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Commission foresight group spots 100 radical innovation breakthroughs with strong impact on global economy

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A foresight report published by the European Commission identifies 100 radical innovation breakthroughs that are likely to have a strong impact on the global economy and advises the EU to boost investment in artificial intelligence and related technologies. Read more.

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Growing impact of Horizon 2020 collaborations for UK science

Growing impact of Horizon 2020 collaborations for UK science

The share of UK papers co-authored between 2014 and 2018 with Horizon 2020 countries has increased by 9.9 per cent, compared to the 2004-2008 period. Read more

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Whose job will be automated? Czech, Slovenian workers at highest risk, OECD report says

Share of employees at high risk of automation needing significant training to move into lower risk jobs

The Czech Republic, Slovenia, Korea, Poland and Italy are the five countries with the highest share of employees who are at high risk of automation and need significant training to move into lower risk jobs, according to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

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Businesses account for 70% of R&D expenditure growth in OECD countries

Businesses account for 70% of R&D expenditure growth in OECD countries

Business investment in R&D continues to be the main global driver of R&D growth, according to the latest OECD data. In 2017, corporate R&D investment grew by 4.8 per cent and it now accounts for more than 70 per cent of all the R&D performed in OECD countries.

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WIPO patent data reveals future industrial applications of AI

WIPO patent data reveals future industrial applications of AI

An analysis by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) identifies 20 sectors and industries that were mentioned in 62 per cent of all its AI patents.

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Who are the top networkers in Horizon 2020?

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Some countries are more important than others when setting up collaborative consortia in Horizon 2020.

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Open science: European universities have more homework to do on data handling

Open science: European universities have more homework to do on data handling

According to the latest data from the European University Association (EUA), only 21 per cent of surveyed higher education institutions have policies on research data management in place. Another 38 per cent of universities were in the process of developing them. However, almost 40 per cent reported that they lacked or were not in the process of developing such policies.

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Number of innovative companies soars in Estonia and Portugal, dwindles in 8 member states

Number of innovative companies soars in Estonia and Portugal, dwindles in 8 member states

In 2016, the share of innovative companies in Estonia increased to 47.7 per cent from only 26.5 in 2014, while in Portugal the share increased to 67 per cent from 54, according to the latest data from Eurostat’s Community Innovation Survey.

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Spending less on more students puts higher education systems in danger, says EUA

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A report by the European University Association (EUA) sees higher education systems in England, Greece, Ireland, Northern Ireland and Serbia to be “in danger”, citing funding cuts paired with increasing student cohorts over a nine-year period, from 2008 to 2017.

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Patenting gap widens as EPO reports overall filings growth

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Germany remains Europe’s top patent holder with 26,734 European patents applications filed in 2018, a 4.7 per cent increase compared to 2017. This represents Germany’s fastest growth since 2010. In contrast, ten EU member states filed less than 100 patents each.

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Women make up only 33% of researchers in EU

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The proportion of women researchers in the EU remains low, according to data presented in the “SHE FIGURES 2018” report by the European Commission. In 2015, women represented only 33.4 per cent of researchers in EU’s 28 member states. This proportion hasn’t changed much since 2012, when women represented 33 per cent of researchers.

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EU reports uneven spread of renewable energy despite overall increase

EU reports uneven spread of renewable energy despite overall increase

In 2017, only 19.5 per cent of the total energy used for heating and cooling in the EU came from renewable sources. Despite a nearly two fold increase compared to 2004, when only 10.4 per cent of the energy used for heating and cooling came from renewables, the distribution of renewable energy across member states is uneven.

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US and China lead investments in artificial intelligence start-ups

Total estimated investments in AI start-ups ($ billion), 2011-2017

Total estimated investments in AI start-ups ($ billion), 2011-2017

Private investment in artificial intelligence (AI) start-ups is growing, mainly in the US and China, according to an OECD analysis of Crunchbase data.

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Mind the gap: EU members struggling to meet 2020 renewable energy targets

Mind the gap: EU members struggling to meet 2020 renewable energy targets

Fewer than half of EU’s member states have reached their national 2020 targets for energy consumption from renewable sources. According to the latest Eurostat data, 17 member states were still falling short of their targets in 2017. 

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Eurostat: 41% of scientists and engineers in the EU are women

Of EU’s scientists and engineers 41% are women

According to Eurostat data, in 2017, 41 per cent of EU’s 18 million scientists and engineers were women.

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EU has fewer unicorns than US and China

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The European Union has fewer billion-dollar companies it can brag about. The latest Commission analysis based on CBinsights data shows the US has five times as many unicorns as the EU, while China has 2,5 times more.

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Fourfold increase in self-driving technologies patents

Fourfold increase in self-driving technologies patents

From 2011 to 2017, European patent applications for automated driving technologies increased fourfold, according to the latest data from the European Patent Office (EPO). This is by far the largest increase in the number of patents, with EPO reporting a 16 per cent increase across all technologies in the same period.

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A quarter of EU’s large companies use robots

A quarter of EU’s large companies use robots

More than 25 per cent of EU companies employing 250 people or more are using some kind of robots, according to the latest data from Eurostat. In 2018, 12 per cent of medium enterprises used industrial or service robots, while only 5 per cent of small enterprises used them.

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Romania is Europe’s worst performer in research and innovation

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.

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Global antibiotics R&D declines, OECD report says

Number of new antibiotics approved by the US Food and Drug Administration

The number of new antibiotics approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is has been declining between 1983 and 2012, according to an OECD report on how to tackle antimicrobial resistance.

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