Science & Technology Issue 4

In this edition of Science and Technology we seen the announcement from CERN that scientist had made what could prove to be the biggest and most influential scientific discovery of the century: the Higgs boson.

We also focus on the importance of developing scientific infrastructure, the emergence of personalised medicine as the next generation of the health sector, and the science of wellbeing, a growing area of interest to scientists and politicians.

How is research evolving in Europe?

  • In an interview with Science and Technology, Professor Rolf-Dieter Heuer, director of the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN), discusses the recent groundbreaking discovery of a ‘Higgs boson’, what the discovery of the new particle could mean for the future of particle physics, and how this could aid in the search for dark matter and antimatter;
  • ATLAS team member Dr Victoria Martin on the discovery of the new particle, and the work that must now be one to understand its nature; and
  • Steven Newhouse, of the European Grid Infrastructure, on the role of grid computing in the discovery of what could prove to be the Higgs boson.

Is the health sector in Europe improving?

  • Director General for Health and Consumers at the European Commission (DG SANCO), Paola Testori Coggi, considers how the role of patient healthcare has changed and may continue to change in the future, and how actively involving the patient in their own healthcare can help to achieve better health outcomes and more efficiency in healthcare systems;
  • European Commissioner for Healthcare and Consumer Affairs, John Dalli, is working to ensure that as Europe ages, it does so healthily; and
  • President of both the European Association for Predictive, Preventive & Personalised Medicine (EPMA) and the European Medical Association (EMA), Dr Vincenzo Costigliola, extols the virtues of a personalised approach to medicine and healthcare.

How is Europe changing attitudes towards renewables?

  • Strong emphasis has been placed on the role of renewable energy in meeting European emission target. In light of this, Julian Scola, communications director at the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA), discusses how changing attitudes towards wind power could help reduce emissions and enable European companies to remain in wind energy;
  • Leading SmartGrid expert, Professor Ronnie Belmans, explains to Science and Technology the challenges involved in achieving a  European SmartGrid energy network; and
  • The Austrian Minister for the Environment, Nikolaus Berlakovich discusses the efforts underway in his country to increase sustainable practice, ensuring a prosperous future.
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