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news Scotland’s ban on GM crops a threat to the country’s science, say researchers

Leading research bodies are asking for an urgent meeting to discuss the Scottish government’s announcement of a ban on GM cultivation. The decision has no basis in scientific fact and is anti-science in Scotland, they say

news Innovative Medicines Initiative says its research matches the best

An analysis of journal papers indicates IMI’s research has a high impact, but the partnership’s former head Michel Goldman says bibliometrics do not properly reflect the interests of participants. New metrics are needed to assess interdisciplinary projects

news 10 European companies named ‘tech pioneers’

But US continues to dominate in World Economic Forum’s award series; more money and bigger market ‘remain decisive’ for tech firms

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Researchers want to build robots in nature’s image

Researchers at the University of Cambridge are looking for clues in the animal world to make robots more efficient.  Dr Fumyia Iida and his team are observing how animals move and work, so they can improve the energy efficiency of robotic locomotion.

Video source: University of Cambridge


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viewpoints Life scientific: the view from outside the EU

How might its science be affected if the UK were to leave the EU? Science|Business asked some researchers from non-EU countries for their perspectives

viewpoints Bring the Silicon Valley approach to the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence

Martin Rees, UK Astronomer Royal tells Science|Business why it is important to bring entrepreneurial cash and the principles of open innovation to bear on one of the biggest questions in science: Are we alone?

viewpoints Gender equality in research: reason to be cautiously optimistic

Fresh data from the European Commission shows there is an increase in new female graduates. But a lack of women in leadership roles is a continuing problem, says Curt Rice, who leads Norway's committee on gender balance in research

viewpoints To get EU science grants, applicants should sit research integrity classes

Research Commissioner Carlos Moedas wants an initiative to tackle science misconduct to be in place by the end of the year. It is an issue Europe is divided on, says Simon Godecharle, researcher and ethicist at KU Leuven

viewpoints More clarity needed on new EU science advice mechanism

The EU Commission is setting up a new science advice scheme. Before recruiting experts, it should specify the goals and methodology, says Martin Kowarsch, Head of Scientific Assessments, Ethics and Public Policy at Germany’s MCC climate change research institute

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report Horizon 2020 The insider’s guide

To succeed at Horizon 2020, you need a good road map – not just for the fundamentals of applying for grants, but...

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?

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event Innovation Valley: Which European life sciences clusters are in the lead?

A high level conference on the leading life science clusters in Europe

Brussels - 22 September 2015

event Escaping the money trap: New ideas for financing SMEs

A Science|Business event

Brussels - 29 September 2015

event The future of manufacturing: Industry 4.0

A Science|Business event

Brussels - 20 October 2015

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S|B Innovation Network

network Warwick engineering students design world beating submarine

A submarine designed and built by engineering students at the University of Warwick was awarded 1st Prize for Innovation at the 2015 the International Submarine Races (ISR)

network UCL announced as National Business Awards finalist

UCL has been shortlisted for the The Duke of York Award for University Entrepreneurship for the 2015 Lloyds Bank National Business Awards.

network Imperial College London: Engineering's family day inspires budding young scientists

Imperial's Faculty of Engineering held their second annual Bring Your Child to Work Day this week.

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