Bolstering Europe’s democracies from the grassroots

From neighbourhood panels to EU-wide exchanges, European researchers are devising new ways to involve people in decision-making in a bid to counter political polarisation. By  Sofia Sanchez Manzanaro In April 2024, the trial of nine people accused of plotting the violent overthrow of the German government began in Stuttgart. The case suggests what can happen … Read more

In Europe’s race for green success, research impact is vital

More clean technologies must reach the market for the EU to meet its climate-neutrality goal, according to Austria’s Henriette Spyra. By  Anthony King As France prepares to host the 2024 Summer Olympics, a top Austrian climate official thinks the games can serve as guide of sorts for viewing Europe’s green ambitions. Henriette Spyra, director general … Read more

Medicines momentum: Europe sets stage for improved clinical trials

EU researchers are accelerating the development of new treatments for children and other vulnerable groups. By  Horizon Staff In the 1980s, during the height of the AIDS epidemic, Professor Carlo Giaquinto was starting out as a paediatrician in Italy and noticed that the hunt for treatments overlooked an important segment of the population: children. While … Read more

Europe tackles tricky toxins with new technologies

Researchers are testing ways to remove “forever chemicals” from the environment and replace them in some commercial goods. By  Tereza Pultarova An underground reservoir in Denmark is the location of a unique experiment: to test a technology for helping rid the environment of a widespread toxic pollution. The aquifer, near the town of Korsør, contains … Read more

Breakthrough or boast? The quest for comparable research results

More international attention is being paid to the importance of common standards for performing scientific experiments and measuring their results – a field called metrology. By  Tom Cassauwers In late 2019, physicist Dr Lorenzo Pattelli was part of an Italian-Chinese scientific team working on a cooling technology that is fast gaining attention as the Earth … Read more

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