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  Museums strengthen links between Europe and the Americas
An EU-funded project is exploring the cultural, scientific and social dimensions of Europe4s relations with Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) through the study of museums. This should preserve community heritage and support EU-LAC cooperation.

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  Electric cars: fast forward with plastic battery rack
Could the battery racks in electric cars be greener? Lighter? More affordable, and easier to assemble? Significant gains could be achieved and could help the deployment of such vehicles pick up the pace, say EU-funded researchers who have developed sophisticated housing made of plastic rather than metal.

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  The making of more women entrepreneurs
An EU-funded project has developed an education and training programme to help more women in Europe successfully start their own businesses. This could support EU efforts to encourage female entrepreneurship, creating jobs and economic growth.

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  Innovation chain for next-gen buildings
As the building industry looks for new ways to harness advances in digital technology, talented young designers, architects, engineers and IT specialists are earning accolades for their innovative approach to this fast-moving industrial sector.

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  Molecular machines to green industry
An EU-funded project is developing potent molecular machines that could cut the costs and environmental impact of industries as diverse as healthcare, manufacturing and energy. This could bolster EU efforts to promote cleaner industrial processes.

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  Transforming heavy vehicles for more energy-efficient freight
An EU-funded research project has developed innovations in truck and semi-trailer design that could increase energy efficiency by up to 25 %, supporting the EU's goal of improving the sustainability of Europeean transport sector.

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  Enabling young researchers to pursue careers in biomedicine
An EU-funded project is enabling young European biomedical researchers to organise annual scientific symposia, career days and outreach activities. The aim is to connect them with prominent scientists and give them the skills and experience to advance their own careers.

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  History springs back to life via virtual reality
The application of virtual reality to cultural heritage is contributing to the way both knowledge and objects are preserved and handed down to future generations of Europeans. Now an EU-funded project is helping increase knowledge and share virtual reality expertise among researchers in Romania, Slovenia and Italy.

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  Collaborating against cancer: research drives knowledge sharing
Leading European institutes are combining their know-how to advance research into tumour biology, establishing an EU-funded network that promises to contribute to the development of new treatments, insights and technologies to combat cancer.

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  Revitalising rural areas through social innovation
From local recycling schemes to community-led business start-ups, social innovation can drive the revitalisation of marginalised areas where markets and public administrations have failed. EU-funded researchers are studying examples of social innovation and exploring how best practices can be shared across Europe and beyond.

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  Nature-based solutions for urban dwellers
Big city life can mean a lack of green living spaces, especially in more crowded, less affluent urban areas. TURAS, an EU-funded project, demonstrated ways to add green to the grey - transforming stressful urban areas into more liveable and sustainable spaces where local communities can thrive.

  New climate models will help preserve Europe's historical buildings
Europe and the Mediterranean contain more World Heritage sites than any other global region. These sites include hundreds of museums, churches, houses and castles that capture Europe’s rich history over the centuries.


  Centre stage: the vital social role of applied theatre
Applied theatre tells a story not for the purposes of entertainment but for social, economic, political or therapeutic reasons. EU-funded researchers have been examining the growth and impact of this form of theatre across the world.

  Support for development of the Internet of Things
Horizon 2020's InnovFin-EU finance for innovators initiative, which is run by the European Investment Bank (EIB), has invested in the French electronics company Archos and its work on the Internet of Things. An EU-backed loan will enable Archos to deploy new tools to help connected objects function more efficiently.

  Remote-sensing at the service of cultural heritage
Remote-sensing technology has greatly widened the scope to explore vestiges of the past. Archaeology has embraced it with enthusiasm, as have the experts monitoring and managing cultural heritage sites. An EU-funded project has set out to develop innovative methods and establish a centre of excellence in Cyprus.

  Expanding horizons in digital humanities research
Access to digitised texts, recordings and other documents from repositories across Europe offers a major resource for humanities research. An EU-funded project has contributed to developing a pan-European digital infrastructure to provide wider access to such information - boosting research in the field.

  New multidisciplinary research centre in Sweden and Denmark
A loan backed by the InnovFin-EU finance for innovators initiative under the EU's Horizon 2020 programme and the European Investment Bank (EIB) is supporting construction of the European Spallation Source (ESS) research centre. Its powerful neutron beams will open up opportunities for researchers in a range of disciplines.

  Faster diagnosis for patients with serious infections
A loan supported by the InnovFin-EU finance for innovators initiative under the EU's Horizon 2020 programme and extended by the European Investment Bank is helping Spanish start-up STAT-Dx develop automated molecular diagnostic tests. Such tests slash the time it takes to detect and treat serious gastrointestinal and respiratory infections in patients in emergency departments and intensive care units.

  Nature and humanity: a revival of the fittest?
The EU-funded DIGE project is exploring what happens when a traditional, practical knowledge of plants and animals unified, eroded or centralised by a dominant group, and the impacts on natural resources, health, economies and the well-being of local communities.

  Paving the way for safer roads in Africa
Shifting into high gear, EU-funded researchers are driving a new Action Plan to make roads safer in Africa.

  A philosophical toolkit for medical ethics
Doctors often face ethical dilemmas in their work. One issue is medical complicity - indirectly doing wrong by supporting others' wrongdoing. An EU-funded project has been developing an ethical framework to help doctors make difficult decisions.

  Protecting rice from climate change and invasive snails
EU-funded researchers are developing salt-tolerant rice to protect this important crop from the effects of climate change and the exotic apple snail pest.

  Turning waves into electricity
Wind turbines and solar panels are a familiar sight but wave energy remains untapped. A loan supported by the InnovFin-EU finance for innovators programme under the EU's Horizon 2020 programme and extended by the European Investment Bank helped a Finnish firm AW-Energy to turn waves into electricity.

  As Europe ages, could robots help care for seniors?
Amid the growing need for affordable and safe elderly care, EU-funded researchers are exploring ways to improve how robots interact with users given a range of tasks and circumstances. The project could help tackle the challenge of providing everyday support to Europe's ageing population.

  Real-time cell imaging technique could transform research
An EU-funded team of scientists from Spain, Germany and Denmark is investigating a radical new MRI-based technique for ultra-detailed, real-time imaging of living cells. Results could transform cancer research, neuroscience, biophysics - and more.

  Combined vaccine strategy targets both hepatitis C virus and HIV
An EU-funded project developed a simple, affordable and effective vaccine strategy to prevent the incidence of both hepatitis C virus and HIV-1. This could significantly increase the life expectancy of people receiving antiretroviral therapy for HIV-1.

  Predicting climate change to preserve cultural heritage
Climate change is putting our cultural heritage at risk. EU-funded researchers have developed simulation tools that can predict the future indoor climate and the energy demand of historic buildings and museums to enable preventative actions to conserve this heritage.

  Self-aware assembly lines promise smoother production
Self-aware, self-healing machines could help industries like the automotive, white goods, welding, machine tools and electronics sectors identify production failures before they happen. This would ensure timely repair, reduce downtime and increase output, as an EU-funded research project is showing.

  Gaining a deeper understanding of the universe
Under the InnovFin Large Projects facility, a CHF 250-million loan has been provided to increase the capacity of the High Luminosity Large Hadron Collider (HL-LHC), which is the European Organisation for Nuclear Research's (CERN) central project for the decade. The expansion will help open up new commercial possibilities and deepen understanding of our universe.

  Better access to satellite data for novel air-quality applications
Air-quality information about your city could soon be at your fingertips thanks to an EU-funded project which is setting up a one-stop portal to facilitate access to essential data on pollution gathered by European satellites.

  Could nanotechnoloy 'rewire' an injured spinal cord?
Innovative equipment has been developed to help patients regain control of limbs despite an injury that stops the transmission of signals through the spinal cord. But what if this transmission could actually be re-established? An EU-funded project is working on an innovative implant, but there is still a very long way to go.

  Harnessing open data to help the agri-food sector
Researchers are developing collaborative apps that could improve farming practices and the efficiency of food supply chains. They are part of an EU-funded project aimed at harnessing the power of open data and ICT to promote better use and management of agricultural land, boosting innovation in the process.

  Scientists take the temperature of hot cities
EU-funded scientists took the global warming battle literally to the streets of the cities that generate disproportionate heat fluxes, especially during increasingly prevalent heat waves. The URBANFLUXES team combined local readings and satellite-based data to map hot spots, which can help planners tackle the problem.

  Protecting children from dangerous chemicals
EU-funded researchers are striving to create a safer and healthier world for future generations by accurately assessing the risks of chemicals associated with developmental disorders, sexual development and growth and metabolism in children.

  Fighting tax fraud and evasion
EU-funded researchers are investigating tax evasion and avoidance in Europe. The researchers aim to provide analysis and tools that could help policymakers ensure everyone pays their fair share - providing more money to public budgets that can be used to invest in social and economic priorities.

  Streamlining the aircraft development process
Designing modern passenger aircraft is a complex business requiring the collaboration of experts in a variety of disciplines. A team of EU-funded researchers has come together to simplify the aircraft development process to make it more efficient, greener and cost-effective.

  Touching, hearing, seeing science... in works of art
What does a quantum simulation or space time look or even sound like? Artists teamed up with EU-funded researchers to bring complex scientific and mathematical concepts to life in totally creative ways.

  How fairer tax policy could achieve stability and solidarity
EU-funded researchers believe that better coordinated tax regimes will increase economic stability and prevent a damaging race to the bottom, where countries compete for the lowest tax rates.

  New breast screening technology can spot hidden cancer tumours
An EU-funded project has advanced breast cancer detection to uncover tumours that are difficult to spot and frequently missed by current technology. The technology could help to save lives and avoid unnecessary biopsies.

  International cooperation key to Europe's energy security
EU-funded researchers are boosting energy cooperation between the EU and nearby countries to the south and east, advancing knowledge on integrating renewables into energy systems, as well as researching improvements in energy efficiency.

  Promoting animal health for sustainable farming
Intensive farming methods have led to an increase in production-associated disease in farm animals which is threatening animal welfare, product quality and industry profitability. EU-funded research is leading the way in developing innovative solutions to improve animal health in pig and poultry farming.

  The full Mediterranean 'data' package
An EU-backed research team is developing a new interoperable and cost-effective platform to integrate and package marine and coastal data from sensors, together with oceanographic models and mobile applications for improved observation and forecasting across the Mediterranean Basin.

  Keeping crowds safe when danger strikes
An EU-funded project is developing a framework for better predicting pedestrian behaviour that could save lives by helping to safely evacuate crowds in emergency situations.

  A smart manufacturing strategy for Europe
An EU-funded project is developing proposals to feed into a smarter manufacturing strategy for Europe. Taking into consideration new digital technologies and smart specialisation initiatives, the project's proposals will inform policymakers on the best ways to boost Europe's competitiveness for growth and jobs.

  Taking a closer look at Venus from afar
EU-funded scientists set out to significantly advance humankind's knowledge of the planet Venus using data from powerful Earth-based telescopes and the Venus Express spacecraft.

  Strengthening the EU's relations with its Eastern neighbours
EU-funded research is looking at how Eastern Partnership policies can evolve to support stronger political and economic relations, to the mutual benefit of the EU and its neighbours to the East.

  As seed spreaders, animals help keep ecosystems healthy
EU-funded research has revealed an increased urgency to protect the diversity of animals, showing they play a much larger and more intricate role in the dispersal of plant seeds than previously thought. This is important for maintaining our global environment.

  Targeting fish parasites for a healthier aquaculture industry
EU-funded marine scientists are fighting fish parasites in farmed fish by developing new strategies and technologies to prevent their spread and ensure high-quality seafood for consumers.

  Three technologies bring 5G closer to reality
EU-funded researchers are developing three innovative technologies that will be crucial to the roll-out of 'fifth generation' mobile communications networks from 2020 onwards. Major benefits are expected in the automotive, healthcare, transport and utilities sectors.

  Promoting science education through Arctic research
Students across Europe are learning about the Arctic and participating in polar, environmental and climate research thanks to an EU-funded project that aims to raise the attractiveness of science education and future scientific careers.

  Resilient urban transport ...prepared for anything?
Adequate preparation for disasters requires knowledge and the right tools to respond. An EU-funded project is developing urban transport guidelines and decision-support systems aimed at boosting resilience management in the event of crises.

  Tracing human freedom and dignity's historical turn
An EU-funded network tracks the origins of human values by investigating the history of human freedom and dignity in Western civilisation. The project has traced it back to a tussle between ancient philosophers, yet its ramifications are still felt today in the battle for democracy and human rights.

  Streamlining the development of sustainable aircraft fuels
An EU-funded consortium is developing novel screening, modelling and optimisation processes for alternative jet fuels, supporting efforts to create a cleaner and more sustainable European aviation industry.

  The missing link in plant biotech
With EU backing and contributions from German research groups and the Bulgarian government, a project is laying the foundations for a pioneering new centre focused on plant systems biology and biotechnology, to bridge pure and applied knowledge in this fascinating and growing scientific field.

  Fresh faces for the circular economy
We will not be able to deplete and squander resources indefinitely. Ways to maintain the value of products and materials in the economy much longer can be found, for example, through business models that capitalise on the longevity of goods. An EU-funded training network is fostering new research on a more circular economy.

  A crystal-clear way to make crucial drugs more affordable
Monoclonal antibodies have emerged as a powerful weapon in the fight against a variety of diseases, including several types of cancer - but producing them remains a costly process. Crystallisation is the way forward, say EU-funded researchers working on an innovation that could make it easier, greener and far more affordable.

  Roofing slates stand up to the weather
A study of the properties of roofing slates by an EU-funded project has resulted in an anti-weathering paint coating and a new system for classifying this natural roofing material.

  Supporting EU-wide sustainable rural development
An EU-funded project has helped promote Europe-wide sustainable rural development by facilitating the implementation of successful cooperative models based on mutual economic, social and environmental benefits.

  Uncorking the flavour and character of local wines
An EU-funded project has given European vintners the tools to make premium wines with local character. Researchers have pinpointed wild yeasts and bacteria that promise to serve up additional choice and flavour for consumers.

  Treading a new path towards sustainable transport
Road and railway transport have a big impact on the environment. Through research into recycled materials and other sustainable techniques, an EU-funded project has put European transport on track to becoming environmentally friendly, and has trained a new generation of transport researchers.

  Deep collaboration reveals ancient salt- and fresh-water corridors.
Deep collaborative research effort has delivered new insights into ancient salt- and fresh-water corridors between the Mediterranean and Atlantic, new theories on glacial formation and current climate conditions, as well as unprecedented career opportunities for the young EU-funded scientists behind these breakthroughs.

  Repairing cartilage damage with a little help from 3D printing
Roughly 151 million people worldwide suffer from osteoarthritis, meaning that they experience chronic pain, reduced mobility and limited quality of life. Attempts to repair cartilage thus far have offered limited functionality and only temporary pain reduction. The usual course of action is therefore to replace the entire joint, rather than repair the damaged cartilage. A team of researchers from the EU and Australia is however working on a promising alternative in which 3D printing plays a key role.

  Data mining the law
An EU-funded project is exploring how data-mining tools and artificial intelligence can efficiently analyse ever-expanding volumes of complex legal texts, legislation and case law.

  Bright future for 'chaotic' optical communications
Ground-breaking developments using optomechanical crystals, microchips and 'chaos' pave the way for faster, safer and more robust digital communications. All this, thanks to the ongoing work of the EU-funded PHENOMEN project.

  Voice-activated internet is getting its act together!
Scientists from the two worlds of acoustics and speech recognition have joined forces in an EU-funded project to develop a compact system - software and hardware - for voice-based access to web applications in today's smart homes. With groundbreaking results, people are listening to what they have to say.

  Quicker diagnoses thanks to medical imaging boost
Magnetic Resonance Imaging or MRI is a routine medical technique used to form pictures of the inner workings of the body for diagnosis. An EU-funded project seeks to massively boost the information MRI can deliver to doctors - potentially helping them to better diagnose and treat patients.

  Unlocking the door to oncology and neuropsychiatry data analysis
A huge amount of biological knowledge and clinical data is incrementally generated, but this wealth of information is not fully exploited - while bioinformatics tools exist, they are currently underused. EU-funded researchers are now developing applications that will make it easier for translational scientists to access the data and use it for research that will improve healthcare.

  Joint research tackles smoking and TB, a 'colliding epidemic'
Tuberculosis (TB) and tobacco-related lung disease kill millions around the world every year. What if programmes to stop one could target the other, too? An international initiative, including partners from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal is doing just that, blending effective yet affordable tobacco cessation strategies with TB control programmes.

  A global code of conduct to counter ethics dumping
An EU-funded project is leading far-reaching efforts to improve adherence to high ethical standards in scientific research around the world. It is implementing a global code of conduct that aims to ensure communities, research participants and local resources in scientific studies are treated with fairness, respect, care and honesty.

  What the heart wants ...smarter monitoring systems
Abnormal heart rhythm is a major cause of cardiovascular disease and death in Europe. An EU-supported programme has made several advances in wearable technology to more comfortably monitor the heart over longer periods, in the hope of saving lives and cutting treatment costs.

  Could older antibiotics help tackle drug resistance?
EU-funded researchers have analysed the efficacy and required dosage of several antibiotics licensed decades ago. Their findings could enable doctors to prescribe certain drugs with greater confidence and strengthen EU efforts to tackle the growing problem of drug resistance.

  Better management and treatment of neurological diseases
Management and treatment of neurological diseases is one of the biggest challenges facing medicine today. EU-funded researchers are developing computational tools to improve understanding of how such diseases progress as a means to help treat patients.

  Speeding up the search for tuberculosis vaccines
An EU-funded project aims to identify and maximise the potential of novel vaccines to end the global tuberculosis epidemic. These could save lives, stem the spread of infection and shorten treatment for the often deadly, airborne disease.

  A study in gesture interactions
The EU-funded GETUI project is developing ways to assess how gestures fit into the communication skill set needed for collaborative problem solving.

  Vitamin D trial results breakthrough
EU-funded researchers have delivered the first internationally comparable data providing firm evidence of a significant risk to public health in Europe from vitamin D deficiency.

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