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FOREWORD

03

Horizon2020projects.com

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

NEWSDESK

09

Editor Kathryn Washburn introduces the latest

edition of Horizon 2020 Projects: Portal which,

amongst other topics, focuses on neurological

disorders, issues of sex and gender, graphene

commercialisation, and the European coast

INTRODUCTION

04

Professor Alain Beretz, chair of the League of

European Research Universities, whilst discussing

Horizon 2020 so far and how it might be improved,

calls upon EU policy makers to have more courage

in safeguarding European research and innovation

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 TA L

I S S U E N I N E

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BRINGING THE HORIZON FORWARD

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As efforts under Horizon 2020 continue, Portal outlines the core agendas pushed by Brussels over the autumn period

PROFILE:

Sofia University St Kliment Ohridski writes about its history and its strong influence on economy, politics and culture

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ASSESSING HORIZON 2020

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Michael Browne explains how universities can achieve Horizon 2020 success and examines the framework programme two years in

PROFILE:

The University of Évora writes about how education, knowledge and innovation create a bridge from the past to the future

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LIGHTING THE WAY

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Members of the Intelligent Lighting Institute discuss (intelligent) lighting and its applications in health and wellbeing

INNOVATION IN RENOVATION

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Cenergia’s Peder Vejsig Pedersen outlines the Nordic Built ‘Active Roofs and Facades’ project

SPECIAL FEATURE: SEX & GENDER

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A GENDER AGENDA

Portal hears from several influential women, including speakers at Gender Summit 7 Europe, about issues surrounding gender in science

WOMEN IN STEM

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Professor Dr Rolf Tarrach, president of the EUA, explains the benefits of incorporating sex and gender analysis in science and research

PROFILE:

The Medical University Hospital of Innsbruck discusses the area of ‘gender medicine’ and its applications

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AT A CROSSROADS

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At GS7 Europe, German State Secretary Cornelia Quennet-Thielen outlined the six steps toward gender equality

DEFINING SEX

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Portal takes a look at efforts coming forward to improve understanding and care around differences in sexual development

PROFILE:

Anna Biason-Lauber of the University of Fribourg discusses human sex development and its defects

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NEW BOUNDARIES

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Sofia Aboim, co-ordinator of the EU-funded project TRANSRIGHTS, reflects on the voices and diversity of trans-people as a framework for

contemporary debates about rights within and beyond Europe, and explores the possibilities for different conceptualisations of gender,

sexuality and citizenship

EVOLUTION

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THE EXPLOSION OF LIFE

Regarding the evolution of life, Portal looks back to Charles Darwin before focusing on the Cambrian explosion

PROFILE:

In northernmost Norway, details of early metazoans and their life are emerging, as UiT’s Dr Anette Högström explains

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SCIENCE & INNOVATION

14

TINY PARTICLES, BIG PRIZE

12

Professor Emeritus Arthur B McDonald, Queen’s University (Ontario, Canada), shares the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics

EXCELLENT SCIENCE

12

INDUSTRIAL LEADERSHIP

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INNOVATION AT THE FOREFRONT

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Portal details how Horizon 2020 is coming together with other EU tools to foster an innovative European economy

PROFILE:

Polyanswer S.A. writes about its ambitions, technology, strategies and products in impact protection technology

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