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Released on 18-12-2002:
On track for better rail transport in Europe: the EU Strategic Rail Research Agenda

Today in Brussels the European Rail Research Advisory Council (ERRAC) presented a comprehensive Strategic Rail Research Agenda (SRRA), which identifies key scientific and technological priorities for both passenger and freight rail transport over the next 20 years. ERRAC was created one year ago in Cologne, initiated by European Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin. It is the first time that a long-term plan for rail research and technological development has been jointly devised and endorsed by all interested parties. The Strategic Agenda addresses challenges such as better service quality, intelligent mobility, enhanced productivity and interoperability. By 2020 the rail sector should be handling twice the present freight and passenger market share and three times the current freight and passenger volume.

Released on 16-12-2002:
Commission publishes first call for proposals for Sixth Framework programme

Research centres, universities and enterprises are invited to respond to the first batch of calls for proposals, representing a total first budgetary allocation of €5 billion. Most of these funds (€3.4 billion) will go to the seven priorities of the Sixth Framework programme. Some 70% of this sum will focus on new funding schemes such as Networks of Excellence and Integrated Projects, and at least 15% overall will go to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Released on 13-12-2002:
European Commission funded research leads to effective new malaria drug

In an article published in the latest issue of The Lancet , an international consortium, funded by a €1.8 million research grant from the European Commission, reports successful efficacy trials of a new candidate drug against malaria. If these initial results are confirmed a new drug could be available within 3 years.

Released on 05-12-2002:
Scientific excellence through European collaboration: € 1 million EU Descartes Prize rewards two projects in the field of medicine and astrophysics

The EU Descartes Prize was awarded today to two research projects in the fields of medicine and astrophysics. One project greatly advanced our understanding of Multiple Sclerosis and is offering leads for new drugs. The other project has discovered the origins of Gamma Ray Bursts and is providing insights into star and planet formation.

Released on 05-12-2002:
The EU Archimedes prize: Supporting the next generation of scientists

The EU Archimedes Prize - the EU's science prize for undergraduate students - was awarded today, December 5, in Munich to 20 projects carried out by young European scientists. The winners come from Denmark, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Sweden and the United Kingdom. The EU Archimedes Prize gives public recognition to the research achievements of Europe's undergraduates and aims to stimulate the interest of young people in science and research. Laureates receive monetary awards of between €44,000 and €34,000 which are to be used to help kick-start their scientific careers.

Released on 05-12-2002:
Commission calls for experts to evaluate scientific projects

On 4 December the Commission published two calls for experts to assist it in evaluating and selecting proposals for research projects to be funded within the Sixth EU Research Framework Programme (FP6 2002-2006). Under FP6, proposals will continue to be evaluated and selected for funding with the help of independent external scientists. This “peer review” system will be further streamlined to ensure the procedure is even more transparent and efficient. Within the Fifth Framework Programme (FP5 1998-2002) the Commission’s database containing over 35,000 experts was used to select some 10, 000 experts to assess 60,000 proposals.

Released on 04-12-2002:
Commission launches European network of GMO laboratories to improve traceability in food chain

European Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin today inaugurated the European network of genetically modified organism (GMO) laboratories at a launch in Brussels. This new network consists of more than 45 control laboratories located in EU Member States. The objective is to improve traceability of GMOs in the food chain and to support regulation of their use in Europe. The network will develop and validate methods for detecting and quantifying GMOs in food and feed. Activities will be co-ordinated by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre.

Released on 13-11-2002:
UNICE, The European Round Table of Industrialists (ERT), and the European Investment Bank (EIB) call for urgent and dramatic reform to achive the 3% target for R&D and Rrealise the Lisbon strategic goal.

UNICE today organised at the Conference "Research 2002" a panel discussion on "Challenges for lifting European R&D expenditure from 1.9% to 3% of GDP" with Commissioner Philippe Busquin and UNICE President Georges Jacobs, Michel Deleau Director-General at the European Investment Bank, Daniel Janssen, Chairman of the ERT Competitiveness Working Group, Fred von Dewall Chief Economist of the ING Group, and Yannis Tzavaras, General Manager of new ventures at Intracom.

Released on 08-11-2002:
"Research 2002" conference opens in Brussels: EU science & technology programme on the starting blocks

On Monday in Brussels European Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin and Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt opened the biggest conference on EU research ever to be organised in Europe. Enterprise and Information Society Commissioner Erkki Liikanen will also participate. The three-day event will attract more than 8,000 participants and 200 speakers, including a line-up of 20 ministers, 3 Nobel laureates and scores of business leaders. It will mark the launch of the new EU Research Framework Programme (FP6 2003-2006), preceding the first calls for proposals to be published in the next few weeks.

Released on 05-11-2002:
EU research shows how science can help disabled people

As part of the "European Science and Technology Week" (4-10 November 2002) €2,7 million campaign, EU Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin today opened the SMART ("Society Moves with Advanced Research Technology") exhibition in Brussels. The travelling SMART exhibition is housed in two especially designed mobile trailers and everything inside it is developed for, or in collaboration with, disabled people. The trailers demonstrate how technologies can help the handicapped.

Released on 30-10-2002:
Signature de l'accord d'association des pays candidats au 6ème Programme-Cadre

Philippe Busquin Commissaire européen chargé de la Recherche Espace européen de la Recherche et élargissement : les pays candidats signent les accords d'association au 6ème Programme Cadre de Recherche Signature de l'accord d'association des pays candidats au 6ème Programme-Cadre.

Released on 29-10-2002:
Radioactive waste management: Commission supports co-ordination of European research

Today the European Commission launched a project to create a network of major radioactive waste management organisations across Europe. This project aims to improve the co-operation on research for disposal of radioactive waste. The project is of significance as it will see seven EU Member States (Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom) and Switzerland working collaboratively in the Net.Excel network. As a result, the participants will enhance the quality of research, and be able to make more efficient and co-ordinated decisions in the field of radioactive waste management.

Gepubliceerd op 29-10-2002:
Beheer van radioactieve afvalstoffen - De Commissie ondersteunt de coördinatie van het Europese onderzoek

Vandaag heeft de Europese Commissie een project gelanceerd dat tot doel heeft een netwerk tot stand te brengen van alle belangrijke organisaties voor het beheer van radioactieve afvalstoffen in Europa. Dit project is gericht op een verbetering van de coördinatie van het onderzoek inzake de opberging van dergelijke afvalstoffen. Het project is belangrijk omdat daardoor zeven EU-lidstaten (België, Finland, Frankrijk, Duitsland, Spanje, Zweden en het Verenigd Koninkrijk) en Zwitserland zullen gaan samenwerken in het Net.Excel-netwerk. Dit zal resulteren in een verbetering van de kwaliteit van het onderzoek van de deelnemers en zal het voor die laatste mogelijk maken efficiëntere en beter gecoördineerde beslissingen te nemen voor het beheer van radioactieve afvalstoffen.

Released on 29-10-2002:
Enlargement is a fact in EU research policy: Candidate Countries join the 6th EU Research Framework Programme

On 29 October 2002 the European Commission and Candidate Countries (CCs) are signing an association agreement for the 6th EU Research Framework Programme (FP6 2002-2006). More specifically, each candidate country will be associated to the Framework Programme through the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding. Commission President Romano Prodi, Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin and Enlargement Commissioner Günther Verheugen will welcome Research Ministers from Bulgaria, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, the Slovak Republic, Slovenia and Turkey.

Communicato stampa el 28-10-2002:
L'allargamento comincia a diventare una realtà con la firma del Sesto programma quadro di ricerca dell'UE da parte dei paesi

Il 29 ottobre 2002 a Bruxelles, la Commissione europea e i paesi candidati firmeranno accordi di associazione al Sesto programma quadro di ricerca dell'UE (2003-2006) che ha una dotazione di bilancio di 17,5 miliardi di €. Il presidente della Commissione Romano Prodi, il Commissario per la Ricerca Philippe Busquin e il commissario per l'Allargamento Günther Verheugen daranno il benvenuto ai ministri della Ricerca di Bulgaria, Cipro, Repubblica ceca, Estonia, Ungheria, Lettonia, Lituania, Malta, Polonia, Romania, Slovacchia, Slovenia e Turchia in occasione della firma dei memorandum di intesa.

Gepubliceerd op 28-10-2002:
De uitbreiding wordt nu al werkelijkheid door de ondertekening van het 6de EU-kaderprogramma voor onderzoek door de kandidaat-landen

Op 29 oktober 2002 ondertekenen in Brussel de Europese Commissie en de kandidaat-landen associatieovereenkomsten over het zesde EU-kaderprogramma voor onderzoek (KP6 2003-2006) met een budget van 17,5 miljard €. Commissievoorzitter Romano Prodi, onderzoekscommissaris Philippe Busquin en uitbreidingscommissaris Günther Verheugen verwelkomen dan de onderzoekministers uit Bulgarije, Cyprus, Estland, Hongarije, Letland, Litouwen, Malta, Polen, Roemenië, Slovenië, Slowakije, Tsjechië en Turkije voor ondertekening van gemeenschappelijke intentieverklaringen (Memoranda of Understanding).

Released on 28-10-2002:
Philippe Busquin European Commissioner in charge of Research Research in Europe Lecture at the Royal Society of Edinburgh Edinburgh, 28 October 2002

Released on 24-10-2002:
EU and USA co-sponsor international measurement campaign on Arctic ozone loss

The ozone layer is thinning and we do not yet know to what extent future ozone losses will be affected by climate change, or what impact this will have on human health. For this reason, the European Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin today welcomed the start of the first phase of the VINTERSOL (Validation of International Satellites and Study of Ozone Loss) campaign, composed of national and EU projects. VINTERSOL will be closely co-ordinated with the SAGE III Ozone Loss and Validation Experiment (SOLVE II), a US NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) sponsored campaign.

Released on 21-10-2002:
Commission to launch 6th EU Research Framework Programme at major conference

From 11 to 13 November 2002, EU Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin will host a major conference in Brussels to launch the EU's 6th Research Framework Programme (FP6 2003-2006), worth €17.5 billion. Over 6000 participants, including Nobel Prize laureates and top representatives from research, academia, business and public service, will gather to discuss how to maximise FP6 and turn it into a driving force for growth and competitiveness. FP6 is a key part of the EU's strategy to create a true European Research Area, an Internal Market for science and knowledge. FP6 is set to play an instrumental part in the March 2002 Barcelona European Council's target to raise average EU research spending to 3% of European GDP.

Released on 21-10-2002: (in french)
Philippe Busquin Commissaire européen chargé de la recherche La dimension régionale de l'Espace Européen de la Recherche et le Rôle des Régions Conférence de Milan 21-22 octobre 2002

Le Conseil européen de Lisbonne de mars 2000 a fixé un objectif à l'Union européenne : devenir l'économie de la connaissance la plus compétitive et la plus dynamique du monde d'ici 2010. Dans cette perspective, sur ma proposition, les Chefs d'Etat et de Gouvernement ont placé au premier rang des priorités la création d'un Espace européen de la Recherche intégré qui avait été proposé par la Commission, sur mon initiative, en janvier 2000.

Released on 21-10-2002: (in french)
"Le rôle de l'Université dans l'Espace européen de la connaissance"

Philippe Busquin Commissaire européen chargé de la Recherche Intervention du Commissaire Busquin au colloque "Le rôle de l'Université dans l'Espace européen de la connaissance" Colloque "Le rôle de l'Université dans l'Espace européen de la connaissance" Milan, le 21 octobre 2002

Released on 17-10-2002: (in french)
Philippe Busquin Commissaire européen chargé de la Recherche Mettre la recherche agricole au coeur de la société Conférence EURAGRI Bruxelles, 15 octobre 2002

L'intitulé même de la conférence EURAGRI « Science pour la société Science avec la société » évoque une question cruciale pour l'avenir de la recherche en Europe dans un domaine aussi essentiel que l'agriculture et l'alimentation : il s'agit de l'implication active des citoyens européens dans la définition et la mise en oeuvre des activités de recherche dans ce secteur.

Released on 17-10-2002: (in french)
Les sciences de la vie et les biotechnologies dans l'Espace européen de la Recherche

Philippe Busquin Commissaire européen chargé de la Recherche Les sciences de la vie et les biotechnologies dans l'Espace européen de la Recherche Carrefour des biotechnologies Lille, le 15 octobre 2002

Released on 16-10-2002:
EU research looks into Europe’s carbon sinks

Are European forests, soil and grass the dustbins for carbon dioxide (CO2)? On 18 October 2002 the European Commission will present the CarboEurope research initiative in Valencia (Spain). It is a cluster of 15 research projects supported by the European Commission with a budget of €25 Million. The project brings together around 160 research institutions from over 20 countries. It looks at whether the biosphere, and above all forests, can reduce the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, the principal cause of climate warming.

Released on 16-10-2002:
The European Research Area: The Member States must do more, says the Commission

Philippe Busquin, the European Research Commissioner today put forward suggestions for promoting the European Research Area initiative. The communication entitled "Providing new momentum for the European Research Area" suggests that the mechanisms for coordinating national research policies should be strengthened and made more efficient. To this end, it proposes that common objectives should be determined and translated into specific objectives for each country and that annual national reports should be drawn up. This mechanism would be implemented by high-level representatives of the Member States.

Communicato stampa el 16-10-2002:
Spazio europeo della ricerca: gli Stati membri devono fare di più dice la Commissione

Il commissario europeo responsabile della Ricerca, Philippe Busquin ha presentato oggi delle indicazioni per promuovere il progetto di Spazio europeo della ricerca. La comunicazione "Lo Spazio europeo della ricerca: imprimere un nuovo slancio" suggerisce di rafforzare e rendere più efficaci i meccanismi di coordinamento delle politiche di ricerca nazionali. Propone a tal fine di stabilire degli obiettivi comuni, tradurli in obiettivi specifici per ciascun paese ed elaborare relazioni nazionali annuali. Questo meccanismo sarebbe attuato da rappresentanti di alto livello degli Stati membri.

Released on 16-10-2002:
Espaço Europeu da Investigação: os Estados-Membros devem fazer mais, afirma a Comissão

O Comissário Europeu responsável pela investigação Philippe Busquin apresentou hoje sugestões com vista à promoção do projecto de Espaço Europeu da Investigação. A Comunicação "Espaço Europeu da Investigação: uma nova dinâmica" sugere que se reforce e melhore o desempenho dos mecanismos de coordenação das políticas de investigação nacionais. A comunicação propõe, para esse efeito, a determinação de objectivos comuns, a sua tradução em objectivos específicos para cada país e a elaboração de relatórios nacionais anuais. Este mecanismo seria implementado por representantes de alto nível dos Estados-Membros. Trata-se-ia também de promover um maior recurso às medidas jurídicas, por exemplo em matéria de mobilidade dos investigadores.

Released on 16-10-2002:
Europese onderzoeksruimte: de lidstaten moeten meer doen, zegt de Commissie

Europees Commissaris belast met onderzoek Philippe Busquin heeft vandaag suggesties gepresenteerd om het project Europese Onderzoeksruimte te bevorderen. In de mededeling Europese Onderzoeksruimte: een nieuw elan wordt gesuggereerd de mechanismen voor de coödinatie van nationaal onderzoeksbeleid te versterken en beter presterend te maken. Daartoe wordt in de mededeling voorgesteld gemeenschappelijke doelstellingen te bepalen, deze te vertalen in bijzondere doelstellingen voor elk land, en jaarlijkse nationale rapporten op te stellen. Dit mechanisme zou ten uitvoer worden gelegd door vertegenwoordigers van hoog niveau uit de lidstaten. Het zou er ook om gaan meer een beroep te doen op wettelijke maatregelen, bijvoorbeeld op het gebied van de mobiliteit van onderzoekers.

Released on 15-10-2002:
New challenges for Food and Agriculture Research

The changing attitude of European society to research in food and agriculture demands that researchers pay more attention to the concerns of the public and other stakeholders. The Euragri conference entitled "Science for Society - Science with Society", organised in association with the European Commission, examined these issues and proposed new goals, new roles and new rules to enable European research for food and agriculture to respond to the needs and concerns of society.

Released on 14-10-2002:
Research is the first policy to integrate Candidate countries

On 29 October 2002 the European Commission is organising an informal meeting ?Candidate Countries in the Sixth Framework Programme? to discuss with representatives of these countries their further integration in the European Research Area and especially possibilities offered by the Sixth Framework Programme. Research is the first European policy where CCs are regarded as full members of the EU, with the same rights and obligations

Released on 07-10-2002:
European Commission to launch new technology platforms for nanotechnologies & sustainable production

Described as "a new industrial revolution", nanotechnologies are at the keen edge of sustainable production in Europe. Already fuelling a broad spectrum of applications in industries as diverse as information technologies, automotive, cosmetics, chemical and transport, they deliver cleaner, safer, more competitive production processes, as well as smarter, more durable and more user-friendly products. Nanotechnologies and nanomanufacturing thus provide innovative answers to the triple challenge of sustainable development: how to fuel economic growth, while preserving the environment, and at the same time enhance the safety, security and quality of life of European citizens.

Released on 02-10-2002: (in french)
Des fondations solides pour l'industrie de la construction en Europe: un rôle clé pour la recherche et l'innovation

Dans le cadre de la préparation des prochaines actions de recherche communautaires, près de 200 chercheurs, ingénieurs, professionnels de l'industrie européenne de la construction et représentants des pouvoirs publics se sont réunis du 2 au 4 octobre 2002 à Bruxelles. Lors de la table ronde, organisée par ECCREDI (European Council for Construction Research Development and Innovation) avec le soutien de la Commission Européenne, Philippe Busquin, Commissaire Européen pour la Recherche a encouragé de nouvelles initiatives ambitieuses, en ligne notamment avec les conclusions du sommet de Johannesburg sur le développement durable et la mise en place de l'Espace Européen de la Recherche. ...

Released on 27-09-2002:
EU rewards scientific achievements and imagination of 21 young people
14th EU Contest for Young Scientists, Vienna, 22-28 September 2002

On 27 September 2002 Austrian Minister for Education, Science, and Culture Ms. Elisabeth Gehrer and Dr. Rainer Gerold, the European Commission's Director responsible for the EU Contest for Young Scientists, awarded three first prizes of € 5 000 each to 4 students from Germany and Finland. The award ceremony was the culmination of the 14th EU Contest, which is the annual showcase of the best of European student scientific achievement. The selected projects deal with airplane transportation, biotesting and space rockets. In addition to the first prizes, the international jury awarded further prizes to students whose works were also considered to be of remarkable quality: three second prizes of € 3 000 and three third prizes of € 1 500 ...

Released on 26-09-2002:  
Scientific excellence for society: EU Descartes Prize finalists revealed

The finalists for the EU Prize for Scientific excellence are now revealed. The Descartes Prize - now in its third year - was designed by the European Commission's Research Directorate General to reward scientific projects that address the concerns of citizens and contribute to Europe's competitiveness. The prize-giving ceremony will take place in Munich on 5th December 2002, following the selection of winners by the Grand Jury, composed of nine eminent figures reflecting the wide spectrum of scientific disciplines and excellence.

Communicato stampa el 26-09-2002:  
L'eccellenza scientifica al servizio della società annuncio dei finalisti del Premio Cartesio

I dieci finalisti del premio dell'Unione Europea per l'eccellenza scientifica sono stati annunciati. Il Premio Cartesio, ormai al suo terzo anno, fu originalmente ideato dalla Direzione generale per la ricerca della Commissione europea al fine di ricompensare i progetti scientifici attenti ai bisogni dei cittadini e contribuenti alla competitività europea. La cerimonia d'assegnazione del premio, che si terrà il 5 dicembre 2002 a Monaco di Baviera, presso l'ufficio europeo dei brevetti, presenterà i vincitori selezionati dalla Giuria composta da nove personalità eminenti in rappresentanza di un'ampia gamma di discipline scientifiche e d'eccellenza.

Comunicado de prensa el 26-09-2002:  
Excelencia científica en beneficio de la sociedad: finalistas del Premio Descartes de la UE

Ya se han dado a conocer los finalistas del premio de la UE a la excelencia científica. El Premio Descartes, este año en su tercera edición, fue diseñado por la Dirección General de Investigación de la Comisión Europea con el fin de estimular proyectos científicos que estén directamente relacionados con las preocupaciones de los ciudadanos y contribuyan al aumento de la competitividad en Europa. La ceremonia de entrega de premios tendrá lugar en Munich el 5 de diciembre de 2002 y la selección de los ganadores la realizará un Gran Jurado integrado por nueve importantes figuras en representación del amplio espectro de disciplinas científicas.

Gepubliceerd op 26-09-2002:  
Uitmuntende onderzoeksresultaten zijn zegen voor de maatschappij: Finalisten EU-Descartesprijs bekend

De finalisten van de EU-prijs voor Wetenschappelijke Uitmuntendheid zijn bekend. De Descartesprijs - reeds aan zijn derde jaargang toe - werd in het leven geroepen door het Directoraat-Generaal Onderzoek van de Europese Commissie om wetenschappelijke projecten te belonen die de burgers ten goede komen ? bijdragen tot de competitiviteit van Europa. De prijsuitreiking zal op 5 december 2002 plaatsvinden in M?chen. De winnaars worden aangeduid door de Hoge Jury, samengesteld uit negen prominenten die het brede spectrum van wetenschappelijke disciplines en uitmuntendheid vertegenwoordigen.

Released on 25-09-2002:  
European Commission to invest 2,2 billion Euro in research projects for SMEs

The European Commission is organising a conference entitled The 4th SME Technology Days in Leeds (UK) on 25-27/9/2002. Recognising the essential role of the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the EU economy, this major conference provides concrete examples of European Union initiatives to foster the creation and development of SMEs through pioneering research, innovation and stronger international partnerships. ...

Released on 23-09-2002:  
The European Union and Chile sign a scientific and technological cooperation agreement

Philippe Busquin, EU Commissioner for Research, and Soledad Alvear, Chilean Minister of Foreign Affairs, today signed a scientific and technological cooperation agreement in Brussels between the EU and Chile in a ceremony attended by Mariana Aywlin, Chilean Minister of Education, in the framework of the special EU-Chile relationship. This is part of a process aimed at an association agreement, and both the EU and Chile have agreed to combine efforts on scientific matters. The cooperation agreement will allow scientists to take part in the other side's research programmes and joint research projects and also provides for visits and exchanges of technical experts, joint conferences and workshops, scientific networks and training, and the exchange and sharing of facilities and equipment.

Pictures of Commissioner Busquin and the prototype fuel cell bus on 'car-free day' in Brussels

Commissioner Busquin in Brussels on 'car-free day, 22 September 2002   Prototype fuel-cell powered bus in Brussels on 'car-free day, 22 September 2002   Prototype fuel-cell powered bus in Brussels on 'car-free day', 22 September 2002   Prototype fuel-cell powered bus in Brussels on 'car-free day', 22 September 2002   Commissioner Busquin with a prototype fuel-cell powered bus in Brussels on 'car-free day', 22 September 2002  
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Comunicado de prensa el 23-09-2002:  
La Unión Europea y Chile firman un acuerdo de cooperación científica y tecnológica

En el marco de unas relaciones ya estrechas, y ante la perspectiva de un Acuerdo de Asociación, la UE y Chile se comprometen ahora a aunar esfuerzos en el ámbito científico. El Sr. Philippe Busquin, comisario encargado de la política de investigación, y Dña. Soledad Alvear, Ministra chilena de Asuntos Exteriores, han firmado hoy en Bruselas un Acuerdo de Cooperación Científica y Tecnológica. La ministra chilena de educación, Dña. Mariana Aywlin, ha participado también en la ceremonia. El acuerdo prevé la participación de investigadores en los programas de investigación respectivos, así como proyectos comunes de investigación, visitas e intercambios de expertos técnicos, conferencias y talleres conjuntos, redes científicas y programas de formación de investigadores, e intercambio y utilización conjunta de equipos y materiales.

Gepubliceerd op 23-09-2002:  
De Europese Unie en Chili ondertekenen een Overeenkomst voor wetenschappelijke en technologische samenwerking

In het kader van hun bevoorrechte betrekkingen en met het oog op een associatieovereenkomst verbinden de EU en Chili zich er vandaag toe om hun inspanningen op wetenschappelijk vlak met elkaar te verbinden. Vandaag hebben de heer Philippe Busquin, Commissaris voor Onderzoek, en mevrouw Soledad Alvear, Chileens minister voor Buitenlandse Zaken, in Brussel een wetenschappelijke en technologische samenwerkingsovereenkomst ondertekend. Mevrouw Mariana Aywlin, Chileens minister voor Onderwijs, nam ook deel aan de plechtigheid. De samenwerking regelt de deelname van onderzoekers aan elkaars onderzoeksprogramma's, gemeenschappelijke onderzoeken, bezoeken en uitwisseling van technische experts, gezamenlijke conferenties en workshops, wetenschappelijke netwerken en opleiding van onderzoekers, uitwisseling en gebruik van elkaars accommodatie en materiaal.

Released on 20-09-2002:  
Clean energy: EU funds fuel cell bus research

In support of European Mobility Week and the Car Free Day, on Sunday, 22nd September 2002, EU Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin is organising a ride across Brussels in a prototype fuel cell bus. The bus runs on hydrogen and oxygen; the only emission discharged from the exhaust pipe is pure water vapour. Pressurised hydrogen gas is stored in fiberglass-reinforced aluminium cylinders mounted in the roof of the vehicle. The bus generates power comparable to a conventional diesel engine, but causes less pollution, is less noisy and can carry more passengers. The prototype will be developed further thanks to EU-funded research. Journalists are welcome to participate in the press conference at 14.00 hrs. and in the fuel cell bus tour at 14.30 hrs. (departure in front of La Bourse, Brussels).

Released on 19-09-2002:  
EU supports creation of a European cancer research area
Conference at European Parliament, 19 September 2002

How to build greater coherence in European cancer research? This is the key question to be debated at a conference today, which brings together around 250 representatives from science, the medical profession, government, patient organisations, foundations, industry and European institutions. The aim of the conference, jointly organised by the European Commission and the European Parliament, is to kick-off the conception of a joint European strategy for cancer research,...

Comunicado de prensa el 19-09-2002:  
La UE apoya la creación de un Área Europea de investigación del cáncer
Congreso en el Parlamento Europeo, 19 de septiembre de 2002

¿Cómo estimular y coordinar la investigación del cáncer en Europa? Esta es la pregunta fundamental que se debatirá hoy en un congreso que reúne a más de 250 participantes pertenecientes al ámbito científico, médico, gubernamental e industrial, así como a organizaciones de pacientes, fundaciones e instituciones europeas. El objetivo del congreso, organizado por la Comisión y el Parlamento europeos, es impulsar una estrategia unificada en toda Europa para la investigación del cáncer y reunir a todos los protagonistas necesarios para mejorar la calidad y la eficacia de sus investigaciones.

Communicato stampa el 19-09-2002:  
L'UE sostiene la creazione di uno spazio europeo di ricerca sul cancro
Conferenza presso il Parlamento Europeo- 19 settembre 2002

Come realizzare una maggiore coerenza nella ricerca europea sul cancro? Questo è il tema principale della conferenza odierna che riunisce circa 250 rappresentanti del mondo scientifico, della professione medica, organizzazioni di tutela dei pazienti, fondazioni, industria ed istituzioni europee. Scopo di tale conferenza, organizzata congiuntamente con la Commissione europea ed il Parlamento Europeo, è di avviare la definizione di una strategia comune europea per la ricerca sul cancro, ...

Released on 12-09-2002:  
Commission presents roadmap to increase investment in research

The Commission yesterday presented its strategy to respond to the March 2002 Barcelona European Council's call to raise research spending to 3% of EU average Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Today Europe lags at 1.9 %. The Communication "More research for Europe" looks into Europe's under-investment in science and technology and its harmful consequences for EU competitiveness, growth and employment. Research and development (R&D) investment (private and public) in the US now exceeds EU expenditure by more than €120 billion every year. Without prompt action, this knowledge gap will hamper Europe's innovative potential and its capacity to become the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy in the world by 2010, a goal set by the Lisbon European Council in March 2000.

Released on 09-09-2002:  
EU to reward scientific achievements and imagination of young people
14th EU Contest for young scientists, Vienna, 22-28 September 2002

On 27 September in Vienna, Commission's Director Rainer Gerold and two Austrian Ministers - Mr. M. Bartenstein for Economic Affaires and Labour and Ms. E. Gehrer for Education, Science, and Culture - will handout the prizes to the winners of the 14th EU Contest for Young Scientists, which is the annual showcase of the best of European student scientific achievement. During one week 85 young scientists (aged 15-20) from more than 30 European countries, the United States, China, Japan and Korea will compete. In Vienna the Commission will also celebrate the 1000th participant of the Contest's history.

Released on 30-08-2002:  
European research and the Johannesburg summit: Beyond words, Science provides the basis for action

As a contribution to the World Summit on Sustainable Development (Johannesburg, 26 August - 4 September 2002), the European Commission will sponsor and co-chair together with South African authorities a conference on Science and Technology. The event is planned to demonstrate that research is a powerful instrument for fostering capacity building in developing countries and strengthening partnerships with Europeans. The initiative, resulting from discussions between EU Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin and Minister Ngubane of South Africa, is strongly supported by the European and international scientific communities and policy makers.

Released on 29-08-2002:  
EU teams up with developing countries to combat AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis

The European Commission has proposed to support a long-term partnership between Europe and developing countries by providing € 200 million for the development of new medicines and vaccines against HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis. This European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) brings together EU Member States plus Norway, developing countries and industry in a joint effort to combat poverty-linked diseases.

Released on 24-07-2002:  
The EU's Descartes Prize: Rewarding European Research for society
More projects, more teams, more countries

Philippe Busquin, Europe's Commissioner for Research, said "I welcome the growing interest in the Descartes Prize. We will continue our efforts to better promote the award. In Europe, we need more research with our best scientists from different countries working together. The Descartes Prize is intended to reward the best European scientists and to publicise how European co-operation advances science to help meet citizens' concerns."

Released on 23-07-2002:  
Cleaner, quieter, safer, & more user-friendly air travel: Commission supports new Strategic Research Agenda for Europe

Cutting CO2 emissions by 50%, reducing the number of accidents by a factor of five, halving aircraft noise, and providing near perfect punctuality (with 99% of all EU flights landing and departing within 15 minutes of schedule) - these are among the breakthrough objectives of a new Strategic Research Agenda for the EU aeronautics industry announced today at the Farnborough International Airshow.

Released on 18-07-2002:  
Marine algae a weapon against global warning?

"Parforce" an EU-funded research project has discovered a new link between marine algae and climate change. Researchers working on the project found out that iodine vapours, released from algae or plankton, condense over oceans to form aerosols.

Released on 15-07-2002:  
Commission and ESA launch a consultation platform for satellite-based Global Monitoring of Environment and Security

Today in Brussels EU Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin and the Director General of the European Space Agency (ESA), Mr. Antonio Rodotଠofficially opened a large stakeholder consultation process aiming to define European needs to enhance satellite-based global monitoring for the environment and security (GMES). Satellites can help the EU monitor climate change, address international crises and contain natural disasters.

Released on 11-07-2002:  
Life sciences and the media: a troublesome couple bound to get along

The relationship between science and the media is not always easy. Scientists complain that the press oversimplifies complex issues and sometimes writes about scientific matters with distrust and fear. Journalists point their finger to re-searchers' alleged lack of communication skills and will. To help bridge this gap, on July 9, 2002, the Commission organised, under the auspices of the European Life Sciences Group (EGLS), a meeting between scientists and media profession-als.

Released on 09-07-2002:  
Commission calls for co-ordination of research to reduce animal experimentation and testing

"Reduction, Replacement and Refinement" - the "Three Rs" - are the basic tenets of EU research and other policies concerning the use of animals in scientific testing and experimentation. To assess the latest scientific advances to reduce animal use, to discuss forthcoming research priorities and ways to better develop research at the EU level, the Commission has organised a conference in Brussels on 9-10 July.

Released on 04-07-2002:  
European Commission fosters debate on the life sciences with the "Science Generation" project

To provide deciders, politicians and scientists and public opinion with greater perspective in their search for answers to questions at the interface between bioscience and society: this is the objective of the "Science Generation" project presented today in Brussels by European Commissioner for Research Philippe Busquin.

Released on 01-07-2002:  
Less fuel, less noise, more comfort: European research to deliver advanced wing technologies, for new generation commercial aircraft

AWIATOR, a new European Technology Platform project to reduce fuel burn and noise in future commercial airliners was launched today in Toulouse, in the presence of Airbus "COO Gustav Humbert, Airbus" Head of Engineering Alain Garcia and European Commission representatives. On this occasion, Airbus and the other partners in the AWIATOR consortium celebrated the kick-off of this new EUR 80 Million technology platform.

Released on 28-06-2002:  
European research yields guidelines for treatment of HIV-positive pregnant women and infants

New guidelines for the treatment of HIV-positive women and children are emerging from European research. The guidelines, aimed at reducing mother-to-child transmission of HIV, are to be published on 28 June 2002 as a supplement to the journal AIDS.

La investigación europea propone recomendaciones para el tratamiento de mujeres embarazadas y bebés VIH-positivos

La investigación europea propone nuevas recomendaciones para el tratamiento de varios grupos de mujeres y niños VIH-positivos. Estas recomendaciones, que pretenden reducir la transmisión materno-fetal del VIH, se publicarán el 28 de junio de 2002 como un suplemento de la revista AIDS.

Orientamenti dalla Ricerca europea per il trattamento di donne sieropositive in stato di gravidanza e dei loro bambini

Nuove indicazioni per il trattamento delle donne infette da HIV emergono dalla ricerca europea. Delle linee guida per il trattamento con lo scopo di ridurre la trasmissione materno-fetale del virus dell'HIV saranno pubblicate il 28 giugno 2002 nel supplemento alla rivista scientifca "AIDS" .

Released on 27-06-2002:  
The European Union is falling further and further behind in research and competitiveness

In the USA, €288 billion ($265 billion) was spent on research and technological development (R&D) in 2000, but only €164 billion in the EU. European Commissioner for Research Philippe Busquin presented the latest figures available today in Brussels.

Clean, safe - and competitive: EU research delivers cutting-edge solutions for cleaner, more efficient and eco-friendly industrial processes
On 16 July, the European Commission will organise a one-day media briefing on the highly topical issue of clean technologies and new industrial processes, to be chaired by Philippe Busquin, EU Research Commissioner. Key experts from research and industry will describe how EU research is meeting the challenge of sustainable production through clean technologies.

Released on 25-06-2002:  
Commission to double pharmaceutical research spending but more needs to be done

"I would like Europe to become a centre of excellence and a focus for pharmaceutical research once again", stated EU Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin today at the annual assembly of the European pharmaceutical industry (EFPIA) in Bruges. "We need to nurture our research-based industries by reinforcing science and technology in Europe. Europe needs to invest more and in a better, more consistent way: it has to cut red tape and be bold."

Released on 19-06-2002:  
EU research supports an integrated infrastructure for measurements, testing and standards

Measurements and testing underpin economic activities, industrial processes and the functioning of society. They play a crucial part in ensuring the competitiveness of European companies, in supporting the development of international trade, and in guaranteeing the health and safety of European citizens.

Released on 19-06-2002:  
Fifty years at the service of peace and prosperity: the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) treaty expires

The European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) Treaty was signed in Paris on 18 April 1951 by Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. It will expire on July 23, 2002, 50 years after its entry into force. ECSC Member States pledged to pool their coal and steel resources by providing a unified market for their coal and steel products, lifting restrictions on imports and exports, and helping create a single coal and steel market.

Released on 17-06-2002:  
Sustainable and safer energy supply: Commission to invest € 1.230 billion in European nuclear research

EU nuclear research will play a key role in ensuring diversified energy sources are available in Europe. The just adopted Euratom Research Framework Programme sets new guidelines for European nuclear research for the 2002 - 2006 period. With a total budget of € 1.230 billion, the programme addresses all key issues to promote sustainable nuclear power in Europe.

Released on 12-06-2002:  
European Union Research Drives Nanotechnology Revolution

The nanotechnology revolution has started. At the cutting edge of science and innovation, nanotechnology offers unprecedented challenges and opportunities for researchers, businesses, and investors in Europe.

Nanotecnologías: una revolución impulsada por la investigación de la UE

La revolución producida por las nanotecnologías ha comenzado. Desde la vanguardia de la ciencia y la innovación, la nanotecnología ofrece oportunidades y plantea retos sin precedentes para investigadores, empresas e inversores de toda Europa.

La ricerca europea alla guida della rivoluzione tecnologica

La rivoluzione nanotecnologica è iniziata. All'avanguardia nei settori della scienza e dell'innovazione, le nanotecnologie offrono a ricercatori, imprese ed investitori, opportunità e sfide senza precedenti in Europa.

Released on 07-06-2002:  
The Commission calls on Candidate Countries to join its research efforts

In the enlarged European Union, research and development (R&D) will be key in meeting the challenge of turning the EU into an economic powerhouse, with more and better jobs and sustainable growth. This is why EU Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin today addressed the European Business Summit.

Released on 06-06-2002:  
Commission and WHO join forces to tackle health threats

The European Commission and the World Health Organisation (WHO) met today in Brussels to discuss their global alliance in tackling health threats. Commissioners David Byrne, Pascal Lamy, Philippe Busquin and Poul Nielson discussed joint strategies with WHO Director-General, Dr Gro Harlem Brundtland, to address a wide range of health issues, including the fight against communicable diseases, health research, environment and health, and nutrition and food safety.

Released on 05-06-2002:  
Commission report reveals discrimination against women scientists in Europe

If you are a woman, you have less chances of becoming a scientist, and if you do, your career will be slower than that of your male colleagues, according to a report published by the European Commission. The report, presented today at a seminar organised by the Commission and the Spanish EU Presidency in Madrid, looks for the first time at the situation of women scientists across 30 European countries.

Released on 05-06-2002:  
Discrimination against women scientists confirmed

A report published today by the European Commission establishes for the first time the situation of women scientists in 30 European countries . The report is presented at a seminar opening today in Madrid and organised with the Spanish Presidency of the European Union on "Women and Science: promoting women in the scientific sector".

Released on 31-05-2002:  
Commission research fosters safer, sustainable and more user-friendly transport

More people and goods on the move mean more jobs and business across Europe. But growth in traffic is eroding some of the benefits it has brought about. A major conference on Surface Transport for Sustainable Development is taking place in Valencia, Spain, on 4-6 June.

Released on 31-05-2002:  
Metrology for better measurement in international trade: Commission helps to promote mutual recognition and trade

Metrology for better measurement in international trade: Commission helps to promote mutual recognition and trade.
Today's global economy requires reliable measurements. Good measurements need to be tailored to scientifically sound standards or references.

Released on 29-05-2002:  
Meeting the challenges in aircraft emissions: Commission looks into clean alternatives to fossil fuel

Fuelling aircraft with liquid hydrogen is an environmentally sustainable alternative to using fossil fuels. The CRYOPLANE research project shows the use of liquid hydrogen is technically feasible, and would greatly reduce the environmental impact of aviation without affecting safety.

Released on 28-05-2002:  
European Research Advisory Board (EURAB) formulates recommendations for evaluation of research proposals

With the Sixth Framework Programme likely to become fully operational in a few months, discussions will focus on the rules for participation; EURAB has just presented its first recommendations to the Commission on proposal evaluation.

Released on 23-05-2002:  
Commissioner Philippe Busquin's call to increase research spending in Europe supported by UNICE

Representatives of the EU business and industry organisation, UNICE, have expressed their support for the Barcelona Council objective to increase European R&D investment to 3% of GDP by 2010, versus 1.9% today.

Released on 15-05-2002:  
Commission welcomes European Parliament's green light for EUR 17.5 billion Sixth Research Framework Programme

On 15 May, the European Parliament gave its go-ahead to the Commission's proposal for next EU Research and Development Framework Programme. The €17.5 billion budget is a 17% increase on the last programme.

Released on 15-05-2002:  
Health and the Environment: European research on endocrine disrupters receives major boost
Released on 13-05-2002:  
Research for the protection of our cultural heritage: a pan-European challenge
Released on 08-05-2002:  
European Group on Life Science defines agenda: Development, Communication, Science and Society
Released on 30-04-2002:  
Research and Water: Global visions, local actions
Released on 25-04-2002:  
Research infrastructures: the Commission launches a European Strategy Forum
Released on 25-04-2002:  
Onderzoeksinfrastructuur: de Commissie lanceert een Europees Strategisch Forum
Released on 24-04-2002:  
Animal Welfare: European Commission supports research to improve animal breeding and food quality
Released on 16-04-2002:  
Europe mobilises full research potential to combat poverty-related diseases
Released on 10-04-2002:  
EC funds new wave of TSE-related research projects
Released on 20-03-2002:  
Commission invites researchers to suggest cutting-edge research topics
Released on 19-03-2002:  
Commission kicks off action plan for Global Monitoring of Environment and Security
Released on 18-03-2002:  
European drive for post-genomic research
European Commission awards €39.4 million to three large-scale projects
Released on 1-03-2002:  
ENVISAT: EU Supports New Space Applications for Global Monitoring of Environment & Security
Released on 28-02-2002:  
Scientific results: to patent or publish?
Released on 25-02-2002:  
A European project leads to a new diagnosis of the Ebola fever
Released on 20-02-2002:  
European project opens way for better understanding of human diseases
Released on 30-01-2002:  
Improving mobility in the city through research

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Released on 22-01-2002:  
Ozone and UV over Europe: no sign of improvement


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