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
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
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
p.23: R&D managers invited to briefing on Integrated
Brussels, Belgium, 3 July 2003
A one-day briefing on the management of Integrated Projects will
take place on 3 July in Brussels.
Focus n.221 (19 May 2003)
Of particular interest:
p.1: Commission publishes action plan for achieving 3%
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
p.22: ESA satellites help WWF to identify potential ‘urban
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
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,
from 6 to 8 October in Mol, Belgium.
p.27: International research management conference, Faro,
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
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.
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
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.