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Nera Kuljanic

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Shaping the future of Europe: investing in young researchers

Scientists and Members of the European Parliament recently got together at the European Parliament in Strasbourg. The aim of the event, organised jointly by the Science and Technology Options Assessment (STOA) Panel of the European Parliament (EP) and the European Research Council (ERC), was to showcase Europe’s research and innovation efforts through programmes such as Horizon2020 and one of its most successful initiatives, the ERC. Continue reading

Making difficult decisions in agriculture: STOA Workshop

Written by Mihalis Kritikos and Nera Kuljanic, Scientists have new technological answers to the twin challenges of limiting emissions and feeding a growing population which is simultaneously shrinking the space left for cultivation. However, these answers in turn pose their own ethical and risk management questions. Societal actors and a wide range of stakeholders have … Continue reading

Towards a space-enabled future for Europe

Written by Nera Kuljanic with James Tarlton, As well as being a symbol of human curiosity, Outer Space is hugely important for technologies that we use every day, such as mobile phones, live TV broadcasting and weather forecasting. The number of space-faring nations and the amount of space commercialisation are increasing, and, as space research … Continue reading

Europe’s outermost innovation frontier: STOA Annual Lecture on Space

Written by Nera Kuljanic with James Tarlton, Webstreaming: http://eptwitter.eu/faCD It fires the imagination and drives innovation. For centuries, ideas about exploration and exploitation of outer space have been occupying our minds and shaping the identity of our species. Today, space could play an increasing role for our daily lives and development. As our ambitions for … Continue reading

How do MEPs stay connected with the world of science and technology?

Written by Nera Kuljanic with Sarah McCormack, STOA, the European Parliament’s Science and Technology Options Assessment Panel, works to provide independent assessments of new developments in science and technology to policy-makers by conducting research projects and organising discussion forums involving policy-makers, experts and the public. It is governed by the STOA Panel, whose membership was … Continue reading

Cleaning up our act, how to go about waste management in Europe?

Written by Nera Kuljanic with Sarah McCormack As the EU and its Member States are seeking ways to reduce and better manage their waste, now is a good time to examine the current state of play and future direction of waste management in Europe. On 15 June 2016, the European Parliament’s Science and Technology Options Assessment … Continue reading

Waste management: Which way for the circular way?

Workshop hashtag: #EndWasteSTOA Registrations: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/stoa/cms/home/workshops/waste Webstreaming : http://eptwitter.eu/EndWasteSTOA Written by Nera Kuljanic with Sarah McCormack, On 15 June 2016, the EP Science and Technology Options Assessment (STOA) Panel, represented by its First Vice Chair Eva Kaili (S&D, EL), will host a workshop to discuss waste management in the EU. It will bring together policy-makers, experts … Continue reading

Can Europe lead the Second Quantum Revolution?

Written by Sarah McCormack, Zsolt G. Pataki, and Nera Kuljanic, It is thought that quantum technologies will lead a new wave of revolutionary developments in Europe. With the Quantum Manifesto due to be officially released in May 2016 with wide-ranging EU backing, now is a good time to investigate the challenges facing quantum technologies and … Continue reading

How can more investment in health help the developing world?

Written by Nera Kuljanic and Sarah McCormack, Good health and adequate healthcare systems contribute to the eradication of poverty and help achieve sustainable growth and development. Many countries in the developing world are unable to provide even basic health services for their citizens. On 19 April 2016 the EP’s Science and Technology Options Assessment (STOA) … Continue reading

Do we know enough about our brain?

Written by Sarah McCormack and Nera Kuljanic, Brain disorders cost Europe nearly 800 billion euro a year, which is far greater than the cost resulting from cancer, cardiovascular diseases and diabetes combined. On 15 March 2016 the EP’s Science and Technology Options Assessment (STOA) Panel hosted a workshop in conjunction with the DANA Foundation in … Continue reading

Quantum Technologies or how microscopic things can change our lives

Written by Nera Kuljanic and Sarah McCormack, Over the past 15 years the EU has been supporting research into quantum technologies. With a number of research projects being funded under the Horizon 2020 programme, the EU aims to stimulate interactions and collaborations amongst individuals and groups in Europe working in the field. Through the early … Continue reading

MEP-Scientist Pairing Scheme, how to make policy and science come together

Written by Nera Kuljanic and Zsolt G. Pataki, Finding a firm and lasting link between science and politics was the main reason for the European Parliament’s STOA (Science and Technology Options Assessment) Panel to run the MEP-Scientist Pairing Scheme for the 4th time. The project was officially introduced by the First STOA Vice-Chair Eva KAILI … Continue reading

How the collaborative internet and 3D printing might change the EU

Written by Guillermo Garrido-Lestache and Nera Kuljanic, Background Internet-related technologies are already shaping the world in previously inconceivable ways. The collaborative economy, big/open data, crypto-currencies and additive manufacturing (such as 3D printing) are just some of these technologies, and their potential to change the world, our lives and society as we know them were explored … Continue reading

Does organic mean healthier?

Written by Nera Kuljanic and Liliana Cunha Do you regularly shop for organic products? Do you think they are ‘healthier for you’ compared to conventionally grown food? If you are unsure, do not be surprised. It is a very complex topic and science is not yet in a position to give a simple overall answer … Continue reading

eHealth: Benefitting patients, healthcare systems and society

Written by Nera Kuljanic and Liliana Cunha, Would you like to be connected with your doctor online? Would you feel more empowered to take care of your health in a system with a medical professional on standby just a couple of clicks away? Notwithstanding many obstacles and challenges that exist, developments and trends in ICT … Continue reading

MEPs meet scientists to promote mutual understanding

Written by Zsolt G. Pataki and Nera Kuljanic, Follow us on Twitter: #EUsci4PARL The ‘MEP-Scientist Pairing Scheme’, run by the European Parliament’s Science and Technology Options Assessment (STOA) Panel, aims at promoting a culture of science-based policy-making by helping create lasting links between scientists and Members of the European Parliament (MEPs). The essence of this … Continue reading

Discovering the world of quantum optics

Written by Nera Kuljanic and Liliana Cunha Quantum optics and photonics have revolutionised our lives – in our daily use of TVs, cameras in our mobile phones, computer screens, LED lighting, navigation systems and fibre-optic cables. In 2012, Professors Serge Haroche and David J. Wineland jointly won the Nobel Prize in Physics for their study … Continue reading

How can technologies re-shape healthcare in Europe?

Workshop hashtag: #ehealthSTOA STOA website & registration   Written by Nera Kuljanic and Liliana Cunha The demand for healthcare services is growing fast in Europe, partly due to the ageing population and the higher prevalence of chronic diseases. E-Health, defined by the WHO as ‘the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) for health’, is … Continue reading

Science and technology: what do MEPs want to know?

Written by Nera Kuljanic and Liliana Cunha Scientific and technological assessment and foresight are becoming ever more salient politically and are moving to the centre of policy-makers’ preoccupations. It is not surprising therefore that the European Parliament’s Science and Technology Options Assessment Panel (STOA), chaired by Paul Rübig MEP and under the responsibility of EP Vice-President … Continue reading

Scientists meet parliamentarians: A relationship based on trust

Written by Nera Kuljanic and Zsolt G. Pataki Scientists from all over Europe met with Members of the European and national parliaments on 15 September 2015 for ‘Science meets Parliaments’, an event co-hosted by the Science and Technology Options Assessment (STOA) Panel of the European Parliament (EP) and the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the … Continue reading

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