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• Better use of Antibiotics • Breaking the optical transmission barriers
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Week 10

Wednesday, 04 March 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • Shoring up Europe's flood defences
      Flooding in Warsaw Poland, in 2010From Pakistan to the Balkans and from Mozambique to Western Europe - images of the misery caused by flooding are a regular feature in the media. While eliminating all risk is impossible, understanding it and adapting buildings, infrastructure and flood defences can save lives and money. EU-funded researchers have developed the tools needed to do just that, and have passed them on to Europe's policymakers.

Tuesday, 03 March 2015

  • Events
    • Tenancy Law and Housing Policy in Multi-level Europe - TENLaw project meeting - 8-9 May 2015, Tartu, Estonia

      Private tenancy law is existentially affecting the daily lives of European citizens, as about one third of them depend on rental housing.
      That notwithstanding, it constitutes a nearly blank space in comparative and European law. This is due to its national character, its political nature and its embeddedness in widely diverging national housing policies, which ultimately reflect different welfare state models. At the same time, however, different parts of EU law and policy do affect tenancy law significantly, albeit indirectly. Thus, EU social policy against poverty and social exclusion extends to selected issues of housing policy....

  • Press Centre
    • 10 years of commitment to better working conditions for researchers
      Today, the first two hundred Deans and Rectors from universities and research institutes to have implemented the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers will receive the 'HR Excellence in Research Award' for their efforts to create attractive working conditions for researchers in Europe. To mark the event, the European Commission is hosting a conference to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Charter and Code, celebrating the creation of an attractive, open and sustainable labour market for researchers in Europe.

    • Commission helps EU Member States reform their research and innovation systems
      The European Commission has today launched a new Policy Support Facility (PSF) to help EU Member States reform their research and innovation policies. Such reforms are a priority for EU economic policy as highly performing research and innovation systems can kick-start renewed growth and job creation. The first countries to make use of the Facility are Bulgaria and Hungary.

      Available also in version: Bulgarian and Hungarian

  • Success Stories
    • Tsunami alert
      Photo of a researcher explaining the system The ocean can be ruthless and unpredictable. Tsunamis strike without warning, taking thousands of lives. How can we spot an approaching wave in time to save people? Outside Setubal, Portugal, scientists from a European research project are testing a device that automatically detects a rising wave to alert people on the nearby beach.

Monday, 02 March 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • Paints for places where a spark spells trouble
      Welders at the factoryWith the help of EU research funding, three small businesses have been able to take a concept for more efficient, cheaper types of paints for hazardous, explosive work areas, develop innovative products, and successfully bring them to market. The new paints also eliminate the need for the metal particles and solvents normally used in such products - removing a potential health hazard.

Week 9

Friday, 27 February 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • Going the extra mile with batteries that breathe
      A major challenge facing full electric vehicles is the limited range between charges. An EU-backed project has designed a new-generation battery that can potentially power a car for up to 500 km, instead of the current 150 km, before needing to be recharged. This breakthrough could encourage more people to buy electric vehicles - good for the environment and Europe's competitiveness.

Thursday, 26 February 2015

  • Press Centre
    • European Commission launches €1m prize for a diagnostic test to combat antibiotic resistance
      A prize of €1 million will be awarded to the person or team that develops a rapid test to tell whether a patient needs to be treated with antibiotics or not, the European Commission announced today. The aim is to stop overuse of antibiotics and halt the growing resistance of micro-organisms to them that causes every year 25 000 deaths and over €1.5 billion in healthcare expenses and productivity losses in Europe alone.

  • Success Stories
    • Building houses with bacteria
      Photo of a researcher demonstrating the bacteria concoction Houses of the future could be partially built with bacteria. It sounds like science fiction but researchers involved in an EU-backed project in Madrid are working towards making this a concrete reality.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

  • Press Centre
    • EU-Funded Research contribution to the Energy Union
      Research, Innovation and Competitiveness has been identified as one of the five mutually-reinforcing and closely interrelated dimensions of the Energy Union presented today in Brussels. Embedded across all of the strategy's priorities, R&I will play a key role in helping Europe achieve all its ambitious climate and energy targets.

  • Research Headlines
    • Engineering longer lives for bridges
      Bridges are an integral part of today's road and rail transport network, but maintaining them puts significant strain on public finances. The EU-funded project Long Life Bridges has found a way to keep them safe at lower cost. It has also built a prototype of a device designed to extend the lifetime of bridge cables.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Monday, 23 February 2015

  • Events
    • CHAIN-REDS Conference: “Open Science at the Global Scale" - 31 March 2015, Brussels

      The CHAIN-REDS project partners are proud to announce the “Open Science at the Global Scale: Sharing e-Infrastructures, Sharing Knowledge, Sharing Progress” Conference to be held in Brussels on March 31, 2015 at Marivaux Hotel. This major event in the field of e-Infrastructures for Research and Education is organised by the CHAIN-REDS project, under the aegis of the European Commission (DG CONNECT).

  • Press Centre
    • Public consultation: have your say on the achievements of FP7
      The European Commission has today launched a public consultation on the achievements of FP7, the EU's 7th Framework Programme for research and innovation worth €53 billion of funding for the period 2007-2013. The results of the consultation will feed into the ex-post evaluation of FP7 carried out by an independent external High Level Expert Group.

  • Research Headlines
    • Gold nanoparticles could set immune system in motion
      Picture of sneezing womanThe immune system is the body's defence against infections and other invaders. While the system works unaided and unnoticed for most of us, others cannot take it for granted, due either to disease or treatments such as chemotherapy. EU-funded researchers have investigated combining nanotechnology and biotechnology to 're-educate' failing immune systems and get them back in working order. Initial results are promising, and clinical trials are 5-10 years away.

Week 8

Friday, 20 February 2015

Thursday, 19 February 2015

  • Success Stories
    • In the smart city of Santander the walls have ears
      Photo of surveilance equipment Urban noise may be a nuisance for residents, but it can also provide important information about the city and its needs. A unique experiment in the Spanish city of Santander is trying to determine how this data can be used to improve the lives of citizens. It involves engineers and scientists from a European research project.

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • Powering towards collaborative maritime navigation
      Picture of a container ship in the portEU-funded researchers have developed a concept for a novel satellite-based navigation network to improve traffic flows and safety along Europe's congested maritime and inland waterways. Through the exchange of vessel data, the network could help reduce accidents and enable European ports to increase efficiency.

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

  • Press Centre
    • Estonian SMEs to Benefit from EU-Guaranteed Loans under Horizon 2020
      Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Estonia will get easier access to risk capital for financing innovation activities thanks to the new EU-backed loan guarantee facility. A deal signed today between LHV Pank, an Estonian Bank, and the European Investment Fund (EIF) will allow LHV Pank to enter into new loan agreements with innovative SMEs as well as Small Mid-caps for a total of €40m over the next two years.

Monday, 16 February 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • New horizons in crop fertilisation
      Picture of field irrigated by the prototype of project OPTIFERTEU-funded researchers have developed an automated prototype to help farmers monitor and control the amount of water and fertiliser they need for their crops. It has already been successfully tested on 25 hectares of land (an area roughly the size of 35 football pitches), and the SMEs involved are making commercialisation plans - there is currently no such system on the market.

Week 7

Friday, 13 February 2015

  • Press Centre
    • Thirteen new 'ERA Chairs' to increase research excellence across EU
      Thirteen universities, technical institutes and private organisations in those parts of Europe that have not done as well as they could in research and innovation are to receive up to €2.5 million each in EU funding to boost their research capacity through the appointment of 'ERA Chairs', the European Commission announced today.

  • Research Headlines
    • Leading the fight against neglected and emerging viruses
      Photo of ebola virusEU-funded researchers have developed a streamlined approach for identifying and testing antiviral compounds that promises to accelerate the search for treatments for a range of deadly diseases including Ebola, SARS and dengue fever. Negotiations are underway for a class of compounds which are nearly ready for the pharmaceutical industry to pursue.

Thursday, 12 February 2015


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