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Cordis Focus n.222 (2 June 2003)
Of particular interest :
p.3: Agreement reached on Galileo
The members of the European Space Agency (ESA) have reached an agreement on the funding contributions to Galileo, Europe’s satellite navigation system, clearing the way for the official launch of the project.
p.9: EU project discovers that saltwater pumps pollutants into freshwater
An EU project has discovered that pollutants from seawater are being pumped into coastal soil, causing contamination of freshwater.
p.10: Project Web portal provides gateway to renewable resources and materials sector
Six European partners have teamed up to create a new innovative Web portal, INFORRM , highlighting best practices in European renewable resources and materials (RRMs).
p.15: Norwegian forum looks at the role of research in promoting sustainable energies
p.18: EU and South Korea discuss scientific co-operation agreement
European Research Commissioner, Philippe Busquin, and South Korean Minister for science and technology, Ho Koon Park, met in Brussels on 16 May to discuss enhancing bilateral scientific collaboration between the two regions.
p.20: Italy risks being left out of European research, warns CNR president
If the political class continues to remain indifferent and hostile to the scientific community, Italy runs the risk of being left out of European research, Lucio Bianco, president of Italy’s national research council (CNR) has written in an open letter of resignation.
p.23: R&D managers invited to briefing on Integrated Projects
Brussels, Belgium, 3 July 2003
A one-day briefing on the management of Integrated Projects will take place on 3 July in Brussels.

Cordis Focus n.221 (19 May 2003)
Of particular interest:
p.1: Commission publishes action plan for achieving 3% objective
EU Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin presented on 29 April a new action plan containing a number of measures aimed at helping the EU to meet the 3% target by 2010.
p.12: Italy in need of more R&D investment to achieve 3% target, claims study
Italy may face difficulties in reaching the Barcelona target of spending 3% of GDP on research and development (R&D) by 2010, claims Giorgio Sirilli, research director at the institute for studies on scientific research and documentation at Italy’s national research council (CNR-ISRDS).
p.21: US, Italian and UK researchers commercialise biological methods for cleaning up polluted soil and water
Three universities in the US, Italy and UK have recently commercialised their research into biological methods for cleaning up polluted soil and water.
p.22: Galileo negotiations deadlocked
Negotiations surrounding Member State contributions to the proposed European satellite navigation system, Galileo, are still deadlocked, a spokesperson for the European Space Agency (ESA) has told CORDIS News.
p.22: ESA satellites help WWF to identify potential ‘urban hotspots’
The European Space Agency (ESA) has teamed up with environmental organisation WWF Italia and technology company Advanced Computer Systems (ACS) to use satellite imagery to fight the over development of Italy’s costal areas.
p.24: Experts meet to discuss joint EU action on environmental technologies
Vienna, Austria, 26-27 May 2003
A conference entitled ‘joint EU action on environmental technologies’ will take place on 26 and 27 May in Vienna, Austria.
from 6 to 8 October in Mol, Belgium.
p.27: International research management conference, Faro, Portugal
Faro, Portugal, 12-14 June 2003
EARMA, the European association of research managers and administrators, together with the University of Algarve, are organising an international research management conference from 12 to 14 June in Faro, Portugal.
p.28: New thematic service on ‘global change and ecosystems’ launched on CORDIS
CORDIS, the European Commission’s research and development information service, is providing a dedicated service on research, policy-oriented activities and specific support actions on environmental issues.

Cordis Focus n.217 (24 March 2003)
Of particular interest:
p.10: Commission funds initiative to improve sustainability of southern African rangelands. An international team of researchers is working with rangeland communities in southern Africa in a bid to identify approaches to natural resource management, alternative livelihood strategies and policy making that will improve welfare levels.
p.11: EU radar imaging system to monitor volcanic activity at Mount Stromboli.
p.14: INTAS publishes calls for proposals. The international association for the promotion of co-operation with scientists from the New Independent States (NIS) of the former Soviet Union (INTAS) has launched a series of calls, making available X 25.2 million for international scientific research, deadline 13 June 2003.
p.17: EU and US strengthen scientific co-operation on energy and climate change.

Cordis Focus n.216 (10 March 2003)
Of particular interest:
p.1: Agreement reached on Community patent: the EU Competitiveness Council reached agreement on the creation of a Community patent on 3 March, following a compromise from the Greek Presidency.
p.12: Europe at the forefront of arctic polar research: Europe is providing insights into climate history and is at the cutting edge of polar research. This was the consensus as the European Commission showcased EU polar projects on 28 February in Bremerhaven, Germany.
p.15: Call for proposals: ASEAN-EU University Network Programme (AUNP), deadline 19 June 2003.

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Commission acts to improve monitoring of greenhouse gas emissions (EU Press release, 5 Feb. 2003)
Commission launches debate on how to turn European universities into a "world-class reference" (EU Press release, 5 Feb. 2003)

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