Research & Technology in the EU
Latest news about research policy in the European Union.
- Sixth International Conference on Computer Supported Education (Barcelona, from 02 April 2014, 00:00 CET to 04 April 2014, 00:00 CET) —
The Sixth International Conference on Computer Supported Education (CSEDU 2014) will be held from 2 to 4 April 2014 in Barcelona, Spain.
- Romania, EU launch works on world's most powerful laser — 14 June 2013, 20:28 CET
The European Union and Romania laid Friday the cornerstone of a research
hub due to host the world's most powerful laser.
- Ninth International Congress on Autoimmunity (Nice, France, from 26 March 2014, 00:00 CET to 30 March 2014, 00:00 CET) —
The Ninth International Congress on Autoimmunity will be held from 26 to 30 March 2014 in Nice, France.
- Monsanto granted "patent on severed broccoli" — 12 June 2013, 23:36 CET
European Patent Office once again grants a patent on plant breeding
- Fifth Annual Symposium of Architectural Research (Tampere, Finland, from 28 August 2013, 00:00 CET to 30 August 2013, 00:00 CET) —
The Fifth Annual Symposium of Architectural Research will be held from 28 to 30 August 2013 in Tampere, Finland.
- Biomarker Summit Europe 2013 (Berlin, from 09 October 2013, 00:00 CET to 10 October 2013, 00:00 CET) —
The 'Biomarker Summit Europe 2013' will be held from 9 to 10 October 2013 in Berlin, Germany.
- UEAPME requests more focus on innovation for SMEs — 30 May 2013, 16:27 CET
At the Clean Sky SME Day, coinciding with the European Competitiveness Council discussion on the future Research and Innovation programme Horizon 2020, Gunilla Almgren, President of the European SME organisation UEAPME, put forward her main concerns about the ongoing negotiations between the European Parliament, Commission and Council.
- SESAME - major research facility in the Middle East — 28 May 2013, 17:22 CET
The European Commission and CERN have today agreed to support the construction of SESAME, one of the most ambitious research facilities in the Middle East. SESAME is a so-called synchrotron light source, functioning in effect like a giant microscope. It will allow researchers from the region to investigate the properties of advanced materials, biological processes and cultural artefacts. SESAME is a unique joint venture based in Jordan that brings together scientists from its members Bahrain, Cyprus, Egypt, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Pakistan, the Palestinian Authority and Turkey. Alongside its scientific aims, the project aims to promote peace in the region through scientific cooperation.
- Being 'very open for business' important to Dublin: Irish PM — 23 May 2013, 15:57 CET
Being "very open for business" is important for Irish jobs, Irish Prime
Minister Enda Kenny said on Thursday as Dublin faced heat from the
United States over a tax dispute involving Apple.
- New European Industrial Strategy for Electronics — 23 May 2013, 13:29 CET
The European Commission today launches a campaign for coordinated public investments in micro- and nano-electronics (such as semiconductors and computer chips), designed to expand Europe's advanced manufacturing base.
- Advanced Technologies & Treatments for Diabetes (Vienna, from 05 February 2014, 00:00 CET to 08 February 2014, 00:00 CET) —
The Seventh International Conference on Advanced Technologies & Treatments for Diabetes (ATTD 2014) will be held from 5 to 8 February 2014 in Vienna, Austria.
- European Patent on 'red hot chili peppers' — 09 May 2013, 13:50 CET
Syngenta claims growing and harvesting of plants as its invention
- Patents and its Relation with R&D and Innovation (Seville, from 19 September 2013, 00:00 CET to 20 September 2013, 00:00 CET) —
The Fifth International Workshop on Patents and its Relation with R&D and Innovation will be held from 19 to 20 September 2013 in Seville, Spain.
- EU backs Apple in Google's Motorola patent move — 07 May 2013, 10:57 CET
EU anti-trust officials say Google-owned Motorola is abusing its leading position in Germany's mobile phone market by filing a patent injunction against Apple over some core smartphone functions.
- European Month of the Brain — 30 April 2013, 23:22 CET
At the start of its 'European Month of the Brain' initiative, the European Commission has earmarked some EUR 150 million of funding for 20 new international brain research projects. It will bring the total EU investment in brain research since 2007 to over €1.9 billion. The 'European Month of the Brain' (#brainmonth) will highlight European research and innovation in the area of neuroscience, cognition and related areas through over 50 events across Europe this May. The initiative aims to showcase the latest achievements in the field, but also to urge a more decisive effort to combat brain diseases. It also aims at highlighting how studying the brain can revolutionise computing. The initiative comes as the profile of brain research has been raised recently with ambitious new projects in the EU (FET Flagship Human Brain Project) and the US (BRAIN project).
- Europe needs genetically modified food, scientists say — 25 April 2013, 18:33 CET
The European Union's bid to keep genetically modified foods at bay risks causing economic ruin by forcing the EU to depend on the outside world for food, scientists said on Thursday.
- Euro-MPs reject mining of air passenger data — 25 April 2013, 12:39 CET
Euro-MPs in committee on Wednesday rejected plans to allow European air passenger data to be used to fight against organised crime and terrorism.
- European Conference on Knowledge Management (Kaunas, Lithuania, from 05 September 2013, 00:00 CET to 06 September 2013, 00:00 CET) —
The 14th European Conference on Knowledge Management (ECKM 2013) will be held from 5 to 6 September 2013 in Kaunas Lithuania.
- EU launches probe into suspected chip maker cartel — 22 April 2013, 13:51 CET
EU anti-trust authorities have announced a formal cartel probe into smartcard chip makers -- the motors for everything from bank and mobile SIM cards to electronic ID papers, after talks aimed at securing a settlement broke down.
- Microsoft, Oracle take Google to task at EU over Android phones — 10 April 2013, 12:04 CET
Google is in the firing line again as a group of major
companies, including Microsoft and Oracle, complain to the European Commission over Google's offerings for Android-powered mobile phones.
- Six European countries move against Google over privacy — 03 April 2013, 11:36 CET
Six European countries, including France and Britain, have launched joint action against Google to get the US Internet giant to scale back on new monitoring powers that watchdogs believe violate EU privacy protection rules.
- Modernisation of the European Trade Mark System — 27 March 2013, 15:42 CET
The European Commission has presented a package of initiatives to make trade mark registration systems all over the European Union cheaper, quicker, more reliable and predictable. The proposed reform would improve conditions for businesses to innovate and to benefit from more effective trade mark protection against counterfeits, including fake goods in transit through the EU's territory.
- Lawsuit filed against EU authorisation of genetically engineered soybeans — 21 March 2013, 23:33 CET
Environmental organisations and scientists jointly bring the case to the European Court of Justice
- — 11 March 2013, 18:01 CET
The Cosmetics Directive provides the regulatory framework for the phasing out of animal testing for cosmetics purposes. It establishes a prohibition to test finished cosmetic products and cosmetic ingredients on animals (testing ban), and a prohibition to market in the European Union finished cosmetic products and ingredients included in cosmetic products which were tested on animals for cosmetics purposes (marketing ban). The same provisions are contained in the Cosmetics Regulation, which replaces the Cosmetics Directive as of 11 July 2013.
The testing ban on finished cosmetic products applies since 11 September 2004; the testing ban on ingredients or combination of ingredients applies since 11 March 2009.
The marketing ban applies since 11 March 2009 for all human health effects with the exception of repeated-dose toxicity, reproductive toxicity and toxicokinetics. For these specific health effects the marketing ban applies since 11 March 2013, irrespective of the availability of alternative non-animal tests.
- Full EU ban on animal testing for cosmetics — 11 March 2013, 18:03 CET
11 March 2013 is the last deadline to phase out animal testing for cosmetic products in Europe enters into force. As of today, cosmetics tested on animals cannot be marketed any more in the EU. A Communication adopted by the European Commission today confirms the its commitment to respect the deadline set by Council and Parliament in 2003 and outlines how it intends to further support research and innovation in this area while promoting animal welfare world-wide.