Events throughout Europe bring EU-supported activities to your doorstep.
The GRACE team look into what’s been going on in GRACE cities.


Last week in Lodz, the American and Media Studies Department, University of Lodz, Poland were offering the chance to try on clothes that monitor your heart’s activity through an Electrocardiogram (ECG). The clothing is a modern way to measure human body parameters using textile sensors, and is improving the lives of athletes, hospital patients, and might one day be available on the commercial clothes market. This smart device collects data about the vital parameters of the body and then sends the results to an application installed on your phone. This data can then be read live and uploaded onto the cloud.

On the 7th of May, more than 2700 people ran 13km in Budapest to celebrate the 13th anniversary of Hungary’s accession to the EU. Budapest has just been named the “new running capital of Europe”, and two marathons and two half marathons have been planned for 2017 and 2018.

In the Netherlands there are many different projects that are financially supported by various European funds. During the ‘Europe around the corner’ festival, a large number of projects opened their doors to the public on the 12th and 13th of May 2017. These projects are mostly concerned with the environment, agriculture and technology, including the NewFoss natural grass processor. This state-of-the-art machine, supplied by State Forestry, transforms grass into lignocellulose fiber. This biobased raw material is then processed into cardboard pulp at the Finnish packaging company Huhtamaki. As the first Biobased product, Huhtamaki produces green eggboxes that are made up of 50% of the NewFoss fiber. The innovative egg boxes are located in the shelves of the major supermarkets in the Netherlands.

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