Scanning the earth’s surface to check for volcanic changes will improve volcano early warning systems when combined with ground-based measurements, according to Dr Giuseppe Puglisi, of Italy’s National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology. Dr Puglisi manages the EU-funded MED-SUV research consortium which brings together monitoring techniques so that it can warn decision-makers when there’s a hightened risk of an eruption.
Childcare facilities and the chance for fathers to participate equally in looking after children are central measures needed to enable more women to pursue careers in science. That’s according to the inaugural EU Prize for Women Innovators winner, Dr Gitte Neubauer, who co-founded the biotechnology company Cellzome. She will be speaking at the EU’s Innovation Convention 2014 on 10 March.
Ann Mettler, the executive director of the Lisbon Council, a Brussels-based think tank, believes that Europe should create new rules for online businesses in order to give web-based entrepreneurs access to the whole of Europe. She will be participating in the EU’s Innovation Convention on 10-11 March, 2014.
Jordan Casey, a 14-year-old programmer and entrepreneur from Waterford, Ireland, believes that computer programmers should start early. Since 2012 he has founded two companies: Casey Games, a games company, and TeachWare, an app for teachers. He will be speaking at the EU’s Innovation Convention on 10 March, 2014.
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.
Professor François Englert, from the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium, is receiving the Nobel Prize in Physics 2013 on 10 December from the hands of King Carl Gustav of Sweden. He shares this award with the Scottish physicist Professor Peter Higgs. Horizon took part in a joint interview with Prof. Englert in Brussels. He answered questions on the future of physics, CERN, large particle accelerators, and … the rest of the universe.
It could take until 2050 for climate forecasters to make concrete predictions for extreme weather ten or more years in advance, according to Professor Ghassem Asrar, the former director of the World Meteorological Organization’s World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) in Geneva, Switzerland.
Dr Anne Stenros, who chaired a group of experts that helped formulate the concept of the EU’s Capital of Innovation (iCapital) competition and is also Design Director at Finnish lift-maker KONE, believes the EUR 500 000 award can help stimulate 'grass roots’ innovation through things like 3D printing and high-tech design.
Tiny plastic particles could impact human health.
Astronomers could use giant radio telescope from 2025.
The EU’s research chief on his new role.