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06 January 2022

Expect smarter apps, quantum leaps, deeper space exploration, nanovaccines and more in 2022

We asked a selection of Europe’s scientists to shed light on their research and make predictions for the new year.
23 December 2021

Horizon’s top stories of 2021

From coronavirus to climate change, asteroids and nanorobots, these are some of the stories that made 2021 a year to remember. Take a look at some of the most-read stories we shared this year.
13 December 2021

The rise and fall of monoculture farming

By growing just one crop species in a field at a time, monocultures enable farmers to use machinery, increasing the efficiency of activities like planting and harvesting. But despite supplying the lion’s share of the world’s food, monocultures are amongst the most controversial features of today’s agriculture.
06 December 2021

Vision tech developments give a glimpse of the future

Advances in assistive technology have removed many access barriers for people with vision loss. But it’s the development of visual prosthesis that has the potential to offer a whole new way of ‘seeing’ the world.
02 December 2021

Researchers give voice to disabled persons

‘For too long, the lived experiences and voices of disabled people have not been at the heart of research and policymaking,’ said Eilionóir Flynn, one of Europe’s top researchers in the field of disability rights.
10 November 2021

25 years of Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions: promoting excellence in researcher mobility

November marks the 25th anniversary of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) programme that has funded the research of about 145,000 PhDs and postdocs in Europe and beyond, and equipped them with new knowledge and skills. Recipients discuss how the MSCA were a stepping stone to excelling in academia and industry.
08 November 2021

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions: supporting Europe’s best and brightest researchers for 25 years

About 145,000 individuals and organisations have benefitted from the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA), the flagship funding programme for doctoral education and postdoctoral training since 1996. On the 25th anniversary, we speak to key actors about the MSCA’s achievements and former recipients who have gone on to distinguished careers.
06 October 2021

Europe’s islands are leading the charge in the clean energy transition

Islands face exorbitant electricity costs when importing fossil fuels and are also among the most vulnerable regions to rising sea levels, drought and flooding. Innovative teamwork is putting them on the fast track to 100% energy independence – the green way.
20 September 2021

Young scientists shine at EU contest for outstanding projects

On 19 September in Salamanca, Spain, the first-ever hybrid European Union Contest for Young Scientists (EUCYS) rewarded and celebrated the best young scientific talent that Europe has to offer.
07 September 2021

Our intelligent ancestor, the Neanderthal

While the jury is still out as to why the Neanderthal, an ancient ancestor of modern humans, became extinct about 40,000 years ago, it has long been assumed that it was because they possessed a low level of intelligence. Pioneering research is challenging this idea, uncovering evidence to suggest that our ancient cousins were in fact much more like us than we thought.