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EUROPA - Research What's New in Health and life sciences. This RSS feed includes the most recent updates to the European Commission's Research and Innovation web site on Europa in the area of Health and life sciences. The last (or, in some news readers, the first) item of this feed will take you to the Health web site. For more RSS news feeds visit
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ImageAn EU-funded project has created an ERA Chair to improve research management in the Institute of Physical Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences, where a new research group is developing an innovative optical-imaging method for biomedical applications, such as the diagnosis of eye diseases.

The Commission is preparing Horizon Europe, the next and most ambitious EU research and innovation programme (2021-2027) with a proposed budget of €100 billion, in an intensive codesign process. The co-design process ensures that Horizon Europe is directed towards what matters most, improves our daily lives and helps turn big societal challenges into innovation opportunities and solutions for a sustainable future.

By bringing together speakers from the EHFGs ‘four pillars’ and drawing on the Forum’s expert participants from health and other relevant sectors and stakeholder groups, an interactive, outcomes-oriented session will be shaped. DG RTD will showcase the outcomes of the co-design process (focusing on the Health-related impacts), to reach a full range of stakeholders and gather feedback on the projected direction of the Horizon Europe.

Maggie DE BLOCK, Minister of Social Affairs and Public Health, and Asylum and Migration, Belgium, Belgium
Irene NORSTEDT, Director of People Directorate (health and social sciences), Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD), European Commission
Fiona GODFREY, Secretary General, European Public Health Alliance
Martina GLIBER, Director of External Relations, Scientific and Medical Affairs, Institut Mérieux

Moderated by Nick FAHY, Senior Researcher, Medical Sciences Division, University of Oxford

European Center of Sustainable Development in collaboration with Canadian Institute of Technology will organize the 8th ICSD 2020 International Conference on Sustainable Development, with particular focus on Environmental, Economic and Socio-Cultural Sustainability.
The Conference theme : Creating a unified foundation for the Sustainable Development: Research, Practice and Education
The 8th ICSD 2020 will be an excellent opportunity to share your ideas and research findings relevant to the Sustainability Science, through the European network of academics. This interdisciplinary forum is for scholars, teachers, and practitioners from any professional discipline who share an interest in—and concern for— sustainability in an holistic perspective, where environmental, cultural, economic and social concerns intersect. Papers will be published in Open Access EJSD Journal (Thompson Reuters) and Proceedings. This ambition will proceed in a multidisciplinary way across the various fields and perspectives, through which we can address the fundamental and related questions of Sustainable Development. We invite you to submit an abstract in the range of the following streams within the ICSD 2020 program: 1. Economic Sustainability: Financial Sustainability, SME, MicroFinance Emerging Countries, International Trade 2. Environmental Sustainability: Water and Soil conservation, Healthcare, Renewable Energies, Food and Enviromental Legislation 3. Socio-Cultural Sustainability: Sustainable Urbanism, Education, Human Development, Psychology, Sociology We are inviting proposals for paper presentations, posters/exhibits, or virtual presentation. Proposal ideas that extend beyond these thematic areas will also be considered. For more information about the ideas and themes underlying this community send an e-mail at: Virtual participation is available for those who are unable to attend the conference in person.
9- 10 September 2020, Roma Italy
ImageEU-funded researchers have developed a framework for understanding how we record memories by creating a model that simulates the behaviour of single neurons across different timescales. The research could help build on our understanding of how human memory works and lead to developments in the burgeoning field of artificial neural networks, as well as areas as far-reaching as genetics and ecology.
ImageTreatment options for the immune system disorder Graves' disease have remained unchanged for over 70 years, and all bring serious side effects. An innovative EU-funded project is helping scientists and doctors move closer to finding a safer, more effective alternative.
Czech Liaison Office for Research, Development and Innovation (CZELO) and its partners are pleased to announce that the fifteenth Science Café, an unconventional open discussion with scientist, will take place on 3 October 2019 in the Pilsen House in Brussels.
Our guest will be Luděk Hynčík, the Vice-Rector for Research and Development and vice director of the New Technologies – Research Centre at the University of West Bohemia. He is also vice president of the International Federation of Automotive Engineering Societies (FISITA) and Visiting Professor at the Tianjin University of Science & Technology, China. His research interests include human body modelling, biomechanics and mechanics of discrete systems. He focuses on virtual human body models used for injury analysis related to vehicles impact. The debate will be followed by a glass of wine.

More information here and registration here . Science Café is jointly organized by the CZELO, Czech Centre Brussels, Representation of the South Moravian Region to the EU, Representation of the Pilsen region in Brussels, Delegation of Prague to the EU and Embassy of the Czech Republic to the Kingdom of Belgium.
ImageOur brains are larger than those of most other species, and hefty even in relation to our body mass. Is this the result of an 'arms race' triggered by social drivers such as competition? Probably not, according to EU-funded research that points primarily to environmental challenges and provided fresh food for thought on human evolution.
ImageAn EU-funded project investigated how pathogenic viruses, including influenza A, take control of the protein synthesis machinery in human cells. This has provided valuable new knowledge, which paves the way for new flu treatments.
ImageEU-funded researchers have helped generate the most accurate map to date of dark matter, the mysterious substance that makes up 80 % of the universe. The innovative big-data technologies they used will have a significant impact on fields as diverse as astrophysics and biomedical imaging.

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