Science & Technology Issue 20

Science and Technology celebrates its fifth birthday with in this special 20th edition. This edition has a special focus on the modern world and modern challenges; from healthy ageing to increasing urbanisation to climate change, amongst others. Along with discussing issues under the health, research & development and environment & sustainability sections, this edition has a special feature segment, which covers; radical technology, the Horizon 2020 Programme, space strategy and more.

What is the future for materials?

  • Professor Andrea Ferrari, chairman of the Graphene Flagship Management Panel and director of the Cambridge Graphene Centre, tells Science and Technology 20 about the evolution of the flagship thus far and shares his thoughts on the commercialisation of research at the EU level; and
  • FlexEnable’s strategy director, Paul Cain, spoke to Science and Technology 20 about the evolution of flexible electronics – and the enabling materials and techniques ­– and how the company is now working towards the commercialisation of new flexible display technologies with applications in a variety of industries.

How is healthcare developing?

  • Dr Barbara Hӓsler, chair of the ‘Network for Evaluation of One Health’ (NEOH) COST Action, and the lecturer in Agrihealth at the Royal Veterinary College in London, met with Science and Technology at the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) event in Manchester, UK, to discuss the Action and the need for a more holistic approach to health; and
  • A promising liquid nitrogen treatment being trailed in the UK and the Netherlands is offering new hope to ex-smokers living with chronic bronchitis. Here, consultant respiratory physician Dr Pallav Shah talks about what the procedure involves and some of the safety concerns that need to be considered while performing it.

What is being done to tackle climate change within the EU?

  • Jos Delbeke, director general of DG CLIMA, speaks to Science and Technology on the challenges the commission is confronting around climate change, providing an insight on EU activity and work taking place in the area and detailing how Brussels and the EU is translating the ambitions under the Paris agreement into concrete action;
  • With the bioeconomy high on the political agenda in Europe, the secretary general of the European Biomass Association, Jean-Marc Jossart, discusses the importance of bioenergy (which accounts for more than 60% of the overall renewables consumption in Europe) and the body’s 2016 goals; and
  • Hydraulic fracturing has paved the way for an emergency revolution in the USA, with falling prices and enhanced security. Yet the climate consequences have gone largely unreported. As the UK considers allowing fracking, Science and Technology 20 speaks to Dr Robin Russell-Jones about the importance of making decisions based on the available climate data.