news Where the tech things are: Entrepreneurs in Finland

The annual Slush show draws 17,500 from around the world to entrepreneurship festival – highlighting the role of universities in building a tech culture in Europe

news Horizon 2020 grant application success rate drops to 10.7 per cent

An analysis of the first two years of Horizon 2020 lays bare the growing competition for EU research money. The chances of securing a grant are now around half what they were in Framework Programme 7

news How the European Research Council came to be

The ERC has become one of the world’s most important funders of basic research. As it approaches its 10th anniversary, a new account describes the formation and subsequent development of this beacon of excellence

news EU to launch €90M military research pilot in 2017

New programme will be a “very different animal” from Horizon 2020. This is a first step - to test the waters - in carrying out defence research at a European level

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'Stop wasting food', says EU Commissioner

Vytenis Andriukaitis, EU commissioner for health and food safety, brought a bag of potatoes to a press briefing to make a plea against food waste. He remembered his experience growing up in the Soviet gulag, where food was scarce and a bag of potatoes would go a long way feeding his family. "Such a packet of potatoes we lose every day in every family in the EU," said Andriukaitis.

event Geeks to the rescue? How can digital technologies transform the energy system?

Science|Buisness Conference, Supported by GE

Brussels - 7 December 2016

event The data challenge: How and why do we measure patient outcomes?

A by-invitation Science|Business conference as part of a series of high-level events around the EU on healthcare data and analytics

London - 16 December 2016

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viewpoints UK plan to ratify single patent is a pragmatic approach

The UK is to ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement. That flies in the face of prime minister Theresa May’s pledge to be free of the EU Court of Justice - and hints at a ‘soft’ Brexit

viewpoints Horizon 2020 needs to work for all EU countries

A just-launched university lobby group wants to find new ways to recognise excellent research across the whole of the EU

viewpoints MEPs urge Juncker to bridge east-west pay gap in Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020-funded researchers in poorer countries of the EU are paid less than if they worked on projects funded by their national governments. Two Romanian MEPs have written to Jean-Claude Juncker to complain about this discrimination

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Science|Business Network

network ETH Zurich: Flexibility increases water resistance

Butterfly wings are a prime example of how flexible and elastic materials can be extremely water-repellent. The relationship between elasticity and water resistance has now been described for the first time by researchers at ETH Zurich. The new finding could help to improve water-repellent textiles for use in tents or clothing.

network EUA launches roadmap for European universities in energy

The roadmap aims to mobilise European universities in energy

network Warwick and Waitrose tackle global food security together

Food security is at the heart of a new doctoral training collaboration between the University of Warwick and Waitrose, thanks to an award from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).

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Focus on health

Science|Business has introduced a new journal focused on healthcare: Healthy Measures. Subscribe for updates.

Call to measure patient outcomes and move to evidence-based health budgeting

Policymakers push for Europe-wide commitment to fill the knowledge gaps and make healthcare systems sustainable

Patient outcomes: the view from France

France to publish patient satisfaction rates for all hospitals by end of year

Health at a Glance: Chronic disease costs European economy €115B a year

Joint European Commission and OECD study of 36 countries finds big disparities in outcomes and says governments should spend more on public health and prevention to cut premature deaths

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Urgent questions about food and diet that ERC researchers are trying to answer. Their results could make you healthier.

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During three intense ERC= SCIENCE² project days in Gdynia (October 14th – 16th), more than 1500 members of society were attracted by the food research funded by European Research Council (ERC).

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