SciTech Europa Quarterly issue 27

This edition of SciTech Europa Quarterly takes a look at all areas of research and innovation within Europe. There is a special focus on the Big Science Business Forum (BSBF) 2018, which was set up to bring Europe’s Big Science projects together.

SciTech Europa met and spoke with many high-level speakers to discuss the future of research and innovation in Europe, how the health sector is developing and how Europe is tackling the ongoing issue of a sustainable climate.

What are the priorities and challenges for research in the EU?

  • SciTech Europa attended the BSBF 2018 event in Copenhagen, Denmark, and met with the EU Research, Science and Innovation Commissioner, Carlos Moedas, to discuss the role of Europe’s big science projects in fostering a stronger ecosystem for science and how they can support innovative SMEs, and the need for mission-oriented science;
  • SciTech Europa met with the director general of the European Space Agency (ESA), Professor Johann-Dietrich Wörner, at the Big Science Business Forum 2018 event in Copenhagen  to discuss a range of issues and priorities for the space sector, including space weather and security and space debris, as well as how the role of the space agency is changing; and
  • Despina Spanou, director of DG CONNECT’s Digital Society, Trust and Cybersecurity Directorate, discusses the digitalisation of the transport sector and some of the challenges involved therein.

How is technology used in the health sector?

  • SciTech Europa speaks to Miguel González-Sancho, DG CONNECT, about the role of health data and R&I in the Digital Single Market;
  • Matteo Melideo, from the EIT Digital-supported DM Coach app project, explains how a new app to monitor diabetes can provide personalised guidance to people with diabetes; and
  • Arsenal FC’s Tom Allen addressed the IDTechEx event in Berlin, explaining how technology is used to improve player performance.

What different approaches are being taken to improve the climate?

  • Daniel Calleja Crespo, director general of DG Environment, European Commission, discusses the new EU strategy to make plastics circular;
  • Sustainable investment is crucial to tackling climate change. Here, SciTech Europa looks at the thoughts of Climate Action and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete; and
  • To understand the climate, complex chemistry and subatomic physics are necessary tools. Katrianne Lehtipalo regularly visits CERN to explore the aerosol particles of the air.
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