Table of contents

  • Europe at a crossroads

    • Interview

      “There is only strength through unity”

      José-Manuel Silva Rodriguez, Director-General of the Research DG, sets out the progress made by the European Research Area and the challenges that remain.
    • International

      A key role but persistent weaknesses

      The EU remains a leading scientific power but is continuing to lose ground. The reason is the lack of private financing of research, especially in the high technologies.
    • Results

      Did you say Lisbon?

      The EU is far from having met its goal of investing 3% of GDP in research. Yet the Lisbon strategy remains more pertinent than ever in meeting the challenges of the 21st century.
    • Space

      Space research, a condensed ERA

      The partnership between the EU and ESA, or building the European Research Area in the field of space.
  • An ‘open day’ organised by the ESO: non-specialists will have the opportunity to find out more about astronomy and the work of scientists trying to unravel the mysteries of the cosmos.

    Draw me the ERA!

    • History

      European research, slow but steady progress

      To appreciate just how much of a milestone the ‘European Research Area’ concept represented when it was launched 10 years ago, it needs to be seen as the culmination of a disparate but inexorable long-term aspiration that first emerged several decades ago.
    • Organisation

      ERA at a glance

      Explaining the dynamics of the European Research Area…in pictures
    • Eurostars

      The treasure seekers

      A new grant-based facility for SMEs encourages the pearls of innovation in Europe.
    • Joint programming

      “Alzheimer’s”, a pilot initiative

      The fight against Alzheimer’s disease is becoming a priority for Member States and associations coordinating their efforts thanks to joint programming
  • At CERN, more than 1 000 scientists representing 94 institutions and 28 countries are working on the ALICE experiment in which the LHC will cause lead ions to collide to recreate in the laboratory the conditions that prevailed just before the Big Bang. The data obtained will make it possible to study the development of matter from the birth of the universe until the present day.

    Making a success of integration

    • Academic research

      Universities in question(s)

      The new autonomy European universities are gaining under the impetus of the EU should mainstream them into the knowledge economy.
    • Coordinating research

      More effective together

      Working together. A wide-angle view of European initiatives in the field of scientific collaboration
    • Infrastructures

      Sanctuaries of research

      With Europe's priority infrastructures now defined, it is time to implement these giant projects,
    • Mobility

      The researcher’s backpack

      A researcher must be mobile in order to be competitive, an obligation which must be combined with a career plan, social rights and family life.
    • Knowledge transfer

      From the lab to industry

      Outline of the complex task awaiting Europe as regards knowledge transfer and the inextricable question of intellectual property.
    • International cooperation

      Where are the frontiers of research?

      The ERA’s international dimension is expressed through alliances and new science and technology cooperation strategies.
  • Testing the Herschel telescope at ESA’s ESTEC site (NL). Orbiting the Earth at a height of 1.5 million km and fitted with a 3.5 metre primary mirror – the biggest ever launched into space – Herschel detects light rays in the extreme ultra-red spectrum and the submillimetric regions that do not penetrate to terrestrial telescopes due to the atmospheric  layer. It thereby opens up a new unexplored field to astrophysicists.

    Horizon 2020

    • Interview

      the European research of tomorrow

      Anneli Pauli, Deputy Director-General of DG Research, explains the main principles guiding forward looking activities promoted by Europe
    • Environment

      A package of measures

      The EU has just adopted the following targets for 2020: a 20% reduction in greenhouse gases, a 20% share of renewable energy and 10% of biofuels. Can this be achieved? Is it enough?
    • Agriculture

      Rethinking agricultural research

      Climate, energy and environment : three key issues for Europe’s agriculture. A brief look at future trends in the sector
    • Health

      Putting innovation into practice

      Health is one of the major themes supported by Europe, for both putting innovation into practice and developing a network of excellence.
    • Image of science

      Of mice and men