Windows that clean themselves, cars that mend their own scratches, and precision antibiotics that only act in the exact site of an infection. Those are just some of the life-enriching inventions that could be made possible by “molecular machines”, according to Nobel prizewinning chemist Ben Feringa.
The European Institute of Innovation and Technology is drawing up the framework for a new network to foster innovation in the creative and cultural industries. In the autumn, it will invite universities, industry and research organisations to submit their roadmaps
The EU’s new industrial strategy, with its aim of driving innovation in advanced technologies, could lead to established economic development policies being seen as outdated. But tried-and-tested approaches, especially Cohesion policy, have complementary objectives - and an important role to play