EU-LIFE strongly welcomes the position of the European Parliament committees made public on 20th April about the Strategic Investment Fund - EFSI or “Juncker Plan” - where Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) defended the protection of the EU budget earmarked for research. However, if this position fails to reach the final EFSI legislation, the future of innovation in Europe and the goal of enforcing the EU as a leading knowledge economy will be at imminent risk.
EU-LIFE is a signatory of the Wellcome Trust Statement that was released today supporting European Directive 2010/63/EU (“Directive”) on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes.
The Statement calls on the European Parliament and Commission to reaffirm their commitment to the Directive, which is considered vital to ensure that necessary research involving animals can continue whilst requiring enhanced animal welfare standards.
EU-LIFE European research centres obtained 14 new ERC Starting and Consolidator grants in the latest competitions, which takes the total of ERC-funded grants currently running in centres belonging to the alliance to over 100. But this news comes with a bitter aftertaste, as the announced cuts in the Horizon 2020 budget (including ERC) due to the so-called Juncker’s plan may now jeopardise Europe’s competitiveness in future research and innovation.
Community News from the Biotech Research & Innovation Centre (BRIC), Denmark
To bring science closer to high school students in Denmark and provide outreach opportunities for our many Marie S. Curie funded fellows, BRIC hosted its first hands-on training for high school students writing their 3rd year project (SRP) in life sciences back in November 2016. The topic was cancer treatment.
Registrations for the VIBes in Biosciences 2017 biannual international PhD symposium are about to take off! VIBes is an initiative from VIB and gathers young and ambitious scientists from all over the globe to enjoy a top-quality conference.
News from the CeMM Research Center for Molecular Medicine of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Austria
Scientists at CeMM and the Medical University of Vienna shed light at a complex immune program that starts right after birth: the study published in Cell Reports reveals how interleukin-33 signaling induced by the first breath shapes the performance of pulmonary immune cells and influences anti-bacterial defenses.
Community News from the Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland (FIMM), Finland
The recently established EV Core at the University of Helsinki is a globally unique technology core providing extracellular vesicle (EV) know-how and tools for characterization and downstream analyses of EVs.