It falls to the Romanian Council presidency to steer negotiations on the next seven year budget - and with it funding for R&D in Horizon Europe. But with political infighting at home and a term cut short by European Parliament elections, some in Brussels are worried
A robot swarm might sound like something from a sinister science fiction movie. But in the real world, a swarm of robots could do a lot of good. They could clear a beach of garbage, retrieve plastic from the ocean or build a habitable abode on Mars.
Romania is Europe’s worst performer in research and innovation
According to European Commission’s innovation scoreboard, Romania has EU’s poorest track record in research and innovation investment and policy support. It has the lowest R&D expenditure, at only 0.48 of GDP, the lowest number of patents per capita, the lowest rate of employment in knowledge-intensive activities and international scientific co-publications.
Robert-Jan Smits is pitching the Plan S vision to transform academic publishing to the world’s big science funding bodies. China’s surprise backing is making it harder for funders everywhere to ignore, he says
Meeting of member states’ research delegations this week in Brussels saw further disagreement over the direction of Horizon Europe. And a proposed mission to build a universal quantum computer is scratched
US tech companies are raiding our computer science departments. A new initiative, Ellis, wants to give researchers a reason to stay in academe and in Europe. Meanwhile, the Commission is putting flesh on its AI plans
MEPs give formal backing to Commission’s next big research programme – and want to spend more than the €94.1B already proposed. Several members states oppose that, setting scene for at least another year of wrangling
Europe’s big open science cloud project is formally getting underway, with the launch of its Governing Board. In this white paper, a cross-sector group of experts – from academia, industry and public-sector institutions – offers its suggestions on which issues need tackling first.