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FOREWORD

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Horizon2020projects.com

delivers the latest developments on the EU’s new research and innovation funding programme

NEWSDESK

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Senior editor Clifford Holt introduces the final

edition of

Portal

in its current form, which

focuses on areas such as smart cities and

transport systems, space, materials, infectious

diseases, the life sciences, and maritime

affairs, amongst others

INTRODUCTION

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As the research landscape in Europe continues

to shift, Ronald de Bruin, director of the COST

Association, highlights the importance of

openness across both borders and disciplines, and

explains how COST nurtures a landscape ripe for

scientific success

www.horizon2020projects.com

H O R I Z O N 2 0 2 0 P R O J E C T S : P O R T A L

I S S U E 1 3

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HORIZON 2020 CALLS

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CALL TRACKER

Portal

highlights a selection of Horizon 2020 Calls for Proposals with deadlines in the coming months

PROFILE:

CEO of Octopux Consulting Daniela Gomes reveals the key to success in Horizon 2020 applications

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SPECIAL FEATURE: SPACE

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ASTRONOMICAL FUTURES

President of the European Astronomical Society (EAS) Professor Thierry Courvoisier spoke to

Portal

about the current state of astronomy

in Europe, as well as other issues such as the funding of long-term missions and the need for a pan-European collaborative platform for

astronomers, if Europe is to compete at the global level

PROFILE:

The Computational Astrophysics Group at the University of Zurich details the next decade of challenges in astrophysics

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SEEING FURTHER

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KM3NeT spokesperson Maarten de Jong provides an insight into the next-generation cubic kilometre neutrino telescope

SPACE 4.0

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Portal

reports on the recent ESA allocation of €10.3bn based on the vision of a ‘United Space in Europe’ in the era of ‘Space 4.0’

RETHINKING CREDIBILITY

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Alexander Reissner, general chair of the International Electric Propulsion Conference 2019 and CEO of AMR Propulsion Innovations,

discusses the trade-off between different kinds of propulsion systems and makes the case for a new understanding of the

reliability and credibility of a technology, particularly when it comes to micro- and nano-satellites

PROFILE:

AMR Propulsion Innovations looks to the future of the space industry as it prepares to mass-produce electric propulsion systems

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FUSION ENERGY

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WHERE THE UK LEADS THE WORLD

Culham Centre for Fusion Energy’s Chris Warrick explains why the UK leads the world in fusion energy

PROFILE:

The FinnFusion consortium showcases its centres of excellence and explains the transfer of skills to industry

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QUANTUM RESEARCH

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FUTURE QT SUPPORT

Portal

outlines how research into quantum technologies is being supported

PROFILE:

Qubiz, a Copenhagen-based quantum innovation centre, explains how Denmark is taking the lead in quantum technologies

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MATERIALS & CHEMISTRY

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REVOLUTIONARY INNOVATION

The Slovak Academy of Sciences’ Dr František Simancˇík used REinEU 2016 to discuss the application of aluminium foam

PROFILE:

The Sustainable Process Engineering Group of the University of the Basque Country develops sustainable oil-alternative processes

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CHARACTERISING FOR NANOSAFETY

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The University of Birmingham’s Professor Iseult Lynch discusses intrinsic

versus

extrinsic nanomaterial properties

PROFILE:

Kuipers-Lab in Delft explores the ultimate frontiers of nanoscale light control through the ultrafast manipulation of optical singularities

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NANOTECH TRENDS

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Pascal Boulanger, CEO and founder of NAWA Technologies, presented at REinEU 2016 on nanotechnologies, particularly CNTs

PROFILE:

Professor Dr Tanja Gaich of the University of Konstanz, Germany, details the pursuit of new strategies in drug development

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PROFILE:

A research group led by Dr Violeta Sicilia presents applications for photoluminescent compounds in SSL and chemosensing

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GENDER EQUALITY

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WHAT TAXONOMY?

At the November 2016 Gender Summit in Brussels, which

Portal

attended as media partner, a workshop on gender taxonomy took place

EXCELLENT SCIENCE

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