Science & Technology Issue 1

This first issue of Science and Technology anticipates a new era of scientific progress for Europe, as the EU makes efforts to streamline the administration around funding applications and put scientists and their projects at the forefront of the next framework programme, Horizon 2020.

The creation of Science Europe as a research funding organisation highlights this attempt to allow scientific progress to be led by scientists, rather than by policy priorities handed down from above.

This edition also includes a focus on the European Commission’s priorities for future and emerging technologies and spotlights its current efforts to develop graphene, the ‘wonder material’; discusses the ways in which science is contribution towards a European-level approach to health; and the science supporting sustainability in Europe’s poorest regions.

What are the EU’s investment priorities?

  • Kostya Novoselov, part of the Nobel prize-winning team that discovered graphene, outlines how the EU can capitalise on the material;
  • Commissioner Neelie Kroes explains how the Future and Emerging Technologies competition will help to prioritise funding;
  • Professor Dieter Imboden describes the founding of Science Europe and emphasises its role in allocating investment in innovation; and
  • Christos Tokamanis, head of the European Commission’s Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies Unit, details how the EU can foster this emerging sector.

Which technologies are changing healthcare?

How is science powering sustainability?

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