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The Descartes Prizes are among the activities supported under the European Commission's Seventh Framework Programme, within the Research Directorate Science and Society.

Science Communication Prize

  • The EU Descartes Prize Finalists 2003

  • Dr. Steven Willmott and Dr. Ulises Cortés

    Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in Barcelona (Spain) Agentcities -

    First global network providing tailored services to internet users

    Dr. Steven Willmott and Dr. Ulises Cortés of Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in Barcelona (Spain), David Bonnefoy and Patricia Charlton of Motorola S.A.S in Gif-sur-Yvette (France) in association with researchers from Associação para o Desenvolvimento das Telecomunicações e Técnicas de Informática in Lisbon (Portugal), BTexact in London and the Universities of Bath and Liverpool (UK), Comtec in Sendai (Japan), Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz in Saarbrücken (Germany), the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Whitestein Technologies AG in Zurich and the University of Geneva (Switzerland), Fujitsu Laboratories of America and Hewlett-Packard in California, University of Maryland (USA), RMIT University - School of Computer Science and Information Technology in Melbourne (Australia), the University of Girona and the University Rovira i Virgili of Tarragona (Spain), the University of Otago in Dunedin (New Zealand), and Università degli Studi di Parma (Italy).


    Prof. Adriana Maggi

    University of Milan (Italy) Animalpharm -

    Towards new drugs to help post-menopausal women

    Prof. Adriana Maggi of the University of Milan (Italy) in association with Prof. Lowik of Leiden University Medical Centre (the Netherlands) and Prof. Parker of the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine in London (UK).


    Prof. Bart de Strooper

    Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium) Eurosecretase -

    Alzheimer's disease: genetic discoveries pave the way for cure

    Prof. Bart de Strooper of the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium) and Prof. Paul Saftig of the Christian-Albrechts- Universität of Kiel (Germany).

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    Prof. Alan Morris

    Cranfield University in Bedford (UK)

    Designing the next generation of environment-friendly aircraft

    Prof. Alan Morris of Cranfield University in Bedford (UK) in association with researchers from QinetiQ Limited in Farnborough, the Central Laboratory of the Research Councils in Didcot, BAE Systems (Operations) Ltd in Preston ( UK), Delft University of Technology and Stichting Nationaal Lucht- en Ruimtevaartlaboratorium in Marknesse (the Netherlands), Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt in Göttingen, EADS Deutschland GmbH in München, Technische Universität Braunschweig, Technische Universität München, the Universities of Stuttgart and Siegen and Institut für Luft- und Raumfahrt der Technischen Universität Berlin (Germany), SAAB AB in Linköping and Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan in Stockholm (Sweden).


    Prof. David Leigh

    University of Edinburgh (UK)

    First steps towards controllable self-assembling molecular machines

    Prof. David Leigh of University of Edinburgh (UK) in association with researchers from Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche - Sezione di Bologna and Università di Bologna (Italy), the University of Amsterdam and Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (the Netherlands) and Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique in Gif-sur-Yvette (France).


    Dr. Gerassimos Papadopoulos

    Institute of Geodynamic - National Observatory of Athens (Greece)

    Understanding tidal waves - protecting Europe's coastline communities

    Dr. Gerassimos Papadopoulos of the Institute of Geodynamic - National Observatory of Athens (Greece) in association with researchers from the University of Bologna (Italy), the Middle East Technical University in Ankara (Turkey) and Tohoku University in Sendai (Japan).


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