Balancing the Energy Economy 1: efficiency is now top energy target for new Commission
Officials gathered in Brussels this week to untangle some of the messy, competing goals for making European energy greener, cheaper and more modern. Cutting energy use is the leading priority, a Commission adviser told the meeting
Balancing the Energy Economy 2: security of supply must not compromise CO2 targets
How can Europe balance its goal of energy security with the need to reduce CO2 emissions? Part of the answer would be fixing the carbon emissions trading system
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“NWO should be abolished and integrated within the ERC”
The budget of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research should be absorbed by the European Research Council. A proviso that projects backed by Dutch money be conducted in the Netherlands would strengthen the country’s research, says Luc Soete, Rector Magnificus, Maastricht University
“We want Google to be an engine of entrepreneurship in Europe”
The search engine giant will dramatically increase its investment in European start-ups and skills in 2015. Prospects are good, but there must be broader acceptance in Europe that some ventures will fail, says David Drummond, chair of Google Ventures
Would Like to Meet: researchers need a new way to court collaborators
While other social media networks for researchers are about showing off publications or keeping tabs on impact metrics, Piirus makes introductions. This is the way to find your perfect partner – for research, says Piirus founder Fiona Colligan
EU scheme to channel regional funds to SMEs kicks off in Spain
The SME Initiative aims to encourage banks to lend more to cash-starved small companies. The European Commission wants more countries to use this route for channelling regional development money to the grass roots
New guidance provides optimism for securing software patents in the US
The US patent office has given specific examples of what types of software can get protection. This provides long-awaited clarification, says patent expert Andrew Thompson
Drop off in level of innovation in Europe, data shows
German companies still top the table but overall Europe is less innovative, a new EU survey reveals

Syncona LLP and UCL Business PLC Announce the Formation of Autolus Limited, a Cancer Immunotherapy Company
Syncona LLP (“Syncona”) and UCL Business PLC (“UCLB”), the wholly-owned technology transfer company of University College London (“UCL”), announce the creation...
ESADE and Aalto University team up to train entrepreneurs committed to innovation
Aalto University has signed a new agreement with Spain’s ESADE Business School. The two institutions will expand their offering of training, leadership development and support for entrepreneurs and executives dedicated to innovating through design and technology as a means of creating new business opportunities.
ESA: Beagle-2 lander found on Mars
The UK-led Beagle-2 Mars lander, which hitched a ride on ESA’s Mars Express mission and was lost on Mars since 2003, has been found in images taken by a NASA orbiter at the Red Planet.

Helping Europe Innovate
Science|Business Innovation Board AISBL Annual Report 2012-2013
A Grace Period for Patents
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Inside the mind of European academic entrepreneurs
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The new European Commission: Bad news for research and innovation?
Advocates for cross-sectoral R&D support fear a downgrade in the new Commission – but in individual areas such as energy, digital technologies, and pharmaceuticals, a stronger emphasis on growth and investment is good news for many
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The Renewable Power Dilemma
Europe is determined to lead the world in the shift to green energy. A key policy goal in the European Commission’s...
The value(s) of science
With Europe’s biggest-ever research programme, Horizon 2020, now underway, Science|Business gathered several leaders in European research, industry and policy to debate...
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Energy Special Reports

Europe’s Energy Challenge: A Special Report 2014

The new European Commission has made energy policy one of its top priorities. Reflecting that, this special Science|Business report on “Europe’s energy challenge” gathers insights from across the world on a key topic: Can innovation bring the answers—can it lay the foundation for energy security, affordability and sustainability?

Energy transitions: Powering up Europe’s low-carbon future

The transition to a low-carbon energy system is a top priority for the European Union – and new technologies and innovation are critical to achieving the EU’s 2030 targets. The articles contained in Energy Transitions summarise a series of eight high-level policy symposia on Europe’s energy future organized between 2011 and 2014 by Science|Business and supported by BP.

Breakthroughs in renewable energy don’t come from Eureka moments in the laboratory, but from long term effort and investment to push nascent technologies to the point of cost efficiency, says Carlos Härtel, GE’s head of R&D in Europe

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The Food Innovation Summit (Partner event)
With a mix of keynote speeches, plenary sessions and workshops, the Food Innovation Summit is based on a tripartite approach and aims at treating disruptive innovations along with the food chain.
Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Brussels - 03 February 2015
From open science to open innovation: How to get more jobs and growth from EU science investments
A Science|Business public conference
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Disease prevention: Meeting the challenge
A high-level roundtable as part of the Science|Business foresight series
Brussels - 24 March 2015
Horizon 2020 – New Commission, new Agenda
The 2015 Science|Business Horizon 2020 Conference
Brussels - 24 March 2015
Balancing the ‘Energy Economy’
The conference will gather leaders from the European academic, business and policy worlds to discuss what mechanisms can achieve real breakthroughs in resolving the energy trilemma
The EU Energy Challenge: Can innovation fill the gap?
The EU’s transition to a sustainable energy system is a top policy challenge of the coming decade. Though much progress has been achieved, the pace of change is too slow.
5G@Europe Summit 2014 (Partner Event)
We bring the world’s leading mobile network experts to Munich – The 5G@Europe Summit (5G ES) aims to foster debate and provide a forum for sharing ideas regarding the mobile communications of the future.