Mar 04, 2014

Planning for the Future

From 17 to 18 February 2014 the DISCO kick-off meeting was held at Cumberland Lodge in Great Windsor Park, UK. The coordinator of DISCO, Professor Paul D. Fraser of Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, hosted the event. After his short welcome address, Tomasz Calikowski, the scientific officer of the European Commission, pointed out the strengths and special features of DISCO within the FP7...
Feb 20, 2014

European IPR Helpdesk: Successful kick-off of 2014 activities

The launch of the new EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, Horizon 2020, as well as of the Programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and SMEs, COSME, is the basis for this year’s activities of the European IPR Helpdesk. Given the increasingly market-driven approach of both programmes even more emphasis will be placed on turning research outcomes and technological...
Feb 18, 2014

Tackling youth unemployment in Europe

On February 10, scientists, policy makers and practitioners gathered at the Mannheim Castle to officially mark the start of the CUPESSE project. Next to the coordinator, Prof. Jale Tosun, the president of the University of Mannheim, Prof. Ernst-Ludwig von Thadden, welcomed the twelve project partners. He emphasised the political implications and the importance of the project for Europe and its...
Feb 14, 2014

Fighting antibiotic resistant bacteria

On January 28-29, 2014, the PneumoNP consortium gathered for its official kick-off meeting. It was hosted by the project coordinator CIDETEC in San Sebastian, Spain. The PneumoNP consortium is composed of 11 institutions from six European countries with considerable involvement of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in addition to research organisations and larger enterprises. At the kick-off...
Feb 12, 2014

First ENTRACTE Policy Brief out now

Global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions continue to rise, as do CO concentrations in the atmosphere. The risk of irreversible climate change grows. However, Europe has made progress, with a reduction of 18 % of GHG. Nonetheless, arresting and then reversing the growth in emissions presents a huge challenge for future climate policy both globally and in the EU. As an outcome of the ENTRACTE and...
Feb 04, 2014

Right on track

From January 23-24, 2014 the ComplexINC consortium gathered for its 3rd Progress Meeting in Barcelona. Project coordinator Imre Berger and project partner David Resina hosted the event. Resina is CEO of the Spanish biotech-company Bioingenium S.L., which is one of the seven consortium members of ComplexINC. Berger presented the significant work progress of his team since the previous meeting in...
Jan 29, 2014

Intelligent ventilation for better and healthier indoor air

SENSIndoor is one of the last research projects funded under the Seventh framework Programme of the EU (FP7). The project is coordinated by Professor Andreas Schütze and his team from the Lab for Measurement Technology at Saarland University in Saarbrücken. The European Commission provides the partners with 3.4 million Euros over a period of three years. 22 members of the consortium came together...
Jan 16, 2014

SENSIndoor: Smart sensors for improved indoor air quality

People spend more than 80 % of their time indoors where fresh air exchange is increasingly limited to reduce energy consumption. With the aim to improve indoor air quality and at the same time increase energy efficiency, the new EU project SENSIndoor sets out to develop smart, energy efficient ventilation systems. “The novel nanotechnology-based microsensor systems that we will develop within the...
Jan 15, 2014

New approaches to arthrosis treatment

Today, physicians and scientists of the Greater Region get together at Saarland University Hospital, Homburg to discuss the current results and improvements in arthrosis research. The Greater Region covers Saarland and Rhineland-Palatinate in Germany, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, the French region of Lorraine and Belgian Wallonia with the French and German-speaking communities. The arthrosis...
Jan 06, 2014

Funding opportunities in Horizon 2020

The new EU Research and Innovation Programme Horizon 2020 started on January 1, 2014. With an overall budget of nearly € 80 billion, Horizon 2020 will be the key element to enhance the global competitiveness and economic growth in Europe. To support scientists and small and medium enterprises (SME) in all matters of funding opportunities, the government of the Saarland has initiated „Route 2020“....