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16 October 2014 is World Food Day

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Week 43

Monday, 20 October 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • Nano-powered boost for stone conservation
      Castles and cathedrals, statues and spires... Europe's built environment would not be the same without these witnesses of centuries past. But, eventually, even the hardest stone will crumble. EU-funded researchers have developed innovative nano-materials to improve the preservation of our architectural heritage.

Week 42

Friday, 17 October 2014

  • Success Stories
    • Asian grid builds on European experience to further international research
      Connecting experts with their counterparts in different regions of the world and making the latest research results freely available to all is likely to represent a great boost for the scientific inquiry. The EUAsiaGrid project helped establish an Asian e-Science Grid Infrastructure that fosters access to scientific data and facilitates the creation of collaborative partnerships.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • Lighter and stronger materials for greener aircraft
      EU-funded researchers have used carbon nanotubes to create exceptionally strong, lightweight and cost-effective materials for aircraft parts. They have demonstrated the potential of this material for making lighter aircraft that burn less fuel - a big boost to the competitiveness of Europe's transport industry.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • Saving lives with dynamic emergency exit signs
      In an emergency evacuation, indicating the safest exit can save lives. EU-funded researchers hope to minimise casualties with a smart sign system able to determine the safest exit and point people towards it. Trials have been encouraging, and discussions are underway on further developing some of the project’s ground-breaking technologies.

  • Success Stories
    • European research project helps cut CO2 emissions
      Global warming is the biggest threat to mankind in the 21st century as the ongoing battle against CO2 emissions takes many forms. Throughout Europe there is the growth and development of windfarms, research into wave energy, the focus on recycling, waste reduction, and prototypes of electric engines or engines fuelled by alternative energy technologies.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

  • Evaluation and Monitoring
    • New reports published
      We have published 15 new expert reports covering Innovation (How to Convert Research Into Commercial Success), ESFRI, PPPs, EIPs, Joint Undertakings, SMEs and Biotechnology, RSFF, S&T Cooperation and more.

  • Research Headlines
    • Preventing fatal asteroid collisions with the Earth
      More than 10,000 asteroids and comets are within striking distance of the Earth. An asteroid as small as 50 metres wide that penetrates the atmosphere could damage an entire city or part of a country. To prevent such a possible disaster, a European Union (EU)-funded project, NEOShield, is studying ways to deflect an incoming asteroid or destroy it before it has a chance to collide with the Earth.

  • Success Stories
    • Richer soil from old bones
      Is it possible to produce fertilizer from animal bones? And what are the potential benefits for agriculture and the environment? To find out Futuris went to a test plant in Hungary, where an unusual experiment is under way.

Monday, 13 October 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • Uniting the front against forest fires
      Forest fires are one of the greatest threats to Europe's woodlands, and their incidence is expected to increase as a result of climate change. Successfully preventing forest fires has become more important than ever. However, it remains a challenge for governments - also because forest fires tend not to respect national borders.

Week 41

Friday, 10 October 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • Innovative paper bottles to help reduce waste
      The world's dependence on plastic, a material less than 100 years old, is a growing concern for today's societies. We use almost 20 times more plastic now than in the 1950s, and while recycling is on the rise, the disposal of non-recyclable plastic waste is still an issue. In the United Kingdom (UK) alone, 15 million plastic bottles are thrown away every day, most of which end up in landfill sites, where they can remain for up to 500 years. The lack of specialised recycling infrastructures capable of dealing with plastic waste further increases the problem.

Thursday, 09 October 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • Table-top 3D laser printer opens door to new world of small-scale innovation
      The advent of desktop laser printers that can produce three-dimensional (3D) objects is rapidly changing the manufacturing landscape. The next generation of 3D printers is being ushered in by the European Union (EU)-funded project FEMTOPRINT that has invented a compact printer which can generate tiny glass objects three times stronger than steel. Developed by the FEMTOPRINT team, the device is the first that can make 3D objects at both "micro" and "nano" scales.

  • Success Stories
    • Flower power
      Most of the plants on our planet are still a mystery to science, to a large extent as the chemical composition of most species has never been fully analysed. Scientists have been studying plants for many centuries, but there is still a lot to learn. In Athens, researchers are trying to unravel the mysterious properties of plants.

Wednesday, 08 October 2014

  • Success Stories
    • 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.

Tuesday, 07 October 2014

  • Success Stories
    • First large-scale study of lung infections in premature babies
      Lung infections are one of the most common illnesses to potentially endanger the lives of prematurely born children. Babies born before their term can frequently suffer from Chronic Lung Disease of Prematurity (CLD) or Broncho-pulmonary Dysplasia (BPD), and clinicians treating these infants might be forced to use drugs that are meant for use with older children and adults, but whose effects with neo-natal patients are unknown. The European Union (EU)-funded research project TINN2 seeks to solve this problem.

Monday, 06 October 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • Working towards more accurate forecasts of future climates
      Climate modelling is fundamental to predicting, or estimating, future trends in our planetary environment. Yet it is a science based on observations, assumptions about likely effects, and with many potential uncertainties. Reducing the number of uncertainties improves the accuracy and capability of climate models - which was the goal of the European Union (EU)-funded research project COMBINE.

Week 40

Friday, 03 October 2014

  • Events
    • Third Bioeconomy Stakeholders conference - 8-9 October 2014, Turin, Italy

      Between 8 and 9 October, Turin will be the capital of the ‘Bioeconomy’. During these two days, the Italian city hosts the third EU Bioeconomy Stakeholders Conference “From sectors to system, from concept to reality”. The conference will gather experts and a wide range of stakeholders from industry and academia, as well as end-users to discuss closing the industrial research-market gap and how to maximise the knowledge-based potential of Europe’s regions in the bioeconomy.

  • Research Headlines
    • Spreading the word about EU-funded health research
      Health is an area of research where people's hopes and concerns are often deeply personal. Many of us have strong reasons to care. The EU backs teams across Europe that are looking for new and better ways to treat disease and keep us healthy. It also encourages researchers to keep the public informed of their progress by bringing in specialised communication expertise.

Thursday, 02 October 2014

Wednesday, 01 October 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • Demolish, re-use, recycle and rebuild
      Some 380 million tonnes of construction and demolition waste are generated every year and most of it ends up in landfills. Re-using and recycling components and materials is good for the environment and saves money, but industry has been less than enthusiastic. An EU-funded research project has laid the foundations for change - it is promoting concrete, ceramics, gypsum and plastics recycling around Europe.

  • Success Stories
    • Kill the Spill
      The sea is naturally self-cleaning because most pollution is eaten by microorganisms living in the water. But that process takes time. Too much time, because as the tourist season is beginning in the Mediterranean, the coastlines can be damaged at any time by shipping accidents resulting in oil spills which are difficult to remove from the surface of the water.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • Better insights into treating hepatitis C
      With nearly 200 million infected people worldwide, hepatitis C virus (HCV) represents a significant public health issue. One of the most important challenges is that although the immune system seems to be responsible for much of the disease-associated morbidity, including liver cirrhosis, it is also successful at clearing viral infection for a significant number of patients.

  • Success Stories
    • An emergency alert system for Europe
      What would you do if a toxic gas cloud were released during an industrial accident in your area? How would you find out about the risks and how to respond, if necessary? EU-funded researchers have developed the foundations of a new multi-channel public warning system for natural and man-made disasters that could help save lives.

Monday, 29 September 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • Topping up India's water supply-the natural way
      Although home to 18% of the global population-around 1.15 billion people-India only has around 4% of the world's fresh water resources. With climate change and urbanisation increasing the pressure on a scarce resource, an EU-funded project's improvement of natural water treatment systems couldn't come at a better time.

Week 39

Friday, 26 September 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • Finding out how solar flares affect life on Earth
      Solar flares can strongly influence life on Earth-causing power outages, disrupting radio communication and airplane navigation, and posing potential threats to astronauts and spacecraft. The European Union (EU)-funded project HESPE has developed advanced techniques to better understand these cosmic events in order to anticipate their effects.

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

  • EU Contest for Young Scientists
    • Europe's top young scientists chosen in Warsaw. EUCYS Winners announced.
      Finally, the wait was over. For the past week, the University of Warsaw library had been packed with promising young scientists. 110 researchers aged 14 to 20 presented their projects during an intense competition, in the hope of impressing an international jury. They were competing for honours in the 26th annual European Union Contest for Young Scientists (EUCYS), which concluded with the awards ceremony.

  • Research Headlines
    • Flight plan for innovative aircraft
      EU-funded researchers have developed advanced computer simulations to assess an aircraft's ability to handle the extreme forces experienced in flight - before it even leaves the design studio. The new techniques aim to save manufacturers time and money and deliver more innovative, fuel-efficient aircraft - good for Europe's competitiveness and the environment.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

  • Events
    • A Basic European Unemployment Insurance - 29 September 2014, Vienna

      "A basic European unemployment insurance scheme would provide a limited and predictable short-term fiscal stimulus to economies undergoing a downturn in the economic cycle - something that every country is going to experience sooner or later. With its automatic and countercyclical character, a basic European unemployment insurance scheme could boost market confidence in the EMU and thus help to avoid repeating vicious circles of downgrades, austerity and internal devaluation in the eurozone. It would help to uphold domestic demand and therefore economic growth in Europe as a whole."

  • Research Headlines
    • Anthropology meets climate science in the Pacific
      Europe is the second-biggest aid donor to the Pacific Island nations, but understanding of the islands themselves - their people and needs - has been limited in Europe. The EU-funded ECOPAS project is helping to change that, using a combination of anthropology, climate research and the performing arts.

Monday, 22 September 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • Biospecimens beyond borders
      Access to biological resources such as cells and tissue samples is the lifeblood of biomedical research. Biobanks and biomolecular resource centres collect, store and distribute this material, the related data and powerful analytical tools, but none of them can single-handedly meet the growing, diverse needs of Europe's research community. EU funding has enabled major repositories to link up and share these resources.

Week 38

Friday, 19 September 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • Stem cells use 'first aid kits' to repair damage
      Neural stem cells - master cells that can develop into any type of nerve cell - are able to generate mini 'first aid kits' and transfer them to immune cells. This is the result of a study published today in Molecular Cell, and led by ERC grantee Prof. Stefano Pluchino, based at the University of Cambridge (UK).

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • New hope for patients suffering from rare genetic disease
      Very few of us have heard of Alpha-Mannosidosis. However, this rare genetic disease has affected the lives of hundreds of families across Europe and the world. Its first symptoms appear in early childhood and include hearing loss, progressive facial and skeletal deformity, mental retardation, multiple organ abnormalities and recurrent infections, while, in its most aggressive form, it could lead to an early death.

  • Success Stories
    • Greener tyres on the road
      Is it possible to drive on greener, more resistant truck tyres that consume less fuel? In this edition of Futuris we go on a voyage of discovery into the science of the tyres of the future. Researchers at an EU research project are working here to develop a new generation of truck tyres designed to reduce fuel consumption, be longer-lasting and increase safety.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • Maximising air quality data to better forecast climate change
      Climate forecasts depend in particular on precise information - not only to estimate how living conditions on Earth may change, but also how humanity will have to adapt to these changes. A European Union (EU)-funded project, MACC, has developed an innovative system to collect and coordinate precise information to aid in these climate forecasts.

Monday, 15 September 2014

  • Events
    • FP7 project COEURE opening conference - 24 September 2014, Brussels

      On September 24, the COEURE Coordination Action will hold its Opening Conference in Brussels at Diamant Conference Center.

      The COoperation on EUropean Research in Economics Coordination Action is intended to bring together the key stakeholders in the European economic research space – scientists, users of research in the policy community or the private sector, and funders of research – in a process of stocktaking, consultation and evaluation in order to propose an Agenda for Research Funding for Economics in Europe. COEURE is financed under the 7th Framework Programme....

  • Research Headlines
    • Doing away with bacteria in water systems
      Harmful bacteria can be removed from water sources through the addition of copper and silver ions. The SILCO project has developed an innovative monitoring device that senses the elimination process of complex bacterial communities known as biofilm and unsafe bacteria from drinking water systems.

  • Success Stories
    • The eaves of death for malaria mosquitoes
      EU-funded researchers have developed three new tools to kill malaria-carrying mosquitoes. They are now working to bring their low-cost innovations to market quickly a boost to the global battle against this deadly disease.

Week 37

Friday, 12 September 2014

  • Events
    • European Researchers' Night 2014 - 26 September 2014, All across Europe!

      European Researchers' Nights are events dedicated to popular science and fun learning. They are an opportunity to meet researchers, talk to them, and to find out what they really do for society, in interactive and engaging ways. This can be through hands-on experiments, science shows, learning activities for children, guided visits of research labs, science quizzes and more.

  • Success Stories
    • Shakin' all over - Europe researches quake-proof bridges
      Earthquakes take lives, destroy buildings, wreck roads and infrastructure. Is there a way to protect our cities with computer technology? Earthquakes cannot be prevented. But with new technologies, a lot can be done to ensure that the urban infrastructure is ready when a disaster strikes.

Thursday, 11 September 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • How to combat undesirable odours
      Odours from industry, chemical plants or livestock breeding can be a nuisance for people living in the surrounding areas. Those affected have in the past been asked to help tackle the cause of the problem, but in the majority of cases their input has seldom been used. Until now that is. The European Union (EU)-funded project OMNISCIENTIS brings together state-of-the-art information and communication technologies as well as Earth observation applications to help reduce odour annoyance.

  • Success Stories
    • Volume down for noisy traffic
      A new road surface cuts tyre noise to one-tenth of that produced on today's asphalt. EU-funded researchers have now moved tests from the lab to Europe's roads, with the aim of providing a quieter, less stressful life for those living next to lots of traffic.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • EU tooling industry tools up
      Hard to imagine, but yes - some of us go entire days without a thought for the future of the tooling industry. Few of us, however, go entire days without handling products the sector helped to shape, such as a toothbrush or a smartphone. A team of EU-funded researchers has developed innovative products as well as guidance on business models to help Europe's tooling manufacturers remain competitive.

Tuesday, 09 September 2014

  • Press Centre
    • A low-fat cheese that tastes good, thanks to EU research
      Food processers have struggled to produce low-fat versions of cheese and cheese-based products without much success. Taste, texture and other properties tend to suffer once natural fats are reduced in many foods. Thanks to the three-year EU-funded project CHEESECOAT, processors can now meet the demand from health- conscious consumers for a low-fat cheese with the flavour, texture and melting properties of traditional mozzarella.

Monday, 08 September 2014

Week 36

Friday, 05 September 2014

  • Success Stories
    • Say cheese! Making pizza a guilt-free pleasure
      Easy to make, cheap and cheerful, pizza remains a favourite meal in many countries. But, as with many things in life, the pleasure comes with a price. Much of the flavour comes from the fatty cheese that melts so deliciously, and so temptingly for diet-watchers. Is it possible to make pizza less fatty?

Thursday, 04 September 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • How research can help pluralism across Europe
      Europe has always been a blend of cultures and communities, with a regular churn of people across the continent. Yet the mix can be complex, and some find the changes difficult. While there may be no perfect way to manage Europe’s ethnic and religious diversity, the European Union (EU)-funded research project ACCEPT PLURALISM has developed a guide to help deal with the challenges as they arise.

Wednesday, 03 September 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • Enhancing EU-African cooperation
      Dialogue and international cooperation form the basis of a European Union (EU)-funded project that fosters new ideas, sharing of knowledge and working relationships for the benefit of both Europe and Africa.

Tuesday, 02 September 2014

  • Press Centre
    • 26th EU Contest for Young Scientists
      The 26th edition of the European Union Contest for Young Scientists (EUCYS) will take place in the New Library of the University of Warsaw. For more than a quarter of a century the contest has been bringing together the brightest young minds in European science.

  • Success Stories
    • Elixir of youth
      An elixir of eternal youth may be the stuff of legend and beyond the reach of humans, but it is not such a fantasy in the world of art restoration, thanks to pioneering work being carried out in a project in the Italian city of Florence.

Monday, 01 September 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • An innovative and expanding journey planner
      Location-based services use information on the geographical position of mobile devices like smart phones and tablets. These services are expanding beyond consumer-facing products like the check-in applications (apps) one often sees on Facebook, and nowadays they are even powering advertisements, weather and travel apps.

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
    • 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.

    • 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.

  • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

  • 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

  • Events
    • World e-ID Congress - 23-25 September 2014, Marseille, France

      World e-ID Congress has become a key event gathering nearly 400 e-ID programs managers, government officials and technology experts. The 2014 conference will keep its focus on world's most inspiring projects and latest innovation helping the participants to succeed in their e-ID plans and stay ahead of e-ID services

    • Chip to Cloud Security Forum - 23-25 September 2014, Marseille, France

      Chip-to-Cloud Security Forum provides an independent conference platform dedicated to advance end-to-end digital security. It covers all technical aspects of all assets protection of embedded, mobile, M2M and Cloud services and ecosystems. Its scope ranges from the foundations such as cryptography, hardware security mechanisms and embedded software security technologies, including end user verification by biometry, to the latest developments of security services delivered through the Cloud.

  • 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

  • Events
    • ExpeER International Conference 2014 - 24-25 September 2014, Paris

      The Earth's rapidly changing environment is putting critical ecosystem services at risk. There are many challenges involved in understanding global environmental changes, and in providing societies with the policy-relevant knowledge base to deal with them. These challenges will reach across many aspects of scientific endeavour.

  • 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

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.

  • 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.

Week 21

Friday, 23 May 2014

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.

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

  • Events
    • International Progress in Biogas III Conference - 10-11 September 2014, Stuttgart, Germany

      More than 80 experts on biogas from almost 30 countries representing all continents will discuss the achievements and developments on: - Domestic biogas plants, - Agricultural biogas plants, - Environment, methane-emissions, - Process control, modelling of the biogas process, - Innovative fermentation and digester construction methods, - Digestation application and management, - Biogas generation from industrial, communal and municipal bio-waste, - Flexibility of biogas production and use, - Process inhibition, - Technical economical and social cooperative structures of decentralized small scale biogas systems, - Pretreatment technologies, among others.

    • 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.

Monday, 19 May 2014

Week 20

Friday, 16 May 2014

  • Events
    • Open Architecture Control Systems Summer School - 29 August - 2 September 2014, Międzyzdroje (Poland)

      The iLOAD event will take place in Międzyzdroje, Poland, We would like to host all young researchers who are interested in control system issues and want to extend and share their knowledge and ideas. During our event there will be the possibility to become familiar with the latest trends in programming of National Instruments and ifm electronic equipment. An additional attraction will be a trip to Cargotec factory and visiting laboratories of the West Pomeranian University of Technology.

    • 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”.

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”.

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Week 19

Monday, 05 May 2014

Week 17

Friday, 25 April 2014

Week 16

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Monday, 14 April 2014

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.

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Week 14

Friday, 04 April 2014

  • Events
    • M2M Innovation World Congress - 22-24 September 2014, Marseille, France

      Focused on technologies and best practices, the conference will show where the real value of M2M is. - High level insights to rethink ecosystems, Big Data, platforms, connectivity, M2M security... - Lessons sharing of the most inspiring M2M implementations for Smart Grids, Smart Cities, Retail, Smart Home & Smart Devices.

    • NFC World Congress - 22-24 September 2014, Marseille, France

      Now in its fourth edition, NFC World Congress will dedicate itself to advance innovation in the mobile proximity business, NFC-based or not. One strong focus of the conference will be on the services from verticals that will boost customer's adoption. Solutions providers across industries are becoming key drivers of the market, besides the technology providers and enablers. NFC World Congress invites all the mobile proximity stakeholders to share their insights and expertise showing successful services, innovation & business: from start-ups to leading IT/mobile players, including all the vertical implementers leveraging these new technologies.

Thursday, 03 April 2014

Tuesday, 01 April 2014

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

Week 7

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Monday, 10 February 2014

  • Events
    • 24th Annual International Society of Exposure Science Conference - 12-16 October 2014, Cincinnati, USA

      Our theme is Exposure Science Integration to Protect Ecological Systems, Human Well-Being, and Occupational Health. Our program will foster the integration of exposure science as applied to community, occupational, and ecological health as recommended by the NRC Exposure Science in the 21st Century. We plan to highlight the value that exposure science has brought to the protection of health and the environment and its growing importance in the face of such global threats of population pressure, climate change, nitrogen cycling, water and energy availability.

    • 50th Congress of the European Societies of Toxicology - 7-10 September 2014, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

      The Conference aim is to “Advance Science for Human and Environmental Health” and we have an exciting programme highlighting new and innovative science and current regulatory topics. There will be a mix of plenary and keynote lectures, symposia, workshops and a full continuing education programme. In addition, there will be interactive poster sessions and a dynamic trade exhibition. EUROTOX 2014 will be THE meeting place for toxicologists from around the world to come together to meet and discuss the key issues facing the discipline today.

    • 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

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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