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Week 47

Friday, 24 November 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • High-throughput 3D printers for complex ceramic parts
      3D printerAdditive manufacturing is re-defining what can or cannot be accomplished in the production of parts, and research continues to redefine what can and cannot be accomplished with additive manufacturing. An EU-funded project has set out to break new ground for the 3D printing of complex ceramic components.

Thursday, 23 November 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Together for sustainable cities: an international research alliance
      city viewThe world's cities account for less than 3% of its land surface, but they are already home to much of its population. By 2050, two-thirds of us are projected to live in urban areas, where joined-up management of food, water and energy will be increasingly important. A wave of partly EU-funded projects is about to explore this sustainability issue.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Energy-efficient fuel cell technology
      CO2 signFuel cell systems are an efficient way of converting chemical energy into electricity so as to reduce emissions and protect the environment. EU-funded research has advanced existing components and designs to develop an optimised version - boosting product lifetime and efficiency, and potential commercial uptake of a sustainable energy solution.

    • Learning to spot a structural flaw early
      Picture of the worker with yellow protection helmetIf flaws in infrastructure - a ship or a bridge for example - are spotted early, the damage can be repaired before anyone gets hurt, and before the costs mount. It's a nice theory, but there are currently many uncertainties in ensuring structural safety, as well as a lack of specialists. An EU-funded project is addressing both problems.

    • Polish institute beefs up research expertise
      People listening on the conferenceA Polish institute strengthened its research capabilities via an EU-funded project. A package of measures has helped the Institute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research (IARFR) extend its expertise in three key areas - food, biodiversity and health.

    • Networking for EU wine production
      Bottle of wine two glasses and the barrel on the tableThe popping of corks and glugging of a good wine may not be at threat just yet, but if the diseases threatening Europe's vineyards have their way, they could be. EU-funded researchers therefore have very good reason to network around wine - they are building a knowledge bank to help vineyard owners protect their crops and keep the wine flowing.

    • Ocean-monitoring sensor system makes waves
      Image of the ocean with the moon in backgroundAn EU-funded project has developed and deployed cost-effective marine sensors to monitor and provide a more complete picture of the health of our planet's oceans. Some of the sensors are already on the market and patents are pending.

    • Creating a shared traffic safety culture
      Image of the road signs with man in backgroundTo stay safe on the roads, we need good infrastructure, alert road-users and effective technology. But what about a general safety culture? A team of researchers from countries with very different approaches to road-use is developing a cultural approach to road safety with the ultimate objective of cutting traffic accident numbers.

    • Perseverance pays off for twin-ship lift, load and lever system
      An EU-funded solution for an innovative twin-ship lift, load and lever system has sparked considerable interest from oil platform operators and the oil and gas industry in general. With the design now fully validated, and with international backers on board, construction of the system begins in earnest.

    • Better drug design: bioengineering and chemical synthesis duo
      Lab technician at workThe EU-funded SWEETOOLS project aims to improve our understanding of the role of sugars in human biology. Exploring optimised versions of biosynthesised proteins combined with chemically synthesised drugs could help the development of novel biomedicines and vaccines targeting, for example, influenza.

    • Breathe easier - smart sensors for healthier indoor air
      fresh air signStuffy office environments and poor air quality in schools, hospitals and factories could soon be a distant memory thanks to low-cost smart sensor and ventilation-control technology capable of intelligently detecting and removing hazardous airborne substances. The technology was developed through EU-funded research.

    • Fighting hunger by cutting food waste
      Illustration of four people holding a saving food signsWorldwide, we waste around 1.3 billion tonnes of food a year, while nearly a billion people go hungry. An EU-funded project has created an online community to tackle the problem by sharing knowledge and redistributing food.

    • An elegant solution to a quantum problem
      Hands on a pink backgroundThe theory of electromagnetic polarisation has been under development for more than 150 years since British scientist Michael Faraday provided the first experimental evidence of the interaction between electricity, magnetism and light. An EU-funded project is now helping to fit together the missing pieces of the puzzle.

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • From urban biowaste burden to useful bio-based plastic
      Organic biological kitchen wasteSo much waste ... what could we do with it, beyond producing energy and compost? EU-funded researchers are looking into ways to turn biowaste generated in our cities - notably by homes, restaurants and shops - into a number of bio-based products by means of integrated biorefineries.

    • Unleashing the power of T-rays
      Image of a doctor's hand checking the results of MRIRadio waves, microwaves, X-rays - electromagnetic radiation that we can't actually see is exploited in a number of familiar technologies. But there is still a lot of potential to unlock, notably in the terahertz part of the spectrum. An EU-funded project is conducting research into innovative semiconductors that could open up exciting new possibilities.

    • Training young researches to create waves in imaging
      Picture of glass ball lying on an EKG chartFrom understanding earthquakes to medical imaging, wave-based imaging is already extremely valuable. If the imaging could be done at an even higher resolution, it would be even more valuable. An EU-funded project is training 15 young researchers in the techniques involved, and creating a truly multidisciplinary network in the process.

    • Making sun-blessed Cyprus a solar energy leader
      Photovoltaic modules in the outdoor testing facilities of FOSS and two electric vehiclesBasking in more than 3300 hours of sunlight per year, Cyprus has the highest solar power potential in the European Union but currently imports most if its energy. An EU-funded project is helping the Mediterranean country better harness the power of the sun to meet its growing electricity needs and spur research and innovation linked to this renewable - and clean - resource.

    • Understanding fish digestion for improved aquafeed
      Feeding crayfishFeeds used in fish farming have become more sustainable, with fish meal and fish oil replaced by alternatives for the main farmed species. More work is however needed to understand the impact of this on production, and in particular to optimise the digestion process so as to promote lean growth among farmed fish.

    • Taking down terrorist networks
      Picture of masked man probably terrorist in front of laptopThe risks posed to Europe by organised crime and terrorist networks go beyond security. Additional impacts range from tax revenue to social harmony. While many different organisations are involved in awareness-raising, prevention, threat identification and intervention, strategies would be more effective if grounded in greater understanding of the phenomena. EU-funded researchers are now on the case.

    • Sustainable planning for cultural and natural heritage sites
      Machu Picchu, lost city of the IncasEU-funded researchers have developed strategies to protect and valorise natural and cultural heritage sites in Latin America with the aim of achieving sustainable growth in the surrounding areas. The project found that the involvement of local communities in protecting their own heritage was crucial.

    • Making science sexy for teenagers
      People with raised handsWith demand for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) graduates far outstripping supply in Europe, the EU-funded STEM4youth project is taking these subjects back to the classroom, along with a dose of fun, to show teenagers that science can be sexy, and that it is central to many careers, from marketing analyst to ethics expert and zoologist.

    • Scavenging renewable energy for 5G networks
      Hand holding samartphone with blurred background wind turbine at sunriseWhen planning for the mobile networks of the future, the energy to power them is not the most obvious challenge. But the surge in capacity will require an energy solution, and preferably an eco-friendly and sustainable one. The EU-funded SCAVENGE project plans to appropriate energy from elsewhere using innovative hardware.

    • Eye scans provide early warning of chronic disease
      Female patient during eye examinationA quick and efficient eye scan could soon provide early warning of serious chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, dementia and stroke thanks to EU-funded research combining the latest advances in computer vision and mathematical modelling.

Monday, 20 November 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • A new standard for citizen participation in policy
      Group of people shows thumbs up sign O.KWe all have a view on how we want society to be. And we all live in a world that is a result of policies adopted. An EU-funded project is making it possible for European citizens to put the future they want on the research agenda.

    • Deciphering dynamic gene expression
      Human immune defence concept on 3d illustrationAn EU-funded project has generated key insights into how gene expression is regulated dynamically in certain cells of the immune system, opening up novel avenues for research to advance understanding of disease progression.

    • Learning from past crises to protect future biodiversity
      Two small girls on a wooden pierThe EU funded PRIDE project is investigating drivers of biotic turnover (the rate at which organisms die) in lakes in the Black Sea / Caspian Sea (Pontocaspian) region to understand the nature and severity of the current biodiversity crisis. Increased understanding will help the project team design conservation strategies to mitigate biodiversity loss.

    • Taming living cells for industrial production
      Bacterial colonies on agar plateEU researchers have gained new insights into how cells protect themselves in response to external stress. With further development, the results could have wide applications in biotechnology and pharmaceuticals - ultimately helping to reduce the use of petroleum-based inputs and boosting Europe's competitiveness.

    • Stellar careers emerging from black holes
      Visualisation of a black hole in deep space pulls in matterAstrophysics is where the stars meet their makers, literally and perhaps metaphorically too, as young researchers in an EU-funded project have boosted their careers delving into the origins, behaviour and evolution of black holes. The project has led to new tools and discoveries about how matter is treated in space and time - keeping Europe at the forefront of space research.

    • The case for a virus-resistant plum tree
      Photo of plums on the treesA virus-resistant plum tree could save growers billions of euros from crop losses, according to EU-funded researchers who are helping the European agricultural industry reinforce defences against disease and the impact of climate change.

    • A new shine on nickel-plating processes
      Builder with a helmet in handAn EU-funded project has developed a new, eco-efficient waste treatment process for nickel plating that cuts industry costs and contributes to the resource conservation objectives of the circular economy. In addition to clear environmental benefits, it also gives a sharper competitive edge to European SMEs.

Week 46

Friday, 17 November 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Novel material for managing liver disease
      Hands of many persons folded in one big heart symbol around virtual liver EU-funded researchers have developed a carbon with tiny pores that could prevent infection of livers by intestinal bacteria - a common complication in chronic liver disease. The material could improve patients' quality of life and chances of survival, while reducing the use of antibiotics in managing the disease.

    • Security for a mobile generation
      Picture of laptop and cell phone next to it on the tableDoes our increasing reliance on smartphones make data more vulnerable? An EU-funded project's recommendations on cybersecurity aim to inform policymakers on the best approaches to protect personal data and improve trust in mobile applications.

    • Photo-catalysis for greener, faster manufacturing
      Artificial LeafYoung researchers are developing next-generation manufacturing processes for medicines and chemicals in an EU-funded network. Their innovative and green solutions aim to boost industrial competitiveness.

    • Improving railway maintenance for more reliable trains
      Picture of the tamping machineIf railways could ensure maintenance didn't disrupt rail services, trains could be the main arteries of Europe's transportation infrastructure. The EU-funded OPTIRAIL project has developed a new framework to better maintain railways - it could even unify rail networks across Europe, making the continent a more competitive global force.

    • Young scientists hone skills one cloud at a time
      Woman with cloud and sun. Concept on the topic of computer cloud services.A group of young researchers spent the past couple of years with their heads in the clouds... to better understand aerosol cloud interactions and how they can help predict climate change. The project also led to technological advances in remote-sensing instrumentation and picked up the pace for technological transfer from research to industry.

    • Water flea evolution tells a cautionary tale of lake pollution
      Picture of a river full of communal pollutantsEU-funded researchers studied genomic changes in water fleas for signs of evolutionary adaptation linked to human activities, such as phosphorous contamination in lakes. The results shed light on how species respond to environmental changes, and could feed into measures to protect biodiversity and ecosystems.

    • Energy-efficient metal production ready for industry use
      Picture of workers in the factoryA new EU-funded automated approach for producing customised components is set for integration into manufacturing production lines. The process makes the technique of powder metallurgy faster and more energy efficient, boosting industrial competitiveness.

    • Novel contrast agents to enhance medical imaging
      Picture of an woman with shoulder in painEU-funded researchers are working on novel, more effective contrast agents - the substances that make the contrast between, for example, muscle and bone, in MRI scans. This new level of detail will improve diagnostics and help ensure people receive the right treatment.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

  • Bioeconomy
    • Commission prepares to move its bioeconomy efforts up a gear
      Through its 2012 Bioeconomy Strategy, Europe has made important headway towards becoming a more innovative, resource efficient society. The strategy promotes substitution of fossil based products, addresses sustainable supply of bioresources and food security in view of climate change and global population increase. However, it is now time to step up a gear.

  • Research Headlines
    • Wastewater, an underexploited resource
      Photo of the hand and the water flowing the water pumpProcessing urban wastewater is typically limited to cleaning it up for release into the environment. This is a shame, because it contains compounds that could be put to good use - as could the water itself. EU-funded researchers have tested promising innovations to advance resource-efficient processing, recovery of substances, and re-use.

    • A low-impact transporter lightens the load on forest soils
      Special tractor for processing of harvested timber in the forestForests are versatile renewable resources, but load-carrying forestry machines can damage the soil. An EU-funded project has developed a tracked, off-road timber transporter, or forwarder, that exerts less pressure on soil, as well as a device to measure soil disturbance - part of a sustainable solution to protecting Europe's valuable forests.

    • Study offers promise for treating neuro-psychiatric disorder
      Image of a the boy with a visualization of a virtual brainEU-funded scientists have conducted groundbreaking research into brain cells that control memory formation and recollection, offering the promise of novel treatments for a potentially fatal disease that has a particularly devastating impact on the lives of children and young adults.

    • Creating conditions to help social enterprises flourish
      Young people standing in a circle seen from the bottomBy delivering educational tools and establishing a Europe-wide network of institutions, academics and practitioners, EU-funded researchers are strengthening the role that social enterprises play in addressing social challenges, and helping to foster integration. The project also wants to encourage a new generation of social entrepreneurs to flourish.

    • New sensors paint real-time picture of ocean health
      Picture of big waveEU-funded researchers have developed new marine sensors to meet the growing need for real-time data on the state of our oceans. Such timely and accurate information will help scientists and policymakers react quickly to ecological threats and ensure that environmental policies are properly implemented.

    • Discussing food security over a big picnic
      Picture big hamburger inside the lifebuoyWith a growing population, giving everyone access to enough safe and nutritious food is a challenge. An EU-funded project brings together the public, scientists, policymakers and industry to discuss ways of tackling it.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Nature has the solutions, but still needs help
      Image of the virtual Earth above the handAn EU-funded project is calling for a step-change in how nature-based solutions like green roofs and city lagoons are used for sustainable urbanisation and in tackling climate change. But first, the project's researchers are addressing a yawning knowledge gap on current best practices and impacts.

    • New microscope technologies light up vital medical research
      Image of the virtual runnersNew photonic microscopes, systems and techniques developed within the EU-backed PHOQUS project are shining a light on vital medical research bringing life sciences and physics closer together. Findings will have direct applications in medicine, especially for better disease diagnosis.

    • Better data flows to reduce water use
      Picture of a water pumpIn an effort to reduce agricultural pressure on water resources - the sector accounts for up to 80 % of water use in some parts of the EU, researchers are on a mission to improve on-farm irrigation management. More precise land-surface data will make soil-water content estimates more accurate and reduce water use.

    • Next-gen digital animation tools inspired by Chinese puppetry
      Image of a woman wearing a VR gogglesEU-funded researchers have developed novel design tools, data management systems, apps and best practices for the next generation of computer animation techniques for use in gaming, blockbuster films, training, education and more – boosting Europe’s competitiveness in the sector.

    • Growing the bioeconomy together
      Picture of EarthInnovative bio-based alternatives already exist for many products derived from fossil fuels, and research teams worldwide are busily developing new solutions. An EU-funded project is encouraging Europeans to explore the prospect of a sustainable economy firmly rooted in renewables and fostering dialogue on its governance.

    • A breath of fresh air for concentrated solar power
      Solar panelsBy directing sunlight from a large surface towards a much smaller one, concentrated solar power (CSP) plants can produce temperatures of more than 1000°C. Better heat transfer fluids are needed to capture this bounty. EU-funded researchers have developed a solution involving ceramic particles suspended in air.

    • An efficient test for harmful chemicals in consumer products
      Picture of the hand holding volumetric flask with virtual land insideBrominated organic chemicals, man-made chemical compounds added to many consumer products to make them less flammable, have raised numerous health and environmental concerns in recent years. An EU-funded project is evaluating a commercially ready tool to test for the presence of these harmful substances and prevent them from affecting ecosystems and human health.

    • Virtual models tackle EU healthcare challenges
      Picture of a human skeleton on a tabletHealthcare costs across Europe are increasing, with an ageing population and the burden of treating chronic diseases consuming valuable resources. EU-funded researchers have used Model-Based Therapeutics (MBT) - a process whereby computer models of the human body, patient data and automation are combined - to create new treatments for common medical problems that improve patient well-being and save money.

    • The Higgs boson, and beyond
      Visualization of energy streamsWith the discovery of the Higgs particle, our understanding of the building blocks of everything we see around us was finally confirmed. But this type of matter is only part of what appears to exist in the universe, and the Higgs boson offers a window to this new world. EU-funded research is helping to pave the way for new breakthroughs.

    • New thinking to drive regional economic development
      What are the best ways to revive the economic fortunes of Europe's poorer regions and urban areas? An EU-funded project has looked to America to see how a focus local innovation policies can boost regional and urban development. The recommendations will feed into policymaking for jobs and growth.

  • Success Stories
    • Fish in a new climate
      Photo of a fishWill oysters be able to survive climate change and the expected rise of water temperatures in seas and oceans across the globe? Our Futuris programme brings you the answers.

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • On course to reduce shipping emissions
      Image of the road sign with writen CO2EU-funded researchers have designed an online planner to help shipping operators reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. The planner provides an optimum speed that takes account of likely weather and sea conditions as well as possible delays at ports.

    • Saving lives with a new liver dialysis device
      Image of hands holding virtual liverNew technology could soon revolutionise the treatment of liver failure: an innovative dialysis device is currently being trialled. It aims to greatly improve the outlook for patients, helping them to recover or supporting them while they wait for a transplant, say the EU-funded researchers taking this innovation forward.

    • More inclusive physical education to better tackle obesity
      Photo of running coach and his trainee on the treadmillObesity is on the rise in Europe and with that worrying signs of poor health, stigmatisation and social exclusion, especially among the young. International research is now under way to help schools tackle this scourge through physical education classes that better communicate the benefits of being active to all students, regardless of their gender, sexuality, ethnicity, race and social class.

    • Using big data to tackle big issues
      An image of a man standing in front of a big wave of dataToday's world is awash with data. But this information is not available as a coherent stream, and the sheer volume isn’t always easy to process for innovative uses. An EU-funded project has set out to address these issues and facilitate the exploitation of big data to tackle key societal challenges.

    • Europe's new neural engineers
      Photo of discussing peopleWith EU support, academic and industrial partners across Europe came together to train early-career researchers in the emerging field of neural engineering. The skills learned promise to advance fields as diverse as cognitive computing and prosthetic limb control.

    • Better water governance in Malta
      Picture of a hand watering a plantAn EU-funded research-capacity building project in Malta is optimising the use of water for agriculture. Experts from across Europe are sharing innovative approaches to water management with scientists and farmers to help conserve this scarce resource.

    • Environmental modelling provides solutions for greener cities
      An image of a man creating a virtual image of the earthUrban areas and their surrounding ecosystems are under increasing strain globally as growing populations, accelerating economic development and increasing agricultural production impact land use, transport networks and air and water quality. An EU-funded project is addressed the challenge of urban sustainability with a novel integrated modelling approach to guide decision-makers towards making cities cleaner, greener and more liveable.

    • From chickenpox to shingles: new insights
      Picture of sick girlThe virus that causes chickenpox can also lead to more serious and painful conditions in older people. An EU-funded researcher is discovering how the virus interacts with the immune system and, possibly, how it might be controlled.

    • Targeted treatment for colorectal cancer
      Woman during the medical examinationEU-funded researchers have developed an efficient colorectal cancer treatment that can prevent relapses in patients post-surgery. It involves applying drugs that kill cancer cells directly to the tumour site, eliminating the need for unpleasant, ongoing injections that can cause side effects.

Monday, 13 November 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Fruitful insights into the genetics of plant reproduction
      Photo of sacks full of spicesAn international network of researchers established within an EU-funded has gained new insights into the genetics of crop reproduction. The project's results are feeding into global efforts to improve yields, reduce the impact of intensive farming on the environment, and strengthen food security for millions of people.

    • Modelling techniques boost climate knowledge
      EU-funded researchers are transferring modelling and analysis techniques used in other disciplines to climate science in a bid to improve predictions of climate events like El Niño. The research feeds into efforts to better understand complex weather patterns and their impact on the environment, economic activities and society.

    • Political ecology: promoting better environmental policy
      Photo of two children planting a treeEnhanced knowledge and understanding of political ecology should help EU governments achieve better, forward-looking and more sustainable management of their environment. An EU-funded network is training the next generation of researchers in this emerging field of social science.

    • MEET the next generation of mitochondrial researchers
      Photo of female scientist looking through a microscopeAn EU-funded project has trained a new generation of researchers in mitochondrial disease - a range of rare disorders emerging as a new field of medical interest. The research, which included the discovery of novel genes associated with the disease, is feeding into the search for better diagnosis and treatment for the disorder.

    • Ordinary Muslims in European daily life
      Picture of two women sitting on the couch one of them is a MuslimHeadscarves, mosques and halal shops - many EU citizens are Muslims, but visible signs of their faith are often viewed with distrust. What some Europeans see as a right to express their identity, others regard as a threat to societal core values. Insights from ERC-funded research into emblematic controversies may help to find a way forward.

    • Genetics - a smart weapon to battle invasive pests
      Photo of the professional gardener spraying pesticides.EU-funded researchers are tackling crop infestations with a targeted approach to biological pest control. They have used genetic analysis to identify the most effective natural enemies of aphids, mealybugs and other invasive insects. The results are feeding into better pest control approaches to limit crop damage - reducing losses to farmers and increasing food security.

    • Geoscience tools help us better manage Earth's resources
      Visualization of the globe holded by man with the butterfly sitting on it Soil, water and metals are being exploited by agricultural practices, mining and human consumption faster than ever before. To better manage our use of these precious resources, we need to understand how they are made and destroyed at molecular level. On a mission to join the dots and help us use the Earth's resources more sustainably, the EU-funded IsoNose project is using isotopic techniques to measure geochemical processes.

    • A personalised approach to chronic knee problems
      Photo of an elderly man with a grimace of pain on his faceKnee osteoarthritis is a chronic musculoskeletal disorder that affects over eight million people in the EU. The EU-funded KNEEMO project is developing a unique personalised approach to treatment and training a new generation of biomechanical specialists.

    • Harnessing high-performance computing to manage financial risk
      A photo of a person holding a piggy bankSince the global financial crisis a decade ago, banks, asset managers, insurers and regulators have been seeking better ways to manage financial risk. The solution may lie in high-performance computing, say EU-funded researchers who have developed novel financial models and algorithms to improve their financial risk management.

Week 45

Friday, 10 November 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Harnessing the unique properties of soft matter
      Image of the waterLiquid-crystalline fluids are used in many modern optoelectronic devices, from medical tools to smart phone and computer screens - probably including the display you are reading this on. A related soft matter technology currently being explored by EU-funded researchers could have a broad range of novel industrial and commercial applications.

    • Dairy products - without the waste
      Picture of milk and white cheasse on the tableDairy foods are a healthy part of many people's diets. Now milk powder and mozzarella-type cheese could become healthier for the environment as well. EU-funded researchers are applying new techniques to production lines to save energy and water, while finding uses for processing waste. Results to date include a new pasteurisation technique and microwave heating process.

    • Reducing our reliance on critical raw materials
      People with their smartphonesTechnologies such as our beloved smartphones have taken the world by storm, but some of the materials needed to make them are in short supply. This is also true for other crucial applications - industrial catalysts, for instance. Two projects jointly funded by the EU and Japan have looked into possible substitutes for various critical metals.

    • Advancing the treatment of melanoma
      Photo of a female doctor examining a young girlThere is still a lot to learn about the genetic changes that occur as melanoma tumours form - and about the body's response to this illness. Greater understanding could help to predict how individual tumours are likely to respond to various combinations of therapies. An EU-funded network is training young researchers who are exploring this issue.

    • Driving competitiveness through high-tech smart vehicles
      Image of the virtual car floating over the tabletThe EU-funded project ITEAM is developing next-generation technology for intelligent vehicles. The aim is to drive down greenhouse gas emissions while making vehicles easier and safer to operate - and boost the competitiveness of European manufacturers.

    • Illuminating research on light and matter interactions
      Image of chalcogenide glass in a heandUnderstanding the interaction between matter and light could lead to countless scientific and technological applications. The EU-funded MEDEA project is training researchers in photonics on how to put new discoveries to use in industry.

    • Wireless chip-to-chip communication: current and future
      Image showing a multitude of Wi-Fi access points on the background of the cityThe NEMF21 project is working on a new approach to microchip design that would enable wireless chip-to-chip communication. Moving away from wired connections will open the way for more powerful electronic devices that will shape the electronic consumer market of the 21st century.

Thursday, 09 November 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Alight with possibilities
      Girl with a painted face in the uv lightA consortium of academic and industry partners is developing the skills and tools needed for the development of the next generation of OLED lighting and displays using alternative organic fluorescent compounds. Promising early results have been reported by several EXCILIGHT recruits.

    • Making strides in the development of 'smart' clothing
      Picture of the woman with covered eyesClothing embedded with electronic sensors and microprocessors was once the stuff of science fiction. Now an EU-funded project is looking at ways of improving manufacturing techniques required by so-called e-textiles. The results could lead to a new generation of interactive, or 'smart', clothing and footwear that can monitor health, activity and location.

    • Knocking heads together for better helmet design
      Photo of a group of cyclistsHead injury is the leading cause of death for activities such as cycling and motor sports. The EU-funded HEADS project is aiming to reduce fatal head injuries by developing new criteria, testing methods and product certification for helmets.

    • A creative space for fab innovations
      Image of the Mars - red planetEuropean universities are being encouraged through an EU-funded initiative to set up platforms to boost innovation and co-creation around the use of geo-data and other space-based applications. Their uses range from satellite navigation, geo-mapping and renewable energy to agriculture planning and other areas.

    • Insights into youth unemployment
      Picture of young woman with laptop on her kneesDespite signs that Europe's economic troubles are easing, unemployment and insecurities in the labour market remain an issue for young people. Involving them more strongly in employment policymaking and implementation is just one of the insights to come out of ongoing EU-funded research.

    • Developing a blood test to diagnose curable hypertension
      Picture of the nurse with blod samplesMany people suffering from curable secondary hypertension - high blood pressure that is the result of a condition - are incorrectly diagnosed, so they don't receive the treatment they need. An EU-funded project's research aims to lead to a blood test that aids diagnosis and improves treatment.

    • Giving sustainable construction a strong platform
      Imafe of separate waste collection on the grassA new software platform by an EU-funded project will help Europe's construction sector to develop new sustainable and cost-effective supply chains that reduce waste, make use of high quality recycled products and create new market opportunities.

    • Truck platoons - a way to cut costs and emissions
      Picture of trucks at the openair parkingIt could make sense for trucks travelling in the same direction to just hand over the controls to one of the drivers. For one thing, they would use less fuel, say EU-funded researchers who have developed a 'platooning' system. Their technology creates an electronic link between the vehicles.

    • Ensuring Europe's nuclear fuel supply
      Image of nuclear power plant seen through the bulbEnergy security is getting a boost from EU-funded research on an alternative, European supply of the fuel assemblies used in Russian-made nuclear reactors.

    • EU, China: Fibre crops for a bio-based future
      Picture of the flour hemp in bowl with spoons on the tableFlax, hemp, kenaf... Fibre crops are used to make objects as varied as clothes, particle board and cosmetics. Research collaboration between Europe and China could help to make them even more attractive as a source of bio-based materials for industrial products. An EU-funded project has mapped out a path.

Wednesday, 08 November 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Advancing women's health through scientific mobility
      A photo of a man with sun painted with sunscreen on his bodyA Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowship grant has enabled an ambitious young French researcher to make important advances in identifying a possible genetic association between endometriosis (when tissue that normally grows inside the uterus grows outside) and a higher risk of developing melanoma, a skin cancer.

    • Fast signal and data processing from deep space to medicine
      Black hole over star field in outer spaceFrom wireless medical imaging devices to a camera for a telescope, an EU-funded cross-disciplinary network of physicists and engineers has advanced pioneering signal and data processing solutions while training the next generation of researchers in frontier areas of fundamental and applied science.

    • Working across borders for better disaster management
      Picture of two medical rescuersWhen disaster strikes, seamless coordination among emergency services is essential. But how can services work together and effectively share potentially life-saving information across borders? Four EU-funded projects have developed techniques to enable emergency workers to work better together and coordinate their responses.

Tuesday, 07 November 2017

  • Success Stories
    • The taming of the bacteria
      Microphotography of immunocytostained bacterial cells EU-funded researchers have developed two cutting-edge software platforms that European crisis responders can now use to improve coordination, communication and preparedness. The platforms could help prevent catastrophes escalating, reduce economic losses and save lives.

Monday, 06 November 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Helping airframe manufacturers reach new heights
      Photo of a wing of a plane with the engineNew automated assembly line techniques developed via an EU-funded project could lead to highly efficient production methods for composite airframes for next generation aircraft. The project partners behind these technologies are now looking to commercialise their innovations, boosting the industry's competitiveness.

Week 44

Friday, 03 November 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • New tools to boost solar energy sector efficiency
      Picture of photovoltaic panelsEuropean researchers have developed models and tools to boost the performance, reliability and lifetime of commercial photovoltaic (PV) systems. Their results, which are already being used by energy operators, were validated using data analysed from diverse installations across Europe.

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Using health records to help clinical research
      Picture of two doctors with medical fileNew treatments must be tested in clinical trials to ensure they are safe and effective. The EU and industry-funded EHR4CR project has enabled scientists to find suitable patients by searching millions of medical records while keeping personal data secure.

Monday, 30 October 2017

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Friday, 27 October 2017

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Building trust in public administration
      Image of man in front of his laptopAs public authorities around Europe change from traditional to online services and governance models to embrace eGovernment, is it possible to achieve greater efficiency without compromising privacy? To the sound of calls for greater transparency to increase trust in online services, the VisiOn project set out to answer the question, and has good news for citizens and governments alike.

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • High-tech gateway to a secure and welcoming Europe
      A new modular automated gate system for use at land, sea and air borders offers strengthened security while allowing travellers to cross frontiers quickly and efficiently. The new technology, developed by an EU-funded project, also promises to open up new market opportunities for European high-tech SMEs.

Monday, 23 October 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • EU funds promising breast cancer risk research
      Pcicture of pink breast cancer awareness ribbon holding by womanOctober marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month, highlighting the plight of patients and efforts to fight this potentially deadly disease that claims around 570 000 lives a year around the world. The EU is doing its part by funding a range of promising research projects, including two that are developing tools to better determine a woman’s breast cancer risk in order to optimise screening and prevention - and ultimately save lives.

Week 42

Friday, 20 October 2017

Thursday, 19 October 2017

  • Success Stories
    • Legumes see new life in flowerpots
      Photo of a researcher in actionEach year in Europe, the food industry discards millions of tonnes of vegetable residue and legumes. In Italy, scientists are using these leftovers to make bioplastics, an innovative and ecological material.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Creating a one-stop-shop for smooth travel
      Pcicture of a person holding a mobile phone and a credit cardFrom passengers to operators and retailers, everyone is in favour of a more intuitive and seamless travel experience. The Co-Active project will contribute to making this a reality. Initiatives include facilitating the purchase, exchange and refund of tickets for multimodal products and services through a 'one-stop-shop'.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Sharper focus on gravitational waves
      Image of hand holding basket full of fresh vegetablesThe detection of gravitational waves in 2015 provided groundbreaking information about the Universe. Building on this discovery, EU-funded scientists have now detected waves at three observatories, a first in astrophysics, making it possible to locate the signals’ origin and better apply the data they provide.

Monday, 16 October 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Food sharing puts sustainability on the menu
      Image of hand holding basket full of fresh vegetablesEU-funded researchers are carrying out a comprehensive analysis of urban food-sharing schemes, examining how they embrace modern technologies like the internet and smart phones. The worldwide study could help people living in cities make more sustainable use of food resources.

Week 41

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

  • Events
    • European Strategic Approach on Additive Manufacturing - 15 November 2017, Oeiras, Portugal

      The objective of this workshop is to bring together stakeholders involved in key EU projects in Additive Manufacturing to promote the benefits of European Strategic Actions for Additive Manufacturing, stimulate synergies, maximize mutual benefits and map the collaboration path after the project ends, evaluate the impact of the exploitable results from these projects, explore possibilities offered under the new Horizon 2020 Work programme and develop future project ideas, partnerships and strategies

    • Democracy and Europe - 30 October 2017, Pavilion of Knowledge, Lisbon

      ‘Democracy and Europe’ will bring together perspectives that look at the past, tackle present challenges and look into the future of democracy in Europe and beyond. This encounter of multiple perspectives and actors – academics, civil society, and policy-makers – is of utmost importance to help us move towards a better society.

  • Research Headlines
    • Better privacy protection online
      Image of hand with phoneHow safe is your personal data? How do you know? With our various connected devices, our extensive browsing histories and all the apps running on our smartphones, it's hard to keep tabs on the details we might be making available willingly or unwittingly. An EU-funded project has set out to help people monitor and control their privacy online.

Monday, 09 October 2017

  • Evaluation and Monitoring
    • Commission review states that partnerships in research and innovation boost the economy
      Research partnerships between the EU, the private sector and the Member States are on track to deliver on their objectives, to improve people's lives and to increase Europe's international competitiveness. This was confirmed by the results of interim evaluations of public-private and public-public partnerships supported by Horizon 2020, the EU's €77 billion research and innovation framework programme, which the European Commission published today.

Week 40

Friday, 06 October 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Creating value from stony ground
      Image of hand with butterflyAn EU industry-funded project uses marginal land and hardy native plants to produce valuable chemicals for the possible manufacture of a range of products including cosmetics and bioplastics. The goal is to harness the potential of local areas and build a sustainable, profitable and job-creating value chain.

Thursday, 05 October 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • How good gut health benefits mind and body
      Picture of fast foodEU-funded researchers have achieved a deeper understanding of how microbes in the gut can influence energy balance and behaviour. This could lead to new ways of tackling weight gain, eating disorders and even psychiatric conditions such as anxiety and depression.

Wednesday, 04 October 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Putting lesser-known cereal crops on the table
      Picture of the field trials with spelt, plot and different genotypesMinor species of cereals - such as spelt, oat and rye - could provide European consumers with healthy, nutritious food that is sustainably produced. An EU-funded project is looking to bring these underused crops from farm to table by improving their genetic and commercial viability.

Tuesday, 03 October 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Saving Europe's fruit crops from invasive pests and disease
      Picture of the orchardIncreasing global trade and climate change have helped the spread of non-native pests and diseases across Europe, posing major challenges to plant health. The EU-funded Dropsa project is working with 26 partners in Europe, Asia, New Zealand and North America to find safe and sustainable ways to protect Europe's fruit industry.

Monday, 02 October 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Advances in optics to transform communication systems
      Picture of the two scientists in the laboratoryPrecision mechanical sensors are a fundamental part of modern technologies and are used to stabilise aeroplanes, predict earthquakes, deploy life-saving airbags, monitor the integrity of bridges, and even time computer processes. Despite being used almost universally, their precision is generally limited by the electronic circuits used to monitor them. The EU-funded cQOM project has been working on using light instead of electronics to monitor these sensors to significantly enhance precision and reliability.

Week 39

Friday, 29 September 2017

Thursday, 28 September 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Certification scheme promises security sector boost
      Picture of women surrounded by virtual emototiconsEU-funded researchers have developed a common assessment scheme for security products that fully takes into account issues such as data protection and fundamental rights. This will help to harmonise the EU market, build up consumer trust and bring innovations to market faster.

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

  • EU Contest for Young Scientists
    • 29th EU Contest for Young Scientists: and the winner is...
      This year's European Commission top prizes for young scientists were awarded to Karina Movsesjan from the Czech Republic for "The role of RAD51 mutations in cancer development", Adam Jan Alexander Ohnesorge from Switzerland for "The forgotten prisoners – Civilian prisoners of the Great War in Corsica" and Danish Mahmood from Canada for "W.I.N.I.T.S. (Wireless Interconnected Non-Invasive Triage System)".

  • Research Headlines
    • Encouraging cooperation to protect essential infrastructure
      Image of man with portable device on hane with nework backgroundEU-funded researchers have provided new decision support tools, training systems and online resources to allow decision-makers to assess the resilience of critical infrastructure - such as electricity and telecommunication - when disaster strikes. The project is a milestone in the development of a proposed pan-European analysis centre.

Monday, 25 September 2017

Week 38

Friday, 22 September 2017

Thursday, 21 September 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Better understanding of colon cancer to help guide treatment
      Picture of woman with colorectal cancerEU-industry funded researchers have worked to identify and characterise signs of cancer, particularly colon cancers, and patients' responses to different types of treatment. The aim is to help doctors choose the best possible treatment for an individual patient's condition, potentially improving and saving lives.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • How biomarkers can speed-up drug development
      Image of multicolored medical pillsEU and industry-funded researchers have gathered data on new biological indicators that could help to identify - accurately and early - the potential side effects of certain drug treatments. The research could help speed up drug development and improve diagnoses and patient care.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Stem cell bio-bank could lead to new drugs
      Picture of smiling African black man taking pills from the doctorEurope has identified the need for a central, standardised stem cell repository providing researchers with access to quality controlled cell lines and data for future drug development. EU and industry funding helped this new bio-bank facility establish initial operations and create a 'foundational collection'.

Monday, 18 September 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Faster testing for deadly Ebola
      Picture of smiling African black man taking pills from the doctorEU and industry-funded researchers have developed a portable device to test in the field whether a person has caught the deadly Ebola disease. It gives reliable results in 75 minutes, which can help contain outbreaks and save lives.

Week 37

Friday, 15 September 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Focusing on the next major advance in medical imaging
      Medical-imaging technologies have revolutionised healthcare, enabling doctors to safely peer deep inside the human body to diagnose disease. The EU-funded BE-OPTICAL project is helping to train the next generation of researchers in the field, contributing to the development of even more advanced life-saving imaging systems.

Thursday, 14 September 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Disease-resistant cereals to strengthen food security
      The pictures show the dishes full of cerealsCereals such as maize, wheat and rice account for almost half of all food calories consumed worldwide, but millions of tonnes of these essential crops are lost to disease each year before they reach our plates. An EU-funded project is waging war on cereal diseases to increase yields, strengthen food security and support a growing world population.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Next-generation electric motor hits the road
      Image of the electric car surrounded by virtual iconsIs it possible to produce electric cars on a very large scale? At the moment, this can depend on costly materials that must be imported. More specifically, this concern relates to the rare earth magnets on which their motors tend to rely. EU-funded researchers have developed promising technology that works without them.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Tracking the evolution of content delivery online
      picture of the kids playing with their smartphonesThe internet ecosystem is becoming increasingly complex, and is matched by the unprecedented growth of users - from 1 billion in 2005 to a current 3.5 billion. An EU-funded project has developed new techniques to assess the state and health of the internet so as to improve content delivery in this rapidly expanding and dynamic climate.

  • Success Stories
    • Green gold in our sea water
      Photo of the 'green' goldMicroscopic green algae may be the scourge of swimming pools, but scientists and businesses have started cultivating them on a large scale to explore how they could in fact improve our lives in a sustainable way.

Monday, 11 September 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • On-board processor 'survival kit' for deep space
      Image of an astronaut in space with the Earth in the  backgroundSpace exploration demands high performance on-board computers with low power requirements that can survive the rigours of aggressive radiation. The EU-funded APEX project has developed the advanced technologies needed to design an ultra-reliable processor for future space missions as far away as Saturn and Jupiter.

Week 36

Friday, 08 September 2017

Thursday, 07 September 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Investigating Earth and fluid dynamics
      Understanding how fluids and other materials flow in response to applied forces is critical to many industrial applications, energy production processes and even determining the stability of the ground beneath our feet. The field of study, known as rheology, is being advanced by an EU-funded research network combining expertise in geodynamics, mineral physics, seismology, fluid mechanics and materials science.

Wednesday, 06 September 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Protecting communities from the effects natural disasters
      the hydroelectric dam in IdahoDamage and loss from flash floods, landslides and avalanches have increased in recent decades, and experts predict a further increase in intensity, frequency and impact. The EU-funded CHANGES project has developed modelling tools that can help governments to at least ensure such events are less catastrophic. Some of the tools are already being used.

Tuesday, 05 September 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Collaborative machining, powered by the cloud
      Design, planning, and even production - EU-funded researchers have developed a cloud-based system that supports the machining of parts. Intended primarily for SMEs, this system is designed to streamline manufacturing processes and facilitate collaboration among users.

  • Success Stories
    • An underwater kite built to harness tidal energy
      Photo of the drone in actionIt looks like a big toy, but it's a technological jewel designed to produce energy from the tides. It is a prototype kite, very different to those used for flying. Its design allows it to glide underwater at speeds up to ten times faster than the tides themselves.

  • Women Innovators prize
    • Commission launches the 2018 edition of the Women Innovators Prize
      The European Commission is launching today the fifth edition of the EU Prize for Women Innovators to award women entrepreneurs who have achieved outstanding innovations and brought them to market. The first prize is €100 000, with second and third prizes of €50 000 and €30 000 respectively. A special prize of €20 000 will be dedicated to the Rising Innovator Award (30-years-old or younger) for an exceptional innovator at the beginning of her career.

Monday, 04 September 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • A people focus for better consumer science
      Consumer science, policy and law usually assume that consumers are purely rational decision-makers. An EU-funded project has challenged that assumption. It has trained early-career researchers to study the impact of emotional factors on human decision-making, to help consumers make choices that are better for their well-being.

Week 35

Friday, 01 September 2017

Thursday, 31 August 2017

  • Success Stories
    • Ask-Valerie tool could speed up innovation in agriculture
      Picture two man in the field Farmers and foresters are under increasing pressure to produce more quality food while better managing and conserving natural resources and ecosystems. Having the right information and advice can help them meet these challenges. The EU-funded VALERIE project is making innovative research outputs and best practices more easily accessible to farmers and foresters through the ask-Valerie.eu search tool.

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Modifying gene expression for healthy ageing
      Old lady with the thumb upWeaker bones, impaired immune functions and increased susceptibility to disease are just some of the many consequences of ageing, but the precise genetic and molecular processes involved are not clearly understood. Ground-breaking EU-funded research is attempting to determine why and how we age, potentially leading to new treatments and dietary guidelines to slow down the process.

Monday, 28 August 2017

Week 34

Friday, 25 August 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Is your olive oil the real deal?
      Picture of olives and olives oilEurope produces 70 % of the world's olive oil, but is facing increasing competition. Its high price combined with a reputation as being healthy are attracting new producers from elsewhere, as well as less honest businesses selling counterfeit olive oil. The OLEUM project is building the tools to detect fake olive oil and to verify quality for the real thing.

Thursday, 24 August 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Metamaterials: revolutionising modern medicine
      Photo of a woman with a microscope surrounded by virtual chemical equationsThe EU-funded ABIOMATER project is developing new metamaterials with properties that can be changed remotely using a magnetic field. This could revolutionise biomedicine and biotechnology, particularly in the fields of optical devices, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, to name but a few.

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Combing through the Polycomb clues
      Image of the human genome gout in the handHow are cell identities created and maintained? How do cells develop? How do they respond to disease? EU-funded scientists are piecing together the puzzle tying certain proteins to DNA in an effort to stamp out cancer and other diseases.

Monday, 21 August 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Study locates weak links in e-waste supply chain
      photo of electronic waste mainly computers and printersImportant findings from an EU-funded project's investigation into how electrical and electronic equipment waste - or e-waste - is dealt with could help policymakers and law enforcement agencies put a stop to illegal trading and increase recycling rates. Several key recommendations are already being implemented.

  • Success Stories
    • The robotics helping stroke patients regain balance
      Photo of the drone in actionRe-learning how to walk normally is an essential part of rehabilitation, especially for patients who have suffered a stroke. In Slovenia, the University Rehabilitation Institute in Ljubljana is testing a unique robot that not only helps people to walk again but also to regain a sense of balance.

Week 33

Friday, 18 August 2017

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

  • Success Stories
    • 3D In The Air
      Photo of the drone in actionEuropean research project scientists are exploring how to capture, process and display accurate 3D reproductions of cultural sites located in challenging environments.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Week 32

Friday, 11 August 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Making society more active through government policy
      Picture of doctors and nurses handsModern lifestyles can make it challenging to exercise daily. While doing more takes individual resolve, governments can lend a helping hand by building environments and by providing access to facilities that can help make physical activity part of the daily routine. The EU-funded REPOPA project took research about physical activity to real-life policymaking to make a more active society a reality.

Thursday, 10 August 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Connecting the dots for European materials researchers
      Picture of interconnected spheres depicting the networkThe EU-funded ESTEEM2 project is connecting European researchers in Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) for materials science with state-of-the-art TEM instrumentation, methodology and tools. The result: new insight into the complex materials in everything from optics and electronics to lightweight parts in aircraft.

Wednesday, 09 August 2017

Tuesday, 08 August 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Embracing the children born of war
      Silhouette refugee mother with a babyThe war ends, the foreign soldiers depart, and some may well be leaving babies behind... Whether the father was friend or foe, the local women to whom these children are born often raise them in difficult circumstances. An EU-funded research project is shedding new light on an age-old phenomenon, with the aim of providing information that could feed into policies to help them.

Monday, 07 August 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Insights tying bone cells to rheumatoid arthritis
      Photo of an old woman's handsAn EU-funded project has generated new insights into the causes and development of rheumatoid arthritis, directing efforts towards earlier detection, prevention and the idea of inducing tolerance to this chronic and debilitating disease. Follow-up reearch includes new studies to further explore this 'tolerance' challenge and progress on a new antibody detecting device.

Week 31

Friday, 04 August 2017

Thursday, 03 August 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Giving MS sufferers a better quality of life
      Picture of the men on the wheelchairAlthough significant progress has been made in recent years in developing medication that slows the progression of multiple sclerosis, there has been little effort to treat the daily symptoms of the disease. The EU-funded MS Fatigue_Therapy project is doing just this, measuring fatigue and investigating potential treatments.

Wednesday, 02 August 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Cracking the shell secret to help shellfish farmers
      Picture of the colorfool shellfish shels backgroundShellfish are a significant source of food, yet we know very little about how they make their shells and how environmental factors affect them. The EU-funded CACHE project is finding out how shellfish produce their shells, how this production varies according to their environment, and what this means for the future of shellfish farming.

  • Success Stories
    • The Geological Clock Of Volcanoes
      Photo of the fish farmThe volcano is one of the most powerful representations of nature, it can change territories and subsequently the history of human kind. Knowing its behaviour during an eruption is essential in order to understand its evolution.

Tuesday, 01 August 2017

Monday, 31 July 2017

  • Events
    • Opening up to an ERA of Social Innovation Conference - 27-28 November 2017, Lisbon, Portugal

      The conference will help script a new narrative for social innovation and inform the design of the future framework programme (FP) for research and innovation of the European Union (EU) for the period 2020–2027. The FP is open to the world and serves the advancement of science and the promotion of innovation internationally. The next FP should lend its support to reconciling economic and social performances by embedding social innovation in each element of its construct. Consequently, the conference will focus on sharing experience, learning about new trends, and networking to increase the effectiveness of social innovation as a global public policy instrument.

  • Research Headlines
    • Using science to select prize pigs
      Picture of the pigsThe EU-funded MARKTHEPIG project is using pioneering genetic research techniques to uncover why particular physical traits occur in certain pigs. The project is expected to advance precision livestock breeding techniques and could lead to a more profitable yet sustainable EU pig-breeding sector.

Week 30

Friday, 28 July 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Infrared camera is a world-beater
      Infrared picture of the houseA French SME has created the world's fastest and most sensitive infrared scientific camera with support from EU funding. Initially developed for astronomy, the technology is expected to find numerous applications in research and industry.

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

  • Success Stories
    • Dyed without waste
      Photo of the fish farmA factory in Belgium specialises in dyeing fabrics. Every year around 12,000 kilometres of textile materials are dyed. And for that, millions of litres of water are needed. After use, the water is full of colorants, chemicals and salts.

Monday, 24 July 2017

  • Success Stories
    • Room to manoeuvre - solving the airspace capacity crunch
      Illustration about green energy Stories of new applications for unmanned aircraft are now regular features in newspapers - from aerial photography to parcel delivery and personalised air transport. What seemed like a surreal future-scape just 10 years ago is fast becoming reality. The challenge is how to keep all these aircraft away from each other in the sky. EU-funded researchers have used simulations and visual modelling to find a solution.

Week 29

Thursday, 20 July 2017

  • Success Stories
    • Domestic fuel cells: the power within
      Illustration about green energy Why buy electricity from the grid when you can produce it affordably yourself - and heat your home at the same time? And reduce your environmental footprint? And possibly even save money? Why indeed. Residential fuel cell units could deliver these benefits to millions of homes in the EU, and preparations to ramp up their production are under way.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Monday, 17 July 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Driving hydrogen fuel cell vehicles to market
      Photo of a of a car made from green leavesA major EU-funded project , with the support of the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint undertaking (FCH JU), has installed hydrogen filling stations, tested prototype fuel cell vehicles and brought together car makers and infrastructure providers to push forward the commercial viability of this zero-emissions technology.

Week 28

Friday, 14 July 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • New mobile app could save lives in an emergency
      Photo of a mobile phone with the appWe've all seen pictures and videos taken on smartphones in the immediate aftermath of a natural disaster or terrorist attack - they are on social media within minutes. The EU-funded ATHENA project has developed an innovative way for emergency services to exploit this, using social media and dedicated applications for two-way communication with the public.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

  • International Cooperation
    • EU expands its research cooperation with Brazil and South Africa
      The European Union will further boost its research and innovation cooperation with its strategic partners Brazil and South Africa in order to better understand marine ecosystems and climate. The three sides launched today the South Atlantic Research and Innovation Flagship Initiative and signed a joint Statement on Atlantic Ocean Research and Innovation Cooperation.

  • Research Headlines
    • Preserving sponge grounds in the North Atlantic
      Photo of a deep sea vehicleEU-funded research into North Atlantic sponge grounds aims to discover unique sponge ecosystems. This should improve understanding of such ecosystems functioning, help predict threats, ensure their sustainable use and assess their links to human well-being.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • An integrated observing system for the Atlantic Ocean
      Underwater photo of the oceanBuoys, floats, moorings and research vessels, to name just a few examples - data about the state of the Atlantic is collected by a number of means. And by a profusion of actors, who could jointly produce even better results if they applied a common strategy. EU-funded researchers are driving the development of an integrated system.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Improved hydrogen fuel cells to power the cars of the future
      Illustration of a lamp with a green carHydrogen cars generate zero emissions but up until now have been too expensive to become the car of choice for the majority. The EU-funded COPERNIC project improved the quality of materials, the overall design and the manufacturing process for hydrogen storage tanks, cutting costs and making hydrogen cars a viable and competitive option.

Monday, 10 July 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Shaking up construction with lightweight quake-resistant design
      view of a seismic test roomNew building concepts that take into account catastrophic events such as earthquakes have the potential to save thousands of lives. EU-funded researchers have pioneered new methods and materials for constructing earthquake-fire resistant buildings that are lightweight, energy efficient and cost-effective. The project's results are currently being commercialised.

Week 27

Friday, 07 July 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Scientists get closer to natural blue pigment
      Photo of oystersDemand for natural pigments in the cosmetic and food industry is high, but most blue pigments used in cosmetics and food are still artificial. THE EU-funded BIOVADIA project increased understanding of marennine, the blue pigment in blue diatoms. Research continues and could eventually feed into diverse applications, including use of the pigment and diatoms in cosmetics, medicine and agriculture.

Wednesday, 05 July 2017

Tuesday, 04 July 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • To freeze or not to freeze - it's in the proteins
      Photo of a hole in the iceEU-funded scientists delved into a special class of proteins to solve the mystery of how creatures such as winter flounder and ocean pout don't freeze along with the waters they live in. The results could lead to new bio-based anti-freeze alternatives for industry, medicine and food-production.

Monday, 03 July 2017

Week 26

Friday, 30 June 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Uncovering the realities of human trafficking in Europe
      Photo of 2 hands tied togetherWith a shortage of data about human trafficking, it can be challenging to combat it and protect the victims. These victims are exploited for many purposes, including forced sex work, criminality and labour. The EU-funded TRACE project assessed and consolidated information to provide policy makers, governments and law enforcement agencies with advice on effectively preventing and combating human trafficking in Europe.

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Origins of the (stone fruit) species
      Image of apricot fruitsAs global competition for fresh and processed fruit increases, breeders and producers also have to deal with the effects of climate change and more pathogens, especially sharka disease, appearing in their orchards. EU-funded research traced the origins of stone fruits to discover genetic clues for better disease resistance.

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Model approach to organic fish farming
      The image of a human feeding a fishOrganic aquaculture production is much in demand, but some traditional fish farmers may need guidance on how to make the switch. The ECOFISH project is developing a model and guide that provide just that, helping to set producers on the path to sustainability and added value.

Monday, 26 June 2017

Week 25

Friday, 23 June 2017

Thursday, 22 June 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • From farm to flight
      Picture of a green fuel canister among other canistersBiofuels for aviation face numerous challenges in the journey from farm to flight. An EU-funded project has successfully demonstrated via test flights how biofuel can enter the aviation supply chain as a greener alternative to fossil fuels. Thousands of passengers have already taken flight on biofuel.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Faster, greener chemicals production
      Picture of eco chemicals on the grassGreen chemistry is helping industry produce widely-used industrial chemicals more efficiently and with lower impacts on the environment. An EU-funded project has developed nitrogen fixation and hydrogenation processes that are faster, more productive and less polluting than current methods.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • How producing clever metal parts can cut industry costs
      Picture of gears and bearings lying on paperAn EU-funded project has helped to turn a promising method of producing metal parts for cars, planes and tools into a mainstream industrial process. The project has put in place a functioning supply chain and identified best practices that will enable manufacturers to deliver high-end products in a cost-effective manner.

Monday, 19 June 2017

Week 24

Friday, 16 June 2017

Thursday, 15 June 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Assisted living technology made easy
      Picture of young man with his smartphone at virtual realitySome people take pleasure in an epic struggle to configure a new wireless device. Others, not so much. For them, it would be great if the electronics they need could, please, just sort themselves out to work straight out of the box. An EU-funded project has found a way to achieve this level of user-friendliness for assisted living technologies.

  • Success Stories
    • Smart Fashion: What do our clothes say when they talk to us?
      Photo of a researcher showcasing the clothesWhat we wear says something about our personality - but what if our clothes and accessories could also tell us about our health? A smart shirt prototype can keep track of how much the wearer eats or drinks. Soft textile sensors in the collar monitor the neck muscles to inconspicuously detect swallows.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Monday, 12 June 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Changing manufacturing for a more competitive Europe
      Circular Economy IllustrationEvery day, we buy, use and dispose of products that end up as landfill. Unfortunately, the resources required to make new products won't be available in large amounts forever. Through the EU-funded ResCoM project, four well-known companies have already analysed the extent to which they could adopt a circular approach.

Week 23

Friday, 09 June 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Homegrown food for the metropolis
      Picture of people in the gardenWhere there's a city, there's a wider region that could provide a lot of its food. And yet, the produce on the average urbanite's plate is often imported from further afield, while farms located just a spud's throw away export most of what they grow. There's much to be gained from tackling this disconnect, say EU-funded researchers who looked into ways of doing so.

Thursday, 08 June 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Valuable metals not stuck in the mud
      Picture of red mud over the lakeBauxite residue - the by-product from the extraction of aluminium from bauxite ore - has the consistency of thick, red mud. Disposing of this waste poses a serious problem for industry, as does the risk of spills. But red mud can also be a source of critical metals. The REDMUD project intends to turn residues into low-carbon building materials - and to train researchers along the way.

Wednesday, 07 June 2017

Tuesday, 06 June 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Water, energy, food - everything is increasingly connected
      Picture of a hand watering the plantThe water-energy-food nexus presents a unique opportunity for the agriculture industry. An EU-funded consortium of research teams saw this opportunity and introduced a new approach to matching water demand with available energy offer to save water without affecting crop production so that the competitiveness of irrigated agriculture is improved.

Week 22

Friday, 02 June 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Need a nature-based solution? Try Oppla!
      Picture of a hand with a green light bulb floating over itIt's a hub. It's a community. It's marketplace. Oppla, an online platform dedicated to natural capital, ecosystem services and nature-based solutions, was launched in September 2016 by two EU-funded research projects. It has been growing rapidly, and if everything goes to plan, it may soon be going global.

Thursday, 01 June 2017

  • Foresight
    • Scenarios for future research and innovation policies in Europe are presented to the Commission
      Research, science and innovation are of critical importance for Europe’s performance in the world. Regardless of what the next decades have in store for Europe, we will need strong universities, research organisations, laboratories and technology-based companies, which will demand much more investment in research and innovation as well as better framework conditions in areas such as market regulation, skills and the supply of capital.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • ATLAS maps the deep blue Atlantic
      A deep-sea remotely operated vehicle prepares to sample cold-water corals from the Logachev coral carbonate mound province, Rockall Bank, North Atlantic.We know more about the dark side of the moon and the surface of Mars than we do about our deep ocean environments. EU-funded research is shedding more light on the darkest depths of the North Atlantic maritime region. A better understanding of deep-sea habitats will inform the sustainable management of this vital resource.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

  • Evaluation and Monitoring
    • Horizon 2020 found to be meeting its objectives, but is underfunded
      A new assessment of the first years of Horizon 2020, the EU's research and innovation programme, shows that it is on track to help create jobs and growth, tackle our biggest societal challenges and improve people's lives. Horizon 2020 has clear European added value by producing demonstrable benefits compared to national or regional-level support, but it has been so successful in attracting the best researchers and innovators that it could have spent four times its budget in support of excellent projects.

Monday, 29 May 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • In-depth technology for deep-sea discovery
      Photo of the seaIt is often said that we know more about the surface of the moon than the ocean floor. The EU-funded STRONGMAR project will address marine knowledge gaps by fostering knowledge transfer and exchanges between leading European marine science research institutes. The project seeks to support innovative technological solutions that will advance deep-sea research at INESC TEC in Porto, Portugal.

Week 21

Friday, 26 May 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Hemp plants show potential as sustainable fibre alternative
      Photo of a hemp plantHemp has been a source for materials, fibres and textiles for millennia. Now, an EU-funded project has used cutting-edge genomic approaches to boost hemp production, improve quality and advance scientific understanding of the crop. The research has led to new varieties and processes, providing a sustainable alternative to synthetic fibres and a wide range of other bio-based products.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Understanding a changing Europe through big data
      Photo of a man writing on a glass plate boardThe EU-funded LONGPOP project will train young researchers in the skills needed to fully exploit big data. With a focus on social change, the researchers will be able to apply the knowledge and techniques learnt to helping welfare systems prepare for the years ahead.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Monday, 22 May 2017

  • Success Stories
    • Ready to wear electronics
      Photo of the glassesScientists at a research facility in the German city of Berlin dream of clothing that produces energy as we walk. They have combined very different nanomaterials into so-called energy harvesters.

Week 20

Friday, 19 May 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Buy locally, buy quality: sustainability in public food procurement
      Children in a school canteenSchool meals don't matter only to kids and their parents. Like other services within the scope of public sector food procurement, they also matter economically. Determination to source produce locally and sustainably can make all the difference to a region's farmers, as can labels protecting its specialities. An EU-funded project is connecting the dots.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

  • Open to the world
    • EU-backed major research facility promotes peace in the Middle East
      Strongly supported by EU funding, the SESAME synchrotron, the first major international research infrastructure in the Middle East, started operating today in Allan, Jordan. Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, attended today's inauguration event alongside His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan and over 300 policy makers, scientists and diplomats from the region, the EU and beyond.

Monday, 15 May 2017

Week 19

Friday, 12 May 2017

Thursday, 11 May 2017

  • Success Stories
    • Reaching for new horizons in research and innovation policies
      Photo of an Alpinist at the top of a mountain Where can EU countries turn when they want advice on improving their national research and innovation systems? The Horizon 2020 Policy Support Facility (PSF) would be a good starting point - it provides tailor-made policy recommendations both to EU Member States and countries associated to Horizon 2020.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Think smart for better transport planning
      Visualisation of offer and demand for bike-sharing in BarcelonThe more planners know about how people move around a city, the easier it is for them to develop sustainable transport policies. EU-funded researchers have used data from personal smart devices to shed light on urban mobility and improve transport planning tools and models.

Monday, 08 May 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Building on a 3D solution for resource-efficient construction
      Image of 3D printed handWe know that 3D printing is set to revolutionise manufacturing. But construction? EU-funded researchers are putting the building blocks in place with 3D printing technology enabling the construction sector to manufacture concrete building materials in a more efficient and cost effective manner. The technology is being combined with more traditional techniques to offer an all-in-one solution.

  • Success Stories
    • Digging deep to help Europe's soil
      Magnified cellsEuropean scientists have been digging deep so they can better understand the multiple threats facing soil which include erosion, pollution, decline of biodiversity and urbanisation. The scientists want to come up with better preventive measures.

Week 18

Friday, 05 May 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Reaching new heights: EU-made carbon fibre for satellites
      Image of carbon fiber cloth fabricRemember when there were no satellites? Before your time, maybe, as the first was launched in 1957. Today, we would be lost without them - quite literally so, but satnavs are only one of many services these orbital outriders underpin. EU-funded research is helping to secure Europe's access to the carbon fibre materials needed to build them.

Thursday, 04 May 2017

Wednesday, 03 May 2017

Tuesday, 02 May 2017

Week 17

Friday, 28 April 2017

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • New production method to cut costs of meningitis drugs
      Image of a large number of pillsThe weakened immune system in people with HIV/AIDS makes them particularly vulnerable to fungal infections such as cryptococcal meningitis, which can be deadly. The medicine used to treat the condition is flucytosine, and EU-funded researchers have developed a new and more efficient way of producing it. This will cut production costs, making it more affordable for people in low-income countries.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Monday, 24 April 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Reflecting on cultural opposition to communism
      Image of young people at the street festivalThe EU-funded COURAGE project is compiling and analysing collections of cultural opposition in former socialist countries, making the collections more accessible for educational and research purposes and highlighting their importance as a testimony to anti-communist opposition in Europe.

Week 16

Thursday, 20 April 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • An inbuilt firefighting system for buses
      Image of people on the busAn intelligent system developed by EU-funded researchers can provide buses and coaches with firefighting capabilities. This integrated solution is designed to detect, locate and suppress fires quickly. It can address some of them before they even start.

  • Success Stories
    • Nature-based solutions for urban dwellers
      Picture business district and green grass Big city life can mean a lack of green living spaces, especially in more crowded, less affluent urban areas. TURAS, an EU-funded project, demonstrated ways to add green to the grey - transforming stressful urban areas into more liveable and sustainable spaces where local communities can thrive.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Harnessing the sun to clean up industrial processes
      Image of solar home battery conceptThe production of cement and lime involves fossil fuels and produces harmful greenhouse gases. Industry could change this, if scientists can develop a technology that can use solar power for high temperature industrial processes. The EU-funded SOLPART project has built lab-scale reactors that use a solar powered process to meet this need.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Mini satellites deploy for big fact-finding mission
      Image satelite in spaceSmall, student-built satellites have launched from the International Space Station, marking a crucial milestone for an EU-funded project aimed at unlocking the mysteries of a largely unexplored layer of the Earth's atmosphere. The launch of the network will position Europe as a key player in micro-satellite technology.

Week 15

Thursday, 13 April 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Detecting diabetic kidney disease before it really sets in
      Image of the doctor's hand sketching virtual kidneysThe damage done by chronic kidney disease is irreversible: once the illness has taken hold, the organ can't be healed. Patients' prospects and quality of life would be much improved if the condition could be spotted sooner. An EU-funded project has developed a biomarker test to pick up very early signs of diabetic kidney disease, and identified possible improvements in the approach to therapy.

  • Success Stories
    • Researchers cover all bases to stop dengue fever spread
      Photo of the doctor behind medical pictograms Dengue fever kills around 25 000 people every year and infects 50-100 million, according to the WHO. With incidences rising, there is a new urgency to predict where it will strike (is Europe at risk?) and who is vulnerable. Doctors also need the tools to diagnose the disease quickly, while gaining the upper hand over the mosquitoes that carry the virus would limit its spread in the first place. Between them, three EU-funded projects are approaching Dengue Fever from each of these angles in the race to save lives.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Composing better biocomposites
      Image of extruded biocomposite tube profile manufactured in EU-Innobite projectHigh-performance biocomposites derived from wheat straw and recycled paper? EU-funded researchers have developed new materials and components based on substances isolated from these renewable residues. They have also found a way to extract silica from the straw, offering a greener alternative to current production methods for this compound.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • At home in extreme environments: Europe's first space analogue habitat
      Image of the men in concept of the virtual realityWhat would it be like to live on Mars? Much like Earth, maybe, in due course - but the pioneers who will one day head out there will face a deeply hostile environment upon arrival. EU-funded researchers have developed a habitat for simulated space missions in suitably challenging locations down here on Earth. It can also support research in extreme conditions.

Monday, 10 April 2017

Week 14

Friday, 07 April 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Engineering bacteria to churn out chemicals
      Image of an scientist in the labScientists are delving into the core machinery of cellular life, in search of the mechanisms driving bacterial evolution and adaptation. Their findings promise biosynthetic factories able to convert biomass into fuels and valuable chemicals.

Thursday, 06 April 2017

Wednesday, 05 April 2017

  • Press Centre
    • Horizon 2020 to be topped up with €200 million
      The European Parliament gave today its consent to additional €200 million for Horizon 2020, the current EU research and innovation funding programme, by adopting a compromise on the mid-term review of the EU budget, reached with the EU Member States on 7 March. The final and formal approval of the Council of the EU is expected in the coming weeks.

  • Research Headlines
    • Connecting the dots for medical holography
      Image of woman with holographic brain above handNo glasses, no headset, no smartphone - it is possible to produce 3D images that observers can view without cumbersome props. Base these displays on input from medical imaging devices and you could have the makings of a powerful new way to view patient scans. Holography holds the key, says an innovative SME that is developing this technology with EU support.

Tuesday, 04 April 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Controlled catalysis for ultra-clean fuels
      Image of flask in scientist hand with test tubes in laboratoryCatalysts are essential for a lot of chemical production processes, accelerating and enhancing chemical reactions to produce plastics, medicines and fuels more efficiently. Now, thanks to EU-funded research, catalysts are being made more precise and effective with potentially significant benefits for industry and the environment, not least through the development of ultra-clean fuels.

Monday, 03 April 2017

  • Success Stories
    • New ray of hope for premature babies
      Photo nurse taking care onf a newbornAt the neonatal intensive care unit of Milan's Mangiagalli hospital, the patients are very vulnerable ones: premature babies. The hospital is testing a new tool aiming to improve their medical monitoring and reduce the risk of brain injury.

Week 13

Friday, 31 March 2017

  • International Cooperation
    • Commission fosters research and innovation dialogue with the 10 Western Mediterranean countries from the EU and North Africa
      Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, joined today in Tunisia the Forum for the Dialogue in the Western Mediterranean, referred to as the "5+5 Dialogue". With ministers and high level ministerial representatives responsible for research and higher education from the countries participating to this sub-regional forum (Algeria, France, Italy, Libya, Malta, Mauritania, Morocco, Portugal, Spain and Tunisia), as well as the Secretaries General of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) and the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU), they discussed ways of deepening cooperation in research and innovation.

  • Research Headlines
    • The magnetic appeal of fusion technology
      Image of hand with floating symbol of the atomNuclear fusion could, potentially, solve our energy problems once and for all, but we're not quite there yet. However, we are already reaping benefits from the research. Technology development for ITER, for example, generates new know-how with possible applications in industry. It has inspired world-leading innovation for a type of analytical instrumentation.

Thursday, 30 March 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Nearer to the neuron
      Image of neuronsLanguage, reasoning and learning are abilities powered by the neocortex, the folded grey matter on the outside of the brain. But how does its neuronal circuitry actually handle information? Using the example of syntax processing, new EU-funded research is exploring the physiological underpinnings of human cognition.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Toolkit for bioeconomy blueprints
      Picture of a man's hand touching the ears of grainGreen, bio-based industries could drive smart new growth in Europe's regions. An EU-funded project has developed assessment and guidance tools to help regions design strategies to boost entrepreneurship and investment in local bioeconomies.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

  • Success Stories
    • Replacing animal testing with cultured human cells
      Magnified cellsScientists at the University of Luxembourg have engineered human brain tissue, created from stem cells. They think that this bioengineering can push the limits of their knowledge in biomedicine without having to use animals in lab testing. Lets meet scientists around Europe who are not short of ideas about how to reach this goal.

Monday, 27 March 2017

  • Success Stories
    • Sustainable food security - with a little help from nature
      Photo of a bumblebee pollinating Sunflower Within a few decades, supermarket shelves could be empty. A shortage of food is likely unless farmers can produce enough for the world's rapidly growing population. Combining higher yields with sustainability would be a step in the right direction; the EU-funded LIBERATION project has been researching the economic benefits of such an approach.

Week 12

Friday, 24 March 2017

  • Press Centre
    • Commission welcomes new European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity
      The European Commission has received today the new European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity aimed at promoting the responsible conduct of research to help improve its quality and reliability. This new Code was developed by national academies of sciences and humanities through their umbrella organisation, the All European Academies (ALLEA) federation, in close cooperation with the EC.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Clearing the fog: an end to clouded climate predictions
      Image of planet Earth 360°Limited understanding of the role of aerosols in our climate system means a lack of policies addressing them. The EU-funded BACCHUS project aims to expand understanding of how clouds are affected, providing the knowledge for improved climate models and projections, and - eventually - more effective policies for sustainability and climate change mitigation.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Search for other Earths reveals new planets
      Image of planet Earth in SpaceFour exoplanets with an Earth-like composition have been found by an EU-funded project working to understand more about planets outside our solar system. These particular exoplanets are too hot for life, but the observation method that identified them will now help determine how common inhabitable planets are in our galaxy.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Monday, 20 March 2017

Week 11

Friday, 17 March 2017

  • Press Centre
    • New European 'Big Data' e-infrastructure to support biodiversity research
      The European Commission today granted the legal status of European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) to the e-Science and Technology European Infrastructure for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research (LifeWatch). With this measure, the EU provides the facility with many administrative advantages enjoyed by international organisations and therefore helps to successfully implement the infrastructure project.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Electronic evidence, expertly explored
      Image of a man in a hood in front of a laptopCrime moves with the times, with the law hard on its heels... Pirates and highwaymen do still exist, but these days they are likely to have smartphones, and the proof needed to catch and convict them is probably digital. With new questions about electronic evidence constantly arising, EU-funded researchers have mapped out a path towards a common framework.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Twinning for human rights research excellence
      photo of young people holding hands in the pileThrough the EU's twinning initiative for research bodies, Tallinn University has teamed up with the Danish Institute for Human Rights and Germany's Walther Schücking Institute of International Law to expand world-class research into human rights whilst raising excellence in the field.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Innovation in education for 21st century learning
      photo of the kids at schoolTeaching the skills needed for the 21st century requires a new, creative and innovative approach. A team of EU-funded researchers at Tallinn University is developing such an approach, combining methods, instruments and experts from educational sciences, cognitive psychology, human-computer interaction, media studies and learning analytics.

Week 10

Friday, 10 March 2017

Thursday, 09 March 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Equipping first responders to protect citizens
      Picture of protective equipment construction workerSadly many European cities are at risk of chemical, biological and radiological terrorist attacks. The EU-funded IF REACT project has developed innovative personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure that first responders are better prepared. The new equipment can be manufactured as soon as orders start arriving.

Tuesday, 07 March 2017

  • Success Stories
    • Sustainability and a sea of change for the ship industry
      Photo of the shipyardsToday, the shipping industry finds itself in a sea of change. New international standards require vessels to reduce air pollution, meaning fewer emissions. It's a challenge for builders as altering a ship's power can sacrifice safety. How can the industry ensure that marine vessels remain safe while cutting emissions? A shipyard in Croatia is helping scientists to improve maritime transport.

Monday, 06 March 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Belgian schools: bringing equal opportunities to immigrant children
      image of group of kids at schoolThe Belgian school system is highly segregated. Poorer standards of education are seen in schools where pupils are predominantly of immigrant background. EU researchers are compiling new datasets and information about school composition and teaching cohesion to ensure segregation does not have to mean a difference in education standards.

Week 9

Friday, 03 March 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Pathways to success for second-generation migrants
      image of group of people siting at the tableMany children of migrants, born in their adopted homeland, have successfully overcome the odds and enjoy 'elite' status with well paid jobs. By studying these individuals, EU researchers hope to identify how policies and education can be changed to help more second-generation migrants achieve success.

Thursday, 02 March 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • New knowledge to fight back against antibiotic resistance
      image of gloved hand holding bacteria growing in a petri dishesThe use and misuse of antibiotics has accelerated the emergence of drug-resistant bacterial strains, threatening our ability to treat common diseases. EU-funded research has shed new light on the mechanisms behind these microbial mutations, with implications for our understanding of diseases and resistance to treatment.

Wednesday, 01 March 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Silicon in a new light
      image of a micro chip on an electronic boardIn an early application of a new discovery in semiconductor physics, EU-funded researchers have developed a silicon infrared detector that is simpler and cheaper than conventional detectors. The ultimate goal is a silicon-based laser.

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Monday, 27 February 2017

Week 8

Friday, 24 February 2017

Thursday, 23 February 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Nuclear issues: who decides?
      image of nuclear power plantAn EU-funded project has empowered local communities and stakeholders in radioactive waste disposal decision-making. IPPA uses participatory approaches to improve public involvement in nuclear issues in Central and Eastern Europe.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Safer roads for cyclists
      Picture cyclist on the highwayCyclists suffer a disproportionately high share of road accident injuries and fatalities. Through a combination of detection technologies, warning systems, information display and cooperation systems aimed at reducing collisions, EU-funded researchers are planning to cut fatality figures and make cycling safer.

Monday, 20 February 2017

Week 7

Friday, 17 February 2017

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Monday, 13 February 2017

Week 6

Friday, 10 February 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Digital data solutions to improve transport mobility
      Picture of the two cows eating from precision feedersIn a bid to achieve problem-free and proactive mobility solutions for transport, the EU-funded OPTIMUM project is developing IT systems to monitor, gather and analyse multi-source big data on transportation behaviours. This will improve transit, freight transportation and congestion levels throughout Europe.

Thursday, 09 February 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Of cattle conduct and climate change
      Picture of the two cows eating from precision feedersCattle produce methane, and methane emissions affect the climate - but there are differences in the amounts individual members of a herd contribute. Behaviour and stress play a role, say EU-funded researchers highlighting the importance of animal welfare. To boost feed efficiency and curb emissions, they note, we must respect the way of the cow.

Wednesday, 08 February 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • New valve increases oil recovery for better fuel security
      Picture of the revival valveMost oil wells are only able to extract about 32% of the oil available inside. This makes oil a costly and somewhat limited resource, placing Europe's fuel security at risk. The EU-funded REVIVAL project has improved and tested a valve that can significantly increase the recovery of oil from offshore and onshore wells and prolong their productive life.

Tuesday, 07 February 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Advanced robotics for assisted living
      Picture of the human and robot handThe EU-funded RAMCIP project is developing a novel domestic service robot to assist the elderly, Alzheimer's patients and people suffering mild cognitive impairments with daily activities. The robot will be able to decide autonomously when and how to intervene to assist its user.

Monday, 06 February 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Tools for modelling and predicting cancer progress
      Picture of the medecins next to the scannerEvery cancer follows its own complex path. An EU-funded project is developing experimental tools and a computer model to generate and test ideas on the combined impact of the body's cell and chemical processes on cancer progress. The findings should one day help researchers and SMEs find better-targeted drugs faster.

  • Success Stories
    • Could optical fibre sensors save lives?
      Photo of labourersScientists fear that even before one of the last frontiers of exploration, the ocean deep, has been properly studied it will already have been exploited by commercial deep-sea mining looking for rare metal and minerals on the ocean floor, leaving its unique ecosystems badly damaged.

Week 5

Friday, 03 February 2017

Thursday, 02 February 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Tapping the biotech potential of 'synthetic cell factories'
      Picture of accessories in the chemical laboratoryEU-funded researchers have demonstrated the feasibility of bioengineering microbial strains in a controlled manner, a fundamental scientific breakthrough that has significant potential for drug development and biotechnology. The project was also instrumental in establishing a new scientific discipline - xenobiology.

Wednesday, 01 February 2017

  • Success Stories
    • Energy for everyone: EU researchers take first steps towards new batteries
      Photo of an electric car recharging Mobile devices like laptops, cellular phones and other devices - powered by a new generation of lithium-ion based batteries - have changed our lives, according to Professor Silvia Bodoardo of the Politecnico di Torino, Italy. Likewise, electric vehicles (or EVs) powered by larger versions of these batteries could transform our cities - reducing petrol consumption and emissions of carbon dioxide and toxic air pollutants.

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

  • Press Centre
    • Commission speeds up access to market of 17 innovative projects with €33.5 million
      The European Commission is awarding nearly €33.5 million to bring more innovative ideas to market quicker. The 17 benefitting projects, involving 80 partners in 19 countries, will receive around €2 million each under the sixth and last round of the€200 million Fast Track to Innovation (FTI) pilot scheme run since January 2015 under the EU's research and innovation programme Horizon 2020.

Monday, 30 January 2017

  • Scientific Advice Mechanism
    • New members appointed to High Level Group of the Commission's Scientific Advice Mechanism
      The High Level Group of the Commission's Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM) welcomes two new world-class scientists. Sir Paul Nurse, Director of the Francis Crick Institute and 2001 Nobel Prize Laureate in Physiology or Medicine, becomes a member of the Group with effect from 1 March. The Group was also joined in November 2016 by Carina H. Keskitalo, Professor of Political Science at the Department of Geography and Economic History at Umeå University, when Dame Julia Slingo retired from the Group.

Week 4

Friday, 27 January 2017

Thursday, 26 January 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Energy saving for industrial robots
      Picture of the Kuka welding robotsAutomated manufacturing saves time, ensures product quality and makes workplaces safer. But it also requires additional power. Grid architecture and tools from an EU-funded project could make robotised factories more energy-efficient, improving their competitiveness and environmental impact.

  • Success Stories
    • Scientists fear deep-sea mining
      Photo of a boat at seaScientists fear that even before one of the last frontiers of exploration, the ocean deep, has been properly studied it will already have been exploited by commercial deep-sea mining looking for rare metal and minerals on the ocean floor, leaving its unique ecosystems badly damaged.

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Connecting the EU research dots
      Picture of the silhouettes symbolizing the people hovering over your handThe first step towards open access to research findings is an open discussion on what this involves and how it can be achieved. The EU-funded PASTEUR4OA project brought together experts to develop and reinforce open access strategies and policies across Member States in a coordinated and collaborative approach.

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

  • Press Centre
    • Meet the 12 finalists of the EU Prize for Women Innovators 2017
      The finalists of the Horizon 2020-funded EU Prize for Women Innovators 2017 are announced today by the European Commission. The shortlist contains twelve outstanding women entrepreneurs who have brought their breakthrough ideas to the market. For the first time, this year's contest includes three finalists in a new category, the Rising Innovator, to recognise excellence in female entrepreneurs aged 30 years or under. All of the finalists have founded or co-founded a successful company based on their innovative ideas.

  • Research Headlines
    • Underwater gliders to reach new depths for ocean monitoring
      Picture of the underwater caveAn EU-funded project is developing two new deep-water gliders that would expand the ability of scientists and industry to measure the environmental impact of commercial activities such as drilling for oil and gas at sea. The autonomous gliders, sort of deep-sea drones, would also be able to extract better and more meaningful data from greater depths. The insights gained from improved ocean monitoring would contribute to the management of maritime resources.

Monday, 23 January 2017

Week 3

Friday, 20 January 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Dyeing proteins to peer deeper inside living cells
      Picture of the hand of a person who is analyzing sample under microscopeSuper-resolution microscopy that allows researchers to see inside nerve cells, track disease-causing proteins and watch cell division in living organisms earned three scientists the Nobel Prize for chemistry in 2014. Building on that breakthrough, a Marie Curie post-doctoral fellow has developed a pioneering technique to peer even more closely inside living cells at the nano-scale, using fluorescent dyes to label the tiny amino acids that are the building blocks of all proteins.

  • Success Stories
    • Polar research warms up
      Photo from the locationIn northern Sweden, some 150km inside the Arctic Circle where winter temperatures can fall to -45c, it's thaw season. Futuris went to meet a group of biologists studying the basic mechanisms used by plants to survive in this challenging ecosystem.And the variety of colours of their flowers is one of those survival mechanisms as pollinating insects are attracted by their colours.

Thursday, 19 January 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Understanding cancer progression to improve treatment
      Picture of syringe and medicinesAs Europe's population ages, cancer has become the leading cause of death. Therapeutic targeting - changing the activity of a protein or nucleic acid with a stimulus - is of limited use because of the complexity of cancer: changes take place within the tumour cell itself, but also in the cell's microenvironment. An EU-funded project will increase understanding of cancer progression and provide the basis for new, targeted approaches.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Monday, 16 January 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Reducing steel industry waste through nickel recovery
      Image of the water drop in sinkStainless steel is one of the most ubiquitous materials in the modern world, playing an essential role in manufacturing, construction and other sectors. Home to one of the largest steel industries globally, the European Union is at the forefront of efforts to make steel production more efficient, less wasteful and more environmentally friendly.

  • Success Stories
    • Saving our cultural heritage
      Photo of seafoodWhat will come - as time goes on - of traditional dance, folk music, of the cultures of the people? To prevent their disappearance, a European research project - in Thessaloniki in Greece - is establishing a digital database, fully dedicated to intangible cultural treasures of humanity.

Week 2

Friday, 13 January 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Giving citizens a voice in the era of nanotechnology
      Image of the nano cellsFrom user communities to school competitions, an EU-funded project has given civil society a stronger voice in the ongoing debate over nanotechnology. The goal is to help ensure societal concerns are incorporated at all levels of decision-making, and that research with the potential to directly benefit citizens is prioritised.

Thursday, 12 January 2017

  • Success Stories
    • Artificial retinas help bring life back into focus
      Photo of an eye You might think that part-human, part-machine cyborgs belong only in fiction, but adding a bit of technology into your body could help prop it up as it ages, as researchers are demonstrating with the development of artificial retinas to improve deteriorating vision.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Creating the computing experts of the future
      Photo of male hands shielding the model of an airplaneWhat do research on personalised medicine, work towards safer aircraft, understanding turbulence and unravelling the structure of matter have in common? They all require high performance computing (HPC). An EU-funded project is creating the experts we will need to find the answers to these and other global questions using HPC.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Training the antiviral drug developers of the future
      Picture of the tablespoons full of drugsViral infections are a major course of disease worldwide. Licensed antiviral drugs are currently only available for a few viruses, such as HIV, influenza and hepatitis C. Through a multi-disciplinary, inter-sectoral training programme, the ANTIVIRALS project is training a new generation of experts to develop novel antiviral drugs

Monday, 09 January 2017

Week 1

Friday, 06 January 2017

Thursday, 05 January 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Process optimisation for streamlined polymerisation
      Photo of the electrical cables on reelsPolymers are everywhere, and in the modern world, many of them are manmade: materials such as polyethylene, nylon and PVC are part of our daily experience. EU-funded researchers have developed solutions to make polymer production in the chemical industry more efficient and more sustainable.

  • Success Stories
    • A possible treatment for severe sepsis undergoes clinical test
      Photo a sample under a microscope EU-funded project SEPCELL will conduct a clinical trial of a stem cell treatment for patients with severe sepsis caused by a severe form of community-acquired bacterial pneumonia. The trial is one of a series of steps in assessing whether the treatment is safe and efficacious for patients with this life-threatening disease.

Wednesday, 04 January 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Enhancing energy efficiency across diverse urban areas
      Photo of the tubes for underfloor heatingRetrofitting buildings across entire city districts with modern insulation, heating systems and other new construction techniques is a cost-effective way to improve energy efficiency. But the variety of urban areas in Europe means there is no one-size-fits-all solution. EU-funded researchers have developed a macro-level modelling tool for sustainable district retrofitting that takes into account Europe's broad urban diversity.

Tuesday, 03 January 2017


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