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Erbe in Gefahr: Forschung und Innovationen in der EU für besseren Schutz des Kulturerbes

Vernachlässigung, Umweltbelastung, Naturgefahren und der Klimawandel tragen alle zur Schädigung des kulturellen Erbes bei. Diese nicht erneuerbare Ressource muss in all ihren verschiedenen physischen Formen für zukünftige Generationen bewahrt werden. EU-finanzierte Forschungsvorhaben, einschließlich der Vorhaben, die in diesem neuen CORDIS Results Pack vorgestellt wurden, haben die Erhaltung und nachhaltige Bewirtschaftung dieser wertvollen Kulturgüter sorgfältig untersucht, um ihre allgemeine Widerstandsfähigkeit zu erhöhen. Innovative Lösungen und Techniken, Bewertungssysteme, Minderungsstrategien, Risikomanagementmodelle, Katastrophenvorbeugung, eine schnelle Schadensbewertung sowie IKT-Tools und -Leitlinien gehörten zu den wichtigsten Ergebnissen, die sowohl im Rahmen der RP7- als auch der H2020-Projekte im Bereich des kulturellen Erbes erfolgreich erzielt wurden.

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Patrimonio a rischio: ricerca e innovazione dell’UE per un patrimonio culturale più resiliente

Incuria, inquinamento, calamità naturali e cambiamenti climatici stanno tutti facendo la loro parte nel danneggiamento del patrimonio culturale. Questa risorsa non rinnovabile, in tutte le sue varie forme fisiche, ha bisogno di essere salvaguardata per le generazioni future. Progetti di ricerca finanziati dall’UE, inclusi quelli presentati in questo nuovo CORDIS Results Pack, hanno studiato con attenzione la conservazione e la gestione sostenibile di questi preziosi beni al fine di aumentare la loro resilienza complessiva. Soluzioni e tecniche innovative, sistemi di valutazione, strategie di mitigazione, modelli di gestione dei rischi, prevenzione delle catastrofi, valutazione rapida dei danni, strumenti TIC e linee guida sono stati alcuni dei principali risultati ottenuti sia da progetti del 7° PQ sia di Orizzonte 2020 nel campo del patrimonio culturale.

01-06-2018 | Illustration ©Nature Communications

Regenerating bones and teeth

ERC grantee Alvaro Mata, from Queen Mary’s School of Engineering and Materials Science, has developed a new way to grow mineralised materials which could regenerate hard tissues such as dental enamel and bone. The findings are reported today in Nature Communications.

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How did human brains get so large?

The human brain is a remarkable organ, but how did it evolve to give us such unprecedented cognitive abilities? ERC grantee Pierre Vanderhaeghen and his team from ULB, VIB-KU Leuven turned to the genome for answers: a specific set of genes, found only in humans, could play a determinant role on the size of our brain. Published today in Cell, Vanderhaeghen's EU-funded research helps to unlock the secrets of human evolution.

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Shut up and heal - possible strategy to cure sick livers

'Silent killers'. This is how liver diseases are often described. But, are they really that silent? ERC grantee Mathieu Vinken, a pharmacist by training and worldwide expert in toxicology based at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), has just proven the contrary.

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Understanding acidification to fight infection

Prof. Giulio Superti-Furga and his team work on understanding the movement of molecules across human cells. In a paper recently published on Cell Host & Microbe, they outline the significance of a single protein, SLC4A7, in phagocytosis, the body's first line of defence against infection. These results, however, go beyond the context of infectious diseases, with repercussions on our knowledge of processes like inflammation and cancer.

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Sailing the mysteries of old maps

Dr Joaquim Alves Gaspar is a man of the sea. After many years in the Portuguese Navy, he gave up plans to become an admiral in favour of pursuing a PhD in the History of Cartography. This second career led him to receive an ERC Starting Grant, the first awarded in this budding discipline. With his highly multidisciplinary team (he likes to say that, to work with him, one must be a mathematician fluent in Latin), and the experience obtained as a navigator and navigational instructor, Dr Gaspar hopes to understand how and when the first nautical charts were created. The MEDEA-CHART team is the best place in Portugal, and probably in the world, to study the history of nautical cartography, hoping that this work will provide the domain with its rightful recognition within world history.

18-05-2018 | Portrait: © Andrea Avezzù - Ca' Foscari

Nature and humanity: a revival of the fittest?

ERC grantee Renata Sõukand is exploring to what extent local ecological practices concerning the use of plants, among selected ethnic minorities in Eastern Europe, have declined due to the centralization imposed by dominant practices through the impacts on natural resources, health, economies and the well-being of local communities.

17-05-2018 | Image: © Image courtesy of NRAO/AUI - Portrait: © Damir Fabijanic

New insights into the formation of stars and black holes

Radio astronomy has now entered a “golden age” with new facilities paving the way for significant discoveries on the early universe and the formation and evolution of galaxies. Working on faint radio-signals, Dr Vernesa Smolčić’s research may lead to significant advances in the area. Her goal is to provide the first census of high-redshift star-bursting galaxies, also called “submillimetre galaxies”, and a full census of galaxies hosting supermassive black holes.  

08-05-2018 | Portrait: © Rob Stevens, KU Leuven, Belgium - Illustration Figure: © Paul Beck, KU Leuven, Belgium - Caption: Starquakes (measured with the NASA satellite Kepler) allowed to discover the spin rate of the cores of red giant stars.

Asteroseismology shakes up theory of stellar evolution

First published on 13-07-2016Updated on 08-05-2018

What is the lifespan of a sun-like star? Well, it may not be quite what we thought. The outcomes of EU-funded asteroseismology research conducted by Professor Conny Aerts and her team show that the cores of red giants don’t spin nearly as fast as expected – and this, in turn, means that our understanding of the future of our sun was flawed.