48 interview(s) found.
[Date: 2009-02-19 ]
Nanotechnology has the potential to improve the foods we eat, making them tastier, healthier and more nutritious. Yet little is known about how nanoparticles behave in the body, or what kind of toxic effects they could have. Hermann Stamm works on this issue for the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC); he gave a presentation on the topic of nanofoods at the American Association for the Advancement ... read more
[Date: 2009-02-18 ]
Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) is increasingly being used by parents who want to avoid passing on genetic diseases to their children. The European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) organised a workshop on this often controversial topic at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Chicago, US.
The JRC's Dolores Ibarreta, who has been monitoring trends ... read more
[Date: 2009-02-17 ]
Most of us don't realise it, but the soil beneath our feet is a veritable treasure trove of life; just one teaspoon of soil can harbour millions of organisms. What's more, soil provides us with a range of vital services, including climate regulation and flood prevention. Yet even as scientists get to grips with the incredible diversity and functions of soil life, threats like erosion, pollution and urbanisation ... read more
[Date: 2009-02-16 ]
'Nuclear will come back, and will play its role in the energy mix of the key industrial countries,' stated Roland Schenkel, Director-General of the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC). Dr Schenkel was talking to CORDIS News ahead of a session on nuclear energy organised by the JRC at the Annual Meeting of the AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) in Chicago, US.
The JRC ... read more
[Date: 2008-11-03 ]
The EU and China are looking to strengthen their links in the area of agricultural research, according to representatives from the 'Biotechnologies, agriculture and food' Directorate of the European Commission's Directorate-General for Research (DG Research) and the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS).
Chinese partners have long been involved in EU-funded agricultural research projects; 25 ... read more
[Date: 2008-04-09 ]
The EU and India are set to deepen their biotechnology research ties, particularly in the fields of food and health. A delegation from the EU recently visited India to discuss cooperation over issues such as the links between health and nutrition and how these can be exploited to help prevent chronic diseases.
'We went there with a group of leading EU scientists and we wanted to try to establish contacts ... read more
[Date: 2008-03-17 ]
'Australia offers some very unusual, perhaps unique characteristics,' said Australia's new Science Minister, Kim Carr, when asked why his country should host the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) telescope. The Minister was talking to CORDIS News during a trip to Europe to discuss the SKA, as well as the new Australian government's wider science and innovation policies with his European counterparts.
Australia ... read more
[Date: 2008-03-07 ]
On 1 January, Marja Makarow took over as Chief Executive of the European Science Foundation (ESF), the first woman to lead the organisation since its foundation over 30 years ago. She is well suited to the position; over the past decade, she has built up a strong reputation in the science policy field, both in her native Finland and elsewhere.
On a trip to Brussels, Professor Makarow took time out from ... read more
[Date: 2007-11-13 ]
Russian scientists have been collaborating with their colleagues from the EU for decades. In 2005, EU-Russia scientific cooperation was given a boost when EU Science and Research Commissioner Janez Potocnik and his Russian counterpart, Andrei Fursenko, agreed to work towards a common EU-Russian vision for research.
One of the areas singled out for cooperation is agro-bio-food. On a trip to Brussels to ... read more
[Date: 2007-08-30 ]
The European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) has a new Deputy Director-General, and she has a vision: a JRC that is known throughout Europe and beyond for its scientific excellence, independence and high societal relevance.
Anneli Pauli took up her position in April of this year, having previously worked as Vice President of the Academy of Finland, responsible for research. Responsibility is high ... read more