Science & Technology Issue 22

In this issue of Science and Technology, the European Research Council will mark its tenth anniversary, an important milestone in making Europe a global centre of excellence in research. Similarly, the Institute Laue-Langevin (ILL) is celebrating its 50th anniversary.  This edition discusses the new discoveries within Europe whilst addressing some of the barriers to innovation.

How is research continuing to evolve?

  • Professor Helmut Schober, director of the Institute Laue-Langevin, talks to Science and Technology 22 about the evolution of the science that takes place at the institute over the last 50 years, and how ILL is continuously modernised; and
  • The European Southern Observatory’s director general, Professor Tim de Zeeuw, spoke to Science and Technology about how the organisation continues to cater for the needs of the astronomy community, as well as the Atacama Large Millimetre/submillimetre Array (ALMA) and the Extremely Large Telescope (ELT).

How does public health need to change?

  • In the wake of recent viral outbreaks such as Ebola and Zika that spread very quickly around the globe, Dr Seth Berkley of Gavi, Global Vaccine Alliance, explains the role that vaccination can play in this effort; and
  • Professor Katharine Barnard met with Science and Technology 22 in Paris, France at the Tenth International Conference on Advanced Technologies & Treatment for Diabetes to discuss the robust psychosocial input when it comes to diabetes-related research.

How can environment research be improved?

  • The European Commissioner for environment, maritime and fisheries, Karmenu Vella, outlines the importance of volunteering in nature protection and discusses the work of the European Solidarity Corps, a new EU initiative creating opportunities for young people; and
  • Professor Helen Roy tells Science and Technology 22 how the COST network she chairs has helped to address the challenge of data interoperability in the field of invasion biology.
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