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
Today, aviation is responsible for 3.6% of EU greenhouse gas emissions. Modern planes use kerosene as fuel, releasing harmful carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. But what if there was another way?
When fish stocks crashed in the Baltic in the late 1990s, the islanders of Bornholm, Denmark, realised they had to reinvent themselves. Their rocky outcrop, some 200km east of Copenhagen, had been in decline for years. Its 40,000-plus inhabitants needed a new path, and they chose to pursue sustainability.
Eavesdropping on the shudders and groans echoing deep inside alien worlds like Mars and the moon is revealing what lies far beneath their surfaces and could teach us more about how our own planet formed.
More than six months into the coronavirus crisis, data show that not just age, but also biological sex plays a pivotal role in the manifestation and response to Covid-19, with more men dying from acute infections versus women in the short term. This discrepancy has shined a spotlight on a key theme that has gained traction in recent years: is enough being done to account for sex and gender in disease and medicine? Not enough, says Dr Sabine Oertelt-Prigione, the chair of sex and gender-sensitive medicine at Radboud University in the Netherlands and a member of the European Commission’s expert group on gendered innovations.
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Dr Kate Rychert studies ocean plate structures.