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FOREWORD

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Paneuropeannetworks.com

showcases the news stories that have dominated European science and technology in recent months

NEWSDESK

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Senior editor Clifford Holt

introduces the latest edition of

Pan European Networks: Science

& Technology, which focuses on

the potential ‘Brexit’, materials,

public health and sustainability

INTRODUCTION

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Via a discussion of the main

conclusions to emerge from

INNOV

EIT

2016, the EIT’s

innovation forum, Martin Kern

outlines the importance of

co-operation, social innovation

and education in boosting

innovation in Europe

www.paneuropeannetworks.com

Pan European Networks: Science & Technology

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BRITAIN IN EUROPE

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RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT

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BENEFITS OF THE ‘BREXIT’

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Scientists for Britain is a group of UK scientists and individuals who are concerned that pro-EU campaigners are misusing science

for political gain when arguing for the UK to remain a part of the union. Here, the organisation’s Professor Angus Dalgleish discusses

why he believes the potential ‘Brexit’ will, in fact, have a positive impact on British science

MATERIALS & KETs

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REACHING OUT

PEN’s Clifford Holt provides coverage of the plenary session of the European Materials Research Society’s Spring Meeting,

which he attended as part of the judging panel for this year’s Reach.Out! competition – a science communication contest that

aims to engage the members of the European materials science community in public outreach activities

PROFILE:

The Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology at Linköping University discusses a graphene-semiconductor hybrid platform

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WASTE LESS – GET MORE

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LTU’s Yvonne Aitomäki discusses how you can get the most from vegetables by juicing them and then reinforcing plastic with the waste

PROFILE:

Luleå University of Technology explores how to reduce the weight and test the durability of aero engine components

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PROFILE:

The Faculty of Technology at the University of Oulu uses its research expertise for multidisciplinary research communities

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DELIVERING GRAPHENE PROTOTYPES

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ICFO – The Institute of Photonic Sciences discusses graphene and 2D materials and their myriad applications

PROFILE:

Canada Graphene is home to a patented method for industrial scale production of graphene and here explains its benefits

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PROFILE:

Luleå University of Technology discusses a new infrastructure – the Thermomechanical and Tribology Infrastructure

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THE IMPACTS OF POLINNOVA

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Neli Koseva, of the Institute of Polymers, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, reflects on the impacts of the POLINNOVA project

CARBON AND MAGNETISM

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RWTH Aachen University’s Dr Zeila Zanolli speaks to PEN about her research on magnetism in carbon-based nanomaterials

PROFILE:

The Institute of Physics at EPFL explains why despite technological advancements information storage will remain magnetic

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PROFILE:

The Department of Chemistry at the University of Helsinki discusses 2D materials made using atomic layer deposition

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PROFILE:

The SURFLINK project discusses single molecules on surfaces and how they connect to form functional nanostructures

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LASERS & ACCELERATORS

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HIGH ENERGY CHALLENGES

Aided by Tessella, the UK’s Central Laser Facility has recently developed an advanced high-powered laser to help research and

development in the scientific community. Here, Tessella’s David Michel speaks to PEN about the software challenges involved

in its creation and how it has helped to raise the profile of UK science

PROFILE:

ALPS introduces U

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– ultra-short, ultra-fast and ultra-precise laser machining by a new synchronisation technique

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