Science & Technology Issue 9

In this issue of Science and Technology we witnessed the formal announcement of the winners of the European Commission’s Future and Emerging Technologies competition: Graphene and the Human Brain Project, both of which stand to radically alter the way in which innovation is approached and how society functions and behaves.We have also seen many other achievements and significant developments, including the discovery of a new blackbody radiation force by researchers in Austria and the discovery of the largest known neutron star by scientists in Germany.

What is the future for digital innovation in Europe?

  • Science and Technology meets Professor Willem Jonker, CEO of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology, to discuss the importance of innovation, including the significance of the digital single market, the importance of involving the citizen and how Europe can best combat the growing skills gap in ICT;
  • Commissioner Neelie Kroes spoke at the GSMA Mobile 360 event in Brussels, where she outlined her dream for a connected continent and how to achieve it; and
  • Science and Technology looks at the role of computing innovation in astrophysics, as well as some of the computational tools which already exist.

How is Europe preventing diseases?

  • Director general of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Health and Consumers (DG SANCO), Paola Testori Coggi, discusses the steps being taken by the European Commission to combat both non-communicable diseases (including the Europe 2020 strategy) and the health inequalities that exist within the region;
  • ECCO president elect, Professor Martine Piccart, speaks to Science and Technology about the organisation’s focus on innovation oncopolicy and patient-centred healthcare; and
  • Professor Michel Goldman, the executive director of the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI), spoke to Science and Technology at a JTI event in October about the Joint Technology Initiative’s successes and his future hopes for its successor, IMI2, in the coming year.

How is Europe tackling chemical safety?

  • Bob Diderich, head of the Environment, Health and Safety division in the Environment Directorate of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), outlines how the OECD’s Chemical Safety Programme is continuously adapting to the changing needs of countries in order to set up the appropriate work programmes; and
  • Science and Technology looks at how issues of chemical (and nano) safety are being investigated at the EU level.
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