March 2012

“Brussels in Brief”:
Highlights on EU policies and funding programmes related to the knowledge-based economy: The “Lisbon Strategy”

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  • General EU Information

    General EU Information

    • European Parliament

      2012-03-12 - 2012-03-15 - Plenary Session - Strasbourg

      The 11 March 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster was caused by humans, and could have been prevented, said EP President Martin Schulz in his plenary opening address. Marking the 11 March remembrance day for victims of terrorism, he condemned "cowardly, anonymous" attacks like that on Madrid in 2004. He also condemned the killing of thousands of Syrians by President Bashar al-Assad's "brutal dictatorship" since the start of the Arab Spring.

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      2012-03-28 - 2012-03-29 - Plenary Session - Brussels

      The recent callous and cowardly murder of three soldiers, three children and a teacher in Montauban and Toulouse must strengthen Parliament's resolve to uphold the values of mutual respect and tolerance, said its President Schulz, opening the Brussels mini-session.

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  • EU policies and funding programmes for Research, Innovation, Training and Competitiveness

    EU policies and funding programmes for Research, Innovation, Training and Competitiveness

    • Research Policy

      • European Research and Innovation projects
        • ICT
          2012-03-02 - Projecting high quality videos onto walls from your mobile phone - coming soon!

          Are you old enough to remember when mobile phones seemed futuristic, or when it was customary to purport that they would 'never take off'? Fast forward to 2012 and we rarely stop to reflect about how these small devices have become ingrained into every aspect of our lives. And now mobile phones could be set to evolve even further, if the latest results from innovative Finnish researchers are anything to go by. The forward-thinking researchers have developed a way to project high quality images and video onto any surface you have at hand - whether it be it the smooth wall of your bedroom or a bumpy dry stone dyke!

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          2012-03-08 - Infant eye movement and cognition

          Interactions between infants and their environment are limited because of the infants' poor motor abilities. So investigating infant cognition is no easy task. Which sensory event is the result of the infant's own motor action and which one is not? Researchers from the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies and from Goethe-Universitat Frankfurt am Main in Germany may have found the answer. Their research was funded in part by the IM-CLEVER ('Intrinsically motivated cumulative learning versatile robots') project, which is supported under the 'Information and communications technologies' (ICT) Theme of the EU's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) to the tune of EUR 5.9 million.

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          2012-03-13 - Innovative medical devices with less cost, less energy

          EU-funded researchers are driving innovation, and the healthcare sector is projected to be the latest beneficiary of this effort. Researchers from the DESYRE ('On-demand system reliability') project are developing a system that is reliable but based on unreliable components. DESYRE is backed under the 'Information and communication technologies' (ICT) Theme of the EU's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) to the tune of EUR 2.8 million. Speaking to participants at the recent DATE 2012 conference in Dresden, Germany, DESYRE project leader Ioannis Sourdis from the Department of Computer Engineering at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden said devices being used by the medical world today, such as pacemakers and other implantable medical devices, rely on three critical components: reliability, small size and longevity. This is where the DESYRE consortium comes in.

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          2012-03-16 - Exploring your transport options, the EU way

          How can one drive and protect the environment at the same time? It's an important question, and one that weighs on the minds of Europeans a lot. In an effort to help consumers, the EU is backing a key project that is investigating how ecological issues in traffic are becoming increasingly pressing as personal transportation is one of the biggest contributors of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. The ECONAV ('Ecological aware navigation: usable persuasive trip advisor for reducing CO2 consumption') project is backed with more than EUR 2.3 million under the 'Information and communication technologies' (ICT) Theme of the EU's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).

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          2012-03-23 - Boom! Boost for photonics technologies and high-speed Internet

          Results from a recently completed EU project that developed components for new-generation high-speed broadband core networks bode well for the future of nanotechnologies, European researchers report. The BOOM ('Terabit-on-chip: micro and nano-scale silicon photonic integrated components and sub-systems enabling Tb/s-capacity, scalable and fully integrated photonic routers') project received more than EUR 3 million from the 'Information and communication technologies' Theme of the EU's Seventh Framework Programme's (FP7), and brought together nano-specialists from Belgium, Germany, Greece, Italy and the Netherlands.

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          2012-03-27 - Smarter computing systems make society better

          Smarter computing systems can help give our lives a big boost - in education, healthcare, transportation, security and even the environment. But these computing systems need to be adjusted constantly, to help meet the changes that emerge every year. The HIPEAC ('High performance and embedded architecture and compilation') project is driving innovative computing systems, effectively making our lives much easier. HIPEAC is backed with EUR 3.8 million under the 'Information and communication technologies' (ICT) Theme of the EU's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).

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          2012-03-29 - HELIOS makes silicon breakthrough

          Researchers in Europe have succeeded in presenting an integrated tuneable transmitter on silicon - the first time this has ever happened. This results are an outcome of the HELIOS ('Photonics electronics functional integration on complementary metal oxide-semiconductor, CMOS') project, which is backed under the 'Information and communication technologies' (ICT) Theme of the EU's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) to the tune of EUR 8.5 million. The team presented the results at the recent Optical Fiber Communication conference in Los Angeles, United States.

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        • Health
          2012-03-01 - The protein that starves HIV

          An international team of researchers has discovered that a protein responsible for protecting some of our body's immune cells from the most common and virulent form of HIV succeeds in its quest because it starves the virus of the molecular building blocks it requires to replicate. The study, published in the journal Nature Immunology, was supported in part by a European Research Council (ERC) grant under the EU's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). The results could help us understand why some anti-HIV drugs are more effective than others. Researchers led by the Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale (INSERM) in France say this latest development could prove beneficial, not just for the development of anti-HIV drugs but also for the potential impact on other pathogens including herpes viruses.

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          2012-03-02 - Researchers find piece of autism puzzle

          Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) have a complex inheritance pattern. Despite researchers having identified rare variants in synaptic proteins in patients with ASD, little work has been carried out to determine the effect at the synapse and their interactions with other genetic variations ... until now. A European team of researchers has confirmed that synaptic mutations heightens the risk of ASD. The study, presented in the journal PLoS Genetics, was funded in part by the EUHFAUTISM ('European high-functioning autism network: translational research in a phenotypically well characterised sample') project, a Neuron-ERA-NET funded under the EU's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) to the tune of almost EUR 370 000.

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          2012-03-05 - Scientists refute widely held view on how Motor Neurone Disease works

          When we imagine how research results can change society or help us make new bounds in medical science we think of proving a hypothesis or cracking a code, but sometimes research that refutes a theory can be just as beneficial, as scientists can eliminate a hypothesis from the mix and save years of wasted-time investigating dead ends. And a team of German researchers has just done exactly that. Writing in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), the team refute a widely accepted hypothesis about a causative step in neurodegenerative conditions. These results deal specifically with animal models of human amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), more commonly known as Motor Neurone Disease, but the findings also have implications for other neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's or Huntington's disease. Their work was supported by the iPSoALS ('Modeling sporadic ALS in motor neurons by genetic reprogramming of patient skin fibroblasts') project, which is funded under the Seventh Framework Programme's (FP7) EUR 2 million ERA-NET Neuron Scheme.

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          2012-03-05 - Scientists find genetic link for coronary heart disease

          An international team of researchers led by the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom has identified a genetic link for coronary artery disease (also called coronary heart disease). The results of the study, presented in the journal The Lancet, demonstrate how a father passes on to his son a common heart disease that kills thousands each year. The study was supported in part by a grant under the EU's Sixth Framework Programme (FP6). The researchers discovered that the Y chromosome, which is a part of the deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) found only in men, influences how a man passes on coronary heart disease to his son. This disease describes the narrowing of blood vessels delivering blood to the heart. The lack of oxygen to the heart triggers various symptoms including chest constriction and heart attack.

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          2012-03-06 - Researchers uncover secrets behind why marijuana is bad for memory

          The medicinal properties of marijuana have long been a contentious issue, with those denouncing its use citing its negative effects on working memory and the ability to retain information for short periods of time as reasons for not prescribing the drug. While these side-effects have been known to scientists for some time, now international researchers have pushed forward knowledge of how the drug works by getting to grips with the neurobiology behind these well known side-effects. Writing in the journal Cell, the team, from Canada, China, France, Spain and the United States, present their findings on the source of memory lapses. They found that marijuana's major psychoactive ingredient (THC) impairs memory independently of its direct effects on neurons.

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          2012-03-07 - EU-funded study says flexible brains help train bodies to use prosthetics

          Scientists working on the development of thought-controlled prosthetic devices for people recovering from spinal cord injuries or an amputation will be pleased to read a new EU-funded study that shows the brain is more flexible and trainable than was previously thought. Writing in the journal Nature, a team of Portuguese and American researchers explain how through a process called plasticity, parts of the brain can be trained to do something they normally wouldn't do. The team found that the same brain circuits used for learning motor skills, such as riding a bike or driving a car, can be used to master purely mental tasks, even arbitrary ones. This is also the first study to successfully rule out the role of physical movement when learning to use a prosthetic device. One of the study authors, Dr Rui Manuel Marques Fernandes da Costa from the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown in Lisbon, Portugal, was awarded a European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant to the tune of more than EUR 1.5 million for work carried out on his NEUROHABIT ('Neural mechanisms of action learning and action selection: From intent to habit') project, which contributed to the study.

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          2012-03-08 - Taking precise photos of proteins - is filming them just round the corner?

          An international team of researchers has found a more effective way of imaging proteins, something that could soon lead to filming how they work at the molecular level. The team, from Germany, Sweden and the United States, built on previous work led by one of the study authors, Professor Richard Neutze from the University of Gothenburg, who was one of the first in the world to image proteins using very short and intensive X-ray pulses. The better scientists can map out the structure of proteins and how they behave in cells, the closer they can get to unlocking the cure to major diseases such as cancer and malaria. This new study, published in the journal Nature Methods, tests out the method on a new type of protein, and the results bode well for future experiments. The team looked at a membrane protein from a type of bacterium that lives off sunlight. It is important to investigate membrane proteins, as they transport substances through the cell membrane and thus take care of communication with the cell's surroundings and other cells.

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          2012-03-12 - Scientists discover exercise alters DNA

          Researchers in Denmark, Ireland and Sweden have discovered that exercise can alter your deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) in just a few minutes. While the underlying genetic code remains unchanged, the DNA molecules within the muscle cells undergoes chemical and structural changes, in very specific ways. They either gain or lose marks of methyl groups on specific and familiar DNA sequences. Presented in the journal Cell Metabolism, the study was funded in part by the Advanced Grants of the European Research Council's Ideas Programme, under the EU's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). Led by scientists at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, researchers evaluated how exercise impacts the DNA of healthy albeit inactive people. According to the team, the so-called epigenetic modifications to the DNA, at precise locations, seem to be a key component of the physiological benefits of exercise.

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          2012-03-15 - EU-funded researchers investigate newborns' weight

          When pregnant women experience increased levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in the body, their newborn babies are likely to be underweight. This is the finding from a new EU-funded study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. Researchers from Belgium, Denmark, Faeroe Islands, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia, and Spain had their funding boosted from two projects supported by the EU's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). The team conducted a study of 8 000 pregnant women who gave birth between 1990 and 2008 throughout Europe, and tested them for concentrations of PCBs in the blood.

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          2012-03-16 - Researchers uncover new mechanistic insight into mRNA biogenesis and export

          A team of EU-funded Spanish and Polish researchers have revealed the structure of a protein complex that is essential for messenger RNA (mRNA) biogenesis and export. Writing in the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) Journal, the team describe how the data on its architecture helped identify a mechanism by which this assembly factor recognises and binds nucleic acids. The protein complex, known as the 'THO complex', is directly associated with mRNA transcription, biogenesis and export. Although DNA is transcribed in the cell nucleus, the ribosomes that translate RNA into proteins are in the cytoplasm. Therefore export of the mRNA, a process not yet fully understood by scientists, is essential for gene expression. One reason that scientists remain in the dark about the process is THO complex's very limited solubility, which makes it impossible to purify for X-ray crystallography. The study was supported by the project 3D-REPERTOIRE ('A multidisciplinary approach to determine the structures of protein complexes in a model organism') which received more than EUR 13 million in funding from the 'Life sciences, genomics and biotechnology for health' Thematic area of the EU's Sixth Framework Programme (FP6).

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          2012-03-19 - Uncovering drugs that boost cognitive function

          Researchers have discovered that there are a number of drugs that give cognitive function a boost. These drugs could help fuel our understanding of cognitive disorders, including Alzheimer's disease. Presented in the journal PLoS Biology, the study was funded in part by the MEMSTICK ('Synaptic mechanisms of memory loss: novel cell adhesion molecules as therapeutic targets') project, which received more than EUR 2.9 million under the Health Theme of the EU's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).

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          2012-03-20 - Embryo development in the spotlight

          Researchers in the United Kingdom have identified a vital process in the development of the early mammalian embryo. They have developed a tool able to mimic the soft tissue of the mammalian uterus in which the embryo implants. The results could help lead to the development of novel treatments for various diseases. Presented in the journal Nature Communications, the research was funded in part by the MASC ('Materials that impose architecture within stem cell populations') project, which has received a European Research Council (ERC) grant worth almost EUR 2.3 million under the EU's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).

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          2012-03-21 - New diagnostic test for oesophageal cancer

          European scientists have made a major breakthrough in the development of a diagnostic test for oesophageal cancer that will hopefully lead to improvements in diagnosis and treatment of the condition. The findings were made by scientists from the United Kingdom using the Accelerators and Lasers in Combined Experiments (ALICE) facility, which is housed at the Daresbury Laboratory's Accelerator Science and Technology Centre of the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC). The diagnostic test was developed by imaging tissue obtained by endoscopy from patients with a precursor condition called Barrett's Oesophagus.

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          2012-03-26 - Study finds dense tissue and age link behind recurring breast cancer

          Age and breast tissue play a significant role in whether breast cancer will recur, new Swedish research shows. Scientists at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm have discovered that the odds that patients will see their breast cancer return is higher in women who are aged 50 and over and who have breasts with a high percentage of dense tissue. The results shed a great deal of light on the link between density, tumour characteristics and prognosis. No other study has succeeded in doing so. The findings were presented at the 8th European Breast Cancer Conference (EBCC-8) in Vienna, Austria on 21 March.

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          2012-03-26 - Researchers developing innovative brain measurement devices

          Researchers in Finland are pushing the research envelope, especially in terms of investigating the brain mechanism in preterm babies. Their latest work is helping develop treatments to protect the brain as well as research methods for use in hospital settings. Presented in The Journal of Visualized Experiments, the study was funded in part by the BRADIMO ('Brain diagnostics and monitoring in early neonatal period') project, which has received a Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellowships for Career Development grant worth more than EUR 266 000 under the EU's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). The findings will improve brain health and the lives of infants, and help develop monitoring devices to keep an eye on the well-being of infant brains during treatment in hospital intensive care units.

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          2012-03-27 - Just how safe is ibuprofen? European researchers are on the case

          The 6 000th patient has just been recruited in a European study into the safety of some of the world's most widely used medicines. The 'Standard Care versus Celecoxib Outcome Trial' (SCOT), which is being carried out by researchers from Denmark, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, is comparing the safety of commonly prescribed, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen and diclofenac. The study involves the participation of 6 000 patients and 685 general practitioner (GP) practices from across the 3 countries.

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          2012-03-27 - EU project kick-starts groundbreaking global stroke study

          An international team of researchers has clinched a near EUR 11 million grant under the Health Theme of the EU's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) to develop a novel stroke treatment. This groundbreaking, phase 3 clinical study is investigating 1 500 volunteer stroke victims with mild hypothermia. Past pilot studies have found that when the brains of stroke victims are cooled within six hours of their attack, damage to the brain can be reduced. The EUROHYP-1 ('European multicentre, randomised, phase 3 clinical trial of hypothermia plus best medical treatment versus best medical treatment alone for acute ischaemic stroke') project partners say this procedure could potentially help thousands of Europeans each year.

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          2012-03-30 - Scientists get closer to more accurate cancer diagnosis

          Researchers in France and the United Kingdom have identified a link between a chromosomal abnormality and a greater risk of dying in children suffering from a deadly form of brain cancer. Presented in the journal Clinical Cancer Research, the findings could help scientists develop a new diagnostic test for identifying young patients who are at the highest risk associated with an ependymoma tumour, and who may require more aggressive treatments to save their life. Led by the Brain Tumour Research Centre at the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom, researchers say the results could also help physicians determine which children with the tumour have a better prognosis and would benefit from less intensive treatments. This would result in the patients suffering from fewer side effects that have the potential to trigger permanent disabilities, which in turn could adversely affect them later in life.

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          2012-03-30 - Low protein level triggers TAR syndrome

          A European team of scientists has discovered that thrombocytopenia with absent radii (TAR), a rare inherited blood and skeletal disorder, is triggered by low levels of the protein Y14. Presented in the journal Nature Genetics, the findings could help lead to the development of a medical exam that permits prenatal diagnosis and genetic counselling in families affected by TAR. The study was funded in part by the NETSIM ('An integrated study on three novel regulatory hubs in megakaryocytes and platelets, discovered as risk genes for myocardial infarction by a genome-wide association and platelet systems biology study') project, which is backed by a Marie Curie Action 'Networks for Initial Training' grant worth EUR 2.85 million under the EU's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).

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        • Environment
          2012-03-01 - Overfishing puts seabird population at risk

          An international team of researchers has discovered that a wide range of coastal bird species is negatively affected when the supply of fish shrinks to below 33% of maximum capacity. Presented in the journal Science, the study's findings shed light on the association between predators and prey the world over. Led by Philiippe Cury of the Institut de recherche pour le développement (IRD) in France, researchers in Canada, France, Namibia, Norway, South Africa, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States assessed data based on almost 450 cumulative years of observation. They compared the growth in the supplies of fish with the reproductive patterns of 14 species of coastal birds. Puffins, penguins, seagulls and gannets, to name just a few, feed mostly on sardines, anchovies, herring and prawns. All of these marine creatures, meanwhile, are feeling the crunch of overfishing.

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          2012-03-02 - EU-funded study calls for better protection for freshwater ecosystems

          Current methods used to plan conservation strategies are not providing adequate protection for freshwater ecosystems and the ecosystem services they provide, according to African and European researchers in a new study published in the journal Conservation Letters. The scientists, from Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Senegal, South Africa, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, were supported by the EU-funded BIOFRESH ('Biodiversity of freshwater ecosystems: Status, trends, pressures, and conservation priorities') project, which is supported by a EUR 6,465,406 grant under the 'Environment' Theme of the EU's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).

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          2012-03-05 - Study spotlights Gilboa fossil forest

          Researchers in the United Kingdom and the United States have discovered and analysed a complete fossil forest as old as 385 million years. Presented in the journal Nature, the findings of the study shed new light on the Gilboa fossil forest, located in the Catskill Mountains in New York State. Scientists have referred to Gilboa as the oldest fossil forest, but research did little to reveal much about it... until now.

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          2012-03-06 - Ice failed to freeze Scandinavian conifers

          A new Nordic-led study has challenged a widely held belief that the last glacial period wiped out the Scandinavian landscape of trees until the emergence of milder weather, which melted away the ice sheet around 9,000 years ago. Presented in the journal Science, the findings suggest that some of the conifers survived on mountain peaks that protruded from the ice sheet, both along the coast and on islands. So contrary to popular theory, it seems the region's modern trees did not result from species migration following the melting of the ice sheet. Led by researchers from the Centre for GeoGenetics at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, the University of Uppsala in Sweden and Tromsø University Museum in Norway, the team discovered that the trees' survival lasted for several thousands of years.

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          2012-03-07 - People and climate change triggered big animal extinction

          British researchers have discovered that human activity and climate change triggered the extinction of some of our planet's big animals over the last 100 000 years. Presented in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), the study's findings shed light on how the pressures on megafauna are affecting the big animals that roam Earth today. Researchers from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom put the spotlight on extinctions that emerged during the late Quaternary period, from 700 000 years ago until today. Of particular interest were extinctions over the last 100,000 years. Mammoths in North America and Eurasia, mastodons and giant sloths in the Americas, the woolly rhino in Europe, giant kangaroos and wombats in Australia, and the moas in New Zealand were some of the big animals that were wiped out.

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          2012-03-09 - New EU-funded network for plant phenotyping on the way

          Plant-derived products are proving to be an effective way of dealing with the ever increasing demand for more food, feed and raw materials, and to this end many scientists believe that more knowledge about plant phenotyping is essential. Step up a new EU-funded project that aims to investigate this emerging science that links genomics with plant ecophysiology and agronomy. Plant performance and productivity is determined by the relationship between the functional plant body, the 'phenotype', which is formed during plant growth, and its genetic background, or 'genotype', and the physical world in which plants develop. The better scientists understand the link between the genotype and phenotype the better they can advance modern breeding and basic plant research. To increase Europe's capacity to analyse existing genetic resources for their interaction with the environment, the EPPN ('European Plant Phenotyping Network') project will see the creation of a new plant phenotyping network. With a EUR 5,500,000 boost from the 'Research Infrastructures' Theme of the EU's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), EPPN will bring together scientists from Australia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel and the United Kingdom to develop sustainable plant production with higher yields that use up less resources.

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          2012-03-09 - Mazovia valley fostering green chemistry research

          The Mazovia valley in Poland is fast becoming a hub for green chemistry research in Europe thanks to a new research infrastructure that will be used by top chemistry-related institutions from all over the country. The aim is to develop a friendly research environment conducive to dynamic development of various fields of chemistry and the fast transfer of research. The project, named the 'Mazovian Valley of Green Chemistry' will provide access to well equipped laboratories, and provide support for educational and information programmes. Emphasis will be placed on getting innovative chemical technologies to market.

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          2012-03-13 - EU research shows magnetic fields, vibrations help ants navigate

          Living in the barren environment of the desert, desert ants cannot rely on landmarks to find their way, but amazingly they never get lost. Scientists in Germany have discovered that as well as counting their steps, these incredible creatures also use ground vibrations and magnetic fields to return safely home after searching for food. Previous research has shown that ants use path integration - whereby animals use cues to track distance and direction to estimate their geographical position - to find their way home. Researchers working at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Jena, Germany have now proved that desert ants can also use magnetic and vibrational landmarks to make their way back to their nest. The study is published in the journal PLoS ONE.

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          2012-03-14 - EU-funded project champions sustainable development for the Arctic

          A new European project that is set to chart a course for sustainable development in the Arctic over the next 50 years is now well under way. ACCESS ('Arctic climate change, economy and society'), which received a EUR 10 978 468 funding boost as part of the 'Cooperation' Theme of the EU's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), aims to investigate the impact of human activities on the Arctic ecosystem - an impact expected to intensify as Arctic ice partially melts. The project brings together researchers from 27 research institutes across nine European countries as well as Russia.

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          2012-03-20 - Wolves eating less than 1% of German livestock: study

          Despite the reappearance of wolves in Germany, local farmers should not worry about these creatures attacking and eating their livestock. Less than 1% of farm animals are on the wolves' menu, new research shows. Presented in the journal Mammalian Biology, the study highlights how wolves will not risk confrontation with guard dogs or hazardous objects in order to secure food. Zoologists from the Senckenberg Research Institute in Görlitz in Germany probed the feeding habits of wolves in the first eight years since their re-emergence. The team assessed both what wolves currently eat and how their feeding habits have changed over the years. Their results indicate wolves have a high capacity for adapting in order to meet their dietary needs.

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          2012-03-21 - Genes transfer helps stimulate plant evolution

          Researchers in France, the United Kingdom and the United States have shed new light on how plants swap genes from plant to plant to help stimulate their evolutionary development. The findings, presented in the journal Current Biology, highlighted that enzymes key to photosynthesis had been shared among plants with only a distant ancestral relationship, and that the metabolic cycle of the recipient plant absorbed the genes, contributing to adaptation. The study was funded in part by a Marie Curie grant under the EU's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).

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          2012-03-23 - Better monitoring needed for pollutant-free European seas

          In the latest Marine Board-European Science Foundation (ESF) Position Paper, experts point out how more work needs to be performed on the monitoring and regulation of chemical pollution in Europe's seas. 'Monitoring Chemical Pollution in Europe's Seas: Programmes, Practices and Priorities for Research' provides fresh insight on how regulatory frameworks and monitoring programmes fail to address the full range of potentially damaging pollutants. They also ignore many of the 'new' pollutants being used by industry. Pollution is the biggest concern for Europeans. This finding is an outcome of the CLAMER ('Climate change and marine ecosystem research results') project, which polled more than 10 000 people from 10 European countries on what they consider to be the most significant issues putting the marine environment at risk. CLAMER was funded under the Environment Theme of the EU's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) to the tune of almost EUR 1 million. The paper also notes how public concern is justified, particularly because it is supported by scientific evidence.

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          2012-03-23 - Untangling the science Web

          People can now access millions of scientific data resources about our planet thanks to the EUROGEOSS project. EUROGEOSS ('European approach to the global earth observation system of systems' (GEOSS)), backed under the Environment Theme of the EU's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) to the tune of EUR 6.1 million, has developed an innovative way to search thousands of Earth observation catalogues. This has increased the number of datasets and products publicly available for scientific research, from a few hundred in 2011, to more than 28 million in 2012.

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          2012-03-27 - Large Marine Protected Areas work for dolphins, study shows

          New findings from an international team of ecologists have shown that Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) do actually work. Writing in the British Ecological Society's Journal of Applied Ecology, the team from Australia and New Zealand show that a marine sanctuary off the coast of Christchurch in New Zealand has significantly improved survival of Hector's dolphins - one of the rarest dolphins in the world. The study is based on 21 years of monitoring Banks Peninsula Marine Mammal Sanctuary, 1,170 km2 of sea off New Zealand's South Island. In 1988 the area was set aside to prevent the dolphins being killed by gillnet and trawl fisheries.

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          2012-03-27 - Study suggests climate change behind extreme weather events

          The world has been on an extreme weather rollercoaster ride since the early 2000s. Researchers in Germany say the high incidence of extreme weather events is not by chance. Presented in the journal Nature Climate Change, their study highlights a pattern generated by a number of single events. The findings point to an association between anthropogenic global warming and extreme rainfall and heat waves. The connection is not as evident between global warming and storms despite the rise in hurricane events. The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) researchers say 14 extreme weather events hit the United States in 2011 alone, and each event cost more than USD 1 billion. Japan also faced a number of extreme weather events, reporting record rainfalls. Western Russia was challenged with very hot summer temperatures, while Australia and Pakistan reported record-breaking rainfall levels. China, and specifically the Yangtze River basin, was hit by a record drought. Europe, meanwhile, was hit with the hottest summer season in 2003, accounting for the highest summer temperatures in at least half a millennium.

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          2012-03-28 - Permafrost thawing fast, alert scientists

          When permafrost thaws, it releases greenhouse gases into parts of the Arctic, exacerbating the effects of climate change. And now, detailed satellite images have picked up on changes in land surfaces at northern latitudes, indicating that there are worrying levels of thawing permafrost. The findings were made by European Space Agency (ESA) scientists using several different satellites including the Environmental Satellite (Envisat). The researchers were able to get a panoptic view of permafrost phenomena from a local to a circum-Arctic dimension. Although permafrost cannot be measured directly from space, satellites can capture indicating factors such as surface temperature, land cover and snow parameters, soil moisture and terrain changes.

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          2012-03-28 - Report warns of urbanisation swell by 2050

          We hear and read a lot about our human carbon footprint but what do we know about our urban footprint? According to a new United Nations (UN) report, this urban footprint will expand by another 1.2 million square kilometres if we fail to make changes to our cities' development patterns. This huge increase is the size of France, Germany and Spain combined. The report's highlights were presented at the recent international science meeting, 'Planet Under Pressure', in London, United Kingdom. Experts say the urbanisation choices we make play a key role in the sustainability of the environment. UN estimates indicate that the human population will grow by 2 billion to 9 billion within the next 38 years, and urban centres will absorb the bulk of this increase. In essence, around 1 million more people are expected on average each week between now and 2050. Cities will likely feel more pressure as rural dwellers (another 1 billion people, according to projections) make their way to cities. The data indicate that the urban population will swell to 6.3 billion in 2050, up by 2.8 billion from today's estimates.

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          2012-03-28 - Study probes genetics and chimp populations

          Scientists in Cameroon, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States have discovered that chimpanzee populations living in pretty close proximity are considerably more different genetically than are humans living on different continents. The study shows that genomics can play a key role in chimpanzee conservation. Presented in the journal PLoS Genetics, it was funded in part by the EUPRIM-NET ('European primate network: specialised infrastructures and procedures for biological and biomedical research') project, which clinched more than EUR 4.7 million under the Infrastructures Thematic area of the EU's Sixth Framework Programme (FP6). EUPRIM-NET allowed in particular the scientists to access samples available at the partner research infrastructures.

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          2012-03-28 - Study probes genetics and chimp populations

          Scientists in Cameroon, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States have discovered that chimpanzee populations living in pretty close proximity are considerably more different genetically than are humans living on different continents. The study shows that genomics can play a key role in chimpanzee conservation. Presented in the journal PLoS Genetics, it was funded in part by the EUPRIM-NET ('European primate network: specialised infrastructures and procedures for biological and biomedical research') project, which clinched more than EUR 4.7 million under the Infrastructures Thematic area of the EU's Sixth Framework Programme (FP6). EUPRIM-NET allowed in particular the scientists to access samples available at the partner research infrastructures.

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          2012-03-29 - Major study maps marine biodiversity

          Members of the TARA OCEANS expedition will finally anchor in Lorient, France on 31 March, bringing a 28-month, 60 000-mile journey to a close. Researchers on board the vessel collected and investigated samples of microorganisms from the major oceans of our planet. The study was highlighted in an editorial in the journal Molecular Systems Biology, authored by Eric Karsenti of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, Germany.

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        • Agriculture
          2012-03-07 - Going underground for optimal crops and yields

          Researchers from the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom have designed an innovative technique to study the underground world of plants. Presented in the journal Plant Physiology, the results of this study will lead to improved breeding techniques for crop varieties, as well as better yields. The novel approach is based on the same X-ray technology used in hospital computed tomography (CT) scans. It integrates new image analysis software that can automatically distinguish the roots of plants from other soil-based materials. The researchers, from the Centre for Plant Integrative Biology (CPIB), tested this approach on the roots of maize, wheat and tomato. They studied the architecture, what experts refer to as the shape and branching pattern, of roots in soil by using X-ray micro computed tomography (micro CT). The team then entered the information into the new RooTrak software, which enabled them to differentiate between roots and other soil elements.

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          2012-03-19 - New EU project gets to grips with globetrotting germs

          As Germany was struck by a devastating Escherichia coli (E. coli) crisis in June 2011, the dangers of transferring life-threatening disease-causing germs in food from one country to another once again hit the headlines. Despite the alarm however, until now very few studies have been carried out into the actual danger posed by germs that enter the EU along with food. Step in a new EU-funded project that hopes to tackle pesky pathogens like E. coli head on. The PROMISE ('Protection of consumers by microbial risk mitigation through segregation of expertise') project received almost EUR 3 million in funding from the 'Food, agriculture and fisheries, and biotechnology' Theme of the EU's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). It brings together 20 project partners from Austria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom.

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          2012-03-21 - Scientists map genetic energy crop

          A British-American team of scientists and industry actors has developed the first high-resolution, comprehensive map of a promising energy crop called Miscanthus, what experts describe as a tall, cane-like grass that can be used as a feedstock for biofuels, bioproducts and biopower. Presented in the journal PLoS ONE, the study provides key insight into research efforts that seek to make bioenergy production a reality. Scientists from the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) at Aberystwyth University in Wales and staff from Ceres Inc., a United States-based energy crop group, cooperated on this project. The Welsh team created the collection of genetically related plants, while the American group sequenced and evaluated the deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA). The researchers said such genetic mapping shortened product development timelines of other crops.

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          2012-03-30 - Food security: project set to tackle parasitic worm infections in livestock

          Parasitic worms wreak havoc among farm animals, and various changing environmental factors are only exacerbating the problem. Step in a brand new EU-funded project that aims to mitigate the economic and welfare burden these worm infections put on the European ruminant livestock industry, by examining the impact these environmental changes are having on the pesky pathogens. GLOWORM ('Innovative and sustainable strategies to mitigate the impact of global change on helminth infections in ruminants'), which received nearly EUR 3 million as part of the 'Food, agriculture and fisheries, and biotechnology' Theme of the EU's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), brings together researchers from 14 partner institutions across Belgium, Ireland, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

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        • Transport
          2012-03-20 - Coming in to land: EU project results put human element into airport security training

          Airports are hubs of activity at the heart of modern life: infrastructures that handle the movement of people and goods 24 hours a day. And with governments increasingly apprehensive about the possibility of a terrorist attack occurring on their territory, investment in airport security systems has increased exponentially in today's post-9/11 world. But who is operating these systems and how do their decisions impact on operations in the airport? These were the central questions of the EU-funded BEMOSA ('Behavioural Modelling for Security in Airports') project, whose interim results were presented at a special workshop held at the European Commission in Brussels on 19 March. From the project offset in 2009, BEMOSA, with EUR 3,399,934 of funding earmarked under the 'Transport' Theme of the EU's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), highlighted that although investment in additional technologies for airport security remains high, there exists a dearth of additional investment in training for the people who operate this technology.

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        • Nanosciences
          2012-03-06 - Graphene and a new dimension

          A growing number of scientists recognises how graphene, an allotrope of carbon, is the next silicon. But they also know graphene is too conductive to be used in computer chips. Now a research team from the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom may have found a way to address this problem. Presented in the journal Science, the study demonstrates how a transistor could indeed be the missing link for graphene to become the next silicon. Their discovery opens a third dimension in graphene research. The Manchester group, led by Nobel laureate professors Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov, both of whom were knighted earlier this year, notes how graphene is a fascinating material with myriad properties, namely optical, mechanical, electronic and chemical.

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        • Space
          2012-03-16 - Mapping dark matter in distant galaxy cluster

          Two teams of astrophysicists from Denmark, Israel, France and the United States have used data from several leading telescopes to map the distribution of dark matter in a galaxy cluster known as Abell 383, located about 2.3 billion light years from Earth. As well as successfully noting where the dark matter lies in the two dimensions across the sky, the teams also managed to determine how the dark matter is distributed along the line of sight. Astrophysicists have long tried to understand the nature of dark matter. Although it is detectable through its gravitational effects, dark matter is invisible material that does not emit or absorb any type of light; there is roughly six times as much dark matter as there is 'normal' matter in the Universe. Galaxy clusters are the largest gravitationally bound structures in the Universe; they play an important role in research on dark matter. But in order to analyse galaxy clusters, astrophysicists need to be able to accurately determine the three-dimensional (3D) structures and masses of clusters. It is at the centre of galaxy clusters that dark matter can be found in its highest concentration.

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          2012-03-19 - Astronomers say small asteroid won't hit Earth in 2013

          A newly identified asteroid will just miss hitting Earth in 2013, researchers say. Discovered by a group of astronomers in mid-February, the tiny 50-metre asteroid, called '2012 DA14', whizzed past our planet at about 7 times the distance of the Moon. Scientists at the European Space Agency (ESA) estimate that this asteroid will next fly by earth on 15 February 2013 at around 24 000 kilometres, which is closer than most commercial satellites.

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          2012-03-29 - Astronomers spot ancient planetary system - dating from 13 billion years ago!

          German astronomers have discovered an ancient planetary system thought to be a survivor of one of the earliest cosmic eras, from 13 billion years ago. The system consists of the star HIP 11952 and two planets. Such an old system will help shed light on planet formation in the early Universe, which occurred under conditions quite different from those of later planetary systems such as our own. Accepted planetary theory states that, generally speaking, a star that contains more 'metals', (i.e. chemical elements other than hydrogen and helium) is more likely to have planets; it is also widely accepted that planets are formed in discs of gas and dust that swirl around young stars. The team noted with interest, then, that despite this observed trend for planets to form within clouds that contain heavier chemical elements, a star containing very little bar hydrogen and helium has two planets orbiting it.

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        • Maritime Affairs
          2012-03-12 - EU research reveals fish use senses to navigate

          Scientists from the Netherlands and the United Kingdom have discovered how young coral reef fish use sounds, smells and sights to navigate from the high seas to find their shoal mates hidden among the roots of mangrove trees or blades of seagrass. Dr Ivan Nagelkerken, formerly at the Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands, and now based at the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Adelaide, Australia, noted that the findings are of particular importance. Published in the journal Ecology, the research 'highlights the importance of maintaining a mosaic of different habitats and healthy local populations in order for the French grunt, and many fish like it, to complete their life cycle'.

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          2012-03-14 - UNEP report spotlights better water management

          Agricultural crop yields are used to establish how to best manage water, but ecosystem services should be considered by planners and policymakers as well. This is the message from the latest United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report, prepared by the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) at the University of York in the United Kingdom and presented at the recent World Water Forum in Marseille, France. Titled 'Releasing the Pressure: Water Resource Efficiencies and Gains for Ecosystem Services', the report underlines how it is only when we acknowledge the connection between the benefits of water and ecosystem services that water productivity can be increased. The upshot is more sustainable and efficient water resources, which in turn lead to improved livelihoods, agriculture and environment.

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          2012-03-15 - Two new reports: Water high up on policymakers' agendas

          Both the Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the European Environment Agency (EEA) have published reports on water scarcity to coincide with the 6th World Water Forum, currently under way in Marseille, France. The World Water Forum, which began on 12 March and runs until 17 March, gathers stakeholders together to find solutions to water scarcity problems. The JRC report, titled 'Current water resources in Europe and Africa', assessed available water resources and reveals that large areas in Spain and eastern Europe have on average less than 200 mm freshwater available every year, while the demand for water is 3 to 10 times higher. The EEA report, 'Towards efficient use of water resources in Europe', echoes this call for concern by highlighting that the EU's water resources are under considerable pressure and that things are set to get worse before they get better. The EEA warns that continued inefficient use of water could threaten Europe's economy, productivity and ecosystems, and makes the case for integrated water management, starting with better implementation of existing legislation.

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        • Socio-economic sciences and Humanities
          2012-03-08 - International Women's Day on progress and fight against inequality

          No matter the race, age, citizenship, profession or education level, women the world over celebrated the 101st International Women's Day on 8 March. Despite advances made over the years, however, women continue to fight myriad issues that impact their lives on a daily basis. It is a rally against inequality, and one that must not be ignored. Thousands of events were held to celebrate both women's progress and continued efforts to bring equality to all. Social media, such as Facebook and Twitter, were on fire as women shared anecdotes, experiences and thoughts to raise awareness of the important role they have in our society.

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          2012-03-09 - Study counters 'cradle of language' theory

          Most researchers believe that the origins of human language are found in Africa, in particular the south-west part of the continent. But a new study from the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU) in Germany counters this belief, claiming there is not enough data to support the 'out of Africa' hypothesis. The research is backed by the QUANTHISTLING ('Quantitative modelling of historical-comparative linguistics') project, which is funded by a European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant worth EUR 1.93 million as part of the EU's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). The findings of the study, presented in the journal Science, indicate that the search for the site of the origin of language is still on.

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          2012-03-27 - Study suggests on-demand feeding bodes well for school performance

          Researchers in the United Kingdom have discovered a link between feeding and academic performance. Presented in the European Journal of Public Health, the study suggests that babies who were breast-fed or bottle-fed according to a schedule do not perform as well at school as their peers who were fed based on demand. Experts from the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) at the University of Essex and from the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom used the results of intelligence quotient (IQ) tests and school-based SAT tests performed between the ages of 5 and 14. Specifically, the study is based on information generated from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC), which assessed over 10 000 children born in the early 1990s in the Bristol area in the United Kingdom.

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      • Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Development 2007- 2013 (FP7)
        • News
          2012-03-01 - A boost of confidence for the EU: two new European Innovation Partnerships launched

          Raw material supply, sustainable agriculture, and active and healthy ageing are three of the biggest problems facing the EU today, and dealing with them effectively is essential for fostering growth and creating jobs. With this in mind, on 29 February the European Commission unveiled its plans for two new European Innovation Partnerships (EIPs) that will go some way to meeting these challenges. Two EIPs will focus on 'Raw Materials' and 'Agricultural Sustainability and Productivity' respectively.

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          2012-03-02 - European Council confirms research and innovation as drivers of growth and jobs

          EU Heads of State and Government have today stressed that the Europe 2020 strategy is Europe's growth strategy and its comprehensive response to the challenges it is facing. One of the targets of Europe 2020, through the Innovation Union flagship is to boost innovation, research and development in Europe. In particular Europe needs to improve its ability to transform good research into innovative products and services that meets market demand. The conclusions of the European Council stress the need for more efforts to complete the European Research Area by 2014, as well as a number of other important advances that are necessary. This memo sets out progress achieved on some key areas of EU action on research and innovation, a vital component of Europe's future competitiveness and growth.

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        • European Technology Platforms
          Advanced Engineering Materials and Technologies (EuMaT)

          No events planned

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          Advisory Council for Aeronautics Research in Europe (ACARE)

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          European Technology Platform for Wind Energy (TPWind)

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          European Technology Platform on Smart Systems Integration (EPoSS)

          9-11 April 2014, Athens - InfoIndustrial Technologies 2014
          16-17 April 2014, Turin - A&T 2014: Innovative Technologies and Services for design, manufacturing and testing
          5-6 May 2014, Freiburg - MicroTEC Südwest Clusterkonferenz 2014
          7 May 2014, Lisbon - 1st Workshop on M2M Solutions and Services
          5-6 June 2014, Prague - EURIPIDES Prague Forum 2014
          11-13 June 2014, Vienna - pHealth 2014 - 11th International Conference on Wearable Micro and Nano Technologies for Personalized Health
          23-24 June 2014, Berlin - AMAA 2014: 18th International Forum on Advanced Microsystems for Automotive Applications "Smart Systems for Safe, Clean and Automated Vehicles"
          23-25 June 2014, Bremen - Actuator 2014: 14th International Conference on New Actuators and 8th Exhibition on Smart Actuators and Drive Systems
          1-2 July 2014, Dortmund - Smart SysTech 2014: European Conference on Smart Objects, Systems and Technologies
          2-4 July 2014, Birmingham - esIoT-2014: 3rd International Workshop on Extending Seamlessly to the Internet of Things
          2-4 July 2014, Bremen - SysInt 2014 - 2nd International Conference on System-Integrated Intelligence: New Challenges for Product and Production Engineering
          8-11 July 2014, Besançon - AIM 2014, IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics "From Smart Systems to Smart Matters"
          7-10 September 2014, Warsaw - Workshop on Trends and Applications in Intelligent Environments (TAIE'14)
          22-24 September 2014, Marseille - M2M Innovation World Congress 2014
          23-25 September 2014, Darmstadt - MSE 2014: International Conference Materials Science Engineering
          24-26 September 2014, Turin - EPoSS General Assembly, Annual Forum & Engagement Day 2014
          11-14 November 2014, Munich - Electronica 2014: 26th International Trade Fair for Electronic Components, Systems and Applications

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          European Technology Platform Food for Life (Food)

          No events planned.

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          Forest Based Sector Technology Platform (Forestry)

          9-11 April 2014, Athens - Industrial Technologies 2014 conference & exhibition
          29-30 April 2014, Santander - FOREST EUROPE Workshop on Green Economy and Social Aspects of SFM
          6 May 2014, Berlin - DEMOWOOD Final Conference
          8-9 May 2014, Vienna - EARTO Annual Conference
          15-18 May 2014, Lecce - European Biotechnology Congress
          20-21 May 2014, Munich - Symposium Innovative Packaging
          21-26 June 2014, Copenaghen - EuroScience Open Forum 2014
          23-26 June 2014, Hamburg - 22nd European Biomass Conference & Exhibition
          10-12 September 2014, Bilbao - EFI 2014 Annual Conference
          15-18 September 2014, Helsinki - Bioenergy from Forest Conference
          17-18 September 2014, Freiburg - COOL Conference (Competing uses Of forest Land Project)
          23-26 September 2014, Gerardmer - 5th Forest Engineering Conference & 47th International Symposium on Forestry
          29 September-01 October 2014, Bologna - LET's 2014 - Leading Enabling Technologies for Societal Challenges
          7-9 October 2014, Reims - EFIB 2014
          17-20 November 2014, Brussels - 6th European Innovation Summit

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          Embedded Computing Systems (ARTEMIS)

          9-11 April 2014, Athens - Industrial Technologies
          14-17 April 2014, Berlin - CPS Week 2014
          14 April 2014, Berlin - WORKSHOP:CPS 20 years from now - visions and challenges
          23-24 April 2014, Monaco - Celtic-Plus Event 2014
          19-20 June 2014, Istanbul - Sabanci University Microelectronics Workshop
          10-12 September 2014, Florence - SAFECOMP 2014
          23-25 September 2014, Amsterdam - ITEA PO Days

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          Nanoelectronics Technologies 2020 (ENIAC)

          10-11 April 2014, Paris - Journées Industrielles « NANOMATÉRIAUX »
          13-16 May 2014, Gaithersburg - The Tenth International Nanotechnology Conference on Communication and Cooperation (INC 10)
          19-20 June 2014, Istanbul - Sabanci University Microelectronics Workshop
          23-24 June 2014, Grenoble - CATRENE DTC (European Nanoelectronics Design Technology Conference)
          25-26 June 2014, Grenoble - Leti Days (applied research in the fields of microelectronics, IT and technology for health care and other areas)
          22-26 September 2014, Venice - 40th European Solid-State Circuits Conference (Esscirc) & 44th European Solid-State Device Conference (Essderc 2014)
          7-9 October 2014, Grenoble - SEMICON Europa 2014
          5-7 November 2014, Brno - NANOCON

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          European Rail Research Advisory Council (ERRAC)

          14-17 April 2014, Paris - 5th Edition of TRA 2014
          17 June 2014, Brussels - ERRAC Steering Committee

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          European Road Transport Research Advisory Council (ERTRAC)

          14 April 2014, Paris - TRA 2014 Conference
          20 May 2014, Brussels - ERTRAC Steering Group
          5 June 2014, Brussels - ERTRAC Plenary
          7 October 2014, Brussels - ERTRAC Plenary

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          European Space Technology Platform (ESTP)

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          European Steel Technology Platform (ESTEP)

          No events planned.

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          European Technology Platform for the Electricity Networks of the Future (SmartGrids)

          No events planned.

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          Future Manufacturing Technologies (MANUFUTURE)

          No events planned.

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          European Technology Platform for the Future of Textiles and Clothing (Euratex)

          22-23 April 2014, Moscow - “LEGPROMFORUM-2014” - 1st INTERNATIONAL FORUM OF LIGHT UNDUSTRY
          8-9 May 2014, Istanbul - 7th International Instanbul Fashion Conference
          14-16 May 2014, Brugges - 6th European Conference on Protective Clothing
          5 June 2014, Brussels - Textile and Clothing International Conference
          10-12 September 2014, Austria - 53rd Dornbirn Man-Made Fibers Congress
          24-26 September 2014, Barcelona - OUTLOOK 2014 - The World's premier Personal Care Products Conference
          29 September-1 October 2014, Medellin - 30th IAF World Fashion Convention
          1-2 October 2014, Berlin - FILTREX Europe 2014, your Filtration Conference & Exhibition
          4-6 November 2014, Istanbul - Messe Frankfurt announces the launch of Texworld
          18 November 2014, Brussels - 3rd EURATEX CONVENTION
          18-19 November 2014, Brussels - 3rd PPE Lead Market Conference 2014
          4-7 May 2015, Franckfurt - Texprocess 2015

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          Fuel Cells and Hydrogen (FCH)

          No events planned.

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          Industrial Safety ETP (IndustrialSafety)

          9-11 April 2014, Athens - ETPIS at the Industrial Technologies 2014 Conference 
          13-16 April 2014, Bologna - 6th International Conference on Safety & Environment in Process & Power Industry
          24-27 August 2014, Frankfurt - XX World Congress on Safety and Health at Work 2014
          30 September-3 October 2014, Glasgow - WOS2014 "Learning from the past to shape a safer future"
          1 October 2014, Berlin - 3rd International Conference on Fires in Vehicles (FIVE)
          14-16 October 2014, Roma - 48th International Carnahan Conference on Security Technology

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          Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI)

          21 May 2014, Brussels - IMI Stakeholder Forum 2014

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          Integral Satcom Initiative (ISI)

          No events planned.

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          Mobile and Wireless Communications (eMobility)

          No events planned.

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          Nanotechnologies for Medical Applications (NanoMedicine)

          9-11 April 2014, Athens - Industrial Technologies 2014
          23-26 April 2014, Antalya - NANOTOX 2014
          21 May 2014, Brussels - IMI Stakeholder Forum 2014
          26-30 May 2014, Lille - E-MRS Spring Meeting: Converging technology for nanobio applications
          2-4 June 2014, Munster - InfoNanobio Europe 2014
          15-19 June 2014, Tel Aviv - Summer School on Nanomedicine and Innovation
          22-25 June 2014, Basel - European Summit for Clinical Nanomedicine 2014
          30 June-2 July 2014, Sydney - 5th International NanoMedicine Conference
          5-12 July 2014, Thessaloniki - NANOTEXNOLOGY 2014
          8-11 July 2014, Thessaloniki - 11th International Conference on Nanosciences & Nanotechnologies
          27-29 August 2014, Angers - International Meeting - Translational Nanomedicine 2014
          29 September-1 October 2014, Bologna - LET’S 2014 Conference: Leading Enabling Technologies for Societal challenges
          2-4 October 2014, Porto - 2014 Workshop: Tools and models for the translation of advanced drug delivery
          15-16 October 2014, San Sebastian - ETP Nanomedicine Annual Event 2014
          3-5 November 2014, Frankfurt - BIO-Europe 2014
          5-7 November 2014, Brno - 6th International Conference NANOCON 2014
          18-20 November 2014, Grenoble - 4th International Conference NANOSAFE 2014

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          Networked and Electronic Media (NEM)

          No events planned.

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          Networked European Software and Services Initiative (NESSI)

          24 April 2014, Brussels - ONE: Conference - Policies (R)evolution and Speeding Every European
          12-13 June 2014, Luxembourg - 5th European Summit on the Future Internet
          17-18 June 2014, London - Big Data World Congress: Discover the business value of Big Data
          10-12 September 2014, Salerno - CCPI'14: Workshop on Cloud Computing Projects and Initiatives

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          Photonics21 (Photonics)

          9-11 April 2014, Copenhagen - 6th living knowledge conference 2014
          9-11 April 2014, Athens - Industrial Technologies 2014
          11-15 April 2014, Montpellier - ISCS 2014 and IPRM 2014
          14-17 April 2014, Brussels - SPIE Photonics Europe Conference and Exhibition
          5-9 May 2014, Baltimore - SPIE Defense and Security
          7-8 May 2014, Barcelona - Smart Lighting 2014
          7 May 2014, Aachen - EPIC EU funding session
          12-13 May 2014, Munich - Rohde & Schwarz: Broadcast and Digital Media Innovation Forum
          20-22 May 2014, Lyon - LumiBat 2014
          20-22 May 2014, Lyon - CapUrba 2014 - The city planning and innovative Urban project trade fair
          26-30 May 2014, Aveiro - International Conference on Applications in Optics and Photonics - AOP2014
          26-28 May 2014, Munich - LOPEC 2014: 6th International Exhibition and Conference for the Organic and Printed Electronics Industry
          2-3 June 2014, Munich - Siemens New Venture Forum Europe 2014
          9-13 June 2014, San Jose - CLEO: 2014 Laser Science to Photonic Applications
          10 June 2014, Rome - EPIC Workshop on High Resolution Imaging for Security and Defense
          18-19 June 2014, AR's-Hertogenbosch - EPIC Workshop on Photonic Integrated Circuits "Electronics - Photonics Integration and Packaging"
          18-21 June 2014, Paris - 12th European Congress on Digital Pathology
          24-26 June 2014, Nice - Next Generation Optical Networking
          2-3 July 2014, Rotterdam - EPIC Workshop on Intra-Operative Assessment of Tumor-Resection Margins
          2-8 July 2014, Barcelona - Fab10 Barcelona
          22-23 July 2014, Stuttgart - Bosch Venture Forum
          28-31 July 2014, Barcelona - Advanced Photonics
          17-21 August 2014, San Diego - SPIE Optics + Photonics 2014
          25-29 August 2014, Berlin - EPIC Entrepreneurship Week
          25-29 August 2014, Marseille - Laser-light and Interactions with Particles
          27-29 August 2014, Prague - PHOTONICS PRAGUE 2014 - 7th International Conference on Photonics, Devices and Systems
          28-30 August 2014, Vienna - OPTICS 2014 - 5th International Conference on Optical Communication Systems
          22-25 September 2014, Amsterdam - SPIE Remote Sensing 2014
          22-25 September 2014, Amsterdam - SPIE Security and Defense 2014
          30 September-2 October 2014, Bregenz - LED professional Symposium and Exhibition
          19-23 October 2014, Tucson - Frontiers in Optics 2014
          11-12 November 2014, Goteborg - Optics & Photonics
          5-6 December 2014, Lyon - Light Festival Expo 2014

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          Photovoltaics (PV Platform)

          No events planned

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          Plants for the Future (Plants)

          22-26 June 2014, Dublin - Plant Biology Europe FESPB/EPSO 2014 Congress

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          Robotics (EUROP)

          No events planned.

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          European Technology Platform for Sustainable Chemistry (SusChem)

          9-11 April 2014, Athens - Industrial Technologies 2014
          29-30 April 2014, London - 3rd Annual Smart to Future Cities 2014
          12 May 2014, Darmstadt - Raw Materials University Day
          14 May 2014, Brussels - CRM_InnoNet 2nd Innovation Network Workshop
          28-29 May 2014, Taragonna - 3SCICC Sustainable Chemistry Forum
          11-12 June 2014, Bruxelles - SusChem 12th Stakeholder Event - Sustainable Chemistry: At the Forefront of Innovation

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          Sustainable Nuclear Energy Technology Platform (SNE-TP)

          9-11 April 2014, Manchester - Sustainable Nuclear Energy Conference 2014
          1-4 June 2014, Zadar - 10th International Conference on the Nuclear Option in Countries with Small and Medium Electricity Grid
          16-19 June 2014, Toronto - 5th international CANDU In-service inspection workshop and the NDT in Canada 2014 Conference
          7-11 July 2014, Prague - 22th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering
          1-4 September 2014, Paris - TINCE, 2nd International Conference on Technological Innovations in Nuclear Civil Engineering
          14-16 October 2014, Paris - World Nuclear Exhibition

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          Water Supply and Sanitation Platform (WSSTP)

          No events planned.

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          Waterborne ETP (Waterborne)

          14-17 April 2014, Paris - TRA 2014 calls for competitions
          3-5 June 2014, Brussels - SG50 + MG and WTB General Assembly
          17 September 2014, Brussels - SG51+ MIRROR GROUP

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          Zero Emission Fossil Fuel Power Plants Technology Platform (ETP ZEP)

          22-24 April 2014, Stavanger 4th EAGE CO2 Geological Storage Workshop
          28 April-1 May 2014, Pittsburgh - The Annual CCUS Conference

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          European Technology Platform on Renewable Heating & Cooling (RHC)

          No events planned.

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        • Joint Technology Initiatives
          Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI)

          21 May 2014, Brussels - IMI Stakeholder Forum 2014

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          Embedded Computing Systems (ARTEMISA)

          7-11 April 2014, Hannover - HANNOVER Messe 2014
          9-11 April 2014, Athens - Industrial Technologies
          14-17 April 2014, Berlin - CPS Week 2014
          14 April 2014, Berlin - WORKSHOP: 'CPS 20 years from now - visions and challenges'
          23-24 April 2014, Monaco - Celtic-Plus Event 2014
          19-20 June 2014, Istanbul - Sabanci University Microelectronics Workshop
          10-12 September 2014, Florence - SAFECOMP 2014
          23-25 September 2014, Amsterdam - Sabanci University Microelectronics Workshop

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          Nanoelectronics Technologies 2020 (ENIAC)

          9-11 April 2014, Athens - Industrial Technologies 2014
          10-11 April 2014, Paris - Journées Industrielles « NANOMATÉRIAUX »
          13-16 May 2014, Gaithersburg - The Tenth International Nanotechnology Conference on Communication and Cooperation (INC 10)
          19-20 June 2014, Istanbul - Sabanci University Microelectronics Workshop
          23-24 June 2014, Grenoble - CATRENE DTC (European Nanoelectronics Design Technology Conference)
          25-26 June 2014, Grenoble - Leti Days (applied research in the fields of microelectronics, IT and technology for health care and other areas)
          22-26 September 2014, Venice - 40th European Solid-State Circuits Conference (Esscirc) & 44th European Solid-State Device Conference (Essderc 2014)
          7-9 October 2014, Grenoble - SEMICON Europa 2014
          5-7 November 2014, Brno - NANOCON

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          Aeronautics and Air Transport (Clean Sky)

          23-25 April 2014, Prague - ASD Annual Convention
          30 April 2014, Tel Aviv - Clean Sky 2 Info Day
          22 May 2014, Berlin - Clean Sky 2 is Taking Off

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          Fuel Cells and Hydrogen (FCH)

          No events planned.

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    • Education policy

      2012-03-29 - eTwinning for cross-border learning: School projects of the year announced

      Now in its eighth year, the European Commission's 'eTwinning' scheme involves more than 155 000 teachers in 31 countries who are using information and communication technologies (ICT) to set up cross-border educational projects. 500 teachers are meeting in Berlin on 29 - 31 March to share ideas for future eTwinning initiatives and to celebrate the best eTwinning projects of the year, involving schools from Italy, the United Kingdom, Poland, France, Turkey, Spain, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Greece, Romania, Portugal and Slovenia.

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    • Information society

      2012-03-28 - Digital Agenda: EU reaches preliminary deal on future-proof roaming solution for mobile phone users

      Great news today for anyone who's been stung by high charges when they've tried to use their mobile phone or tablet abroad: members of the European Parliament and representatives of the Council and the European Commission have reached a preliminary deal on new EU Roaming rules, following the European Commission's proposal of last year (see IP/11/835). These rules will lead to a structural and durable solution to the high cost of using mobile phones and other smart devices whilst travelling in the EU. The European Parliament is expected to approve this agreement in May 2012 and the Council in June, paving the way for the new rules to enter into force on 1st July 2012.

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    • Enterprises

      2012-03-08 - European Enterprise Promotion Awards 2012 Launched

      The Commission today launched its 2012 edition of the European Enterprise Promotion Awards. It rewards the success of public bodies and public-private partnerships in promoting enterprise and entrepreneurship. One of the subjects for the 2012 edition will be SME funding for those entrepreneurs that want to extend their business and enter new markets. In the current economic context, SMEs are acknowledged to contribute to growth and their job creation potential is impressive. 85% of all new jobs in the EU are provided by SMEs. Public authorities support SMEs with a large number of initiatives. The most impactful measure will be chosen by an expert jury and receive its award during the 2012 SME Assembly in November in Cyprus.

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      2012-03-27 - Small enterprises: Shift to green economy underway, but not at full speed yet

      According to the Eurobarometer survey on "SMEs, resource efficiency and green markets" published today, 37% of EU SMEs have at least one full or part-time green employee. Green jobs are largely created in SMEs as opposed to large firms: In 2012, 1 in 8 employees of small and medium-sized firms had a green job or almost 13% of all SME jobs (in large firms it was only 1 in 33 equivalent to 3% of all large company jobs). Green jobs in SMEs are also estimated to expand dynamically with a rate of 35% in the next 2 years.

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      2012-03-28 - New initiatives to assist small enterprises to go international

      On the occasion of the third meeting of SME envoys in Brussels today, Vice President Antonio Tajani announced a series of new and updated initiatives to assist Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) to go international. These include new European Commission projects to support clusters of SMEs in the sectors of clean technologies, renewable energy, bio-technology, and sports goods so SMEs can take full advantage of the strong growth in these sectors in Asia, Latin America, North America and Russia. The EU's China Intellectual Property Rights SME Helpdesk has broadened its range of interactive services and each year enables thousands of EU SMEs to secure and defend their intellectual property in this key market. Furthermore, more than 600 business support centres from the Enterprise Europe Network help SMEs to become successful in Europe and beyond. Finally organisers can register events to promote entrepreneurship during the European SME week in October 2012.

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  • Other EU Policies and funding programmes supporting the Lisbon Strategy

    Other EU Policies and funding programmes supporting the Lisbon Strategy

    • Environment

      2012-03-05 - Environment: Bologna wins European Mobility Week Award 2011

      The Italian city of Bologna has won the 2011 European Mobility Week Award. The city was judged by an independent panel of mobility experts to have done the best job in promoting clean alternatives to using cars and involving citizens in activities to support sustainable urban mobility during European Mobility Week 2011. The runners-up were Larnaka in Cyprus and the Croatian capital Zagreb. The award was handed to the winning city by Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik and Vice-President Siim Kallas European Commissioner for Transport at a ceremony in the Brussels Musical Instrument Museum on 5 March 2012.

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      2012-03-07 - Environment: Better implementation will lower costs and improve the environment

      Failing to implement environment legislation is thought to cost the EU economy around €50 billion every year in health costs and direct costs to the environment. In an effort to reduce that figure and deliver better environmental outcomes for people and businesses, the Commission today issued a communication on better implementation of EU environment law.

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      2012-03-12 - Commission proposes to improve common greenhouse gas accounting rules for forestry and agriculture

      In adopting a new proposal on accounting of greenhouse gases emissions, the European Commission has taken a first step towards incorporating removals and emissions from forests and agriculture into the EU's climate policy.The proposed Decision establishes accounting rules for greenhouse gas emissions and removals in the forest and agriculture sectors, the last major sectors without common EU-wide rules. Forests and agricultural lands cover more than three-quarters of the EU territory and naturally hold large stocks of carbon, preventing its escape into the atmosphere, which makes them important for the climate policy. Increasing the "trapping" capacity of carbon by just 10 percentage points – for example through improved forest or grassland management - would remove the annual emissions of 10 million cars from the atmosphere.

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      2012-03-22 - Environment: 14 companies nominated for the 2012 European Business Awards for the Environment

      The shortlist for the 2012 European Business Awards for the Environment (EBAE) has been revealed, following a two-day jury meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark. The 14 finalists come from Belgium, France, Germany, Spain, Austria, Portugal, Slovakia, Finland and the United Kingdom. The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Brussels on 24 May 2012, during Green Week, the European Commission’s annual conference on environment policy. The European Business Awards for the Environment are granted to innovative companies that successfully combine innovation, competitiveness and outstanding environmental performance.

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      2012-03-23 - Environment: Commission proposes tighter laws on ship breaking

      The European Commission today proposed new rules to ensure that European ships are only recycled in facilities that are safe for workers and environmentally sound. More than 1000 large old commercial ships, such as tankers and container vessels, are recycled for their scrap metal every year, but many European ships end up in substandard facilities on the tidal beaches of South Asia. These facilities mostly lack the environmental protection and safety measures needed to manage the hazardous materials contained in end-of-life ships. These include asbestos, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), tributyl tin and oil sludge. This leads to high accident rates and health risks for workers and extensive environmental pollution.

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      2012-03-23 - CLIMATE-ADAPT: a new tool for climate adaptation policy-making

      The European Climate Adaptation Platform (CLIMATE-ADAPT), an interactive web-based tool on adaptation to climate change, goes online today at the European Environment Agency (EEA) in Copenhagen. Connie Hedegaard, European Commissioner for Climate Action, joined Ida Auken, Denmark's Minister for the Environment, and the EEA's Executive Director Jacqueline McGlade for the launch.

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      2012-03-30 - Commission wants your views on priority objectives for the environment

      The Commission has launched a public consultation to gather views on the 7th EU Environmental Action Programme (7th EAP), which will set out priority objectives to be pursued up until 2020. The consultation remains open until 1 June.

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    • Health

      2012-03-01 - Commission proposes faster access to medicines for patients

      Medicines should enter the market faster. With this intention the European Commission has proposed today to streamline and reduce the duration of national decisions on pricing and reimbursement of medicines. In the future, such decisions should be taken within 120 days for innovative medicines, as a rule, and for generic medicinal products within only 30, instead of 180 days today. Commission also proposes strong enforcement measures in case the decisions do not comply with the time limits, as these are often exceeded by Member States. The new Directive represents an important simplification measure and shall repeal and replace the longstanding Directive from 1989, which no longer reflected the increased complexity of the pricing and reimbursement procedures in the Member States.

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    • Transport

      2012-03-12 - Transport: First Smart Mobility Challenge – and the winner is …

      Vice-President Siim Kallas, Commissioner for mobility and transport, announced today the winners of the first Smart Mobility Challenge on European multi-modal journey planners. In the category of 'operational journey planners' the two winners are Idos and Trenitalia, and in the category of 'innovative ideas' the winners are Penelope Ventures GmbH and SNCF. The initiative aimed to promote the development of all-in-one journey planners, going beyond national borders and offering travel options combining different transport modes.

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      2012-03-22 - Transport ministers back new EU core transport network (TEN-T)

      Transport ministers today reached agreement on proposals to transform the existing patchwork of roads, railways, airports and canals into a unified European transport network. The proposed Regulation for Guidelines for Trans-European Networks (TEN-T) will remove cross-border bottlenecks, upgrade infrastructure and streamline cross-border transport operations for passengers and businesses throughout the EU.

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      2012-03-22 - Air transport: Member States support revision of EU rules on groundhandling services

      Siim Kallas, European Commission Vice-President with responsibility for transport, today welcomed Member States support for the Commission's proposal on the revision of current EU rules on groundhandling services.

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      2012-03-29 - Road safety: Progress in cutting EU road deaths falls to 2% in 2011

      Progress in cutting road fatalities significantly slowed last year (to -2%) compared with a very promising EU-wide reduction throughout the last decade (on average -6%), according to new figures published today by the European Commission. Worse still, some EU Member States, like Germany and Sweden, who have very strong safety records, now show a significant increase in deaths. In other Member States, like Poland and Belgium – already lagging behind in road safety – the number of deaths went up. The problem of motorcycles – where fatalities have still not fallen after more than a decade – still persists.

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    • Space

      2012-03-26 - Science capacity building through EU-Africa radio astronomy partnerships: European Parliament gives stamp of approval!

      The future of radio astronomy in Africa looks brighter following the successful adoption of a European Parliament Written Declaration on science capacity building in Africa, the brainchild of a cross-party group of Members of the European Parliament (MEPs). Written Declaration 45/2011 calls on the Commission, the Council and the Member State parliaments to support the development of science capacity in Africa through greater investment in research infrastructures, with a particular focus on closer European-African partnerships in radio astronomy. The declaration states that further European involvement in African radio astronomy would be a powerful driver of socioeconomic growth in Africa and could open up new market opportunities for both continents. The declaration's architects are pushing for EU funding mechanisms such as Horizon 2020 to formally incorporate these aims into their strategies.

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    • Agriculture and fisheries

      2012-03-14 - Commission proposes one programming tool for all structural funds

      Following the Cohesion Policy proposals of 6th October, and in order to help Member States with their preparations for the next programming period the Commission has today presented the "Common Strategic Framework" (CSF). It is intended to help in setting clear investment priorities for the next financial planning period from 2014 until 2020 in Member States and their regions. It will enable a far better combining of various funds to maximise the impact of EU investments. National and regional authorities will use this framework as the basis for drafting their 'Partnership Contracts' with the Commission, committing themselves to meeting Europe's growth and jobs targets for 2020.Today's overview elaborates on the Framework's investment priorities and key actions for programmes which will be supported, not only through the Cohesion and Structural Funds, but also through the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund.

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      2012-03-30 - Promoting the tastes of Europe

      The European Commission has today adopted a Communication entitled 'Promotion measures and information provision for agricultural products: a reinforced value-added strategy for promoting the tastes of Europe'. The Communication is the second stage of the promotion policy reform process launched in July 2011, which aims to make the agriculture and agri-food sector more dynamic and more competitive and to promote sustainable, intelligent and inclusive growth.

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    • Energy

      2012-03-23 - NER 300 sales strengthened by EIB membership of EEX and ICE

      The European Investment Bank has become a member of the European Energy Exchange, EEX and ICE Futures Europe, ICE. Admission for trading on the two exchanges will enhance sales methods by the European Investment Bank under the NER 300 programme. IT preparations are complete and on exchange emission allowance sales are expected to begin in the coming days.

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    • Maritime Affairs

      2012-03-22 - Environment: Europeans call for stronger EU action on Water

      Close to three quarters of Europeans think that the EU should propose additional measures to address water problems in Europe, according to a Eurobarometer survey published today. A sizeable majority – 68 % – think that water-related problems are serious. Droughts, floods and chemical pollution are seen as significant challenges. 62 % of citizens also feel they are not sufficiently well informed, while 67 % think the most effective means of reducing water-related problems would be awareness-raising about water-related problems. Heavier fines for polluters, a fairer pricing policy or financial incentives (tax breaks or subsidies) also gained support. Against that backdrop, 73 % of Europeans call for more measures at EU-level to reduce water problems.

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  • Research, Innovation, Training and Competitiveness related EU events

    Research, Innovation, Training and Competitiveness related EU events

Special chapter on training opportunities

Next Sessions in English in Brussels

Prochaines sessions en français à Paris et Bruxelles

Le montage des projets sous le nouveau programme européen de recherche et d'innovation (Horizon 2020)

Date : mardi 29 avril 2014

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Horizon 2020: Comment comprendre le nouveau programme européen de recherche et d'innovation

Date : mardi 13 mai 2014

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Le montage des projets sous le nouveau programme européen de recherche et d'innovation (Horizon 2020)

Date : mercredi 14 mai 2014

Comment rédiger une proposition réellement compétitive? Conseils stratégiques et méthodologiques.

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Horizon 2020: Comment comprendre le nouveau programme européen de recherche et d'innovation

Date : mardi 03 juin 2014

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Les contrats européens de recherche : module financier sous le nouveau programme de recherche et d'innovation (Horizon 2020)

Date : mercredi 04 juin 2014

Session d'approfondissement - Comprendre les règles financières sous le nouveau programme de recherche et d'innoovation (Horizon 2020). Comment préparer votre budget? Comment gérer votre budget?

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Audits et contrôles de votre contrat européen de recherche

Date : mardi 17 juin 2014

Les audits et contrôles de votre contrat européen de recherche.
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Le management de projets européens de recherche sous le nouveau programme de recherche et d'innovation (Horizon 2020)

Date : mercredi 18 juin 2014

Management de projets européens de recherche. Comment gérer efficacement et simplement un projet européen de recherche sous Horizon 2020?

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