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
Heavy-hitting institutional investors will soon have their chance to back European technology innovation, according to fund managers involved in Europe’s new €410 million venture capital fund of funds.
The structure of the EU’s next research funding programme is based on the mantra of ‘evolution, not revolution’ and so will not contain any major surprises, according to Jean-Eric Paquet, the EU’s recently appointed director-general for research and innovation, who takes up his new role on 3 April.
Tiny pieces of plastic, now ubiquitous in the marine environment, have long been a cause of concern for their ability to absorb toxic substances and potentially penetrate the food chain. Now scientists are beginning to understand the level of threat posed to life, by gauging the extent of marine accumulation and tracking the movement of these contaminants.
The world’s largest radio telescope, known as the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) and situated over two continents, will be able to detect the first stars and galaxies emerging from the ‘murk’ at the beginning of the universe and much more besides, according to Professor Phil Diamond, Director General of SKA. He spoke to Horizon at the opening of the Shared Sky art exhibition in Brussels, Belgium on 16 April, where indigenous artists from SKA host nations South Africa and Australia use traditional painting and folk art to explore the themes of astronomy, spirituality and a borderless sky.
Tiny plastic particles could impact human health.
Astronomers could use giant radio telescope from 2025.
The EU’s research chief on his new role.