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Today, much of a researcher’s career is international. A meeting with Jean-Jacques Hublin, a palaeoanthropologist at the Max Planck Institute in Leipzig, Germany. A pioneer in the field.
Near Geneva, at the European Laboratory for Particle Physics (CERN), 2,500 engineers and technicians from more than a hundred countries work to ensure the proper operation of the great machine on a daily basis.
Graphene – a single-layer carbon allotrope – is attracting European investment. Fine, light, strong and a conductor of electricity, the new material is revolutionising many technological sectors, such as energy and telecommunications.
What is left of the scientific relationship between the Europeans and British, so productive before Brexit? The need for visas and the end of access to European funds are jeopardising joint research projects.
To halve the use of synthetic pesticides by 2030 in compliance with the ‘Green Deal’, the scientific communities of a number of European organisations are coming together to optimise support for farmers
With a main mirror 39 metres in diameter, it will be the largest earth telescope in the world. The European Southern Observatory’s ELT (Extremely Large Telescope) is currently under construction in Chile’s Atacama Desert.
The Posidonia meadow is a marine plant native to the land. This immense meadow traps CO2 and is home to numerous species. In Corsica, in Calvi, the Stareso oceanographic station has set up a system for analysing the health of this precious plant, which is endangered by human activities and climate change.
In Uganda, Agnes Kirraga is an infectious disease specialist working on malaria, syphilis, HIV... and these days the coronavirus. In particular, she tries to merge the science of big data and machine learning in order to exploit healthcare big data.
Trypanosomiasis, transmitted by the tsetse fly, continues to wreak havoc in West and Central Africa. In Côte d'Ivoire, the Trypa-NO program aims to eradicate sleeping sickness as a public health problem by 2020 and achieve a zero transmission rate by 2030.
In Nigeria, biochemist Eucharia Oluchi is working on the ways polluted ecosystems can recover, including by means of phytoremediation .
At the CRAAG Observatory in Algiers, Dr Yassine Damerdji is researching extrasolar planets. Since 2006, he has been working on the Gaia satellite developed by the European Space Agency to map all the stars in the galaxy.
In Casablanca, Morocco, young professor Maha Gmira is developing complex algorithms and using artificial intelligence to facilitate urban mobility and cargo transportation. His goal is to convert large databases containing the data collected from sensors into strategic knowledge to help organisations make the best decisions in real time.