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23/01/2017

Innovate UK boss: ‘Innovation is always a conversation’

Topic: Innovation


Pre-Davos report calls for reforming capitalism to survive global backlash

The World Economic Forum study warns that democracy is in “deeper crisis” and urges for more inclusive growth amid the growing inequalities fuelled by technological disruption.

MEPs want 'free cash' to address job-killer robots threat

EU legislators today (12 January) called for a universal basic income to combat the looming risk of job loss by the onward march of robots, as well as concerns about European welfare systems.
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Health & Consumers 23-12-2016

Personalised medicine – the future of CVD treatment?

SPECIAL REPORT / Doctors are already able to calculate patients’ risk of getting cardiovascular disease based on their electronic medical records, including age, gender and smoking habits. Adding genetic assessments to the mix will make their job easier.
Transport 22-12-2016

Aviation exec: Research in electric aircraft ‘developing very rapidly’

Industry interest in electric propulsion for aircraft is growing fast but the first hybrid-electric jetliner is “at least a decade away”, according to one aviation R&D executive.
Digital 13-12-2016

Companies face new data access rules under controversial Commission plans

Car manufacturers and other firms that increasingly rely on consumer data to make money could be subject to new EU rules that would force them to share that data with other firms, according to a leaked draft of the plans obtained by EurActiv.com.
Development Policy 08-12-2016

Jobs and skills to cement democracy in post-Arab Spring Tunisia

Opportunity is the bedrock of a stable democracy. EU support for innovation and education in Tunisia will benefit the whole of North Africa, as well as the EU itself, write Imed Hammami and Pier Antonio Panzeri.
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Digital 08-12-2016

Technology opening new doors for people with disabilities

SPECIAL REPORT / With almost 15% of the world’s population living with a disability, building a more inclusive society is a key priority.
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Health & Consumers 07-12-2016

Why innovation should be accessible for all

SPECIAL REPORT / Accessibility in technology should not be an afterthought, it should be celebrated, as a motor for innovation, writes Adina Braha-Honciuc.

Not out yet, Britain backs EU patent court

Britain pleased and surprised some of its European Union partners on Monday by pledging to ratify a new, unified patent system for the bloc even though London is about to leave the EU.
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GE Garages Brussels 2016

Digitisation and technology are changing the way we build.
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Digital 24-11-2016

The digital train won’t wait

While yet another redistribution of European Commission portfolios is subject to speculation  – in particular Digital Economy and Society – we should remember that the digital train won’t wait, warns Arnaud Thysen.
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Digital 22-11-2016

2016 Mobile Innovation Event

Europe's mobile economy is a hotbed for innovation
Global Europe 14-11-2016

How should Europe respond to calls for deglobalisation?

The last wave “hyperglobalisation” concluded with the onset of the financial crisis. It is important to take stock of the fruits of globalisation and decide whether Europe should welcome or alternately promote a new policy, writes Karl Aiginger.

Moedas: 'Countries that increased spending in R+D better weathered the crisis'

Innovation was a top priority for the world's most powerful nations at the G20 meeting last September, in Hangzhou. However, Europe still has some “negative trends” to address, says Commissioner Carlos Moedas.

New fund for innovation in Europe will encourage more investment

European venture capital received a boost today (8 November) with the announcement of €1.6 billion in venture capital funds. It will provide much-needed additional funding for Europe’s start-ups and early-stage companies, writes Michael Collins.

Lisbon dreams of 'Europe's Silicon Valley' tag

Lisbon is betting that hosting the Web Summit, Europe's largest tech event, will spur the growth of startups and draw foreign investors, helping it compete with the continent's main innovation hubs.

Knowledge is capital for Europe’s future

Europe’s strength is its skilled workforce and professional expertise. To ensure its future as a major economy, Europe needs to combine entrepreneurship with an increased focus on knowledge capital, write Nima Sanandaji and Per Strömbäck.
UK & Europe 26-10-2016

Robert Madelin: ‘We have to assume the hardest possible Brexit’

The EU treaty mentions a two-year deadline for a member state to conclude negotiations to leave the European Union. But it also foresees possible extensions, opening the way for a follow-on process, says Robert Madelin, who just left the EU executive.
Agriculture & Food 19-10-2016

Central Europe discovers the potential of bioeconomy

Today, bioeconomy is a necessity, said Slovak Minister of Agriculture Gabriela Matečná. Central and Eastern Europe is still lagging behind in its uptake, but the key to the transition may be in the regions. EurActiv Slovakia reports.

MEP: 'My main concern is that humans are not dominated by robots'

Mady Delvaux, a Socialist MEP from Luxembourg, has been tasked with drafting the first regulatory proposal worldwide to address the rise of advanced robotics and artificial intelligence.

‘Robots are leaving the cage’, dazzling EU lawyers and regulators

How should autonomous and self-learning robots be considered from a legal viewpoint? Under plans currently under discussion, they can be regarded as pets or even as “robot persons” in their own right, EurActiv.com has learned.
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'Factories of the Future' Conference 2016 explores the future of manufacturing

On 15 and 16 September, leading industry and research experts from across Europe gathered to explore the future of European manufacturing and the achievements of the EU’s ‘Factories of the Future’ partnership.ng and the achievements of the EU’s ‘Factories of the Future’ partnership.

Spain improves its competitiveness despite political deadlock

Despite having an acting government for nearly a year, Spain is the only Southern Europan member state to have increased its competitiveness compared to 2015, the World Economic Forum said on Wednesday (27 September).

Innovate UK boss: ‘Innovation is always a conversation’

Governments can play a role in innovation by formulating problems and linking people up so that innovators can come up with solutions, says Richard Miller.