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.
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.
Spending less on more students puts higher education systems in danger, says EUA
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.
Patenting gap widens as EPO reports overall filings growth
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In 2018, Chinese companies spent on R&D 20 per cent more than in 2017. EU corporate R&D investment is growing at a much slower pace, with companies spending only 5.5 per cent more than the previous year. Read more
Crick scientists unlikely to stay in the UK because of Brexit
Researchers at the Francis Crick Institute, UK’s largest biomedical research lab, say they are much less likely to remain in the UK when looking for their next career step, according to an in-house survey published on October 22.