
      The scientific community has expressed an increased need for radiation sources capable of producing ultrashort pulses, with extreme brightness and coherence. In fact, this according to experts is where the future lies in terms of new materials characterisation, life science applications, drug development and many other applications.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • Building a surveillance system for food chemicals
      Mounting consumer concerns about food safety in recent years have raised questions about what we eat and drink. European authorities have some basic tools for risk assessment and risk management of food chemicals, but data is patchy and limited. The European Union (EU)-funded project FACET helped design a software tool that provides consumers with the best possible scientific data about the food supply.

  • Success Stories
    • Peering into nano-objects-in 3D
      These days, we rely increasingly on the most microscopic of mechanisms, machines and modules. Yet until recently it hasn't been possible to take a close look non-destructively without using large-scale research equipment. A new affordable scanner designed by EU researchers gives a 3D view inside nano-objects, and so will advance materials research.

Week 29

Friday, 18 July 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • Tracking the history of hepatitis C to help tackle epidemics
      Gkikas Magiorkinis, a clinical research fellow from the Department of Zoology at Oxford University in the United Kingdom, has traced history at a microscopic level. By combining epidemiological and molecular data, he has shown how hepatitis C spreads in a population, underlining early diagnosis as a key to preventing the spread of epidemics.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • Roadmap for smarter, greener manufacturing machines
      The EU-funded NEXT project brought together manufacturers and machine-tool developers to develop a new, modern approach to production machinery. The project delivered new process automation concepts and machine designs for faster, greener manufacturing, allowing production lines to be more easily adapted to changing demand.

  • Success Stories
    • Fish of the future
      One out of every two fish which we eat has not been caught in the sea but raised on a farm. Can aquaculture make fish tastier and more environmentally friendly? An experimental fish farming facility near Brest in France is taking part in a European project to connect aquaculture research centres across the EU.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • Synthetic rubber repairs itself
      A new synthetic rubber developed by EU-unded researchers repairs itself. That means longer-lasting components, plus reduced maintenance costs and waste. The rubber will initially be used for reducing rail and traffic noise, with many more applications to follow.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Monday, 14 July 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • Working towards greener engines
      The global car industry faces a big challenge to develop engines that are both efficient and environmentally friendly. But a family-owned Austrian company is hoping to find an answer through research into new technologies like hydrogen fuel cells and nanocomposites.

  • Success Stories
    • Algae and Olives
      We are only aware of about 10% of our brain activity, so scientists at a lab in Barcelona are working to increase that percentage. They hope to enable us to perform better in a world which is increasingly overwhelmed by data.

Week 28

Friday, 11 July 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • Pioneering nanotech approach to help people hear
      Around 50 million EU citizens are deaf or hard of hearing. The EU-funded NANOEAR project has built up knowledge and processes that could improve their ability to hear. The results include a novel nanoparticle-based system with the potential to restore hearing, repair tissue and increase performance of cochlear implants. A nano-hearing implant could be available within 10 years.

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Wednesday, 09 July 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • Gold Medal at the Paris international Concours Lépine to Vigi'Fall
      Mr. Gérard Dorey has awarded to the Vigi'Fall on behalf of the jury of the Paris international Concours Lépine the Gold Medal which rewards the most promising inventions of the 2014 edition. The Concours Lépine rewards a highly innovative invention. Founded in 1901 by the Chief of Police Louis Lépine, the Concours Lépine is an outstanding economic tool. The ball-point pen, the potato-masher and the steam-iron have been rewarded there!

Tuesday, 08 July 2014

  • Events
    • Save the Planet - Waste Management, Recycling, Environment - 11-13 March 2015, Sofia, Bulgaria

      Keeping pace with the market trends and demand ‘Save the Planet’ encourages the waste and recycling technology transfer to South-East Europe. It will provide participants with a quick market entry and opportunity to meet face-to-face state and municipal representatives e.g. government officials, mayors, ecologists; branch associations; investors and entrepreneurs; executives from the sectors: waste management, recycling, ecology and related industry branches.

    • 27th DIA Annual EuroMeeting - 13-15 April 2015, Paris, France

      The DIA's Annual EuroMeeting is global in scope and attracts well over 3,000 professionals from more than 50 countries. It brings together professionals from the biopharmaceutical industry, contract research and service organisations, academic research centres, regulatory agencies and health ministries as well as delegates from patient organisations. This convergence affords participants the opportunity to network with professional colleagues from around the world.

    • Smart Grids Congress - 27-28 October 2014, Madrid, Spain

      The “Smart Grids Congress” is the main forum in Spain about Smart Grids. The congress covers a wide range of aspect related to the development of the Smart Grids, including energy efficiency, security, usability, etc. as well as the integration of new services such as: Electrical Vehicles, Smart Meters, Smart Buildings, etc., all from both a legal, technical and business perspective. The main content of the congress is based on a call for papers from which the technical board selects the papers to be presented in the congress. Additionally several Round Table discussions and Key Note speeches take place.

    • JTI launch event - 9 July 2014, Brussels

      Public-private partnerships set up under the EU's new research and innovation programme, Horizon 2020, will launch their first calls on 9 July 2014 in Brussels. The partnerships work in strategic areas such as medicines, fuel cells, air and rail transport or electronics. They represent an essential investment into Europe's economy and in a better quality of life....

  • Research Headlines
    • Mapping greenhouse emissions to prevent climate change
      EU-funded researchers have used advanced modelling and geo-spatial information to compile more accurate greenhouse gas inventories for Poland and Ukraine. The approach could substantially improve the accuracy of national inventories of greenhouse gases and boost Europe's efforts to reduce emissions.

Monday, 07 July 2014

Week 27

Friday, 04 July 2014

  • Events
    • Implementing the Science and Innovation Strategy - 29 January 2015, London, UK

      The UK Government's Innovation Strategy is due to be released alongside the 2014 Autumn Statement. This timely conference will bring together key policymakers with stakeholders central to the strategy's implementation to discuss the likely impact of the proposals and the challenges for putting policy into practice.

    • 5th Nordic Biogas Conference - 27-29 August 2014, Reykjavik, Iceland

      NBC is a biennial conference and the largest biogas event in the Nordic countries. NBC 2014 will cover small scale biogas systems, aquatic substrates, liquid biogas, landfill gas, LBG/CBG within road bound transportation as well as future biogas systems. In addition NBC 2014 offers an extensive exhibition, a poster session and a study tour.

    • European Utility Week 2014 - 4-6 November 2014, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

      European Utility Week 2014, an essential 3 days for every smart utility professional! Never has the well worn saying "By the industry for the industry" been more applicable. Since the record-breaking 2013 edition, we have been in close consultation with existing and new stakeholders to bring you a completely re-engineered event programme, including new formats amongst tried and tested formulas with content for all levels dealing with the here and now and the challenges of the future. Innovation will be at the forefront of the 3 days with showcasing of projects and new solutions.

  • Research Headlines
    • Safer designs for ultra-large container ships
      Compared to smaller vessels, the largest container ships afloat are likelier to pick up vibrations caused by waves. These vibrations can cause structural damage, potentially endangering lives. This difference must be taken into account when new ultra-large container ships (ULCSs) are built. EU-funded research has charted a course towards safer ship design.

Thursday, 03 July 2014

  • Press Centre
    • Have your say on the future of science: public consultation on Science 2.0
      The European Commission has today launched a public consultation on ‘Science 2.0’, in order to gauge the trend towards a more open, data-driven and people-focused way of doing research and innovation. Researchers are using digital tools to get thousands of people participating in research, for example by asking them to report if they catch flu in order to monitor outbreaks and predict possible epidemics.

Wednesday, 02 July 2014

  • Success Stories
    • Spotting inherited heart disease before it strikes
      Idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is a type of heart disease in which the organ's muscle becomes weaker. It can lead to heart failure and ventricular arrhythmia (a type of irregular heart beat) or even sudden death. The EU-funded INHERITANCE project has provided a better understanding of the genetic causes of DCM, while developing diagnostic and therapeutic strategies for patients.

Tuesday, 01 July 2014

  • Success Stories
    • A new breed of crops to help save the planet
      Although fossil oils are dwindling, they are still our main energy source and continue to dominate the global chemical industry. However, the European Union (EU)-funded research project ICON helped breed crops to produce high-value plant oils that are expected to break the chemical sector's dependence on petroleum.

Monday, 30 June 2014

  • Events
    • Bio-based Plastics – How do we Grow the EU Industry? - 1 December 2014, Brussels

      This workshop aims to identify workable solutions to the major hurdles hampering the development of the bio-based plastics sector in the EU. We are especially interested in PLA and PHA as we consider these bio-based plastics as having the highest potential for deployment in the EU. Input from market, policy and technological experts within the area of bioplastics is crucial to allow us to develop recommendations which best answer the needs of industry.

    • Chemical Building Blocks – building sustainable foundations for biobased chemicals - 1 October 2014, Reims, France

      This workshop aims to identify workable solutions to the major hurdles and concerns hampering the development of the biobased chemicals sector in the EU. We are especially interested in views on 3HPA, succinic acid, PDO, furfural, and isoprene as we consider these chemical building blocks to have the highest potential for deployment in the EU.Input from market, policy and technological experts within the area of chemical building blocks is crucial to allow us to develop recommendations which best answer the needs of industry.

    • CO2-based Chemicals Production using Industrial Biotechnology - 24 September 2014, Lyon, France

      The BIO-TIC project has organised this workshop with the aim to identify technological, non-technological and market hurdles for the uptake of industrial biotechnology in CO2 based chemicals production and develop recommendations and solutions to overcome the identified hurdles. Input from market, policy and technological experts is crucial to help us develop recommendations which best answer the needs of industry and further build on the roadmaps.

    • Use of IB in Biosurfactants - 3 September 2014, Berlin, Germany

      The BIO-TIC project has organised this workshop with the aim to identify technological, non-technological and market hurdles for the uptake of industrial biotechnology in bio-surfactants and develop recommendations and solutions to overcome the identified hurdles. Input from market, policy and technological experts is crucial to help us develop recommendations which best answer the needs of industry and further build on the roadmaps being developed as part of this project.

  • Research Headlines
    • Mapping greenhouse emissions to prevent climate change
      EU-funded researchers have used advanced modelling and geo-spatial information to compile more accurate greenhouse gas inventories for Poland and Ukraine. The approach could substantially improve the accuracy of national inventories of greenhouse gases and boost Europe's efforts to reduce emissions.

  • Success Stories
    • Better analysis for healthier marine ecosystems
      Changes in climate patterns, ocean circulation, as well as temperature and light-all related to climate change-are having a growing impact on marine ecosystems. Understanding how these factors, together with anthropogenic drivers (such as fishing and pollution), affect the environmental status of marine ecosystems is vital if we are to ensure that they are effectively managed.

Week 26

Friday, 27 June 2014

Thursday, 26 June 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • An innovative lubrication system for aircraft engines
      The EU-funded ELUBSYS project developed a radically new approach to lubricating an aircraft's turbine engines that reduces oil consumption. The innovation could result in more efficient jet engines that burn less oil and fuel – a boon for the airline industry and the environment.

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

  • Success Stories
    • Beyond the subconscious
      We are only aware of about 10% of our brain activity, so scientists at a lab in Barcelona are working to increase that percentage. They hope to enable us to perform better in a world which is increasingly overwhelmed by data.

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

  • Success Stories
    • Finding new ways to combat pregnancy-associated malaria
      Malarial infections during pregnancy can be a particular problem in sub-Saharan Africa, where the disease remains a widespread hazard to human health. Such infections can bring serious complications during pregnancy, including stillbirth, premature birth and low birth-weight, as well as severe risks to the mother's health.

Monday, 23 June 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • A new look at treatments for childhood cancers
      Children rarely develop tumours, but if they do, the prognosis is uncertain. Sometimes, the growth just disappears, without therapy. Unfortunately, few families are so lucky, and there are only a handful of specifically developed treatments. The EU-funded ASSET project is finding better ways to tackle some of the cancers that can appear in early life.

  • Success Stories
    • Food on the brain
      A gastric bypass without the surgery? Not as far-fetched as one might think. EU-funded research into the way the gut and stomach communicate with the brain has uncovered fresh insights into the mechanisms that drive food intake and points to new ways of preventing and treating obesity. The outcomes include a hormone cocktail that could offer all the benefits of a gastric bypass – without the trauma of a major operation.

Week 25

Friday, 20 June 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • Fighting Hepatitis B and liver cancer in West Africa
      EU-funded researchers are identifying and treating patients with Hepatitis B virus (HBV) in West Africa with the aim of reducing their risk of dying from liver cancer. The researchers are also developing a new test to identify those with liver cancer, so treatment can be given sooner – saving more lives.

Thursday, 19 June 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • Treating seizures in newborn babies
      During or just after birth many babies suffer from an inadequate intake of oxygen. Known as birth asphyxia this dangerous condition occurs in approximately 10 per 1,000 live births and is responsible for 23% of the 4 million newborn deaths worldwide each year.

  • Success Stories
    • How to protect against low-level radiation
      There are many radiation sources, usually in low doses, from key medical diagnostic equipment to natural sources like radon gas that emanates from the ground. Until now, there has been little understanding of the low-dose radiation impact, but a European research project, DoReMi, is examining the potential health risks and how to protect against them.

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • Surveillance and society
      Whatever we think about it, it is clear that surveillance has increased-it is hard to ignore as the topic frequently hits the headlines. But does it matter? The EU-funded IRISS project is intent on finding out. The team is looking at whether surveillance changes our behaviour, and how it impacts our basic rights. The conclusions will be presented to policymakers, together with recommendations.

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

  • Success Stories
    • A seedbed for forest-based innovation
      Something is growing at the heart of Europe's forests: a community of innovators has gathered to boost and improve the use of wood and its derivatives. The forest-based industries are ideally positioned to help build a sustainable future and a knowledge-based economy. A large-scale programme partly funded by the EU is backing this effort.

Monday, 16 June 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • Exploring the depths of the ocean-the new frontier in biotechnology
      As society strives to produce more effective medicines, cosmetics and other industrial materials, while at the same time minimising the effect on the environment and the depletion of the earth's resources, one major source of renewable natural materials has remained tantalisingly beyond our reach: the deepest, most inaccessible and hostile parts of the ocean. MAMBA is a pioneering European Union (EU)-funded research project, which is changing that.

  • Success Stories
    • Green energy: tomorrow's reality
      More than three million people across the EU now work in eco-industries, producing nature-friendly goods and services. It is an increasingly competitive sector, buoyed by constant innovation. Let's see how scientists and manufacturers are joining forces to support this industrial evolution.

    • Protecting historic sites through smart monitoring
      A clear understanding of how environmental factors can affect historical buildings and structures is vital for their long-term conservation. To date, monitoring systems have focused on a limited range of environmental pressures, such as air pollution and temperature, but the system designed and commercialised by the European Union (EU)-funded SMooHS project widens the range of factors monitored and analysed, thus allowing better protective measures to be taken.

Week 24

Friday, 13 June 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • Achieving water efficiency in Europe's chemical industry
      If Europe's chemical industry – a sector with enormous growth potential – can achieve greater water efficiency, then the benefits will not just be environmental. Making better use of natural resources will help improve the sector's competitiveness and ensure compliance with ever more stringent rules to protect the environment.

  • Success Stories
    • How biodiversity protection efforts can achieve more
      Protecting nature’s biodiversity is key to the survival of our planet and high on the European agenda. The European Union (EU) Habitats Directive, together with the ‘Birds Directive’, has identified over 1,000 animals and plant species in over 200 so-called habitat types, such as special forests, meadows or wetland.

Thursday, 12 June 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • Exploring the depths of the ocean - the new frontier in biotechnology
      As society strives to produce more effective medicines, cosmetics and other industrial materials, while at the same time minimising the effect on the environment and the depletion of the earth’s resources, one major source of renewable natural materials has remained tantalisingly beyond our reach: the deepest, most inaccessible and hostile parts of the ocean. MAMBA is a pioneering European Union (EU)-funded research project, which is changing that.

  • Success Stories
    • Discovering why wild salmon is in decline
      Declining numbers of Atlantic wild salmon stocks have mystified scientists for the past 20 years. A recent European Union (EU)-funded research project has produced some surprising results. SALSEA-MERGE, the European strand of the SALSEA project, has made a vital contribution towards discovering why numbers of wild salmon are in decline and dying at sea.

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

  • ERA - European Research Area
    • ERA Progress Reports: Crucial tools for change
      Backed by the conclusions adopted on 21 February 2014 by the Competitiveness Council, we now have a firm basis to advance on ERA, thanks to the first ERA Progress Report, a comprehensive snapshot of EU research. This first report is not simply an assessment of recent policy developments. It is a tool for change. For the first time, we have comparable data, validated by Member States, to substantiate our discussions and direct future policy initiatives.

  • Research Headlines
    • Peptide printouts help unravel protein interactions
      An EU-funded project has built a 'printer' that can produce protein-type samples to advance healthcare research, particularly diagnostics and drug therapies for virulent diseases such as cancer. The results have already been commercialised, and are being used by scientists.

  • Success Stories
    • Cultivating grasses to save the planet
      In a time of climate change, when fuel resources are under pressure and lands face potential erosion risks, humble grass seems an unlikely saviour. The European research project OPTIMA is helping cultivate high-yielding perennial grasses that could address these possible challenges, offering a number of valuable environmental and economic benefits.

    • From windows to hip implants: multifunctional nanotech products
      Developments in nanotechnology, achieved through the EU-funded IP NANOKER project, mean that new multifunctional materials can be manufactured at competitive prices. This has the potential to transform industries ranging from medicine to aeronautics.

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • The pan-European project decoding the DNA
      Of all the opportunities offered by the decoding of the human genome, one of the most exciting is the chance to learn how DNA determines health. Thanks to a European research project, this medical breakthrough is getting a little closer to reality. The project, NanoDNAsequencing, discovered a novel method to decode human DNA, paving the way for personalised therapy based on an individual’s genetic profile.

  • Success Stories
    • Treating sewage sludge intelligently
      EU Member States have the obligation to collect and treat domestic and industrial wastewater from urban areas under the Urban Wastewater Directive. This mandatory treatment is very costly, thus it is important to re-use the by-products thereby.

Week 23

Friday, 06 June 2014

  • Success Stories
    • DECIDE: enabling earlier diagnosis of dementia
      DECIDE stands for 'Diagnostic Enhancement of Confidence by an International Distributed Environment'. This FP7 project brought together 13 partners from five European countries, with the Italian GARR Institute as leading partner. Its aim was to develop and launch an e-service that allows the early diagnosis of Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative diseases.

Thursday, 05 June 2014

  • Events
    • Research meets diplomacy: Europe as a Global Actor - 5 June 2014, Brussels

      On 5 June 2014, DG Research and Innovation, in cooperation with the FLASH-IT project, organized a conference on “Research Meets Diplomacy: Europe as a Global Actor”. This conference was on the one hand intended to take stock of the rich research financed under the Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities programme under FP7. On the other hand, through an exchange between researchers and EU foreign policy-makers, ideas were discussed on future topics for research on the EU as a global actor under Societal Challenge 6 “Europe in a changing world - Inclusive, Innovative and Reflective Societies” of Horizon 2020. The debates concentrated on three major themes:

  • Research Headlines
    • Better, faster treatment for children with cancer
      ENCCA project helps to get better treatment more quickly to children and other young people suffering from the disease. EU-funded researchers are improving collaboration among cancer specialists working with children, bringing together doctors, nurses, patient and parent organisations, drug manufacturers and legislators to get better treatment more quickly to children and other young people suffering from the disease.

  • Success Stories
    • '3D printing' holds potential to transform how objects are manufactured
      Imagine, instead of hitting 'Print' and watching a document slide out of your desktop printer, the end product is an aeroplane part, a hearing aid, a sculpture, or an artificial finger. As futuristic as this may sound, a technology known as 'additive manufacturing' is turning the improbable into the possible.

    • Bringing inquiry-based science teaching to the classroom
      Improving science teaching and encouraging more young people into the sciences have been key government objectives in Europe for years. The European Union (EU) funded S-TEAM project tackled the issue by looking at the teaching side of the equation. Completed in 2012, it was one of the first EU research projects to focus on Inquiry-Based Science Teaching (IBST) as a method of improving take-up in the sciences.

Wednesday, 04 June 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • Data processing at the speed of light
      As our increasingly computer-driven world creates more and more data, the need for enhanced processing power to store, retrieve and analyse that data is significantly growing. In fields ranging from science and medicine to finance and business, security and defence, it is now commonplace to talk about 'big data' and the challenge of managing such vast quantities of information.

Tuesday, 03 June 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • Keeping sight when the eyes age
      Fading eyesight is a natural consequence of ageing. Presbyopia is a particular ocular condition that can affect everyone after the age of 45, hampering the ability to focus and leading to cataracts (the clouding of the eye lens) later in life.

  • Success Stories
    • Nanomaterials for better batteries and solar cells
      Batteries and solar cells are today limited by their materials. An EU-funded team has developed a new family of hybrid nanomaterials. The results – more powerful and greener batteries, plus more efficient solar cells – are already making their way onto the market.

Monday, 02 June 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • 100,000 peptides on a microscope slide
      Proteins, which are present in every cell and tissue of the human body, play a significant role in human health. They are composed of amino acids linked together chemically, and the shorter stretches of amino acids are commonly referred to as peptides. In the body, peptides regulate the activity of many systems. Some peptides act as hormones, others as neurotransmitters, yet others as natural pain relievers.

  • Success Stories
    • Finding ways to foster religious freedom
      Europe's religious mix is part of its rich history and culture, but even today there continues to be tensions about the rights and responsibilities of faith-based communities. Laws and traditions vary across Europe, and there are no easy answers to some disputes.

    • Recruiting enzymes to help the chemical industry
      Industry can be hazardous when it mixes corrosive, polluting and potentially explosive chemicals. Sometimes nature offers alternatives to the classic chemical approach, and enzymes, the proteins that speed up chemical reactions, are simple to use and environmentally-friendly.

    • Using moss to measure air pollution
      European countries have been required to check environmental air quality and measure any airborne pollutants that could endanger human health since 1996. Yet for many governmental and scientific institutions, meeting these targets with traditional air-sampling methods has been a challenge, with equipment that can be difficult to calibrate and sometimes prone to breakdown.

    • Smart sensors that harvest power from sun, heat or vibrations
      European researchers have developed advanced energy harvesting technology that allows wireless sensor networks to power themselves from the sun, heat or vibrations. The innovation is a key enabler for smart cities, environmental and pollution monitoring, and effective disaster management, among many other applications.

Week 22

Friday, 30 May 2014

  • Success Stories
    • Safe to fly
      A fresh way of analysing security information is being developed with the help of Heathrow Airport. Known as TASS - it brings together different sources of data and offers security experts a single interface to see what is happening on the ground.

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • Targeting cancerous tumours with precision
      EU-funded researchers have developed novel technology for treating cancer patients that could deliver drugs exactly where they are needed in the human body. The potential breakthrough, which combines diagnosis and treatment, could significantly boost the effectiveness of the drugs currently used against cancer - giving patients a better chance of surviving.

  • Success Stories
    • Putting the citizen at the centre of flood prevention
      Social media has broken down barriers between information providers and consumers. An EU-funded project is seeking to capitalise on this by enabling citizens to monitor and report on their own environment, and thus become the first line of defence against flooding.

    • Reducing the environmental impact of food packaging
      Packaging materials can use up precious raw materials and are often difficult to dispose of. The European Union (EU)-funded SUCCIPACK project demonstrated ways of using a new material for the food packaging industry – bio-based polybutylene succinate (PBS) – that is expected to significantly reduce the environmental impact.

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

  • Events
    • Mobilising Europe's Universities for Smart Specialisation - 20 June 2014, Brussels

      The European Commission and the European University Association is convening a high level conference on the role of universities in smart specialisation in Brussels. The agenda includes four cases studies of university-regional partnerships in the development of Smart Specialisation Strategies, as well as presentations on EU support by the Director Generals for Regional Policy, Research and Education

  • Press Centre
    • Top scientists to decide who governs the European Research Council
      European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science Máire Geoghegan-Quinn has appointed seven high-level scientists to identify the future members of the European Research Council's (ERC) governing body, the Scientific Council. This Identification Committee will propose a shortlist of candidates for the ERC Scientific Council's renewal in 2015.

  • Research Headlines
    • New tool in battle against Alzheimer's, Parkinson's
      A more powerful mass spectrometer developed by EU-funded researchers could potentially lead to better treatments for patients with degenerative brain diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. In recent years, mapping the human genome has led to unparalleled insight into genes – the body's blueprint.

  • Social Sciences and Humanities
    • What do children and young people think about education?
      Possible answers to this question are discussed in this book, which illustrates how young people from different European countries view and experience education. The book is based on a collection of essays that students were asked to write as part of an international research project funded by the European Commission’s 7th Framework Programme. The essays capture a fascinating cross-section of experiences that are highly personal. At the same time they share many concerns related to the process of growing up in contemporary Europe.

  • Success Stories
    • Safer food through better monitoring of animal feed
      High-profile food scares, such as the outbreaks of mad cow disease, foot-and-mouth disease and dioxin contamination episodes in recent years, have put a spotlight on a growing concern for food safety: the need to ensure that animal feed – an expanding global trade – is free from contamination. The European Union (EU)-funded project QSAFFE is working on faster and better ways of checking for contaminated feed.

    • Regaining autonomy after a stroke - a major health challenge
      Stroke is the most common neurological disease. It is also the most common cause of life-long impairment in adulthood and of institutionalisation, implying a change from a self-determined, independent life to extensive or complete dependence on others.

Monday, 26 May 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • Reproducing plant-production processes for key drugs
      Around one quarter of all prescribed pharmaceuticals in the developed world are derived from plants, including well-known drugs such as morphine and codeine. Harvesting plants to derive such medicines can be slow, wasteful and very expensive, yet often no synthetic alternative exists.

  • Success Stories
    • Water-efficient coolers for solar power plants
      EU-funded researchers have developed a more water-efficient technology to help convert sunshine in deserts into electricity. The technology removes the need for water in cooling systems, helping to make solar power generation cheaper and sustainable in sun-rich desert regions.

    • Robotic assistants for workers on the factory floor
      Electric cars are the most likely environmental-friendly replacement for combustion engine-powered vehicles. To help industry make the expected transition, the EU-funded LOCOBOT project has developed reconfigurable robotic assistants to increase productivity on the assembly line – reducing costs. And as the robots are so adaptable, they will be particularly useful for the new and varied production processes expected in electric-car manufacturing.

Week 21

Friday, 23 May 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • Breaking the Hepatitis C lifecycle
      Cirrhosis, liver failure and liver cancer are just some of the many life-threatening conditions caused by the Hepatitis C Virus (HCV). Unlike Hepatitis A and B there is no vaccine, and although new treatments for HCV are more effective, they still have harmful side effects.

  • Success Stories
    • Tokyo to Paris in 3 hours: we're working on it
      EU and Japanese researchers have teamed up to map a path for developing high-speed air travel. Getting people to their destinations faster in a safe way for a reasonable cost is the goal. They will also look at potential technologies, environmental impact, and other factors to provide a vision of our transport of the future.

Thursday, 22 May 2014

  • Success Stories
    • A world without limits
      New technologies are blurring the boundaries between the real and the virtual world. The brain can control a machine, and even perceive it as its own body. Can that improve our lives? At Barcelona University, scientists are working on a European Research Project to link a human brain to a robot using skin electrodes and video goggles so that the user feels they are actually in the android body wherever it is in the world.

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

  • Events
    • CAPS2014 - 1-2 July 2014, Brussels

      CAPS2014 is a two-day international event, organised under the aegis of the European Commission. On July 1, the CAPS2014 OFF part of the event, held at The Egg, will offer a dynamic schedule of talks, unconferences, workshops, hands-on sessions and networking moments. On July 2, the CAPS2014 Conference part, held at the European Commission, will provide participants with an overview of current projects and initiatives, and with detailed information of the upcoming CAPS Call under Horizon 2020.

  • Research Headlines
    • Uncovering the bare bones of osteoarthritis
      Creaking joints, knotty hands, swollen knees… as we grow older, many of us will become acquainted with these symptoms of osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis. EU funding has helped researchers at the TREAT-OA project add to our knowledge of the disease and opened up new avenues for prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

  • Success Stories
    • Synergies for safety and security in emergency response
      While nuclear medicine (specialty involving the application of radioactive substances in the diagnosis and treatment of disease) and interventional radiology may give doctors life-saving technology to diagnose and treat diseases, the radiation emitted from the machines and systems could lead to some risks for the doctors.

    • Shielding hospital workers from radiation
      While nuclear medicine (specialty involving the application of radioactive substances in the diagnosis and treatment of disease) and interventional radiology may give doctors life-saving technology to diagnose and treat diseases, the radiation emitted from the machines and systems could lead to some risks for the doctors.

    • New ideas to improve city life
      Cities can be magnets for people, business and culture, as well as drivers for progress. Yet as they continue to grow, they strain to cope with the new demands, including the environmental costs of heavier transport and industry. The European Union (EU)-funded research project TURAS is addressing these issues by testing new ideas to help cities manage these challenges.

    • Testing traffic ideas to ease city congestion
      Cities are by definition concentrations of activity, and there should be no big surprise when they get congested and traffic grinds to a halt. But how can modern urban planners manage traffic so that people and goods can move freely, while keeping emissions low at the same time? A European Union (EU)-funded research project is finding answers by testing innovative solutions for more efficient and sustainable transport of cargo.

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

  • Events
    • 5th Digital Pharma West - 29-31 July 2014, San Francisco, USA

      Integrating customer centricity, digital innovation and risk balance in an evolved pharma business model through case studies, educational sessions and networking. Stay ahead of the curve with the largest, and only, event to truly capture the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit of the West Coast Life Sciences community.

  • Research Headlines
    • Self-healing concrete lives longer
      Small cracks in concrete are hard to avoid. These tiny fissures are no immediate threat to safety, but they can affect a building's durability: water seeping in can corrode reinforcements, for example. Millions of euros could be saved every year in maintenance if concrete could be designed to repair itself. EU researchers are working on it.

  • Success Stories
    • Helping premature babies breathe normally
      Premature newborn babies frequently suffer from difficulties in breathing during their first weeks of life, a condition known as respiratory distress syndrome. In such cases, they are normally given oxygen therapy with the aid of an airway pressure machine or a ventilator.

    • Factories of the future: assembly-line machines do their own 'thinking'
      A major consumer of time and money in the manufacturing of aircraft, motor vehicles, electronic equipment and other products is adapting assembly lines to produce different sizes, shapes and styles of such complex items. Work must stop along the line while machines are reconfigured to change how raw materials are cut, holes are drilled, and rivets are punched into place.

    • Power suits: wearable fabric that can generate electricity from the sun
      A major consumer of time and money in the manufacturing of aircraft, motor vehicles, electronic equipment and other products is adapting assembly lines to produce different sizes, shapes and styles of such complex items. Work must stop along the line while machines are reconfigured to change how raw materials are cut, holes are drilled, and rivets are punched into place.

Monday, 19 May 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • Help for failing eyesight.
      The EU-funded CREST project is tackling the debilitating effects of age-related macular degeneration, a condition that affects a high proportion of older citizens. But the results could have far-reaching implications for the normally sighted as well, enabling what some have called 'super-vision'.

  • Success Stories
    • Confronting the terrorist threat
      Over recent years, air travelers have become familiar with pre-flight security routines: a tedious but necessary insurance against terrorist attacks. But other forms of mass transport, especially in European cities, may remain more vulnerable – as the bombings in London and Madrid tragically demonstrated a few years ago. An EU-funded project has been exploring new, rapid, mass-screening technology to make life easier and safer for all travelers.

    • A big leap forward for Europe's footwear industry
      An EU-funded project has developed the high-tech software, measuring devices, machinery and processes needed to produce personalised shoes quickly and efficiently. The results will help Europe's safety and sport shoe manufacturers innovate and stay competitive in a highly globalised world.

Week 20

Friday, 16 May 2014

  • Events
    • Smart Data Forum - 25-26 June 2014, Nice, France

      The exponential growth in the volume of personal and professional data raises new challenges. The digital deluge will lead to radically different patterns of behavior on the part of individuals and corporations, revolutionizing service delivery and value creation. Properly processed and analyzed, this data can become “Smart Data”.

  • Research Headlines
    • Doing what the doctor orders.
      One of the 'chronic' conditions in the healthcare field is patient non-compliance with the dosage prescribed on the bottle. Yet this is something that has only started to receive attention from experts in the last 40 years.

  • Success Stories
    • The telltale blood of schizophrenics
      It can take a long time for schizophrenia sufferers to receive the treatment they need – partly because diagnosis is not necessarily straightforward. Many of the symptoms could just as easily be caused by other disorders. A revolutionary blood test developed by EU-funded researchers helps doctors to make the right call.

    • Saving animal DNA for future generations
      It is only two centuries since the concept of selective breeding was applied scientifically to farm animals, helping produce cows, sheep and goats with traits such as lean muscles, disease resistance and efficient reproduction.

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

  • Events
    • European Maritime Day - DG RTD session - 19-20 May 2014, Bremen, Germany

      Join us at the European Maritime Day on 19-20th May in Bremen!

      This year’s European Maritime Day will focus on “Innovation driving Blue Growth” and on this occasion the EU Commission Directorate General for Research and Innovation is organising a thematic session on 20 May in Bremen, Germany, titled “Ocean technologies: an investment for sustainability”.

  • Research Headlines
    • Tapping into a new source of water - flue gas.
      What does a coal-fired power plant produce? Well, electricity, of course, but it could also supply clean water. And so could many other types of factory. Technology developed by the EU-funded CapWa project extracts water from flue gas - more, in some cases, than was initially brought in. It also saves energy.

  • Success Stories
    • Fitted, fast and high-tech: a new generation of surgical implants
      A new manufacturing process for surgical implants will reduce the recovery time associated with traditional implants. Developed by EU-funded researchers, the innovative method can be used to build made-to-measure prosthetic teeth, spinal disks and skull plates in 48 hours.

    • Help for failing eyesight, and a boost for normal eyesight
      The EU-funded CREST project is tackling the debilitating effects of age-related macular degeneration, a condition that affects a high proportion of older citizens. But the results could have far-reaching implications for the normally sighted as well, enabling what some have called 'super-vision'.

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Monday, 12 May 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • Superfood alert - probiotic olives for healthy gut.
      Live organisms such as bacteria and yeast - known as probiotics - have traditionally been added to dairy foods for an extra health boost, but are now making their way to table olives. EU-funded researchers developing this new 'superfood' say it could help Southern Europe's olive industry become more competitive. Two patents have been registered - in Greece and Spain - for the technology, opening up the way for application on an industrial scale.

  • Success Stories
    • Making Europe's buildings more energy efficient
      If Europe is to achieve its energy efficiency targets for 2020 and 2050, one vital step would be to modify the continent’s vast stock of buildings to make them much more energy efficient than their original designers could ever have contemplated. This important advance, however, brings potential problems.

    • Tapping into a new source of water-flue gas
      An earthquake, a terrorist attack, a fire in a tunnel – it takes a special kind of person to rescue survivors from large-scale emergencies. But first response teams don’t rely just on their outstanding courage and skill to operate effectively. They also need information and coordination, and a way to communicate. EU-funded research is improving the ICT systems at their disposal.

    • Better communication technologies help save more lives
      An earthquake, a terrorist attack, a fire in a tunnel – it takes a special kind of person to rescue survivors from large-scale emergencies. But first response teams don’t rely just on their outstanding courage and skill to operate effectively. They also need information and coordination, and a way to communicate. EU-funded research is improving the ICT systems at their disposal.

    • A global forum for food and fuel forestry
      The Kyoto Protocol was one of the first major international treaties that focused on human caused climate change. Signed in 1997 by 192 countries, it came into effect in 2005 with a set of legal requirements for industrialised nations to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. One aspect of the Protocol is the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), which enables developed nations to reach their emissions targets by sponsoring emissions-reducing projects in the CDM countries - namely China, India, Brazil and most of Africa.

Week 19

Thursday, 08 May 2014

  • Success Stories
    • Improving the technology that drives the travel industry
      Although today’s tourists take it for granted that they can book hotels, flights and cruises online, the search process can often be complicated, slow, daunting and confusing. But European researchers are working to improve the information technology driving the travel industry, and a €200 million loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB), with financial backing from the European Union, helps to develop new innovations that make bookings much easier.

    • A portable asbestos detector that could save thousands of lives.
      A European research project, ALERT, has developed an asbestos detection device that could save thousands of lives. The project team is building the first real-time, portable detector of asbestos fibres in the air. The low-cost ALERT Rapid Asbestos Detection (ARAD) tool, which will be the size of a hand-held drill, is expected to enable construction workers and surveyors to test for the mineral's presence in building and demolition sites.

Wednesday, 07 May 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • New tools to reduce nitrogen leaching to water.
      Good crop growth depends mainly on nitrogen. Plants need nitrogen to make proteins, grow and produce good yields. However, not all nitrogen present in the soil is absorbed by the crops, especially when fertiliser or manure are added, resulting in the leaching of nitrates into groundwater, with environmental and health risk.

  • Success Stories
    • Smart, adaptable machines for the production line.
      The automotive, electronics and printing machine sectors are not obvious allies. But all are united in the quest to make metal-cutting both more efficient and environmentally friendly. A pan-European project has developed a solution using generic adaptive technologies – sensors, processes and actuator systems able to automatically adjust metal-cutting operations in response to changes on the production line. These technologies are now being used by major European companies.

Tuesday, 06 May 2014

  • Success Stories
    • Micronutrients against malnutrition
      In a part of southern Kenya where malnutrition is rife, Stanley is an active three year old boy. Along with hundreds of other Kenyan youngsters, he is part of a research project aimed at fighting child malnutrition in Africa. The findings so far have surprised researchers.

Monday, 05 May 2014

Week 18

Friday, 02 May 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • Ushering in a new era of space flight.
      Many children dream of becoming an astronaut, yet only a few ever see that dream realised. That may soon change, thanks to the European Union (EU)-funded project, Future High-Altitude High-Speed Transport 20XX (FAST20XX). Run by a European consortium, which was led by the European Space Agency (ESA), the project investigated and developed technologies to conquer the grey zone between aeronautics and space in Europe.

  • Success Stories
    • Robots under the skin
      A team of scientists in Italy have been working on a unique robotic surgery system. They hope that one day robots could take over the work of surgeons in operation theatres.

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • Modular, flexible, sustainable: the future of chemical manufacturing
      Picture a chemical plant. How would you describe it? You're probably not thinking along the lines of compact, nimble or adaptable - but that's about to change. Europe's chemical industry is innovating in order to survive and thrive in the face of rapidly changing market demands and fierce global competition. New technologies will enable the industry to manufacture products faster, more flexibly and more sustainably, and EU-funded research is providing the solutions.

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • Plotting new pathways to health
      Certain sections of society suffer from poorer health than others. An EU-funded project based in Dublin is analysing multiple types of data to determine which factors most influence health and how new policies can help to reduce 'health inequalities'.

Monday, 28 April 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • Advising researchers on how to balance science and ethics
      Although science is often seen as a discipline concerned with hard facts, it can be difficult to separate research from its ethical, social and political setting. Researchers struggling to balance science with ethics can now count on advice from a European project, EGAIS, that looked at how best to handle the wider ethical context.

  • Success Stories
    • Plug-in savings
      Cutting energy consumption in data centres is a key priority in the IT world. The towering ranks of servers are the backbone of our digital lives, and they are hungry for power.

Week 17

Friday, 25 April 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • The way of the future: ‘swarming' robots
      EVOLVINGROBOT is a European Union (EU)-funded research project which has developed an artificial intelligence system to control tiny robots, enabling them to replicate the ‘swarming’ behaviour seen in insects such as bees or ants, or even in birds and fish. It is an innovation which could have far-reaching implications for a range of human activities, from medical to industrial, military and disaster relief.

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • New surgical breakthrough in repairing damaged spinal discs
      Lower-back pain due to damaged spinal discs is a major cause of long-term disability for millions of people. Seeking a cure, EU-funded researchers have developed a new surgical approach and the materials to repair damaged spinal discs, potentially helping many sufferers enjoy better, more productive lives.

  • Success Stories
    • Small aircraft, smart safety
      Welcome on board of an aircraft unlike any other. It's been designed to increase safety on small planes and the stakes are high. At one incident every 10,000 flight hours in Europe, small aircraft have a much worse safety record than big airliners. So to improve that record, European researchers have taken a challenging flight.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Week 16

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

  • Success Stories
    • Digitising the past
      Although millions of books are scanned and put online every year, making old documents and texts available on the web is a difficult and painstaking process.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • Probing the brain without surgery
      A breakthrough European research project has developed a safe and simple approach that avoids surgery and its associated risks in order to help patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI). The BrainSafe project uses an innovative technology for non-invasive monitoring of intracranial pressure (ICP), the pressure inside the skull and thus the brain tissue and the surrounding fluid.

Monday, 14 April 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • International exchange fosters better local action on deforestation
      Many efforts are being made at a governmental and global level to reduce deforestation and other major contributors to climate change. The REDD-ALERT project focused on how such international and national policy initiatives - for example, the discussions taking place under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) - could be translated into ideas for action on the ground.

Week 15

Friday, 11 April 2014

  • Events
    • KOREA EUREKA Day - 26-28 May 2014, Oslo, Norway

      This event is the effective rallying point where European and Korean companies and organizations could gather under one roof to seek business opportunities, share innovative ideas and knowledge and initiate new R&D collaborations.

    • Research Commercialisation: From Idea 2 IPO - 19-20 May 2014, London, UK

      Research Commercialisation is a new cross-discipline event and will provide a platform for all those involved in promoting university-industry-investor collaboration, technology transfer and start-ups. Delegates to this major new conference will hear from UK government, leading industrial, investor and academic speakers on strategies to support the commercialisation of academic research including: Bringing research to the market, Best practices in technology transfer, Academic-industry collaboration, Intellectual property strategies, License vs. start-up, Investment strategies, Key Performance Indicators.

  • Research Headlines
    • New stem cell-based treatment for rheumatoid arthritis
      EU-funded researchers have developed a new potential treatment for rheumatoid arthritis, based on adult stem cells from body fat, or adipose tissue. The results of initial clinical trials are encouraging, and with a large number of patients all over the world, the benefits could be staggering.

  • Success Stories
    • Bags of water
      A waterbag is a flexible container system for freshwater transport. The Refresh project consortium chose to test their water bag prototype in Crete. The technology is not new, but the team have developed a new approach.

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Wednesday, 09 April 2014

Tuesday, 08 April 2014

  • Success Stories
    • X-ray expertise
      A Danish company has developed a series of machines that can quite literally see the unseen. The silver machines use low-energy x-rays to peer inside a product, and highlight faults that other scanners fail to spot.

Monday, 07 April 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • A new running shoe that helps prevent injury
      Jogging or running is a popular form of physical activity. However, the resulting repetitive stresses and strains on joints can cause injuries. In fact, many joggers have to stop practising the sport because they tend to land on their heels which, when done for miles on end, produces impact forces which are simply too much to bear for the legs and back.

Week 14

Friday, 04 April 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • The 'triple-win' way to reduce carbon in the atmosphere
      Reducing the amount of carbon in the atmosphere is a key priority facing the world today as it attempts to mitigate the scale and effects of climate change. EUROCHAR, a European research project, is developing a technique which not only promises to help tackle this priority, but also offers additional benefits in the form of environmentally-friendly energy production and enhanced soil fertility.

Thursday, 03 April 2014

Wednesday, 02 April 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • Measuring the universe to catch a glimpse of our past
      Peering into the very depths of the universe gives scientists a better understanding of its origins. Since the speed of light is finite, the objects we are seeing are from the distant past. A recently completed EU-funded project developed not only a new means of measuring these cosmic distances, but also discovered galaxies at the point of their creation.

Tuesday, 01 April 2014

  • Success Stories
    • A tyre revolution
      A new generation of car tyres is being made with a list of intriguing ingredients. Peter Snel, group head of R&D at Dutch tyre specialist Apollo Tyres, detailed some of the differences: "We have a tyre here where we have some Guayule rubber in the tyre, instead of the normal natural rubber that we use as standard in our tyres. Here we have a tyre where we have dandelion latex in the tyre instead of the normal natural rubber."

Week 13

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Monday, 24 March 2014

Week 12

Thursday, 20 March 2014

  • Searching the site
    • New search engine
      Europa's new search engine is now available on the Research & Innovation site. Fast and effective, it covers not only this site but also other relevant sites such as Horizon 2020, and the Space and Security sections of the Enterprise and Industry web site. The "Filter by" menu on the results page allows you to refine the results further without repeating the search, while clicking on the EUROPA tab on the results page will give you results from the whole Europa web site.

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

  • Events
    • Developing the next generation of scientists and engineers - 3 June 2014, London

      This seminar looks at the challenges in increasing the number of young people who choose Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects and careers. It follows recent concerns about the lack of STEM graduates taking up careers in these subjects and is also timed to follow the recent publication of the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee inquiry into Women in STEM careers, with just 15.5% of the STEM workforce being made up of women.

Monday, 17 March 2014

  • Events
    • European Gender Medicine Network (EUGenMed) Kick-off conference - 7 April 2014, Brussels

      Research addressing Sex and Gender (S&G) in biomedical sciences and health research is a novel and highly promising field. Interaction of S&G related mechanisms leads to different manifestation of frequent diseases such as infarction, heart failure, diabetes, rheumatic disease in women and men. Research in this area will lead to novel, better targeted and therefore more efficient treatment strategies than the previous global approaches and will increase opportunities for prevention and healthy life expectancy.

    • Research and innovation in the UK - funding, commercialisation and infrastructure - 27 March 2014, London

      This annual seminar is a timely opportunity to discuss the latest developments in research and innovation policy. Sessions will include discussion of funding arrangements for research, including attracting EU funding, the commercial 'impact' element of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) and the effectiveness of R&D tax credits. Priorities for Government investment in science will also be discussed, in light of the planned increase set out in the Comprehensive Spending Review, and the House of Lords Select Committee inquiry into scientific infrastructure - published in November.

Week 11

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

  • Events
    • Fujitsu Laboratories Innovation Gathering - 2 April 2014, Helsinki, Finland

      One of the world’s premier research facilities invites academics, government experts, CTOs and anyone involved in shaping the future of IT and business to an unprecedented opportunity to gain an insight into its R&D activities, look at the latest technologies and discuss how they can be applied to the business environment and to benefit society as a whole. The focus will be on the digitalisation of business and a vision of our digital future, with the key technical themes centring on - Big Data – emphasising data analytics and Linked Data; - The Digital Society – indicating how IT developments can enhance quality of life, security, and how we live.

Week 10

Thursday, 06 March 2014

Wednesday, 05 March 2014

  • Events
    • 2nd SIMPATIC Annual Conference - 2-3 April 2014, The Hague, The Netherlands

      SIMPATIC is a Collaborative Research Project funded by the 7th Framework Programme of the European Union and coordinated by Bruegel. It policy makers with a comprehensive and operational tool box allowing for a better assessment of the impact of research and innovation policies in Europe, thus allowing European innovation policy makers to better address the EU2020 challenges.

  • Innovation Convention 2014
    • Innovation Convention 2014: New Showcases added
      The Innovation Convention 2014 will host a selection of “Innovation Showcases” featuring interactive demonstrations of exciting new ideas, products and services from a wide range of fields. These innovation showcases are either the direct results of EU-funded research projects or have been developed by companies involved in such projects.

Monday, 03 March 2014

  • Events
    • Conference JPI Health Diet for a Healthy Life (HDHL) - 28 March 2014, Brussels, Belgium

      The vision of JPI HDHL is that in 2030 all Europeans will have the motivation, ability and opportunity to consume a healthy diet from a variety of foods, have healthy levels of physical activity and the incidence of diet-related diseases will have decreased significantly. As part of the next phase of Joint Programming, the Implementation Plan will be launched at the 2nd international conference of JPI HDHL. The focus of our 2nd conference will be on the chances and barriers of this second phase.

Week 9

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Monday, 24 February 2014

  • Events
    • Building inclusive welfare systems - A dialogue between research and practice - 5 June 2014, Brussels

      All over Europe, formerly ‘passive’ social protection systems are undergoing substantial reform. Under the policy agendas of activation and more recently, social investment, welfare states are seeking to simultaneously increase the labour market participation of formerly excluded groups (such as women, youth, elderly people and migrants) and the efficiency of employment services. In order to achieve these goals, policy-makers have not only introduced programmatic policy changes (such as curtailing the duration or eligibility of/for benefits) but also changes to the governance systems through which social policies are administered. Especially the local governance level has come to play an important role under ‘new welfare’ because it is here where employment incentives and measures can be tailored most effectively to individual client cases as well as regional labour market characteristics.

    • SME Instrument in HORIZON 2020 - Webinar from Fit for Health 2.0 - 14 March 2014, Online

      Fit for Health 2.0 supports SMEs to successfully participate in Health-related projects in Horizon 2020. We invite you to participate in a webinar focussed on the new SME Instrument on 14 March from 10:00 to ca. 12:00. The main focus will be put on the topic PHC 12 – 2014/2015: Clinical research for the validation of biomarkers and/or diagnostic medical devices and on the requirements for a successfull proposal submission to phase 1.

    • Non-price competitiveness - 27 February 2014, Paris

      "Mapping European Competitiveness" (MAPCOMPETE) is a FP7 proposal of six European universities and research centers (from Germany, France, Italy, Belgium and Hungary) to provide an assessment of data opportunities and requirements for the analysis of comparative competitiveness in European countries.

Week 8

Friday, 21 February 2014

  • Events
    • COEURE Executive Committee Meeting - 27 February 2014, Florence

      COEURE - COoperation for EUropean Research in Economics - is a project intended to bring together the key stakeholders in the European economic research space - scientists from the different strands of economic research in Europe, economic policy makers, and funders of economic research - and which, by a process of stocktaking, consultation and stakeholder involvement, is aimed to formulate an Agenda for Research Funding for Economics in Europe.

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

  • Events
    • New Horizons for Vaccine Research and Innovation - 12-13 March 2014, Brussels

      Meet the world's top vaccine experts and have your say on the future of EU vaccine research funding!

      World-renowned experts will discuss with you the future of vaccine research, touching on the main scientific, social and economic challenges. Up to 200 researchers, clinicians, social scientists, private and public sector partners, advocates, funders and policy makers will attend the event.

Week 7

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Monday, 10 February 2014

  • Events
    • The 11th International Congress on Noise as a Public Health Problem - 1-5 June 2014, Nara, Japan

      ICBEN 2014, the 11th International Congress on Noise as a Public Health Problem, will be held in Nara, Japan from 2014 June 1 to June 5. The Congress is co-organized by the Institute of Noise Control Engineering of Japan (INCE/J) and the Acoustical Society of Japan (ASJ) under the auspices of the International Commission on the Biological Effects of Noise (ICBEN). The organizers and the Organizing Committee of the Congress extend a warm welcome to all prospective participants worldwide and invite all to join us in Nara to discuss the latest advancements in biological effects of noise and noise policies....

    • BNCI Horizon 2020 Retreat - 24-26 March 2014, Hallstatt, Austria

      BNCI Horizon 2020 is an EU FP7 support and coordination action consisting of twelve partner institutions from the field of brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) and brain/neural computer interaction (BNCI). The main aim of this project is to develop a roadmap for the BCI field with a special focus on industrial BCI applications and end users. The outcome of this project will influence the European Commission in their funding decisions for their new framework program Horizon 2020. At the BNCI Horizon 2020 Retreat, participants will discuss the future of BCIs. The BNCI Horizon 2020 consortium will present ideas and concepts for the roadmap, and participants will have the opportunity to provide input, feedback, and comments through keynote talks, targeted discussions, and workshops.

Week 6

Thursday, 06 February 2014

Wednesday, 05 February 2014

Tuesday, 04 February 2014

Week 5

Friday, 31 January 2014

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.

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

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.

Monday, 27 January 2014

Week 4

Friday, 24 January 2014

  • Events
    • Robust Manufacturing Conference (RoMaC 2014) - 7-9 July 2014, Bremen, Germany

      Understanding the cause and effects of multi-scale changes in global production networks is of major interest. New methodological approaches from different science disciplines are promising to contribute to a new-level comprehension of network processes. Scientists and researchers from all disciplines with an interest in Production Planning and Control are welcome to participate and contribute novel ideas focusing on robust manufacturing.

    • European Orthopaedic Research Society 2014 Conference (EORS) - 2-4 July 2014, Nantes, France

      EORS 2014 will gather front-line researchers and surgeons interested in discovering the latest developments in orthopaedic research. Prestigious keynote speakers will share their advances and views in the fields of total joint replacement, biomechanics, traumatology, imaging, regenerative medicine, biomaterials as well as osteoimmunology, therapy of bone cancers and translational research from bench to the clinic.

    • The energy storage challenge: which contribution from chemical sciences? - 11 February 2014, Brussels

      The aim of this workshop is to present the role of chemistry in energy storage. The energy challenge is one the most critical issues that Europe is facing nowadays. The security of energy supply is intimately linked to the need of generating and storing energy in an environmentally appropriate and sustainable manner. Chemistry will be a crucial actor in designing a future energy scenario built on innovative technologies and new materials that will both save energy and protect the environment.

    • Metabolism 2014 - Alterations of metabolic pathways as therapeutic targets - 29-31 January 2014, Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg

      As in 2011, our 2014 meeting will be held under the auspices of the European Research Institute for Integrated Cellular Pathology. We will publish two special numbers based on the meetings contributions in Biochemical Pharmacology [1] and in Journal of Cancer Prevention [2]. The conference will focus on novel advances in the field of metabolic pathways related to disease mechanisms and corresponding innovative therapies. Conferences will document recent advances in this topic including neurodegenerative diseases, diabetes, cancer and ageing.

Thursday, 23 January 2014

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Monday, 20 January 2014

Week 3

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.

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

Tuesday, 07 January 2014

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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