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  • Cover image of Painting a global picture of sustainable human wellbeing

    Painting a global picture of sustainable human wellbeing

    Although human wellbeing has been a topic of discussion for centuries, assessments of the subject have often focused on narrow demographic groups and missed the bigger picture. With European Research Council (ERC) support, a leading demographer aims...
  • Cover image of Taking care of our planet: sustainability and the ERC

    Taking care of our planet: sustainability and the ERC

    The need to find a more sustainable and balanced relationship between the planet and its inhabitants is being felt urgently throughout the world. Mass protests and climate movements make it clear that sustainability is among the top of many people’s...
  • Cover image of New app tells farmers how much fertiliser their crops need

    New app tells farmers how much fertiliser their crops need

    Being unable to accurately gage the nutritional needs of crops can result in over-fertilisation; polluting soil, air and water. LiveSEN has developed a real-time, portable biosensor that measures nitrogen levels and, with Big Data-driven...
  • Cover image of Richer understanding of terrestrial carbon cycles aids more accurate climate change modelling

    Richer understanding of terrestrial carbon cycles aids more accurate climate change modelling

    Quantifying the carbon storage potential of terrestrial ecosystems will have to take account of the relative contributions of photosynthesis and respiration to the global carbon cycle. The SOLCA project developed an ambitious approach to tackle this...
  • Cover image of Benefit-sharing as a tool for equitable change

    Benefit-sharing as a tool for equitable change

    The BENELEX project conducted the first systematic evaluation of how international law can support the use of benefit-sharing as a tool for equitable change.
  • Cover image of Myth or reality? Lifting the veil on the neighbourhood effect

    Myth or reality? Lifting the veil on the neighbourhood effect

    There is a common belief that concentrating poor people in the same area and isolating them from wealthier neighbourhoods actually aggravates their situation. To investigate this assumption, the DEPRIVEDHOODS project used new approaches.
  • Cover image of New nature-inspired membrane filter offers fresh hope for water recycling

    New nature-inspired membrane filter offers fresh hope for water recycling

    Water covers 70 % of our planet, but only 3 % of it is fresh water. Two thirds is in frozen glaciers unavailable for our use. With the world experiencing increased water stress and water shortages, smart solutions are urgently required. Recycling and...
  • Cover image of Secrets of cells revealed by innovative droplet-based tools

    Secrets of cells revealed by innovative droplet-based tools

    A European bioengineer has pushed the boundaries of cell manipulation by pioneering a new, droplet-based method of study. His innovation, allowing for the highly detailed observation of cells, has resulted in the launch of a spin-off company as well...
  • Cover image of Why are people’s misperceptions so hard to shake?

    Why are people’s misperceptions so hard to shake?

    The most powerful source of misperceptions about important issues such as immigration and climate change are false beliefs rooted in people’s political or social preferences, but having people who question authority is also important for a society...
  • Cover image of Perovskites promise boost for solar power technology

    Perovskites promise boost for solar power technology

    An unexpected discovery by EU-funded researchers has opened up a new field of photovoltaic technology that promises a more efficient and economical way to convert solar energy into electrical power.