Articles

ESMH regularly publishes articles on topics related to science and new technologies that provoke a lot of media attention and that are important in the European context. Most importantly, the articles are written with the help of science writers in journalistic style and always provide the opinion of one or more scientists on the topic. The publications are accompanied by a selection of links to related information and with a focus on European research and knowledge in the field.

Re-engineering pharmaceutical research for better patient outcomes

Re-engineering pharmaceutical research for better patient outcomes

A so-called ‘productivity crisis’ has been ascribed to the pharmaceutical research and development industry. Despite increases in investment and funding, this has not corresponded to increases in the approval of novel drugs. Why do so many drugs fail to receive approval, and what other means should we be focusing on for the benefit of patients?

Is microbial protein the answer to the quest for meatless meat

Is microbial protein the answer to the quest for ‘meatless meat’?

Can you imagine producing agri-products without having to use land? Finnish scientists and researchers have produced protein, manufactured by microbes, using electricity, water, nutrients and air.

Deepfakes shallowfakes and speech synthesis tackling audiovisual manipulation

Deepfakes, shallowfakes and speech synthesis: tackling audiovisual manipulation

Despite alarmist news stories about deepfakes heralding the end of democracy or truth itself, the technology – for better or worse – is far from perfect, which suggests that there is still a window of opportunity to prepare society, institutions and regulatory frameworks for the moment it is.

New technologies in medicine time to prepare

New technologies in medicine: time to prepare

The technological revolution involving artificial intelligence, big data, machine learning and robotics is posed to deeply change healthcare and biomedical research, and things are changing fast. In this rapidly evolving scenario, researchers and health professionals need to acquire new skills and knowledge.

Europe to take up brain disorders challenge

Highlights from the 8th parliamentary term : Europe to take up brain disorders challenge

Brain illness is far more common than is generally perceived and has serious effects on the lives of many people, in terms of limitations on activity and restrictions on participation.

Meet the new Members of the STOA Panel

The new leading team of the Panel for the Future of Science and Technology (STOA) for the next 2,5 years was elected on 24th of October 2019 by the Members of the Panel.

Do we need an ethical charter or European agency for AI ?

Highlights from the 8th parliamentary term : Do we need an ethical charter or European agency for AI ?

Artificial intelligence and robotics are seeping further and further into our lives. Although they are convenient, these new technologies also raise a number of legal and ethical questions.

Europe leads the way in the transition to open access publishing: what is at stake?

Europe leads the way in the transition to open access publishing : what is at stake?

Open access publications will be exceeding 43 000 journals in 2020 thanks to a push by some research funders. Critics object on grounds of sustainability, tight timelines and restrictions that look unsuitable for social sciences.

e-Governance: the Estonian Case

e-Governance: the Estonian Case

Estonia is one of two countries worldwide to offer an e-Residency, a government-issued status and identity granting access to the EU’s digital business environment. Even Barack Obama is an Estonian e-Resident. Which challenges do e-Residency and e-Governance in general pose for the public sector, and how does scientific research evaluate the digital transformation?

Bean there, done that : why we should eat more beans and legumes in general

Bean there, done that : why we should eat more beans and legumes in general

The world needs more protein, but animal-based protein intake is by no means sustainable. Legumes are a good alternative to meat and thanks to their biological nitrogen fixation capacities, they also benefit the environment.