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decentralised personal data

Security and responsibility around decentralised personal data

Simon Kavanagh from Tieto explores the importance of both security and responsibility when it comes to decentralised personal data Do you remember that café in Barcelona which served you a delicious cortado while you surfed their free WIFI? Do you remember the personal information you gave them when you signed...
Etherify

Leading Portugal’s blockchain revolution

In a special interview with Open Access Government, Justin Wu from Etherify sheds light on the firm’s role as a leader in Portugal’s exciting blockchain revolution Etherify is the first Ethereum consulting and software development firm in Portugal. Etherify was started in April 2017 by two young entrepreneurs: Justin Wu...
hazardous

The challenge of replacing hazardous substances

Alberto Mantovani and Francesca Baldi from the Endocrine Disruptors Project-Istituto Superiore di Sanita shed light on the challenge of substituting hazardous chemicals What happens when a substance is suspected or found guilty of adverse effect on human health or the environment? Removing a toxic chemical from a product’s ingredients is...
Huntington’s disease (HD)

Ground-breaking results for Huntington’s Disease (HD) research

Svein Olaf Olsen and Maiken Arnesen from the European Huntington Association reveal their thoughts on a recent and significant breakthrough concerning Huntington’s Disease (HD) research The 11th December 2017 will probably go into history along with the discovery of the Huntington gene in 1993. On this date, IONIS Pharmaceuticals announced...

Pernicious Anaemia: The world’s forgotten disease

Chairman of The Pernicious Anaemia Society, Martyn Hooper MBE lifts the lid on the history, causes and diagnosis of the world’s forgotten disease From the time it was first described in the mid-nineteenth century, the cause and treatment of Pernicious Anaemia became the subject of some of the most inquisitive...
research and innovation

Science, research and innovation in the UK

The role of the UK’s Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation is placed under the spotlight by Open Access Government Recently appointed on 9th January 2018 as Minister of State at the Department for Transport and Minister for London, Jo Johnson was previously the Minister of State...
Higher Education and Research

Increasing the quality of higher education and research

Torbjørn Røe Isaksen, former Minister of Education and Research reveals his ambitions to increase the quality of higher education and research in Norway These are interesting times for education, research and innovation policy. Policy development is taking place against a backdrop of an increasingly volatile world, with climate change, an...
astronomical sciences

Astronomy and the universe of discovery

Richard F. Green, Director, Division of Astronomical Sciences, U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) explores the wonders of astronomy and the universe of discovery In October 2017, telescopes across the globe observed a kilonova radiating from a galaxy 130-million- light-years from Earth. Thousands of scientists saw the event unfold, the explosive...
Distributed Ledger Technologies

Disruptive innovation: How distributed ledger technologies are about to change society

European Commissioner for Digital Single Market, Andrus Ansip shares his thoughts on how digitisation is changing both people and society, including disruptive technologies such as blockchain It is often said how much digitisation is changing people and society and how much it affects every sector of the economy. Technology facilitates...
finnish allergy

The Finnish Allergy Programme 2008-2018: Reducing the burden of allergy in both patients and...

Managing director of the Finnish Allergy, Skin and Asthma Federation, Ilkka Repo explores The Finnish Allergy Programme 2008-2018 and what it sets out to do The Finnish Allergy Programme 2008-2018 was initiated to reduce the burden of allergy in both patients and society. The set-up of the programme was unique....
labour market strategies

Developing local labour market strategies

Cllr Simon Henig, County Councils Network spokesman for Industrial Strategy & Growth and leader of Durham County Council offers his views on developing local labour market strategies Localis’ recent report, ‘In Place of Work’, paints a challenging picture for growth in England’s county areas. It identifies three main issues that,...
Cross-sector

Cross-sector procurement: Whereby birds of a kind flock together

Paul Lloyd from The Public Purse explores the key issues around cross-sector procurement Decentralisation and autonomy are vital to our concepts of good and effective local government. It’s also important to all public bodies, such as the blue lights, healthcare and the education sector. The ability to make their own...
food policy

Member of the EESC Workers’ Group (Group II) European Economic and Social Committee

National Officer of European and International Affairs Nahrung-Genuss-Gaststätten (the Food, Beverages and Catering Union in Germany) Never before in the history of Europe have food safety and quality been as high as they are today. More food is being produced in Europe than ever before and it has never been...
open data policies

Can Open Data Feed the World?

Jaime Adams at U.S. Department of Agriculture explores the role of open data technology and if this can help feed the whole world Over 7.4 billion (1) people currently inhabit the Earth and an estimated 800 million (2) go to bed hungry every night – predominantly women and children. Experts...
Red Blood Cells

RELEVANCE of red blood cells and why do we care about them

Anna Bogdanova from University of Zurich lifts the lid on the vital role of red blood cells in keeping the human brain running and heart beating Billions of red blood cells run in our veins providing us with oxygen. They keep our brain running, heart beating and muscles bringing us...
Airborne

EUFAR – Looking to the future of airborne environmental research in Europe

Philip R.A. Brown from EUFAR AISBL at the UK’s Met Office takes us on a journey to explore the exciting future of airborne environmental research in Europe today Instrumented aircraft are an important scientific tool, allowing researchers to observe the atmosphere and land and ocean surfaces in support of a...
DB research

What is developmental biology and why is it important?

Andreas Prokop from the British Society for Developmental Biology explores how developmental biology (DB) addresses questions of societal importance The life science discipline Developmental Biology (DB) aims to understand the processes that lead from the fertilisation of an egg cell (or equivalent) to the formation of a well-structured and functional...
skeletal muscle

Extreme muscle plasticity or novel myogenic precursors in skeletal muscle

Graciela A. Unguez, Professor of Biology at New Mexico State University sheds light on skeletal muscle in vertebrate animals
Nanomaterials

Nanomaterials in the semiconductor industry: An end-user industrial perspective

Dr. Dimiter Prodanov from Imec gives an end-user industrial perspective on the vital role of nanomaterials in today’s semiconductor industry and their safe use Nanomaterials are broadly defined as those materials that have a certain percentage of particles at the nanoscale, between 1 and 100 nanometres1. While the size cut-off...
Protective security advice

Protective security advice for the UK’s national infrastructure

The Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI), the UK government authority for protective security advice to the UK’s national infrastructure, is placed under the spotlight by Open Access Government The Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure, (CPNI), is the government authority for protective security advice for the...

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