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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...
air pollution on the brain

An emerging environmental health concern: Impacts of air pollution on the brain

Anthony S. Wexler and Pamela J. Lein from the University of California share their expert views on the impacts of air pollution on the brain Air pollution is a complex mixture of gases and particles in the atmosphere. Air pollutants are defined as compounds known to be deleterious to human...
Smart City Strategies

Smart city strategies from around the world

Rushi Rama from Future Cities Catapult gives a fascinating overview of smart city strategies from around the world The use of technology is changing everyday life for people in cities and how the city is evolving to meet their needs. This is nothing new, we only need to see how...
burden of cancer

The global burden of cancer in young adults

Dr Miranda Fidler from the International Agency for Research on Cancer highlights the burden of cancer and the need for prevention, diagnosis, and care Cancer is a major cause of morbidity and mortality across all age groups in both developed and transitioning countries. Although substantial research on cancer in children...

Novel approaches and challenges in the extrapolation of chemical effects across biological levels

Dr. Roel Evens, scientific project manager from SETAC Europe explores novel approaches and challenges concerning the extrapolation of chemical effects across biological levels One of the biggest challenges in the ecological risk assessment of chemicals like pesticides, pharmaceuticals, industrial chemicals, personal and home care products and biocides is to extrapolate...

A call for international research and funding on locusts

Dr. Hojun Song from the Department of Entomology, Texas A&M University explores the future for international research and funding on locusts swarms in the U.S. and Europe Locust swarms darkening the sky may be mere stories in the Bible for most people living in the U.S. and Europe, but to...

Agriculture, Climate, Change

Research crop scientist from the K-State Northwest Research-Extension Center, Professor Robert Aiken explores agriculture and crop research issues in the United States today As an agricultural scientist, I consider it my duty to anticipate questions and problems which may confront farmers in the future. When I’m successful, designing and conducting...
Polar Science Communication

Polar science communication: From North to South

A group of seasoned experts from the UK Polar Network shed light on the wonders of polar science communication from North to South The Earth is currently experiencing rapid changes in climate, driven by the anthropogenic emission of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. The polar regions are uniquely sensitive to...
early drug development

IDEAS: improving design, evaluation and analysis of early drug development studies

Prof Thomas Jaki from the Medical and Pharmaceutical Statistics Research Unit at Lancaster University explores a novel approach to Ph.D. training for those in the pharmaceutical industry

Adaptivity and Digitalisation Enables Learner Centred Learning

A couple of seasoned experts from TU Chemnitz explore digitalisation and individual learning progress, in this informative profile
health and wealth of the UK

Improving the health and wealth of the UK through research

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) aims to improve both the health and wealth of the UK by means of research, as Open Access Government’s Editor Jonathan Miles discovers National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is funded by the UK’s Department of Health and ultimately aims to improve both...
galaxy formation simulations

Supercomputer simulations: Closing in on the story of our cosmic origins

Prof Romeel Davé, Chair of Physics at the University of Edinburgh explores how supercomputer simulations help to reveal how galaxies like our Milky Way arose from the Big Bang Why does the Universe look the way it does? This fundamental question has captivated humankind from the earliest days, spawning creation...
paperless working

Education sector is furthest away from achieving paperless working

Organisations in the education sector rely the most on paper and have the largest amount of work to do to reduce their usage, new research has found A survey of 1,000 workers, conducted by WorkMobile, found that employees working in the education sector rely the most on paper (80%), followed...
deliver public services

How technology can be used to deliver public services

Bob Hallewell from Expert Messaging explains why there is a major gap in the UK government’s strategy concerning technology to deliver public services Unless you have the right approach, your technology will control your people – rather than your people controlling and benefitting from your technology. The UK government has set...
medicinal chemistry

Get your medicinal chemistry right!

Prof Colin J Suckling from the University of Strathclyde gives his opinion on getting your medicinal chemistry right to gain success in the field One of the pillars of interdisciplinary research at the University of Strathclyde concerns all aspects of health and well-being. For chemists, this means medicinal chemistry. As...
New Knowledge

Supporting research and new knowledge

Martin Ince discusses the Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) support for research and new knowledge In April, the Economic and Social Research Council will become one of nine bodies making up a new organisation in British public life, UK Research and Innovation. One of its aims will be to...

Lymphoma – what’s that?

Experts from the Lymphoma Association offer their thoughts on the extent of lymphoma in the UK today and how treatment and diagnosis can improve Every 28 minutes someone is diagnosed with lymphoma. It is the fifth most common cancer in the UK with more than 19,000 people diagnosed every year,...
mining activities

Former mining activities could affect a third of residential properties

Data suggests that one third of properties in England and Wales are located within close proximity of historic mining activities Landmark Information's assessment of historical mining records found that in 95 of the 385 local authority areas, over 50% of residential properties were located within close proximity of former mining...
cross-border healthcare

The provision of effective cross-border healthcare

Professor Ruth Ladenstein from SIOPE (the European Society for Paediatric Oncology) discusses how ERN PaedCan facilitates effective cross-border healthcare The European Commission launched 24 different networks to bring together experts from across the EU to tackle rare diseases by improving diagnosis, treatment and access to specialist care. These are known...

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