Intelligence

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

news Horizon 2020 is good - but it could be better

Just over a year after its launch, academics and business leaders gave their verdict on the EU’s €80B research programme at a Science|Business conference.

news Success rate in Bio-Based industries Joint Technology Initiative is 25-50%

Early figures suggest the EU academic/industrial programme is popular both in Europe and the US

news Director General of the Joint Research Centre calls EU chief scientific adviser role into question

Brussels’s short-lived science advice experiment was “difficult”, and the reaction to the scrapping of the role overblown, says Vladimir Šucha, head of the EU’s in-house science service

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Delivering impact - the main goal of Horizon 2020

Since Jean-Claude Juncker took over the reins of the European Commission, impact has become an absolute political necessity in order to deliver concrete results for citizens, says Rosalinde van der Vlies, head of the Evaluation unit at the European Commission’s research and innovation directorate, DG RTD. Juncker made a commitment to “show citizens how we are spending [their] money” she said. 


Analysis

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

viewpoints How natural materials can be patent protected

Limpet teeth have overtaken spider silk as the world’s strongest natural material. As attempts are made to replicate and put this material to use, it is important to look to the IP strategy, say patent attorneys Ben Dempster and Jennifer Unsworth

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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 The business of research: Enabling policies for the medicines of tomorrow

Investigating the impact of public policies on unmet medical needs and patient access to treatment

network Yonsei University opens innovation hub – Inspired by Aalto Design Factory

Yonsei University, Korea is opening a new innovation hub in Seoul.

network CERN: ICARUS neutrino experiment to move to Fermilab

A group of scientists led by Nobel laureate Carlo Rubbia will transport the world’s largest liquid-argon neutrino detector across the Atlantic Ocean from CERN to its new home at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.

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Innovation is vital to Europe’s future - and the Science|Business Innovation Board AISBL is a non-profit scientific association formed to improve the climate for innovation.