Research*EU Magazine | Number 14 (July/August 2012)

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Series Details Number 14
Publication Date July/August 2012
ISSN 1831-9947
EC ZZ-AC-12-006-EN-C
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Creative and talented: nurturing Europe's next generation of scientists and building and inclusive, innovative society for the future


The special feature in this issue of Research*EU results magazine is entitled ‘Creative and talented: nurturing Europe’s next generation of scientists and building an inclusive, innovative society for the future’. The feature articles cover several projects funded by the European Research Council (ERC) under the ‘Ideas’ programme of FP7, which supports fundamental research by some of Europe’s most outstanding scientists and includes a budget line specifically for younger researchers — the ERC Starting Grant. In particular, in our interview in this issue we talk to Dr Davide Iannuzzi who has been ‘Diving into the world of the very small’ with the help of an ERC Starting Grant.

The regular ‘energy and transport’ section lifts off with the article ‘New motor can cut space exploration costs’. This ‘Micro electro mechanical system’ (MEMS), developed by an FP7-funded project, will help smaller satellites adjust their orbits cost effectively.

The ‘environment and society’ section starts with ‘Innovative pellets to benefit organic farmers’, the story of the development of new fertilisers based on the by-products of bio-gas facilities.

The opening article of the ‘IT and telecommunications’ section is ‘Open access: EU project results go public’. This explains how the OpenAIRE project is making sure that the results from all EU-funded research are made accessible, and not lost to other scientists or the wider public. The ‘industrial technologies’ section starts with ‘Invisibility field cloak a reality’ — the story of Slovak and Spanish electrical engineers’ success in developing a prototype ‘invisibility cloak’ that uses superconductors and ferromagnetic materials to hide objects from the prying eyes of electromagnetic fields.


Digital Economy

  • Feature Stories - Open access: EU project results go public
  • Feature Stories - Europe on the cutting edge: 'Organic', the new electronics revolution
  • Feature Stories - Every cloud has a green lining
  • Feature Stories - SMEs empowered by a pioneering approach to cloud computing
  • More strong, hip women in TV science dramas
  • Advancing quantum computing
  • Investigating quantum entanglement
  • Intelligent monitoring of the heart
  • Getting a better sense of Europe’s traffic
  • Science TV inspires young people

Climate Change and Environment

  • Agricultural innovation linked to plant hormones
  • Welcome to the wonders of science
  • More female applicants for science faculty positions
  • A new reality for Europe's youth, by Europe's youth
  • Young scientists get some air time

Industrial Technologies

  • New technology for flexible printed circuit boards
  • Staying ahead of the waves
  • Toward next generation magnetic data storage devices
  • Small satellites reaching for the stars
  • In support of scientific research in Ireland
  • Enhanced technologies for plastics production
  • Increased applicability of glass coatings
  • Innovation and training in ultrafast quantum dynamics
  • The dream for the vehicle of the future
  • Luminophores — synthetic mini-fireflies
  • Self-organisation on a chip
  • Novel thin film fabrication and evaluation technology
  • Nano-powder ceramics as an alternative to metals
  • Novel superhard protective coatings


  • Nanotechnology for solar energy conversion systems
  • Next generation lithium batteries
  • More efficient use of solar energy


  • Improving detection of drug-resistant tuberculosis
  • Stem cells repair stroke damage
  • Diamond implants are forever
  • Europe awakens to life sciences
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