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Week 36

Tuesday, 02 September 2014

Monday, 01 September 2014

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

Week 35

Friday, 29 August 2014

Thursday, 28 August 2014

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

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

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

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

Monday, 25 August 2014

Week 34

Friday, 22 August 2014

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

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

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

Monday, 18 August 2014

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

Week 33

Thursday, 14 August 2014

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

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

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


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