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.
Bunker Roy is the founder and director of Barefoot College, a non-governmental organisation offering training to rural communities. He believes that establishing a sense of community, as well as a culture that encourages people to learn from failure, can help drive innovation and productivity. Roy, who was selected as one of TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential figures, will be speaking at the EU’s Innovation Convention on 10 March, 2014.
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.
As the northern route opens, the melting ice will have a significant impact on the transportation of goods around the world, and the consequences are manifold, said Didier Schmitt, a scientific adviser at the European Commission.
Dr Marc von Hobe, from the German Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH research centre, is coordinator of the EU-funded RECONCILE project. The project contributed to the first detection in 2011 of a hole in the ozone layer over the Arctic. Dr von Hobe believes more work needs to be done to control greenhouse gas emissions.
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.
Professor Bruno Siciliano specialises in control and robotics at the University of Naples Federico II and is a past president of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Robotics and Automation Society. He believes that robots can make Europe more competitive, creating jobs.
The European Commission has launched plans for the next research funding programme.