Headlines:

Science advice for policy is here to stay

COVID-19 has brought science to the forefront of policymaking around the world, and science advisers have become minor celebrities. Now, the public demands the experts are consulted, says Canada’s chief science adviser

25 Feb 2021

The future HERA: What is at stake?

Partly in response to the pandemic, the European Commission has proposed creating a new agency – the Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Authority (HERA). What should it do? Who will fund it?

23 Feb 2021

News

NewsByte:

How the EU spent €469M on COVID-19 research in a year

EU covid spending

The European Commission has invested €469 million in 105 COVID-19 research projects, with funding for 45 clinical trials taking the biggest share, of €118.9 million, according to the latest data.

EU announces €225M to plug holes in COVID-19 vaccines strategy

Money will fund sequencing to pick up dangerous variants and trials network to test updated vaccines. Vaccines approvals will be eased and supply contracts modified. The initiatives are a dry run for the proposed Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Authority   

18 Feb 2021

Romanian researchers push for reform of national R&D funding

The new government promises to increase R&D spending to 2% of GDP. Researchers say this needs to be accompanied by reforms. There should be more competitive calls and a new independent council to increase transparency and reduce political interference, they say

18 Feb 2021

UK plays catch up in global battery race

Brexit put the brakes on investment for years, but champions of the tech say there is now a chance to make up ground. A new £130M research centre is on the way and plans for the first gigafactory are in hand

18 Feb 2021

Events

Reports

Blue power: how to get ocean energy working

Oceans have enormous capacity to supply the earth with clean, renewable energy. Are we ready to harness this potential at global level, and what will be required to do so? A new Science|Business report explores the options.

20 Jan 2021

What is ‘tech sovereignty’?

Since COVID-19, EU leaders are pushing for greater independence from US and Chinese technology. Industry and researchers warn against closing Europe’s arms to the rest of the world. This special report decodes the debate

15 Sep 2020

Revamping the world of work

The Science|Business’ “Digital skills for industry” group brought together a unique group of stakeholders from industry, academia and policy. The group met twice, in January and June, in the course of 2020. This report is the summary of the discussions held during the events

08 Sep 2020