Pan European Networks - Horizon 2020 - page 5

SPECIAL FEATURE: AN INVESTMENT PLAN FOR EUROPE?
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CONTENTS
FOREWORD
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Horizon2020projects.com
delivers the latest developments on the EU’s research and innovation funding programme
NEWSDESK
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Horizon 2020 Projects editor Jason Edwards
introduces the sixth edition of Portal, which
assesses the impact of the new Juncker
Investment Plan on European R&D
INTRODUCTION
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A GRAND PLAN
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In November 2014, EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker announced his Investment Plan for Europe; Portal carries his address to MEPs
STRATEGIC INVESTMENT
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With comments from the European Investment Bank’s Richard Willis, Portal explores the impact of the Juncker Investment Plan on the EU bank
LATVIA’S CORNERSTONE
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Latvia has designated the Investment Plan for Europe as a cornerstone of its Presidency of the Council of the European Union. In an
exclusive interview with Portal, the country’s Minister for Finance, Jaˉ nis Reirs, provides an insight into the so-called ‘Juncker Plan’,
its benefits for both Latvia and EU member states, and how it will complement Horizon 2020
BATTLE FOR FUNDING
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Portal carries the thoughts of leading research organisations regarding the proposed cuts to Horizon 2020 by the European Commission
Opening Portal, ITEA chairman Rudolf
Haggenmüller reflects on 30 years of
achievements and calls on Europe to invest and
realise global and digital R&I
H O R I Z O N 2 0 2 0 P R O J E C T S : P O R TA L
I S S U E S I X
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MEETING THE CHALLENGE
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Professor Miguel Seabra, the president of Science Europe, details a range of reforms required for Europe’s research and innovation
environment. Providing his thoughts on the European Fund for Strategic Investments, the European Research Area and the EU’s Open
Science consultation, Seabra also outlines the radical R&I transformation seen in Portugal
PROFILE:
The Institute of Solid State Physics explains how a H2020 Teaming project is a key tool for boosting technology transfer power
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POLAND TRIUMPHS
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Portal highlights Poland’s success in Horizon 2020 so far, with comments from Science Minister Professor Dr Lena Kolarska-Bobin
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THE UNLIKELY NEIGHBOURS
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Professor Dr Mathias Wickleder of Oldenburg University, Germany, details the unusual reactivity of the noble metals platinum and palladium
OPTOMETRY
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IMAGING THE EYE
ECOO’s Martin O’Brien and Nick Rumney, of the UK’s General Optical Council, detail the benefits of using optical coherence tomography
DO YOU UNDERSTAND ME?
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The University of Groningen’s Professor Dr Marleen Janssen examines successful communication methods for people suffering with deafblindness
MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE
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The CABMM’s research group illustrates its pioneering investigations into treating trachoma, a devastating infectious blindness disease
NEURODEGENERATION
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TWO MORE HEALTHY YEARS
Attending the first JA-CHRODIS General Assembly meeting, Portal hears from the European Commission on the latest developments of the EIP-AHA
AGE OF ALZHEIMER’S
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Dr Lorena Perrone provides details of her insightful study into the link between advanced glycation end products and Alzheimer’s
PROFILE:
The Faculty of Pharmacy at Jagiellonian University Medical College explains why dementia is more than just forgetfulness
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DEMENTIA – LIVING TOGETHER
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Paul Bomke, of German mental health service provider Pfalzklinikum, details the development of a local, community-based dementia forum
A NOVEL AUTOPHAGY PROTEIN
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Professor Dr Christian Behl, of Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz in Germany, sets out to Portal the role of the RAB3GAP protein in
autophagy and age-related diseases. He details the investigation into young and old nerve cells, experiments using nematodes, and how
the research will help tackle neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s
EXCELLENT SCIENCE
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