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EU-US trade talks: technical standards no longer a trade barrier?

Science often plays a crucial role in commerce, through technical product standards, often used as trade barriers. These non-tariff barriers are imposed by importing countries around the world to restrict the entry of certain goods into their markets, officially, as a means to protect consumers and the environment, among other objectives, but, more often than not, as a means to protect internal trade. This could one day be no longer the case, as forthcoming EU-US trade talks aim at reaching global standards, making science an instrument to promote greater trade and consumer protection. And not acting as a barrier. Read more [...]

Science lobby set for verdict on Horizon 2020

The scientists’ group Euroscience, the European Research Council and the League of European Research Universities have renewed efforts in the face of funding fears. Scientists and university groups have launched a late push against cuts to the Commission’s plans for Horizon 2020, ahead of a meeting of EU leaders that could seal the next seven-year budget for research. They have made fresh pleas urging decision makers to secure a budget of at least €80 billion for Horizon 2020. Read more [...]

Deadline for the Rammal Award extended to 1st April 2013

The Rammal Award was created in memory of the great Lebanese physicist Rammal Rammal (1951-1991). It is awarded each year to an outstanding personality or organisation of strong scientific stature who, through their life and through activities pursued in a Mediterranean country has elevated the level of scientific exchanges or the perception of science in the region. Read more [...]