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?
- Croatian Minister of Health Darko Milinovic shares his thoughts on how he is tackling an EU-wide obesity epidemic at the member state level;
- EuropaBio’s Ludovic Lacaine talks about how Europe’s emerging biotech sector could revolutionise personalised medicine; and
- Dr Konstantina Grosios of the European Association for Predictive, Preventative and Personalised Medicine predicts changes in personalised healthcare.
How is science powering sustainability?
- Commissioner Janez Potočnik emphasises that scientific progress will be a vital solution to the challenges of climate change;
- Commissioner Maria Damanaki profiles reforms to the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy which are designed to ensure the sustainability of the fishing industry; and
- Commissioner Günther Oettinger discusses the stark decisions ahead of Europe’s energy sector in light of climate priorities.