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Improving science teaching and encouraging more young people into the sciences have been key government objectives in Europe for years. The European Union (EU) funded S-TEAM project tackled the issue by looking at the teaching side of the equation. Completed in 2012, it was one of the first EU research projects to focus on Inquiry-Based Science Teaching (IBST) as a method of improving take-up in the sciences.
Published: 5 June 2014
Europe's religious mix is part of its rich history and culture, but even today there continues to be tensions about the rights and responsibilities of faith-based communities. Laws and traditions vary across Europe, and there are no easy answers to some disputes.
Published: 2 June 2014
Published: 2 May 2014
It's a bright sunny day off the south-west coast of Ireland. A team of local marine researchers have taken their boat out to check on their seaweed farm. The algae they planted just a few months ago have already grown into an impressive underwater plantation.
Published: 11 March 2014
What do microscopic molecules and huge computer grids have in common? They both build up giant scientific databases of ecosystems around the World. But it is a tricky process. This is the story of how researchers around the Black Sea are struggling to get the bigger picture out of tiny details. On the shores of the Danube River there is an unusual team. Romanian and Ukranian scientists are embarking on a common research trip.
Published: 3 February 2014
The European research project, Durawood, has developed a special pre-treatment system using plasma, whereby electric discharges are applied near the wood changing its surface properties. The plasma pre-treatment extends coating durability and may improve fungicide efficiency to protect the wood.
Published: 22 January 2014
Urbanisation is a significant and growing worldwide trend which raises increasingly important environmental issues for policymakers.
Published: 21 January 2014
Europe's Water Framework Directive states that water is a heritage we must protect and defend. The potential threat of water contamination and the spread of waterborne diseases are becoming more serious than ever before. This is the result of a number of factors, including the increase in population, globalisation and the movement of more people across borders and between continents, and the effects of global warming.
Published: 22 November 2013
Achieving the full economic potential of the oceans and seas in harmony with the marine environment is the primary goal of the European Union (EU)-funded project SEAS-ERA, which has brought together leading Marine Research and Technological Development funding organisations from across Europe. The project coordinates and integrates national and regional marine and maritime research programmes, and harmonises common priorities and needs related to the European sea basins.
Published: 6 November 2013
The North Atlantic Ocean and its shallow sea basins, also known as shelf-seas, have been vital to the economic survival and prosperity of all the surrounding nations in Europe and North America. The North Atlantic Ocean also holds critical significance for the worlds ecological sustainability as the basins ecosystems are the key species responsible for carbon flow, and the seizing of the planets greenhouse emissions. However, these ecosystems valuable ability requires further scientific investigation especially due to current fishing trends and climate variability.
Published: 27 September 2013