The European Union’s premier innovation event takes place in Brussels in March 2014.
The second EU Innovation Convention will feature inspirational speakers from a range of backgrounds, including CEOs from some of Europe’s top companies, young innovators, and net-entrepreneurs such as the founders of Prezi and Storify.
It will explore innovation in all its facets and cover a variety of themes, from innovation in the creative industries and public and frugal innovation to the latest in robotics and 3D printing.
Highlights include the announcement of the winners of the EU Prize for Women Innovators and the Capital of Innovation (iCapital) award.
A full programme is available on the Convention website.
A decrease in private sector innovation activities means that levels of innovation in the EU did not increase in 2014, according to the EU’s Innovation Union Scoreboard which was published on 7 May.
Nearly 100 years ago scientists developed a vaccine for tuberculosis (TB). Today, there are 10 million new cases worldwide and 1.6 million deaths from the disease every year. Increasingly, these cases are becoming difficult to treat as the bug that causes the disease can be resistant to antibiotics. However, several new TB vaccines are under development and there is growing optimism that a new vaccine will emerge, says Helen McShane, professor of vaccinology at Oxford University, UK. This could save millions of lives, she said, but more work is needed to reassure the general public that vaccines are safe and effective.
Forests have a special magic for many of us. Steeped in folklore and fantasy, they are places for enchantments, mythical creatures and outlaws. But if they are to survive into the future, they may also need a helping hand from science.
Tuberculosis is the most common cause of death from an infectious disease.
Computer modelling will also help optimise management techniques.
Entrepreneur Nicklas Bergman on the European Innovation Council.