Research and innovation are essential for a successful, modern economy, and they are at the heart of the European Commission's policies to boost jobs, growth and investment. However, while Europe excels in research, we are not good enough at investing in innovation at speed and scale, which is why the EU’s Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas, has set the goal of Open Innovation. The basic premise is to open up the innovation process to all active players so that new ideas can circulate more freely and be transformed into products and services that create new markets, fostering a stronger culture of entrepreneurship.
Dr Susana Sargento, co-founder of Portuguese company Veniam, which turns city vehicles into wifi hotspots, has won the EUR 100 000 first prize in the EU Prize for Women Innovators 2016, which was awarded at a ceremony in Brussels, Belgium, on 10 March.
Europe needs a more dynamic economy and fast-growing innovative companies such as Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon (GAFA) if it is to close the productivity gap with the US, according to a report produced by the European Commission which examines how the EU can improve its innovation performance.
For some, social media may seem like it is just filled with selfies, gossip and videos of cats, but others are using it to tackle issues critical to our society such as the environment and mental health.
The ubiquity of CCTV cameras makes it easy to track down criminal suspects – unless they’re wearing a disguise. But even that wouldn’t fool the latest software, which can recognise people based on their anatomy or on the way they walk.
If you've ever seen those annoying lip-sync errors on TV when the video doesn't quite match up to the sound, did you also realise that your brain eventually adjusts the signal to improve your experience?
The EU’s 2007-2013 research funding programme has had a ‘substantial’ impact on competitiveness in Europe, according to a European Commission report and the findings of an independent panel.
Researchers are getting ready to test a tobacco-powered aeroplane thanks to a new bio jet fuel made from the seeds of nicotine-free plants, and the result could be a 75 % reduction in carbon emissions compared to fossil fuels.
Sustainable farming practices and a chemical process that turns brown coal into organic compounds are bringing over-farmed fields back to good health, boosting crop yields and locking greenhouse gases underground.
Zebrafish and mice could uncover the cause of adult heart disease.
Smartphones mounted in cars can make mobility more energy efficient.
Ineffective antimalarials are a growing threat.