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European commission recognizes imec with HR Excellence in Research label

imec logoNanoelectronics research center imec announced that it has been awarded by the European Commission with the HR excellence in Research label, a recognition for imec’s human resource policy to create the best possible employment and working conditions for researchers.

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World-first miniaturized fiber-optical monitoring system embedded in composite material

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Nanoelectronics research center imec, Ghent University, and their partners in the European FP7 project SMARTFIBER have demonstrated the world’s first miniaturized fiber-optical sensor system that can be fully embedded in a composite material. This achievement paves the way toward smart composites that enable continued and automatic monitoring of the structural health of the composite material in -for example- tidal blades, wind turbines, airplanes (fuselage, wings, …) or marine structures (masts, antennas, hulls of sail yachts, navy ships, propellers).

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Ghent University concludes license agreement with spin-off Inbiose

Ghent University has concluded an exclusive license agreement with Inbiose, a UGent spin-off company that originated from the faculty of of Bioscience Engineering and UGent’s IOF-consortium Ghent Bio-Economy Valley. The company was founded mid-2013 and is an industrial white biotechnology company. Inbiose has developed extensive skills in the development and production of specialty carbohydrates thanks to a versatile generic production platform.

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TED of the Month: David Epstein – Are athletes really getting faster, better, stronger?

June 17th at around 20:00. The whole country sighs a breath of relief. The Red Devils have just won their first match at the 2014 World Cup. And this after 12 years of absence.

June 18th at around 10:00. The time has come to publish a new TED of the Month on the website. As we’re still in ‘the mood’, it simply has to go about sports.

David Epstein gives this TED talk. He questions the idea that we’re always pushing our physical limits. Is it true that we’re always getting faster and faster for instance? Was Jesse Owens a snail compared to Usain Bolt? And what about other sports? Maybe some other reasons play a role, and we might want to lay off the self-congratulation.

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