From an initiative to replicate a fully functioning human brain, to the launch of Horizon 2020, the EU’s biggest-ever funding programme for research and innovation, we look back over a year in EU-funded research.
In 2013, Horizon journalists from across the EU interviewed researchers and policymakers to give you an exclusive insight into the research that is shaping Europe.
We heard from Professor Lee Cronin, who is working on a way to build a life form from scratch, and went to the south of France as ministers from around the world gathered to underline their support for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER).
We visited Europe’s new nuclear safety testing centre in Germany to find out about the secret weapon used in the hunt for nuclear smugglers, and spoke with the 18-year-old who is making a genetics lab in his bedroom.
Take a look back over Horizon’s year in science and research in our interactive timeline.
ERC 3 000th grantee
Human Brain Project
AAAS Annual Meeting
Nuclear safety centre
TEDx at CERN
Happy birthday VLT
EU launches JTIs
Biggest telecoms satellite
Dawn breaks in Antarctica
World backs ITER
IPCC fifth report
Nobel Prize in Physics
Antibiotic Awareness Day
Horizon 2020 first call
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