Category Archives: Research

The European Commission Library and e-Resources Centre

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The European Commission Library and e-Resources Centre has a wealth of  information on EU integration, law and policies.  Although primarily used by staff working in EU institutions, the library’s search tool Find-eR is a great way for university staff and students to identify useful sources for their research. Find-eR searches the library’s collection of books, open access papers and e-journals. Some of the online material is freely available with some more available to University of Aberdeen staff and students through our own library’s electronic subscriptions.

In addition, in some instances, it may be possible for UoA staff or students to borrow print material as an inter-library loan through the European Documentation Centre in Taylor Library.

It is also possible to request access to the reading room in Brussels or Luxembourg.

Why not check it out …..

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2017 MacCormick European Lecture

 

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The EU Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas, will speak at the Royal Society of Edinburgh on the Future of EU Research and Innovation on Monday, 16 October 2017 at 6:00pm.   He will give his perspective on the future of research and innovation in Europe. Mr Moedas manages Horizon 2020 the EU Research and Innovation programme. Further information is available here.

“With the discussions on the design of the next framework programme underway, we find ourselves at a critical stage for research and innovation in Europe. Recently, European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker launched his White Paper on the future of Europe. Therein he illustrated five scenarios for the future, and in each he noted the integral role of research and innovation. However, these are not without their challenges. Notably, how to create an ecosystem in Europe that is research and innovation-friendly, and how to successfully bring our innovative ideas to market”.

Collaboration on science and innovation

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The Department for Exiting the European Union has produced a paper setting out the British Government’s ideas on the post-Brexit relationship between the UK and the EU in the scientific field entitled Collaboration on science and innovation: a future partnership paper.

University of Aberdeen staff and students can access this paper through the Public Information Online database here.   Public Information Online is a one stop shop for information from the UK and Scottish Parliaments; the Northern Ireland and Welsh Assemblies; the Scottish Government and other non-Parliamentary publications. Material is available from 2006/07 onwards.  Access for UoA users is through the Find Databases tab on Primo.  A Shibboleth/UK Federation log-in is required off campus.

This paper is also available on the DEEU website here.

Scotland Europa visit for University of Aberdeen Research Staff

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Representatives from Scotland Europa will  be visiting the University of Aberdeen on 29 May 2017 to give an update on European funding and provide some general principles for writing grant funding applications to EU bodies. The event is for researchers at the University of Aberdeen and aimed particularly at those who have previous experience of applying to EU funding bodies.

Further information about this event and how to reserve a place is available here.

Exiting the EU: challenges and opportunities for higher education

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The Education Select Committee of the House of Commons has published a report on the opportunities and challenges for higher education posed by Brexit.

Concerned that the uncertainty surrounding Brexit could cause a “damaging brain drain”

Neil Carmichael MP, Chair of the Education Committee, said:

“Higher education in the UK is a world leader but Brexit risks damaging our international competitiveness and the long-term success of our universities. It’s welcome that EU students have been given some guarantees on their funding and loan access but the Government must act urgently to address the uncertainty over EU staff  and avert the risk of a damaging ‘brain drain’ of talent from our shores. As we leave the European Union we now have the opportunity to reform our immigration system to ensure we reap the full rewards of the ability of our universities to attract the brightest and best students and staff from across the world.”

The full report is available here, a short summary here and the conclusions and recommendations here.

Euratom

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“Euratom was founded to contribute to the formation and development of Europe’s nuclear industries, to guarantee high safety standards and to prevent nuclear materials intended principally for civilian use from being diverted to military use. It provides the basis for the regulation of civilian nuclear activity, implements a system of safeguards to control the use of nuclear materials, controls the supply of fissile materials within EU member states and funds research into nuclear fission and nuclear fusion.”

The Government has stated in the Explanatory Notes, prepared by the Department for Exiting the European Union, for the European Union Notification of Withdrawal Bill that leaving the EU also means leaving the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom). The House of House Library has produced a briefing paper examining what Euratom does and the possible implications of leaving for the future of the nuclear industry and nuclear research in the UK. It also looks at the attempts to amend the Bill as it relates to Euratom. You can access the briefing paper here.

 

 

Brexit reading list: legal and constitutional issues

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The House of Commons Library has published an impartial list of publications on the legal and constitutional issues surrounding the UK withdrawal from the European Union including:

  • Triggering of Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union (TEU)
  • Role of the UK Parliament
  • Possibility of a second referendum on a withdrawal agreement
  • How the UK Government and Parliament deal with EU legislation
  • Impact of Brexit on the rest of the EU
  • UK’s future relations with the EU
  • Issues for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

This publication will be updated periodically.

The Libraries of the House of Commons, House of Lords and the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) produce research briefings on a wide range of current issues. They are intended to aid the work of members of both Houses of Parliament by providing good quality impartial background material on current issues. This makes them extremely useful to anyone starting to research a current topic. They can be searched by date or topic here.

Explorathon 2016

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Explorathon 2016 programme detail

Explorathon 2016 will take place on the 30th of September with simultaneous events running in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and St. Andrews.

It will be the third and largest of the Explorathon events so far, so if you’re inspired by science, or want to be, do have a look to see what’s on offer. Separate programmes of events are now available for each location:

Aberdeen

Edinburgh

Glasgow

St. Andrews

Some events will doubtless prove to be very popular, so booking may be required in order to avoid disappointment.

Explorathon is funded by the European Commission under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions programme

Check out Explorathon’s Twitter and Facebook feeds for more info!

Aberdeen University participating in European Commission funded Full4Health project

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The University of Aberdeen’s Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health is one of 15 partners conducting research for the European Commission funded Full4Health project. This is a project with the aim of:

“Understanding food-gut-brain mechanisms across the lifespan in the regulation of hunger and satiety for health”

Have a look here for more information.

The Rowett is currently looking for volunteers to participate in the project, so if you are interested, aged between 65 and 75 and have a BMI of 25 or less, then do get in touch with the study team.

Results and progress updates for all European Commission funded research projects are made available through CORDIS (Community Research and Development Information Service). The latest periodic report summary for the project is here. CORDIS produce the research*eu focus and results magazines which are available on paper in the EDC or online.

Researchers from Full4Health appeared on a BBC Horizon Special entitled ‘What’s the Right Diet for You?’ Unfortunately it’s no longer available on the iPlayer, however if you are a University of Aberdeen student or staff member, you can watch all three parts via the ‘Box of Broadcasts‘ service (just search for the full title once you’re logged in). For more information about BoB National, click here.