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French research groups up in arms as Macron proposes €331M cut to 2017 budget
Macron's promise to ring fence university funding did not last two months, says the National Union of Higher Education
Smart specialisation has helped with innovation strategies, but more is needed

Smart specialisation has made a real difference to the way European regions are designing their innovation strategies, creating or reinforcing cooperation...

Pressure increases for UK government not to split from Euratom
With a flimsy majority and some of its own MPs in favour of staying in Euratom, the UK government is talking of an “association agreement”. But ending European Court of Justice oversight remains as the red line
EU launches ocean research partnership with Brazil and South Africa
New initiative covers a wide swathe of research interests, including climate, marine litter, ocean observation, food security, fisheries management, and ocean technology
Call for shake-up of EU’s huge regional development fund
The multi-billion euro programme for modernising the EU’s poorest regions is a pile of rules, forms, and duplication. “We became more complicated and more complex every time we spoke about simplification,” concedes EU Regional Commissioner Corina Creţu. “We cannot justify it”
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UK must try to influence EU data protection laws post-Brexit

There needs to be a continuing role for the UK's information watchdog on the European Data Protection Board, in order to maintain data flows with Europe after Brexit, says a House of Lords report

Let the UK remain part of EU medicines regulation, says pharma industry

The key industry bodies from across Europe have signed a letter to UK Brexit minister David Davis and EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier saying the UK must stay in the European Medicines Agency system

Evidence matters… but not to everyone

No one underestimates the difficulty of shoehorning science into policy. Partiality is inevitable, but policy makers need to be transparent in showing what underlies their decisions - and what evidence they choose to ignore

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UK must try to influence EU data protection laws post-Brexit
There needs to be a continuing role for the UK's information watchdog on the European Data Protection Board, in order to maintain data flows with Europe after Brexit, says a House of Lords report
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University of Amsterdam partners with Microsoft Research Lab Cambridge

The Machine Learning Lab at the University of Amsterdam (AMLAB) led by Professor Max Welling starts a partnership with the Microsoft...

Innovate UK funding available for electric vehicle-to-grid technologies

Businesses can apply for a share of up to £20 million for innovative projects that support electric vehicles to work smartly with the grid

University of Birmingham launches £7million global surgical research unit

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has awarded £7 million to the Universities of Birmingham, Edinburgh and Warwick to establish...

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