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Innovation is happening across sectors with updates on Horizon Europe Guarantee and animal welfare advancements from Bayer, as well as appointments to the UK government's Council for Science and Technology and funding for innovative women scaling their ideas, among other developments.
The UK government has updated the Horizon Europe Guarantee, ensuring that more funds will be available for revolutionary research.
Meanwhile, Bayer is collaborating on a project aimed at reducing or replacing animal testing using organ on chip technology, taking a significant step forward in animal welfare.
In other exciting news, Professor Dame Carol Propper and Professor Keith Ridgeway have been appointed to the UK government's Council for Science and Technology, advising the Prime Minister on the latest scientific developments.
Additionally, UKRI is providing £2 million in funding to 50 innovative women who are scaling their ideas with remarkable creativity. One of the ideas includes using plants to recover metals from contaminated land.
The European Commission has been busy conducting unannounced inspections on companies in the fragrance sector, looking into possible collusion related to the supply of fragrance and fragrance ingredients. Meanwhile, BASF is also making moves in the fragrance sector, investing in fragrance capacity in China and Germany, and opening a technical coatings centre in Shanghai to provide innovative solutions for automotive OEM customers.
In environmental news, the European Commission's President recently gave a speech at the launch of the Ineos/Wintershall Dea carbon capture project, which Ineos says is a significant breakthrough. However, the increasing production and use of chemicals worldwide is creating challenges on a global scale, according to a briefing by the European Environment Agency.
CSIRO, Australia's national research agency, has launched a $20 million CarbonLock programme to develop new ways to remove and lock away carbon, while the US Government is providing $6 billion in funding to help industries reduce industrial emissions.
Finally, the World Health Organization (WHO) has released a report emphasising the urgent need to reduce salt consumption worldwide, bringing attention to the critical role of public health in innovative solutions.