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[Source: Research & Innovation] The EU-funded SWEETOOLS project aims to improve our understanding of the role of sugars in human biology. Exploring optimised versions of biosynthesised proteins combined with chemically synthesised drugs could help the development of novel biomedicines and vaccines targeting, for example, influenza.
[Source: Research & Innovation] Stuffy office environments and poor air quality in schools, hospitals and factories could soon be a distant memory thanks to low-cost smart sensor and ventilation-control technology capable of intelligently detecting and removing hazardous airborne substances. The technology was developed through EU-funded research.
[Source: Research & Innovation] To stay safe on the roads, we need good infrastructure, alert road-users and effective technology. But what about a general safety culture? A team of researchers from countries with very different approaches to road-use is developing a cultural approach to road safety with the ultimate objective of cutting traffic accident numbers.
[Source: Research & Innovation] Worldwide, we waste around 1.3 billion tonnes of food a year, while nearly a billion people go hungry. An EU-funded project has created an online community to tackle the problem by sharing knowledge and redistributing food.
[Source: Research & Innovation] If flaws in infrastructure - a ship or a bridge for example - are spotted early, the damage can be repaired before anyone gets hurt, and before the costs mount. It's a nice theory, but there are currently many uncertainties in ensuring structural safety, as well as a lack of specialists. An EU-funded project is addressing both problems.
[Source: Research & Innovation] The popping of corks and glugging of a good wine may not be at threat just yet, but if the diseases threatening Europe's vineyards have their way, they could be. EU-funded researchers therefore have very good reason to network around wine - they are building a knowledge bank to help vineyard owners protect their crops and keep the wine flowing.
[Source: Research & Innovation] An EU-funded project has developed and deployed cost-effective marine sensors to monitor and provide a more complete picture of the health of our planet's oceans. Some of the sensors are already on the market and patents are pending.
[Source: Research & Innovation] An EU-funded solution for an innovative twin-ship lift, load and lever system has sparked considerable interest from oil platform operators and the oil and gas industry in general. With the design now fully validated, and with international backers on board, construction of the system begins in earnest.
[Source: Research & Innovation] A Polish institute strengthened its research capabilities via an EU-funded project. A package of measures has helped the Institute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research (IARFR) extend its expertise in three key areas - food, biodiversity and health.
[Source: Research & Innovation] This year's Annual Polis Conference on 'Transport innovation for sustainable cities and regions' will take place on 6 and 7 December 2017 in Brussels.
RTD Transport will participate in the event also to promote its two Horizon Prizes: for Retrofit (to be awarded at TRA 2018 conference) and for the Cleanest Engine of the Future.Polis is a network of European cities and regions working together to develop innovative technologies and policies for local transport.Its activities are organised around four thematic pillars:
• Environment and Health in Transport
• Mobility and Traffic Efficiency
• Transport Safety and Security
• Social and Economic Aspects of Transport
[Source: F4E] The impressive component weighing 120 tonnes has departed from the ASG factory, La Spezia, Italy, and will travel by sea to Venice.
[Source: Research & Innovation] A quick and efficient eye scan could soon provide early warning of serious chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, dementia and stroke thanks to EU-funded research combining the latest advances in computer vision and mathematical modelling.
[Source: Research & Innovation] So much waste ... what could we do with it, beyond producing energy and compost? EU-funded researchers are looking into ways to turn biowaste generated in our cities - notably by homes, restaurants and shops - into a number of bio-based products by means of integrated biorefineries.
[Source: Research & Innovation] With demand for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) graduates far outstripping supply in Europe, the EU-funded STEM4youth project is taking these subjects back to the classroom, along with a dose of fun, to show teenagers that science can be sexy, and that it is central to many careers, from marketing analyst to ethics expert and zoologist.
[Source: Research & Innovation] Basking in more than 3300 hours of sunlight per year, Cyprus has the highest solar power potential in the European Union but currently imports most if its energy. An EU-funded project is helping the Mediterranean country better harness the power of the sun to meet its growing electricity needs and spur research and innovation linked to this renewable - and clean - resource.
[Source: Research & Innovation] When planning for the mobile networks of the future, the energy to power them is not the most obvious challenge. But the surge in capacity will require an energy solution, and preferably an eco-friendly and sustainable one. The EU-funded SCAVENGE project plans to appropriate energy from elsewhere using innovative hardware.
[Source: Research & Innovation] EU-funded researchers have developed strategies to protect and valorise natural and cultural heritage sites in Latin America with the aim of achieving sustainable growth in the surrounding areas. The project found that the involvement of local communities in protecting their own heritage was crucial.
[Source: Research & Innovation] The risks posed to Europe by organised crime and terrorist networks go beyond security. Additional impacts range from tax revenue to social harmony. While many different organisations are involved in awareness-raising, prevention, threat identification and intervention, strategies would be more effective if grounded in greater understanding of the phenomena. EU-funded researchers are now on the case.
[Source: Research & Innovation] From understanding earthquakes to medical imaging, wave-based imaging is already extremely valuable. If the imaging could be done at an even higher resolution, it would be even more valuable. An EU-funded project is training 15 young researchers in the techniques involved, and creating a truly multidisciplinary network in the process.
[Source: Research & Innovation] Feeds used in fish farming have become more sustainable, with fish meal and fish oil replaced by alternatives for the main farmed species. More work is however needed to understand the impact of this on production, and in particular to optimise the digestion process so as to promote lean growth among farmed fish.