SciTech Europa Quarterly issue 28

This edition of SciTech Europa Quarterly covers a broad range of scientific and technological developments in Europe, including how European research can overcome the challenges of commercialisation, the latest health developments, and the research to support achieving a sustainable future.

SciTech Europa met and spoke with many European researchers to discuss numerous areas, including how European research can overcome the current challenges to commercialisation, issues in health-related R&D&I, and up-to-date research working to tackle environmental and sustainability issues.

How can European research and development overcome the challenges of commercialisation?

  • The European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship, SME’s, Elżbieta Bieńkowska, writes the foreword for this edition and discusses the challenges to and opportunities for commercialisation in Europe. In particular, she explains how the VentureEU fund is designed to make Europe more competitive
  • CERN’s Lucio Rosso and Michelangelo Mangano discuss the upgrade to the High Luminosity Hadron Collider (HL-LHC)
  • Professor Helmut Schober outlines a new partnership between l’institut Laue-Langevin (ILL) and the European Synchotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) to tackle European space industry challenges

What are the latest health developments?

  • SciTech Europa Quarterly interviewed members of the Austrian MPS society at their Therapy Week event in Austria about the progress for diagnosis and treatment of MPS, including enzyme replacement therapy, as well as the remaining challenges
  • Dr Rolf Apweiler, Joint Director of EMBL-EBI and Director of Open Targets, discusses how the platform works to systematically identify and prioritise targets from which safe and effective medicines can be developed

What progress is being made towards sustainability?

  • A Special Feature presents interviews with representatives of Canon, Oxfam, and the International Land Coalition about how the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals can be supported by imagery and women’s land rights in the context of sustainable development, respectively
  • Professor Timothy Schowalter explains the effect of deforestation and urbanisation on insect vectors of human diseases
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