SciTech Europa Quarterly Issue 26

This publication – the first in its evolved form as SciTech Europa Quarterly – contains a wealth of articles from a broad range of subjects, including the changing European research and development landscape, the global issues of climate change and sustainable development, and healthcare-related questions stemming from challenges such as antimicrobial resistance amongst others.

This edition also features articles from European Commissioner Maroš Šefčovič, the European Space Agency on their HERA mission, and the European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) European Network of Centres for Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacovigilance (ENCePP).

How is the European research and development landscape changing?

  • Dr Jean Claude Worms, chief executive of the European Science Foundation (ESF), spoke to SciTech Europa Quarterly about the changing R&D&I landscape in Europe today, from funding to the European Research Area (ERA), and how the ESF continues to play a role in fostering innovative advances;
  • UEAPME’s director of economic policy, Gerhard Huemer, spoke to SciTech Europa Quarterly about how the landscape for SMEs is changing in Europe today and thus how the challenges they face have similarly shifted, with a focus now being a shortage of vocational skills, rather than access to finances; and
  • Emilien Simonot, renewable energy technology officer at InnoEnergy, tells SciTech Europa Quarterly about why education is crucial to the future of Europe’s solar energy sector.

What’s new in health research?

  • SciTech Europa Quarterly speaks to Dr Matthew Norton, director of policy and strategy for Alzheimer’s Research UK, about the progress made since we last spoke to him in 2015, where dementia research stands today – including the development of drug discovery programmes – and what the future holds;
  • Professor Cornel Fraefel, from the Institute of Virology at the University of Zurich, discusses viral co-infections; and
  • Professor Paolo Cinelli, of University Hospital Zurich, discusses the identification of stem cells for the development of bone bioengineering technologies.

How is Europe working towards a sustainable environment?

  • Simon Borelli, agroforestry and urban/peri-urban forestry officer within the forest resources management team at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (UNFAO), speaks to SciTech Europa Quarterly about the importance of urban and peri-urban forestry in the cities of the future; and
  • Marius Holm, CEO of ZERO, an independent environmental foundation that is working to drive zero-emission solutions across a range of industries and to ensure a fast and practical transition from climate-detrimental activity to emission-free solutions (the green shift), met with SciTech Europa Quarterly in Norway to discuss development in the North.
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