Hiroshima AI Process

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Photo by Maximalfocus on Unsplash The EU Commission said it welcomes Monday’s agreement by G7 leaders on International Guiding Principles on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and a voluntary Code of Conduct for AI developers under the “Hiroshima AI process.” President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, was among those who subscribed to the G7 leaders’ statement issued by the 2023 Japan G7 presidency….

Baku Hosts Astronautical Exhibition

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Photo by Mohammad Wasim on Unsplash An exhibition has been organized as part of the 74th International Astronautical Congress. President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva and their son Heydar Aliyev attended the opening of the exhibition. Following the ribbon-cutting ceremony symbolizing the opening of the exhibition, the attendees familiarised themselves with the…

Iliana Ivanova New EU Commissioner for Research

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Photo by noaa on Unsplash The European Parliament has approved the appointment of Iliana Ivanova (Bulgaria) as Commissioner for innovation, research, culture, education and youth. She was voted in by 522 MEPs voting in favour with 27 against and 51 abstained. On 5 September, the Industry, Research and Energy Committee and the Culture and Education…

Starting Grants for Young Scientists

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Photo by National Cancer Institute on Unsplash The European Research Council (ERC) has announced the awarding of 400 Starting Grants to young scientists and scholars across Europe. The grants – totalling €628 million – support cutting-edge research in a wide range of fields, from medicine and physics to social sciences and humanities. They will help researchers at the…

Post is Past

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Photo by Denise Jans on Unsplash Last year the UK National Health Service (NHS) booked some 122 million patient appointments, with outpatients making up 80% of the total. With e-mail and SMS messaging apparently regarded as unproven technologies, patients were generally notified by letter costing over £112 million – despite a pledge by Jeremy Hunt as Health Secretary…

Belgica Medal Awarded to Alain Hubert

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Photo by Adriana Lorena Benavides Estrada on Unsplash The Royal Academy of Science, Letters and Fine Arts of Belgium (Classe des Sciences)  has announced that it has selected Alain Hubert, Founder and President of the International Polar Foundation one of the two Belgica Medals the body plans to award for the prize.  The Belgica Medal is awarded every…

Making Space Matter

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Photo by Andrea Ferrario on Unsplash A senior European Space Agency official has called for improvement in the space industry’s relationship with citizens. The call came at the “Making Space Matter” summit in Brussels on Tuesday. Frederic Nordlund, Head of the External Relations Department at the European Space Agency (ESA), told the event, “We need to work effectively with…

Gene Editing Next Steps

Photo by National Cancer Institute on Unsplash Today there are rapid advances in Artificial Intelligence, changing the way we work. With an increasing population and a warming climate, technology is also potentially helping how the world feeds itself. Selective breeding of crop varieties as practised in the past can now be accelerated by planned genetic enhancements, replacing the…

A Slogan Superpower

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Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash The UK Government loves catchy slogans. From “Getting Brexit Done”, through the Covid campaign of “Hands, Face, Space” and now the latest asylum plan of “Stop the Boats”, slogans are a great substitute for action.  As the Conservatives struggle in the polls the slogans are getting longer, such as the objective of…

European Space Strategy for Security and Defence

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The Commission and EU High Rep have unveiled for the first time a Joint Communication on a European Space Strategy for Security and Defence. Space systems and services in the European Union are,they say, “crucial” for the functioning of society and economy, as well as for security and defence.  As such, the EU has identified…