Science & Technology Issue 25

This edition of Science and Technology takes special focus on several important areas in science and policy within Europe. Whilst highlighting the selection of Horizon 2020 Calls for Proposals and the 2016 Paris Agreement, along with issues in other areas, such as the effects of antimicrobial resistance in humans, marine environment, and green cities.

What’s new in Research and development?

  • Professor Helmut Schober, the ILL director, speaks to Science and Technology 25 about the institute’s relationship with Italian neutron scientists and how the ILL has itself developed overtime; and
  • Dr Marc De Boissieu, a senior scientist at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) talks about new research on thermal conductivity in complex materials.

How is Europe fighting climate change?

  • The European Climate Research Alliance (ECRA) Professor Peter Braesicke discusses climate-related challenges and the increasing importance of interdisciplinary teams and approaches, amongst other issues;
  • The European Climate foundation’s Dr Martin Porter speaks to Science and Technology 25 about the industrial policy strategy and how it ties in with issues central to the climate change challenge; and
  • Paula Deda, from the United Nations Economic Commissioner for Europe, looks at the organisation’s role, providing an insightful exploration of how the ECE continues to evolve in order to adapt to the diverse challenges in Europe today, and to continue to tie in to the priorities identified by the Sustainable Development Goals.

How is cancer care advancing in Europe?

  • Professor Anton Berns, president of the European association for cancer research, explains why collaboration, funding and independent academic research are the key to advancing research; and
  • The European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) president-elect Dr Josep Tabernero sets out the steps needed to ensure the sustainability of cancer care, explaining why collaboration and education are key.

What is the One Health approach?

  • Dr Bruce Kaplan of the one health initiative collated both his own and his colleagues’ responses on the importance of a world One Health approach. The concept is a worldwide strategy for expanding interdisciplinary collaborations and communications in all aspects of healthcare for humans.


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