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• Better use of Antibiotics • Breaking the optical transmission barriers
• Materials for clean air • Collaborative Spectrum Sharing • Food scanner

What was new in the last 3 weeks

Week 16

Friday, 17 April 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • Cheap and renewable electricity anywhere
      Picture of wind power plantMost wind energy comes from turbines 150 metres above ground level. Winds at this altitude are however weak and intermittent, with most wind farms operating at only 25 - 30% of their capacity. EU-funded researchers have developed a prototype wind energy system that works at much higher altitudes, where winds are stronger and more constant, increasing electricity production dramatically. A commercialised product is in the pipeline.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

  • Press Centre
    • A new Wave of Scientific Transatlantic Cooperation
      The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney T.D. today joined with Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, and Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries in Brussels, along with Canada’s Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Gail Shea, to announce the first trans-Atlantic mapping survey to take place under the Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance.

    • European Commission launches €3m prize to improve air quality in cities
      A prize of €3 million will be awarded to the person or team that develops the best material to reduce the concentration of particulate matter in urban areas, the European Commission announced today. The aim is to improve air quality in cities and reduce the serious health risks posed by particulate matter (PM), the air pollutant which has the most severe impact on health.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • Recycled water makes a splash
      Removal of kidney holder from the Kidney Assist transportable organ preservation systemDonated organs are a rare and precious gift - but, unfortunately, some can't actually be used because they don't offer much hope of a successful transplant. An EU-funded research project focusing on kidneys and livers has set out to improve the odds.

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • Enzymes - a new weapon in the war on drugs in water
      Picture of a waste water treatment plant Conventional water treatment technologies do not remove all of the pharmaceutical residues currently found in wastewater. Helping to eliminate a potential health threat, an EU-funded project has shown that enzymes can be used to neutralise these drugs when treating wastewater.

Monday, 13 April 2015

  • Press Centre
    • EU and Middle-East Building Bridges through Science Diplomacy
      The EU Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation Carlos Moedas took today a new step towards strengthening cooperation in the Middle East through science diplomacy. To mark the EU's engagement towards building bridges between nations through research and innovation Commissioner Carlos Moedas participated in a high level conference on "Addressing shared challenges through science diplomacy: the case of the EU –Middle East Regional Cooperation" and visited the Synchrotron light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East (SESAME) in Allan (Jordan). SESAME is a unique international endeavour launched in 2003 under UNESCO auspices by Eastern Mediterranean countries to enhance scientific and technological excellence and build a culture of cooperation and peace in the broader Middle East.

Week 15

Friday, 10 April 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • Recycled water makes a splash
      Picture of houses at San Pedro de AtacamaWhere water is scarce, it is particularly important to ensure that the precious drops aren't wasted. Recycling and reuse technologies can help to preserve this precious resource even in very arid regions. An EU-funded project has developed a decision support tool to help communities select the solutions that offer the best fit for their needs.

Thursday, 09 April 2015

Wednesday, 08 April 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • Keeping the noise down in city centres
      Night photo traffic in the financial district of Hong KongIf you live or work in a city centre, you will know how stressful constant traffic noise can be. But adaptations to roads, tyres, vehicles and urban planning could reduce traffic noise to less than one-tenth current levels in towns and cities, say EU researchers. They have paved the way by developing an approach - along with new designs for road surfaces and tyres - to turn the volume down.

Tuesday, 07 April 2015

  • Events
    • WIRE 2015 (Week for Innovative Regions in Europe) - 4-5 June 2015, Riga, Latvia

      This 6th edition of the WIRE Conference provides a forum for policy dialogue on Research, Innovation, Regional Strategies and Growth. Held since 2010, it has been established as a debate leading to new proposals for improving the effectiveness of regional, national and European governance, measuring the impact and supporting regional development.

Week 14

Thursday, 02 April 2015

  • Success Stories
    • Sucker punch: the European research project dealing a blow to mosquitoes
      Photo of a researcher demonstrating the contraption Mankind has been at war with mosquitoes down through the ages because of the threat they pose through malaria. ""I've been in the business of mosquitoes for the last 22 years, studying these insects not only because they are fascinating, but also because they cause a lot of trouble in the world through diseases like malaria, which still every year cause the death of more than 700,000 people worldwide," says Bart Knols, a medical entomologist.

Wednesday, 01 April 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • High-tech nano-science help for cultural treasures
      renovation of the sculptureConservators use heat transfer for restoration - from paintings, works on paper and textiles to murals, 3-D objects and more. But conventional methods leave much to be desired. IMAT project has developed a revolutionary heating system based on carbon nanotubes and silver nanoparticles.

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

  • Press Centre
    • SMEs in the Czech Republic to benefit from around €250 million in EU-guaranteed loans
      Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the Czech Republic will get easier access to risk capital thanks to the new EU-backed loan guarantee facilities under the Horizon 2020 programmes. Two deals signed today by European Investment Fund (EIF) with Komerční banka and Česká spořitelna will allow both Czech banks to enter into new loan agreements with SMEs as well as Small Mid-caps for a total of CZK 6950 million(over €250 million) over the next two years.

Monday, 30 March 2015

  • Events
    • IoT-Week 2015 Towards Large-Scale Internet-of-Things - 16-18 June 2015, Lisbon, Portugal

      The IoT Week originated in the IoT European Research Cluster (IERC) and has become the pre-eminent event in Europe attracting industry and research from around the world to showcase and discuss the Internet of Things of today and of the future. IoT Week 2015 is devoted to creation of ecosystems, partnerships and value chains across the domains to ensure rapid deployment of interoperable and replicable IoT solutions.


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