More Engineers For Europe, Apr 28, Brussels

FEANI in collaboration with VDI organise a discussion in Brussels on April 28,  2010 starting at 17:30 (Stanhope Hotel, Rue du Commerce 9, B-1000 Brussels)

« More Engineers for Europe »

The objective of this event is to raise awareness on the subject among the members of the European Parliament and Commission and to discuss a proposal to launch at European level using the media a campaign to promote engineering studies and engineering careers.

Indeed, more engineers in Europe are essential to boost INNOVATION, which has received top priority in the EU 2020 Strategy.

At the event, the ‘European Engineering Report’ from the Institut der Deutschen Wirtschaft giving a comprehensive overview about the labor market and education for engineers in all EU countries will also be presented.

Registration and agenda >> www.feani.org

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The top ten advances in materials science

Last year Jonathan Wood, editor at Materials Today, has assembled a list of the top ten advances in materials science over the last 50 years. In making the final selection, it has been tried to focus on the advances that have either changed our lives or are in the process of changing them.

  1. International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors
  2. Scanning probe microscopes
  3. Giant magnetoresistive effect
  4. Semiconductor lasers and LEDs
  5. National Nanotechnology Initiative
  6. Carbon fiber reinforced plastics
  7. Materials for Li ion batteries
  8. Carbon nanotubes
  9. Soft lithography
  10. Metamaterials

More on Materials Today, December 19, 2007.

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Recommendations for Business Incubators, Networks and Technology Transfer from Nanoscience to Business

A report published by the EU funded Nanoforum initiative makes recommendations on how Europe can improve the transfer of technology from its research results, including in the field of nanotechnology.

This report is the result of the two day workshop "Nano2Business" held at Warsaw University of Technology on 7th and 8th February 2007. The main focus of the discussions was on the best organisation for technology transfer incubators, technology transfer networks, and on identifying the main barriers to technology transfer.

The report highlights the importance of education, and especially university education, which could teach business skills to scientists. It also calls for the people involved in the commercialisation of nanoscience and technology to benefit from special education following their scientific degree so as to develop management skills and understand marketing and financial issues.

"The management team must be able to act as an effective technology translator. Technology translation is a relatively new career option for engineers and scientists of all disciplines. The role of a technology translator is to translate industrial problems and requirements into basic scientific concepts and to source academic expertise from the science and engineering base," reads the report.
"The translator then facilitates collaborative research between industry and academia, and, finally, converts the scientific results into commercially exploitable information," it continues.

Finally, the report recommends improving the organisation of science by supporting new spin-offs or other forms of technology transfer.

Source : Cordis News 2007-05-21

Full report >>


The new 10 most exciting fields of research

The Technology Review (March/April 2007 issue) presents the new 10 most exciting -and most likely to alter industries- fields of research.

Here’s the list, without ranking or importance compared with the 2006 list.

2007 2006
Peering into Video's Future
The Internet is about to drown in digital video. Zhang thinks peer-to-peer networks could come to the rescue.
Comparative Interactomics
By creating maps of the body’s complex molecular interactions, Trey Ideker is providing new ways to find drugs.
Nanocharging Solar
Arthur Nozik believes quantum-dot solar power could boost output in cheap photovoltaics.
James Baker designs nanoparticles to guide drugs directly into cancer cells, which could lead to far safer treatments.
Neuron Control
Karl Deisseroth's genetically engineered "light switch," which lets scientists turn selected parts of the brain on and off, may help improve treatments for depression and other disorders.
Alexander Olek has developed tests to detect cancer early by measuring its subtle DNA changes.
Tiny fibers will save lives by stopping bleeding and aiding recovery from brain injury, says Rutledge Ellis-Behnke.
Cognitive Radio
To avoid future wireless traffic jams, Heather "Haitao" Zheng is finding ways to exploit unused radio spectrum.
Augmented Reality
Markus Kähäri wants to superimpose digital information on the real world.
Nuclear Reprogramming
Hoping to resolve the embryonic-stem-cell debate, Markus Grompe envisions a more ethical way to derive the cells.
Invisible Revolution
Artificially structured metamaterials could transform telecommunications, data storage, and even solar energy, says David R. Smith.
Diffusion Tensor Imaging
Kelvin Lim is using a new brain-imaging method to understand schizophrenia.
Digital Imaging, Reimagined
Richard Baraniuk and Kevin Kelly believe compressive sensing could help devices such as cameras and medical scanners capture images more efficiently.
Universal Authentication
Leading the development of a privacy-protecting online ID system, Scott Cantor is hoping for a safer Internet.
Personalized Medical Monitors
John Guttag says using computers to automate some diagnostics could make medicine more personal.
Pervasive Wireless
Can't all our wireless gadgets just get along? It's a question that Dipankar Raychaudhuri is trying to answer.
A New Focus for Light
Kenneth Crozier and Federico Capasso have created light-focusing optical antennas that could lead to DVDs that hold hundreds of movies.
Can't all our wireless gadgets just get along? It's a question that Dipankar Raychaudhuri is trying to answer.
Single-Cell Analysis
Norman Dovichi believes that detecting minute differences between individual cells could improve medical tests and treatments.
Stretchable Silicon
By teaching silicon new tricks, John Rogers is reinventing the way we use electronics..


Technology Review n° 106

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