A new €250 million EU loan guarantee agreement for innovative small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) was signed today between the European Investment Fund and Banques Populaires-Caisses d’Épargne (BPCE Group) in France.
In sub-Saharan Africa, 70 per cent of the energy intake of the local diet is based on everyday foods such as cassava, maize, millet, or sorghum, but those staple foods do not provide sufficient nutrition. One of the consequences is high levels of malnutrition, particularly among children, which affects not only their health but also their cognitive development.
After months of discussions an informal agreement was reached yesterday on the EU’s next seven year funding programme for science and research. The so-called Horizon 2020 package will have a budget of €70.2bn for projects over the next seven years.
European scientists have made a major breakthrough in the treatment of inherited retinal diseases. Many disorders which cause blindness are due to mutations in genes that are expressed in the photoreceptor cells of the retina which process light.
An international research team led by Swedish scientists has used a new method to investigate obesity and overweight as a cause of cardiovascular disease.
Flash floods are very localised weather events. They are mostly triggered by heavy rainfall. Typically, over a period of less than 12 hours. They occur very infrequently at any one place. But when they do, it is often with a heavy loss of life and substantial damage. Marco Borga, a hydrology researcher at the University of Padua in Italy, was the coordinator of the HYDRATE research project.
The University of Oviedo co-directs a European project on theoretical particle physics that unites 17 countries.
For me, what I would say is that we really need to encourage entrepreneurship. We have, in Europe, people with really good ideas. But the problem for me, is also to have people able to bring these ideas to the market, to tranform these bright ideas in good research and also in products, services, processes, that consumers are expecting, in the market.