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Illust rat ions shutt erstock PHO TO COLOUR BOX DTU involved in two major historic research projects At the start of 2013, EU awarded the biggest ever research grants to two ground-breaking projects. Researchers from DTU are involved in both projects. The European Commission awarded the two projects over EUR 1 billion each as part of the EU’s ‘Future and Emerging Technologies’ research programme, whose goal is to promote research in information and communications technology. The two projects that won the competition for grant funding are the ‘Human Brain project’ and the ‘Graphene project’. Each project brings together scientists from at least 15 EU member states and close to 200 research institutions. The ‘Future and Emerging Technologies’ programme is part of Horizon 2020—EU’s new programme for research and innovation, which according to the European Commission’s proposal will award EUR 80 billion up until 2020. Over the next decade, the two projects will deliver what the European Commission calls ‘world-class research’ in the frontier between science and technology. Maria Viskinde and Henrik La rsen Graphene project As the name suggests, the ‘Graphene’ project centres around graphene. The goal is to introduce the new wonder material into society where it can help create jobs and new opportunities. Graphene was invented about ten years ago and won two English professors the Nobel Prize for Physics in 2010. “We are very proud to have been involved from the outset in this mega-project, which brings together the cream of Europe’s graphene research community. Approximately 1,000 research groups expressed an interest in the Graphene Project, but only 76 institutions made the cut. DTU is involved in two of the project’s 11 work packages”, says Professor Antti-Pekka, Head of the Centre for Nanostructured Graphene (CNG). Brain simulation The goal of the ‘Human Brain Project’ is to map the human brain and build a computer that can simulate the brain. Inspired by the complexity of the brain, the project will lead to a much greater understanding of the brain and its diseases, and is also expected to revolutionize computer technology. More than 80 research institutions are participating in the project. 12 Technical University of Denmark


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