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EU-funded researchers have identified the untapped commercial potential of products like wild berries, mushrooms, nuts and plants growing in Europe's forests for the benefit of rural communities - a way to generate growth and jobs.
Published: 15 May 2015
The challenges affecting a regional sea cannot be tackled effectively by individual countries acting alone. Nor can they be addressed without a thorough understanding of the relevant facts and processes. The states bordering the Baltic Sea are cooperating in a joint research programme to provide policy-makers with the information they need to achieve greater sustainability.
Published: 30 January 2015
Despite the recent rise of radical, extreme or populist movements in Europe, young Europeans still accept democracy and reject violence, an EU-backed project has found. However, many feel that the political establishment does not represent them, leading them to consider alternative politics. Politicians must start listening more to young people to engage them fully in the democratic process, the researchers advise.
Published: 19 January 2015
The battle against corruption has been a challenge ever since the first bribe was exchanged for private gain. There have been some successes and many failures. In response, EU-funded researchers are taking a fresh look at one of the murkiest sides of human behaviour. Their studies have already yielded results - steps towards practical solutions to an age-old problem.
Published: 5 January 2015
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.
Published: 13 August 2014
There is no doubt that climate change is happening worldwide as ice caps shrink, sea and river levels rise. Coastal flooding damages not only buildings and engineering structures, but also the environment and the ecological balance in Europe.
Published: 25 February 2014
It has become a cliché today to talk about the IT revolution. Computers have changed our lives beyond recognition. However, the scale of this revolution could be dwarfed by the advances promised by the next generation of information technology quantum computing. With its potential to exponentially increase computing power, quantum computing opens up possibilities we could previously only dream of. These possibilities include quantum cryptography, strengthening our capabilities in an area that has become more and more critical as computers have increasingly become central to our lives: the need to stay secure against potential criminal hackers and terrorists.
Published: 25 October 2013
Preparations are underway for a second phase of the European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership programme (EDCTP2, 2014-2024), which is expected to start in the course of 2014 as part of the EU's Horizon 2020 research funding programme.
Published: 16 October 2013
Agriculture is at risk from climate change as temperatures, pest levels and growing seasons change. However, agriculture also contributes to these effects through emissions from fertilisers, water wastage and biological processes. A third of vegetables and fruit consumed in the EU are produced by protected horticulture. As 90% of the greenhouse growers are small and medium enterprises (SMEs), they have to compete with cheaper labour, production costs and regular supply from producers outside the EU.
Published: 12 September 2013
Food scares can undermine consumer confidence, ruin business reputations and create unnecessary panic. If these scenarios are to be avoided, industry needs to develop more effective strategies for communicating to the public. Focusing on online media, an EU-funded project has made a significant contribution by helping to better understand how information on food risk is spread.
Published: 19 July 2013