The paper ‘Technology, Citizens and Social Change in the Framework of European Research and Innovation Programmes: Towards a Paradigm Shift’ will be presented at the GOODTECHS conference 2015 (Rome, 26th October) by our Creative and Civic Innovation Unit manager Marta Arniani. By leveraging Sigma Orionis long-standing experience in Europe funded projects, the paper presents the paradigm shift occurred in recent years in the approach to technology development within the European Commission funded Research and Innovation frameworks. A new approach attentive to social good, societal challenges and bottom-up users and stakeholders, but which presents at the same time some limitations. By highlighting the current trends, challenges and best practices, the paper identifies some avenues for making this approach even more impactful in the coming years. The paper will be published by Springer in the conference proceedings.
On another page, Sigma Orionis representatives are featured also among the contributors to the paper titled ’Quantum Information Processes in Protein Microtubules of Brain Neurons’, presented at the 3rd International Conference on Nanotechnologies and Biomedical Engineering and published by Springer in the proceedings. The paper focus on biologically ‘orchestrated’ coherent quantum processes in collections of protein microtubules of brain neurons, which correlate with, and regulate, neuronal synaptic and membrane activity.