The ‘Innovation Union’ is not just about turning good ideas from the labs into new products and services: it is a completely new state of mind. This state of mind is fully turned to the future. It includes boosting great initiatives, helping creative and passionate people to develop their skills and products, providing better education to support a genuine innovation-friendly environment… Through a fully integrated approach and a genuine innovation system that will boost growth, jobs and social development in Europe, the Innovation Union aims to infuse society with the reflex to innovate at every level.
Entrepreneurs need to travel to the region that specialises in their industry to have the best chance of success, according to Xavier Damman, the co-founder of online news site Storify. He will be speaking about innovation and life in Silicon Valley at the EU’s Innovation Convention on 11 March, 2014.
The largest cancer genetic survey ever conducted is revealing how common gene alterations influence our cancer risk – and the results could potentially enable better prevention and screening.
The days when measles was a killer disease affecting thousands are firmly in the past thanks to mass immunisations. However, a fall in vaccination rates means the disease is starting to make an unwelcome comeback in Europe – and European scientists have found a way to help.
Researchers are working on ways to place radioactive waste some four to eight hundred metres underground and seal it off with specialised plugs. If they succeed, the first permanent disposal sites could be operating in Europe by 2025.
If no new policy measures are adopted to combat global warming, the cost of climate change in Europe could reach almost 4 % of the gross domestic product (GDP) of the European Union by the end of the century.
From Europe and Asia, 14 countries – encompassing a total of 26 institutions – have come together to set up an Arctic observatory that will combine data from the sea, the atmosphere and the ground to provide vital evidence about the rate of climate change.
Radical new treatments for cancer could be available in hospitals in 2014, while quantum computing could allow scientists to model chemical reactions at the atomic level for the first time – these are some of the predictions made by researchers in Horizon’s poll of major developments this year.
Producers must act now to ensure survival, say experts.
In-depth knowledge of supply chains and pre-certification scheme could reduce medical supply disruption.
Dr Kate Rychert studies ocean plate structures.