Science & Technology Issue 8

Science and Technology 8 details how the scientific arena has seen several significant developments, not least the agreement between the Irish Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the European Parliament’s negotiators and the European Commission on the future of Horizon 2020.

It is now clear that the EU’s next framework programme (Horizon 2020) will launch as planned in 2014, a reform deal for the Common Agricultural Policy has also now been agreed, thus putting into place the framework which will govern the agricultural policy and payments to farmers within the European Union from 2014 to 2020.

Why is energy innovation important in the EU?

  • Günther Oettinger, the member of the European Commission responsible for Energy, outlines his thoughts on smart cities;
  • In an exclusive interview with Science and Technology, Martin Curley, vice president of Intel, details the background of the ‘Open Innovation 2.0 paradigm’, the need for a ‘Ryanair’ approach to invigorate innovation in the EU’s telecoms sector, the role of the citizen in innovation, the importance of Horizon 2020 and Europe’s ability to compete in R&D with the United States; and
  • The WEC’s Joan MacNaughton CB, discusses the 2012 Trilemma Report and the importance of communication to the future of the energy sector.

How is genetic medicine improving in Europe?

  • Science Officer to the Chief Executive at the European Science Foundation, Dr Vanessa Campo-Ruiz helps researchers and organisations build solid international collaborations that increase their global impact, and contribute to international science policy initiatives. Here, she discusses the challenges and opportunities facing (biomedical) research and innovation in Europe;
  • The CABMM’s Professor Brigitte von Rechenberg on the advantages offered by the competence centres at the University of Zurich; and
  • The HFEA’s Hannah Darby discusses a consultation into two IVF techniques which could prevent the genetic inheritance of mitochondrial diseases.

How is Horizon 2020 helping reach a sustainable environment?

  • Paola Deda, head of the UN’s Economic Commission for Europe’s Forestry and Timber section, speaks to Science and Technology about the contribution that the forestry sector can make to the realisation of a sustainable bioeconomy, as well as the impact of the current economic crisis, the benefits of the Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) concept, and Horizon 2020; and
  • In an interview with Science and Technology Patrick Wrixon, president of the European Initiative for Sustainable Development in Agriculture (EISA), talks about several facets of smart and integrated farming, including precision farming practices and integrated pest management principles, as well as his views on the reforms to the CAP and Horizon 2020.
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