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Week 43

Friday, 21 October 2016

  • Health
    • European Union invests €45 million into research to combat the Zika disease
      The European Union, through the Horizon 2020 programme, is investing €45 million in research to combat the outbreak of the Zika virus disease and other emerging infections transmitted by mosquitoes. The significant funding from the EU's research and innovation programme will support research on treatments, diagnostics and vaccines, as well as better risk assessment for Zika.

  • Research Headlines
    • Trading on trust
      Picture of workers in reflective vests and helmetsYou'd be forgiven for thinking that the documents accompanying shipping containers are always accurate. But you would be wrong - discrepancies are frequent. EU-funded research suggests that a system of trusted trade lanes could address this problem and the associated business and security concerns.

Thursday, 20 October 2016

  • Consultations
    • Public consultation: have your say on Horizon 2020
      The European Commission has today launched a public stakeholder consultation which will feed into the interim evaluation of Horizon 2020, the EU's €77 billion research and innovation funding scheme running from 2014 to 2020. This interim evaluation will help improve the functioning of Horizon 2020, and will also be an important element in preparations of a next EU research and innovation programme.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

  • Research Headlines
    • A fresh approach to water security
      Pictureof Rio Napo in EcuadorLocal people have more power than they think to adapt to new water supply patterns from climate change. An EU-funded project is helping communities in tropical forests in Argentina, Bolivia and Chile self-organise to ensure secure access to water and wiser use of resources.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Monday, 17 October 2016

  • Research Headlines
    • Innovative cloud network to simplify travel planning
      Picture of the hand with smartphoneAn EU-funded project aims to boost the competitiveness of Europe's travel industry by developing a cutting-edge cloud services platform capable of pulling together data from millions of service providers. The platform would allow travellers to access more diverse and flexible travel services faster and more securely than is currently possible - simplifying journey planning.

  • Success Stories
    • Creating 3D models with your mobile phone
      Photo of a smartphone taking a photo In a World where smartphones, sensors and cameras are everywhere, researchers dream of using their mobile phones differently. Let's look at whether our smartphones can help to create sophisticated 3D models which will turn us into active makers of 3D computer models.

Week 42

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

  • Events
    • Spreading Excellence and Crossing the Innovation Divide Conference - 23 November 2016, Brussels, Belgium

      The international conference “Spreading Excellence and Crossing the Innovation Divide” will be organised on 23 November 2016 in Brussels. The conference takes place at an important point in time since the ex-post evaluation of the 7th Framework Programme will be completed. It may thus contribute to the overall assessment and reflection on what has been achieved in the effort of the EU to reduce disparities among Member States in terms of performance. The interim evaluation of Horizon 2020 will also be launched and discussions on the future Framework Programme will start to take shape. Furthermore, the first Widening projects under Teaming, Twinning and ERA Chairs have started already in 2015 and some examples might be showcased....

  • Success Stories
    • Making the most of Africa's biowaste
      Photo of over ripe bananas Cassava peel, sugar cane vinasse and overripe bananas - residues such as these may be known as biowaste, but that doesn't mean they're necessarily wasted. An EU-funded project identified sources and current uses of such materials in five African countries and proposed quick, simple ways of processing them into products with higher added value.

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

  • Research Headlines
    • Digesting GMO risk assessment data
      Picture of the grains in the laboratoryDo we really need to test genetically modified food and feed on rats? What risk assessment data do we have, and how can we boost public confidence in conclusions drawn from this input? EU-funded researchers have produced guidance on the consolidation of scientific evidence and put the EU's mandatory rodent feeding trials under the microscope.

Monday, 10 October 2016

  • Research Headlines
    • Turning plants and waste into renewable plastics and chemicals
      Picture of garbage bin full of fresh foodPlastics are still made from petrochemicals that take their toll on the environment. But this could be about to change. Thanks to the EU-funded BioConSepT project, it is now feasible to make plastics from renewable resources such as wood and straw. Industry could soon be making plastic bags and bottles using chemicals derived from agricultural waste.

  • Success Stories
    • Squeezing extra value from fruit and veg
      Photo of basket of apples An EU-funded project has shown that by setting up onsite facilities, fruit and vegetable processors can cost-effectively transform their by-products into sustainable added-value compounds. This can boost rural employment and provide a new source of ingredients for the chemicals, materials, food and pharmaceutical industries.

Week 41

Friday, 07 October 2016

  • Research Headlines
    • High-quality stockfish every time
      Picture of drying rack with fish hung up to dryAn automated process for drying fish updates a centuries-old Norwegian practice to give more reliable, safer results. The EU-funded project's indoor system produces prime-quality stockfish with minimal spoiling, supporting SME growth and sustainable fish use. The process is now being patented.

  • Success Stories
    • EU and India cooperate on kick-starting bioeconomy
      Photo of a sugar cane plantation A strategic action plan, roadmap, summer schools, short-term research exchanges and project twinning initiatives... these are just some of the activities carried out by an EU-funded project to help researchers in India and the EU boost the sustainable bio-based economy.

Thursday, 06 October 2016

Wednesday, 05 October 2016

Tuesday, 04 October 2016

  • Events
    • SSH Impact & Action - ACCOMPLISSH opening conference - 20-22 November 2016, Rome, Italy

      The carefully chosen acronym ACCOMPLISSH stands for: Accelerate co-creation by setting up a multi-actor platform for impact from Social Sciences and Humanities. It covers the project in a single word: we will accomplish the challenge of creating an innovative valorisation concept that will strengthen the position and impact generation of SSH research and contribute to innovation for a variety of lead-users and end-users.

    • ICRI 2016 - 3-4 October 2016, Cape Town, South Africa

      The International Conferences on Research Infrastructures (ICRI) are a well established international forum encouraging global cooperation and providing a unique opportunity to share views on matters of international relevance in the Research Infrastructures' domain....

Monday, 03 October 2016

  • Research Headlines
    • What your saliva tells you about your heart health
      Picture of the stetoscope on top of EKG chartHeart disease is the leading cause of death worldwide. Early detection can prevent heart failure and other complications, but screening is currently time consuming. EU-funded researchers are looking to change this with a cost-effective tool capable of detecting a patient’s risk of heart failure from their saliva.

  • Success Stories
    • What's at the centre of the earth?
      Photo of a volcano New experiments that crush material between two diamonds to simulate the extraordinarily high temperatures and pressures found in the earth's interior are providing answers to the age-old questions of what our planet is made of, and where its ingredients came from.

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