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.
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.
Big data such as employment statistics should be used in combination with other indicators to reveal the real impact of research projects, Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, told an event on how to show the results of EU investment.
Industry, researchers and citizens will gain influence in the way regional research funding is allocated as a result of the EU's Smart Specialisation strategy, according to Dr Günter Clar, Chairman of a group of experts who analysed how it is contributing to Europe’s goals for growth.
Researchers and funding agencies will foot the cost of publishing academic papers rather than readers, as academic journals adapt to a world in which open access becomes increasingly important, according to Nature Editor-in-Chief Philip Campbell.
Shortly after his appointment as European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas had the opportunity to meet with his compatriot, the former long-serving Portuguese Minister for Science and Technology José Mariano Gago. During this meeting, which was very cordial, and at the occasion of a series of further contacts which took place until his death on 17 April 2015, José Gago strove to expose to the new Commissioner his views and concerns about the situation and the future of science in Europe, drawing, for instance, his attention onto a project which he judged worthy to be encouraged and supported by the EU for scientific and political reasons, the SESAME particle accelerator in Jordan.
New observations may provide alternative explanations for dark energy.
The technology could work with existing infrastructures, says Prof. Lee Cronin
We need to double-check the evidence on dark energy, as it may not exist at all, says Prof. Subir Sarkar.