48 interview(s) found.
[Date: 2007-04-30 ]
South African science is on the up. Thanks to strong support from the highest levels of government, in the last few years the science budget has increased dramatically, and the country has set itself the goal of become a preferred destination for science and technology.
Earlier this year the South African Government announced plans to further boost its science budget to €331 million, and the country ... read more
[Date: 2007-04-25 ]
Wallonia, the southern, French-speaking region of Belgium, has released figures on its participation in the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6), which suggest that the region's research and innovation players are performing well in the European research arena.
Out of 1,236 projects proposals in which Walloon participants took part, a total of 324 projects were selected for funding under FP6. This represents ... read more
[Date: 2007-03-23 ]
Two treaties were signed in Rome on 25 March 1957, but at the celebrations marking the 50th birthday of the European Union this year, one is guaranteed to get far more attention than the other.
While the more famous of the treaties established the European Economic Community (EEC), later to become the European Community (EC) and then the European Union (EU), a second created the European Atomic Energy ... read more
[Date: 2007-03-13 ]
It is no secret that women are under-represented at every level of the science and technology (S&T) system. Statistics clearly show that, much like a 'leaky pipeline', women steadily drop out all along the system.
Nor is it difficult to identify the causes of the leaks. They range from gender-based biases in hiring, evaluation, and promotion; to inadequate institutional support for women seeking to balance ... read more
[Date: 2007-03-13 ]
Similar scientific priorities, a shared worldview and scientific excellence make Europe and New Zealand very compatible research partners, believes Steve Maharey, New Zealand's Minister for Research, Science and Technology.
The Minister was in Europe for 10 days to raise the profile of New Zealand science in Europe, to discuss the establishment of a formal agreement with the EU, to boost bilateral relations ... read more
[Date: 2007-02-26 ]
Accession to the EU and the opportunities for mobility that this brings is likely to increase brain drain from Bulgaria, the country's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Education and Science, Daniel Valtchev, has told CORDIS News. But Mr Valtchev is an optimist, and believes that this mobility can be regarded positively.
'I do not consider brain drain as a negative tendency. On the contrary, it means ... read more
[Date: 2007-02-19 ]
Humanities have been represented in the EU research framework programme for several years now, and yet when FP7 was unveiled, many believed the humanities were making their first appearance.
CORDIS News caught up with those responsible for the humanities at the European Commission's Research Directorate-General to find out how this misconception came about, and to hear why this field of research is important ... read more
[Date: 2007-02-13 ]
Janet Panford is new to her position of ERA-Can Director, but already speaks enthusiastically and confidently about what the initiative, intended to strengthen collaboration between Canadian and European scientists, can achieve.
ERA-Can is funded by the Commission under the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6), as well as by eight Canadian organisations. It is intended to raise awareness of opportunities for ... read more
[Date: 2007-02-09 ]
Australia's participation in the EU's framework programmes for research has increased steadily since the Fourth Framework Programme (FP4), but is still lower than it should be, according to Neil Hamilton, Executive Director of the Forum for European-Australian Science and Technology Cooperation (FEAST).
By FP6, 70 Australian teams were participating in 57 projects (July 2006 statistics), but this number ... read more
[Date: 2007-02-08 ]
In the future, shopping and household chores such as washing clothes could become effortless with the introduction of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology. But not before some big questions regarding privacy are answered, says German MEP Jorgo Chatzimarkakis.
Mr Chatzimarkakis knows a thing or two about RFID. As a member the European Parliament's Scientific Technology Options Assessment (STOA) ... read more