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African and EU countries have long worked together on science and technology research. Now the way they collaborate is being rethought for the modern world. An EU-funded project has used a different approach for a more equal, coordinated research partnership between Africa and the EU.
Published: 5 October 2015
Roughly six million people in Europe suffer from epilepsy. Although treatment is widely available, 30% of patients still experience uncontrolled seizures. Hoping to change their lives for the better, the EU-funded project EpiMiRNA is looking to improve our understanding of the underlying causes of the condition, and to open up new diagnostic and therapeutic pathways focusing on the role of microRNAs.
Published: 24 September 2015
If there's one thing North Africa has in abundance, it is sun - and with it, the potential for cheap, plentiful solar power. An EU-funded project is adapting solar technology to the region's environment and infrastructure, while building local research capacity in the field.
Published: 22 September 2015
Sidelined for decades because of their traditional way of life, South Africa's San, also known as Bushmen, are now attracting admiration and respect for their traditional knowledge on the medicinal properties of plants. An EU-funded project is helping the San to share this knowledge and claim their rightful benefits.
Published: 18 September 2015
Offshore wind-farms are an attractive source of renewable energy, overcoming a number of concerns linked to on-land wind turbines. An EU-funded project is increasing cost-effectiveness out at sea with new, lightweight, innovative components. One system prototype is being tested, while another is under development.
Published: 17 September 2015
Researchers, politicians and policy-makers from Europe and Africa are addressing major social, economic and environmental challenges through EU-funded projects that aim to foster long-term collaboration in science, technology and innovation.
Published: 16 September 2015
A drug capable of not only controlling certain autoimmune diseases but also reorienting the immune system has been developed through the EU-funded TRIAD project and is now undergoing clinical trials via a spin-off. Scientists believe that this approach could be the first step towards finding a cure.
Published: 14 September 2015
An EU-funded project has fed thousands of people on food that would otherwise be wasted in some of Europe's biggest cities. Raising awareness is part of a strategy to reduce food waste. The project is also examining ways to encourage businesses and households to use food more efficiently and discard less. Its proposals could increase resource efficiency along the supply chain, cut bills for shoppers, and contribute to a sustainable food system.
Published: 11 September 2015
Earth monitoring - observing land, security and climate change from space - can help countries protect resources and improve lives. But the technology is no use without human capacity. So that capacity-building in Africa targets the continent's priorities, an EU-funded project brought together African and European specialists to build networks and make key investment decisions.
Published: 4 September 2015
Human papillomavirus has long been associated with the vast majority of cervical and anogenital cancers diagnosed worldwide, but its role in head-and-neck cancers has been less widely researched. In a landmark case study, EU-funded researchers are characterising the connection in order to advance the development of new screening and diagnostic techniques.
Published: 2 September 2015