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East Anglia, Cheshire, Berkshire/Buckinghamshire/ Oxfordshire, Herefordshire/Worcestershire/Warwickshire and Bedfordshire/Hertfordshire are among the top 30 most R&D intensive regions in Europe. The 2018 Science, research and innovation performance of the EU concludes that although research is heavily concentrated in particular EU regions, areas which are now in the middle of this ranking are catching up with the leaders.
A team of researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine have picked-up €500,000 (£440,000) and third place in the EU's Horizon Birth Day Prize for their study on the use of a blood clot stabilising drug to initially treat severe post-delivery bleeding, the leading cause of maternal mortality in the world.
The University of the West of England, Bristol, is leading an EU-funded project that aims to build a computer chip out of protoplasmic slime tubes coated with conductive material. An independent study of the programme that funds it - EU Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) - shows that such visionary and interdisciplinary research results in a high number of quality scientific publications and in technological solutions of interest to industry.
On 11 February emergency services across Europe, grassroots and non-governmental organisations hold events to raise awareness about the EU's emergency number 112. People in the EU can call 112 from fixed and mobile phones to contact any emergency service: an ambulance, the fire brigade or the police.
UK-based researchers who already received EU grants are the top beneficiaries in the latest round of top-up funding which helps bring their ideas to market. One of the researchers who received this funding earlier in 2017, Professor Dmitry Shchukin based in Liverpool University makes thermo-paint which could improve buildings' energy efficiency.
The EU economy is set to continue its robust performance in 2018 and 2019 with growth of 2.3% and 2.0% respectively in the euro area and EU, but UK GDP growth is expected to remain subdued at 1.4% in 2018 and 1.1% in 2019, says the European Commission in its Winter 2018 Interim Economic Forecast released today.
Daniel Farley from The Manchester Grammar School has won the British leg of the European Commission’s annual translation competition for six-formers, Juvenes Translatores. He translated a text about the 60 years of the European Union from Spanish into English. He competed against 312 UK students from 73 UK schools. Across the EU, 3,348 students took part, with 28 winners in total, one from each country.