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Week 42

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

Friday, 13 October 2017

  • Events
    • New approaches to science for policy: an international SAPEA conference - 13 October 2017

      This one-day SAPEA conference takes place on 13 October 2017 and will explore new approaches to science for policy from a variety of stakeholder perspectives. The conference will be hosted by the Estonian Academy of Sciences in Tallinn and is closely linked to the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research’s conference week European research excellence: value and impact for society. A highlight is TV presenter and academic, Professor Brian Cox, speaking on citizen engagement.

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 a woman standing on a scalesEU-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.