Pan European Networks
the first Pan European Networks publication of 2017,
this edition of
Horizon 2020 Projects: Portal
is also the
final one in its current form, and will henceforth be
combined with its sister title
Pan European Networks: Science &
to provide a single comprehensive overview of the RDI
sphere. This, I feel, is an important development for PEN; as we look to
the future, we are launching two new titles: one focusing on smart cities
and another on health. These will complement our other journals (
European Networks: Government
Defence Management Review)
to enable us to cover the entire scope of scientific, technological, and
policy-related developments throughout Europe and the wider world.
Whilst looking forwards is, of course, fundamental, in many instances
the successes of the future draw on those of the past, and 2016 proved
to be an incredibly successful year for science and technology, with
numerous discoveries and achievements of merit. To name but a few:
in January, scientists reported that, about 800 million years ago, a minor
genetic change in a single molecule, called GK-PID, may have allowed
organisms to go from a single cell organism to one of many cells, while
February saw scientists in the UK receive the green light from regulators
to genetically modify human embryos by using CRISPR-Cas9 and
In March, the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter was launched from Baikonur
in Kazakhstan (arriving at the Red Planet in October with the unfortunate
accompanying Schiaparelli entry, descent and landing demonstrator
module crashing on the surface of Mars after its parachute was jettisoned
too early and its rockets fired for too short a time), and in July, a new
family of tetraquark particles – named X(4140), X(4274), X(4500), and
X(4700) – were announced by researchers at the Large Hadron Collider
(LHC) at CERN.
Sadly, not all of the research results produced in 2016 point to a
successful future. This is particularly true of climate-related research,
with a study published in the
in March arguing that climate
change could kill more than 500,000 people a year globally by 2050 by
making their diets less healthy, and yet more research published in the
same month positing that sea level increases by 2100 could be twice
as high as the IPCC’s most recent estimates.
There is, however, some positive news: according to a report by the
Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21),
worldwide renewable energy grew at its fastest ever rate in 2015; should
this continue there may be hope that some of the effects of climate
change can be mitigated.
As ever, it is with these successes and challenges in mind that I welcome
you to this edition of
which is introduced by the COST Association’s
director, Ronald de Bruin, who highlights the importance of openness
across both borders and disciplines, and explains how COST nurtures a
landscape ripe for scientific success.
The excellent science section includes sub-sections on a diverse range
of subjects, from gender equality to quantum technologies, as well as
space – which includes fusion energy and an interview with the president
of the European Astronomical Association, Professor Thierry Courvoisier.
The smart futures section includes special features on transport, which
consists of coverage of the ‘Intelligent Transport Systems: a Tool or a Toy?’
event I attended in Žilina, Slovakia, and smart cities, including coverage
of the European Utility Week event I attended in Barcelona, Spain.
The health section includes focuses on neuroscience, the life sciences,
public health, and oncology. There is also a special feature on infectious
diseases, offering an interview with the ECDC’s Massimo Ciotti, with
whom I spoke at the 9th European Public Health Conference ‘All for
Health, Health for All’ in Vienna, Austria.
A section on the environment includes areas such as maritime affairs
and fisheries, agriculture, the sustainable environment, and climate
change. This is completed with an article on the recent COP22 summit
held in Marrakech, Morocco.
As ever, I hope you find these pages as interesting and informative a
read as I have found in their creation and, of course, I welcome any
comments you may have.
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