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What if we could 3D-print our own body parts? [Science and Technology Podcast]

The 3D-printing sector has proven its commercial viability in recent years, reaching the high street and, indeed, many homes. The technology is already used in some medical domains, such as dentistry and prosthetics, and many scientists are now exploring methods of printing biological materials – even if reports about lifesaving 3D-printed hearts are certainly premature. Continue reading

Radio frequency identification tags: a new technology which could change our lives [Science and Technology Podcast]

The Internet of Things is slated to transform our way of life – while radio frequency identification tags, and other short-range communication devices, are already with us – how might this technology change our way of life? Continue reading

Intelligent urban transport systems: a new technology which could change our lives [Science and Technology Podcast]

Over 70 % of all Europeans live in cities, and as this percentage continues to increase, cities become even more congested. Inhabitants suffer from increasingly poor air quality and more noise, as their cities become generally less liveable. Continue reading

Organoids: a new technology which could change our lives

By Mihalis Kritikos. Organoids are artificially grown organs that mimic the properties of real organs, providing new possibilities for treating diseases, drug development, and personalised and regenerative medicine. Organoids are small clusters of human cells, grown in a laboratory environment to form three-dimensional structures that mimic the functionalities of real organs such as the liver, … Continue reading

Cybersecurity in the EU Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP)

Written by Zsolt G. Pataki with Victoria M. Joseph, Cybersecurity is an oft-used term today, and many seem familiar with its meaning. However, it is unclear where the responsibility for policy-making on cybersecurity and cyberdefence actually lies. While national security is sometimes accountable, the cyber domain does not confine itself to operating within traditional national borders, limiting the … Continue reading

The role of citizens in the future of science

Written by Philip Boucher. The links between science and policy have been strengthened in recent years. We often hear about the role of scientific evidence in policy-making, but policy also has a substantial influence on the way that science develops. Scientific research is not only about advancing knowledge, but also responding to the most important … Continue reading

What if blockchain changed social values? [Science and Technology Podcast]

Written by Philip Boucher, Blockchain technology could shake up many aspects of our daily lives, from the currency we use to the purchases we make. But what is the impact on our social values, and what can policy-makers do about it? Blockchain technology is a remarkably transparent and decentralised way of recording lists of transactions. … Continue reading

What if intensification of farming could enhance biodiversity? [Science and Technology Podcast]

Written by Lieve Van Woensel with James Tarlton, Could introducing more precision agriculture in Europe allow us to obtain food resilience, while ensuring sustainability and jobs, and taking into account the EU’s wide agricultural diversity? Precision agriculture (PA), or precision farming, involves using technology to improve the ratio between agricultural output (usually food) and agricultural … Continue reading

12 Graphs: Seven eminent scientists

Written by Clare Ferguson, Recent populist waves on both sides of the Atlantic have shown that that expert advice is more than ever distrusted and even flatly rejected. Will this trend continue next year? Or will people go back to considering evidence more thoroughly? Like it or not, politicians make decisions on policies that affect … Continue reading

Understanding the Human Brain: A New Era of Big Neuroscience

Written by Gianluca Quaglio with James Tarlton, Decoding the human brain remains one of the greatest scientific challenges of our time. On 29 November 2016, the STOA (Science and Technology Assessment) Panel will host a workshop entitled ‘Understanding the Human Brain: A New Era of Big Neuroscience’, at which representatives from some of the world’s leading brain … Continue reading

Evidence-based policy-making: Science meets Parliaments

Written by Zsolt Pataki with James Tarlton, The European Parliament must ‘produce results which are evidence-based’. This is how Paul Rübig, Chair of the STOA (Science and Technology Options Assessment) Panel, set the scene for this year’s round of the MEP-scientist pairing scheme. The objective of the scheme is to foster better connections between the European … Continue reading

What if I had to put my safety in the hands of a robot? [Science and Technology Podcast]

Written by Lieve Van Woensel with Sarah McCormack, Will intelligent robots bring us benefits in relation to security and safety, or will the vulnerabilities within these systems mean that they cause more problems than they solve? Cyber-physical systems (CPS) are currently found in a wide range of services and applications, and their numbers are rapidly … Continue reading

Scientific advice for policy-makers in the European Union [Policy Podcast]

Scientific knowledge has become a key element in the policy-making process, alongside societal values and political considerations. As a consequence, stronger science advice systems have been developed to provide timely and useful scientific advice to policy-makers in both legislative and executive bodies. Continue reading

UNESCO Science Report: Towards 2030

Written by Zsolt G. Pataki with Sarah McCormack, On 31 May 2016 the European Parliament’s (EP) Science and Technology Options Assessment (STOA) Panel hosted a joint workshop along with UNESCO and the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) to examine the key findings of the ‘UNESCO Science Report: Towards 2030’. UNESCO examines every five years … Continue reading

MEPs will be meeting scientists once again in 2016

Written by Sarah McCormack and Zsolt G. Pataki, Ensuring that MEPs are informed about scientific and technological developments is crucial for their policy-making role and an essential part of the mission of the European Parliament’s Science and Technology Options Assessment (STOA) Panel. STOA will host, on 8 November 2016, the second ‘Science meets Parliaments’ event, … 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

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

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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