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Latest news about research and innovation policy in the European Union.

Gender gap could hold back expected R&D surge: report
Complacency over gender diversity could be an important factor in holding back an expected global surge in research and development activity, according to new research published on Wednesday.

Executive Human Resources Officer / Chief Talent Development Officer, European Patent Office
The European Patent Office has a vacancy for an Executive Human Resources Officer / Chief Talent Development Officer.

US chipmaker ordered by EU to stop 'anticompetitive practices'
Broadcom, the world's leading supplier of chipsets used for TV set-top boxes and modems, must stop applying exclusivity provisions in agreements with its top customers, the Commission ordered Wednesday.

EU sets its sights on huge potential of blockchain
Blockchain, the technology behind bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, has the potential to transform the way we exchange a much wider range of assets, according to a new report from the EU's research centre.

Blockchain now and tomorrow: Assessing multidimensional impacts of distributed ledger technologies
Blockchain can enable parties with no particular trust in each other to exchange digital data on a peer-to-peer basis with fewer or no third parties or intermediaries. Data could correspond, for instance, to money, insurance policies, contracts, land titles, medical and educational records, birth and marriage certificates, buying and selling goods and services, or any transaction or asset that can be translated into a digital form. The potential of blockchain to engender wide-ranging changes in the economy, industry and society – both now and tomorrow – is currently being explored across sectors and by a variety of organisations. This report provides multidimensional insights into the state of blockchain technology by identifying ongoing and upcoming transformations in a range of sectors and setting out an anticipatory approach for further exploration. Moving beyond the hype and debunking some of its controversies, we aim to offer both an in-depth and practical understanding of blockchain and its possible applications.

Nantes named European Capital of Innovation 2019
The city of Nantes in north-west France has been named the European Capital of Innovation 2019, the EU Commission announced Wednesday at the European Research and Innovation Days.

Europe's satnav system reaches 1 billion smartphones
Galileo, Europe's satellite navigation system, reached 1 billion smartphone users worldwide Tuesday, as the European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency reached its 15th anniversary.

EU auditors review innovation support for SMEs
The European Court of Auditors is conducting an audit of EU's innovation support scheme for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), including start-ups, it announced Thursday.

EU sets out guidelines for ethical articial intelligence
Based on work of a group of independent experts, the EU Commission launched Monday a pilot phase to ensure that ethical guidelines for Artificial Intelligence (AI) development and use can be implemented in practice.

AI ethic guidance a first step but needs to be transformed into tangible rights for people
On Monday, 8 April, the European Commission's High Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence (HLEG) will publish its "Ethics Guidelines for Trustworthy AI". AccessNow, ANEC and BEUC, all members of the expert group, support these guidelines but stress that they can only be a first step. The European Union has the responsibility to ensure that fundamental and consumer rights are respected and bring benefits to people.

Innovation Fund Delegated Regulation
The Commission announced on 26 February an investment programme worth over €10 billion for low-carbon technologies in several sectors to boost their global competitiveness.

World Rare Diseases Day
Europe invested over EUR 1.4 billion in more than 200 collaborative research and innovation projects through the framework programmes related to rare diseases. 28 February is World Rare Diseases Day.

High-Performance Computing
High performance computing (HPC), also known as supercomputing, involves thousands of processors working in parallel to analyse billions of pieces of data in real time, performing calculations thousands of times faster than a normal computer. In the digital era, it is at the core of major advances and innovation and a strategic resource for Europe's future.

EU issues first call for supercomputers sites
The European High Performance Computing Joint Undertaking launched its first calls for expressions of interest Monday to select the sites that will host its first supercomputers by the end of 2020.

European AI platform launches with EUR 20m EU funding
The EU's AI4EU artificial intelligence project officially launched Thursday with a view to mobilising Europe's AI community to build the first European on-demand Artificial Intelligence (AI) platform.

Coordinated plan for Artificial Intelligence 'made in Europe'
In the coordinated plan on Artificial Intelligence (AI) presented on 7 December, EU Member States and the Commission defined a series of joint actions to increase investment, make more data available, foster talent, and ensure trust in AI.

EUR 20 bn boost for artificial intelligence in Europe
The EU Commission presented a coordinated plan Friday, prepared with the EU Member States, to foster the development and use of artificial intelligence (AI) in Europe with EUR 20 billion investment.

European Open Science Cloud (EOSC)
The EOSC will offer 1.7 million European researchers and 70 million professionals in science, technology, the humanities and social sciences a virtual environment with open and seamless services for storage, management, analysis and re-use of research data, across borders and scientific disciplines by federating existing scientific data infrastructures, currently dispersed across disciplines and the EU Member States.

European Capital of Innovation (iCapital) Award
The European Capital of Innovation (iCapital) Award recognises and advances innovation in European cities. How to apply, news about the contest and full details of previous years' results.

Athens is Europe's most innovative city in 2018
The city of Athens has won this year's European Capital of Innovation Awards, funded by the EU's research and innovation programme Horizon 2020, the EU Commission announced on Tuesday.

Patents and self-driving vehicles
This study provides a comprehensive picture of current trends and emerging leaders in self-driving vehicle technologies. Drawing on the EPO's most recent patent information, including as yet unpublished patent applications, and incorporating advanced technology expertise in the field, it is a unique source of intelligence which will enable policy-makers and industry leaders to understand and anticipate the significant changes that are on the way.

Patent applications for self-driving vehicles surge in Europe: study
Innovation in self-driving vehicles (SDVs) is accelerating fast and could signal the coming of a transport revolution, according to a new study published Tuesday by the European Patent Office (EPO).

SME funding allocated to innovators across Europe
246 smaller businesses (SMEs) from 24 countries were selected Monday for financial support from the EU's SME Instrument - a funding mechanism under the EU's Horizon 2020 research programme.

Commission and Bill Gates launch EUR 100m clean energy investment fund
The EU and Breakthrough Energy signed an agreement Wednesday to set up an investment fund to help innovative European companies develop and bring new clean energy technologies to the market.

Hearing patent on beer
At a public hearing in Munich on 2 October, the European Patent Office (EPO) reduced the scope of patent EP 2384110 granted to Carlsberg and Heineken to plants showing a specific mutation.