Intelligence

news Reprieve for under fire EU pharma partnership after Parliament vote

Europe’s €3B Innovation Medicines Initiative faced scrutiny over pharma companies’ contributions to the programme in the European Parliament this week – and passed the test.

news Small companies applying for Eurostars grants have a 25% success rate

It is easier to win an award from the €1.2B Eurostars programme than Horizon 2020 SME Instrument grants, but you need to find international partners before applying

news European Investment Bank announces €300M for first projects under Juncker plan

MEPs are unhappy with the EIB pre-empting approval of the investment fund by the European Parliament. Others are concerned about a return to spending on ‘white elephant’ infrastructure projects

news Striving for tangible short-term impact in Horizon 2020 can stifle innovation

By today’s standards for assessing impact, EU research funding agencies would discard Einstein’s theory of relativity

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“Absolutely acceptable” for failed Horizon 2020 applicants to go after regional funding

EU Research Commissioner Carlos Moedas said he’d like unsuccessful proposals to the Horizon 2020 research programme to find funding with EU regional money. “The idea should be recognised,” says the chair of the European Parliament’s regional committee, MEP Iskra Mihaylova


Analysis

viewpoints How to fix the EU science advice muddle

The EU needs objective science advice when framing its policies. Action is needed to clarify how and by whom this is delivered, says the former EU science chief Anne Glover

viewpoints Why the post of EU chief scientific adviser made no sense

Science advice in Brussels needs improvement, but the “flawed” office of chief science adviser was not the way to do it, says Doug Parr, chief scientist and policy director at Greenpeace UK

viewpoints Momentum needed to plug the skills gap in particle physics

EU training programmes in particle physics are ending at a time when the need for these skills is increasing. As a result, Europe risks losing ground in a field that is key to its competitiveness, says Carsten Welsch

viewpoints Smart specialisation: how a harsh climate inspired a tech boom

Cold air and abundant renewable energy are the ingredients for greener data centres, says Matz Engman, who helped entice internet giant Facebook to set up shop in the remote north of Sweden

viewpoints IPO Task Force calls for new rules to help small companies go public

Mounds of paperwork and regulation are blocking the route to capital markets for small companies. It’s time for reforms to change this, says Rainer Riess, head of the Federation for European Securities

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report Views of 2030: Transport, manufacturing, education and health

In October 2014, members of the Science|Business Network of universities and companies met in Berlin to compare notes about the future of four key sectors in Europe. This is what they see coming.

report Fixing the system: Horizon 2020 should focus on the overall system for delivering healthcare, experts say

Across the European Union, healthcare authorities are striving to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of their delivery systems. The population is...

report The Innovation Connection: Yearbook of the Academic Enterprise Awards

Every year since 2008, the Science|Business Innovation Board has gathered entrepreneurs and innovators from across Europe for its annual awards. Meet this year’s winners – transforming education, enterprise, and the economy.

report BIG SCIENCE: What’s It Worth?

The world spends millions a year on telescopes, synchrotrons, colliders, DNA databases and other ‘big science’ projects. What does it get for that money?

report From Open Science to Open Innovation

This paper highlights the need for developing appropriate new open innovation institutions, to help bridge this gap from open science to open innovation.

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event Scientific evidence in policymaking: the role of the JRC

A high-level dinner debate on the best approaches to deal with a changing and evolving science and knowledge environment.

Brussels - 28 May 2015

event 2015 Global Corporate Venturing Symposium (Partner event)

The 5th annual Symposium, London June 2/3, 2015

London - 02 June 2015

event Investing in breakthrough technologies: The case of ‘ATTRACT’

A Science|Business Dinner for investors interested in joining a dynamic new technology initiative

London - 03 June 2015

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S|B Innovation Network

network University of Pisa: New trimodal imaging device to advance early diagnosis of schizophrenia

The FP7 funded project, TRIMAGE, aims at developing a simultaneous trimodal imaging tool for early diagnosis of schizophrenia and other mental disorders

network EIRMA announces training programme in innovation management

The Mastering Innovation Management (MIM) programme is organised by the European Industrial Research Management Association (EIRMA) in partnership with the Vlerick Business School, in order to inspire and equip R&D managers with methodology and practical tools to shape the future of global innovation

network ETH Zurich: Bumblebee genome mapped

A research collaboration spearheaded by ETH Zurich has shed light on the genome of two commercially important species of bumblebees. The findings provide unexpected insights into the ecology and evolution of bumblebees and honeybees.

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