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A plan for achieving gender equality in the research and innovation system

Despite a long history of scientific achievements, women remain acutely under-represented in scientific research and academia. By promoting the use of Gender Equality Plans, the EU-funded SUPERA project aimed to address the inequalities, stereotypes and discrimination that contribute to this shortfall. As a result, several institutions have already started to close their gender gap.

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Catalysing the green chemistry industry across Europe

The bio-based economy will bring new sustainable job opportunities for citizens across Europe. However, some regions have little experience or knowledge of how to transition away from fossil fuels. The EU-funded POWER4BIO project is helping to share best practices and provide guidance, to ensure no region in Europe is left behind.

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Harder, better, faster, stronger: cleaner composites for greener cars

The capacity of lightweight materials to reduce the transportation sector’s carbon footprint could be erased if their production isn’t efficient too. That’s why the EU-funded RECOTRANS project has developed a state-of-the-art process to manufacture composite components for cars, trains and trucks. Innovations such as these will help the EU reach its climate goals, securing a healthy environment for all citizens.

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Helping land managers make sense of remote sensing data

The huge amount of environmental information available to decision makers can be overwhelming. The EU-funded LANDSUPPORT project developed an easy-to-use web platform that combines satellite, drone and remote sensing data with cutting-edge models. Using this, farmers, policymakers and even citizens can easily find relevant information and make informed environmental choices.

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Where our senses meet technology

We interact with technology on a daily basis, but almost entirely through our eyes and ears. The EU-funded SenseX project has unveiled a multisensory experience design. This new approach offers citizens technology that incorporates all their senses.

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Getting the health benefits of fasting without the diet

Our modern high-calorie, low-activity lifestyle is wreaking havoc on our bodies, provoking deadly diseases. The EU-funded NutrientSensingVivo project provides a better understanding of how the availability of food changes our metabolism. This knowledge offers new ways to prevent cancer, improve health and extend citizens’ life expectancy.

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Towards a new era of tackling Alzheimer’s disease

While the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease continues to grow at an alarming rate, advances in treatment and prevention have stalled. The EU-industry funded ADAPTED project worked to better understand how the presence of a specific gene significantly increases the risk of disease. This research could open the door to new treatment for patients.

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The supercool origins of water’s strange behaviour

At low temperatures and high pressures, water behaves strangely, becoming two distinct liquids. With a pioneering use of X-ray lasers, the EU-funded WATER project explored the behaviour of water in this liminal realm. The findings have potential to improve fuel cells and desalination technology, and may even aid the search for life on other planets.

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