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Featured Projects about Societal Challenges

Since the 1980s, flying has become increasingly automated, which has huge advantages. But EU-funded researchers wondered how today's pilots might fare when forced to fly a plane the "old-fashioned" way. Their project identified weak manual flying skills and made recommendations to improve them. Read more
EU-funded project ECOCHAMPS aims to make hybrid vehicles more attractive to buyers by developing ways to improve their performance and lower prices - increasing Europe's competitiveness in the market. Read more
The Discognosis project developed a tool (the LabDisk) that can diagnose malaria and other febrile infectious diseases simultaneously in just an hour – allowing faster point-of-care treatment and precise drugs administration that could save thousands of lives. Read more
The FAROS project proposes updated ship designs that address such issues as crew fatigue, sea sickness and stress – all of which can lead to catastrophic accidents, injuries and even death. Read more
Texting while you drive? Don’t. Really. Distraction is a leading cause of accidents, but of course it isn’t the only one. Read more
EU-funded researchers have trialled new sensory technologies designed to detect hazardous icy flying conditions at high altitude. The innovations, which can be fitted onto commercial aircraft, have been developed in anticipation of regulatory changes to further tighten aircraft safety. Read more
The polar regions are often seen as a barometer for the health of the global environment, and understanding how changes in this area affect Europe and the world had become essential. An alliance of 22 research institutes has therefore set out to enhance the integration of European capabilities for polar research and maximise the benefits to society. Read more
Genetic and molecular characteristics are often used to classify tumors because stratification is the first step towards individualized cancer medicine with the aim to find the optimal treatment for each patient. APERIM project now could prove that the immunologic environment in and around colorectal cancer even plays a greater role to stratify tumors than classification based on tumor (in)stability. Read more
Up there where the big planes fly, it gets very cold indeed: outside temperatures of minus 50°C are nothing special. Droplets of water suspended in the air can freeze to aircraft instantly, accumulating into layers of ice. A number of systems are used to tackle this gelid build-up, which constitutes a safety hazard. EU-funded researchers are developing new solutions. Read more
An EU-funded project is testing intelligent, energy-efficient and passenger-friendly bus service innovations designed to bring benefits to both commuters and public authorities across 12 cities in Europe. The most effective solutions are expected to create new market opportunities for cutting-edge technology in public transport. Read more