Science & Technology Issue 2

Issue 2 of Science and Technology emerges following a flurry of efforts designed to respond to societal challenges and secure Europe’s scientific future, not least of which was the announcement of the European Commission’s follow-up to the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) funding structure. The new framework, dubbed ‘Horizon 2020’ (H2020), will launch in 2014 and seek to support a number of pillars which will boost European growth, competition and sustainable development.

The focus on scientific innovation under Horizon 2020 is essential to addressing many of Europe’s societal challenges, a fact which is welcomed by Professor Paul Boyle, president of Science Europe, in the introduction to this edition. The publication also features a special feature on space, featuring contributions from the European Space Agency and the UK’s Astronomer Royal, Professor Lord Martin Rees.

How might funding for research change under H2020?

How is science tackling societal challenges?

  • Commissioner Connie Hedegaard explains how a new, more ambitious climate regime will help to meet Europe’s environmental targets;
  • Stephan Harbarth of the European Commission’s SATURN project argues for an interdisciplinary approach to tackling antimicrobial resistance;
  • Commissioner Cecilia Malmström highlights the value of migration, acknowledging the positive impact that free movement of people can have for research communities;
  • The European Environmental Bureau’s Pieter de Pous outlines his organisation’s priorities for the renewal of the EU’s Environmental Action Plan; and
  • Dr Denis Alexander, director of the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion at the University of Cambridge, sheds light on the intersection between religion and scientific research.
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