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Public consultation on the Europe 2020 strategy: towards a post-crisis growth strategy for Europe

Interested people and organisations are invited to give their views on the Europe 2020 strategy, the EU's long-term growth and jobs plan. The consultation will be open until 31 October 2014.

Call for expression for Horizon 2020 expert evaluators
The European Commission has launched a call for expression of interest for experts for the evaluation of proposals under Horizon 2020, the EU’s new funding instrument for Research and Innovation (2014-2020), and for other tasks as described in the call.

Experts can register in the database on their own initiative or be named by organisations.

With this e-mail we are looking for experts specifically for the Horizon 2020 part "Industrial Leadership - Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies" (LEIT),
and therein for the Key Enabling Technologies (KET), notably for

    Advanced materials,
    Advanced manufacturing and processing

and for cross-cutting and interdisciplinary questions.

If you are already registered in the FP7 experts database and you are interested to continue under H2020, we invite you to update your profile on the Participant Portal.
Other interested experts are welcome to register on the Participant Portal.

Registered and new experts should tick the “Horizon 2020” box, and indicate their fields of expertise related to the NMP+B part of H2020.

We will need experts with a strong relevant research and technological background, and it will be important to cover appropriately the industrial dimension of our programme and to address all aspects of innovation.

In this context we would like to invite experts with strong background and expertise e.g. in

  • Industry and businesses including SMEs, in relation to Key Enabling Technologies, for individual technologies such as the areas above as well as for "cross-KET" and interdisciplinary issues,
  • Strategic business planning and development, product/service development, marketing – market know-how,
  • Industrial and project investment and financing,
  • Intellectual property and management/protection of know-how.

All details on this call for experts can be found on the Participant Portal.

Ground-breaking portable memory from FP7 project FEMTOPRINT
In our digital era, the demand for data storage capacity is growing exponentially. Through research work done within the EU project FEMTOPRINT, scientists at the University of Southampton have experimentally demonstrated the unprecedented advantages of a new method of 5D optical data storage using nanostructured glass: the capacity of storing vast quantities of data, 360 TB/disc data capacity, thermal stability up to 1000°C and practically unlimited lifetime. These make the 5D optical memory perfect for organisations with huge numbers of documents, like national archives or museums. [...] Read more

Social Sustainability for the Factory of the Future by Valentijn de Leeuw in the ARC Insights of February 2013
Manufacturing is the second largest sector within the non-financial sector in the EU, accounting for 23 percent of employment and 25 percent of the added value of the sector. Since manufacturing is considered a key enabler for the European economy, the EU has decided to start funding a research topic on social sustainability in manufacturing.

Read the full article (PDF version, 177KB)

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Tool-cutting process project coordinator explains why EU-wide research was the key to success
Only by bringing together expertise from nine different EU member states were industrial and academic partners able to develop a generic adaptive system for manufacturing processes to make European industry more efficient, competitive and environmentally friendly, explains ADACOM project coordinator Drazen Veselovac from the University of Aachen.

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Increasing industrial safety in Europe - an interview of Prof. Dr. Helmut Wenzel, coordinator of the EU project IRIS.

A pilot line of antibacterial and antifungal medical textiles based on a sonochemical process