Why women don’t speak up on Zoom calls – and why that’s a problem

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Natalie Marchant, Writer, Formative Content Women are systematically seen as less authoritative, study shows. Gender biases still shape the rules of social engagement. Changing the environment in the room – rather than changing women’s behaviour – should be […]

How a start-up in India is pioneering a way to tackle the global e-waste problem

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Harry Kretchmer, Senior Writer, Formative Content Electronic waste is one of the world’s fastest-growing environmental challenges – and opportunities. Currently the world is only processing 20% of e-waste appropriately. Indian start-up, Karo Sambhav, is helping to tackle the […]

European Citizens’ Initiative: Commission decides to register an initiative for ‘a ban on biometric mass surveillance practices’

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission decided to register a European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) entitled ‘Civil society initiative for a ban on biometric mass surveillance practices’. The organisers of the ECI urge the Commission to propose a legal act to permanently end indiscriminate and arbitrarily-targeted uses […]

Coronavirus response and recovery: EU support for regions to work together in innovative pilot projects

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has announced the winners of a new EU-funded initiative for interregional partnerships in four areas: coronavirus-related innovative solutions, circular economy in health, sustainable and digital tourism, and hydrogen technologies in carbon–intensive regions. The aim of this new pilot action, which builds on […]

This company is combining video calls with pop-up clinics to help more people get the care they need

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Douglas Broom, Senior Writer, Formative Content The use of telemedicine has surged during the COVID-19 pandemic. Start-up Carbon Health is working to make it accessible to underserved communities. Its founder says it has reduced costs by using technology […]

European Innovation Council Fund: first equity investments of €178 million in breakthrough innovations

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has announced today the first round of direct equity investment through the new European Innovation Council (EIC) Fund. 42 highly innovative start-ups and small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) will together receive equity financing of around €178 million to develop and scale up breakthrough […]

European Commission authorises second safe and effective vaccine against COVID-19

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission has granted a conditional marketing authorisation (CMA) for the COVID‑19 vaccine developed by Moderna, the second COVID-19 vaccine authorised in the EU. This authorisation follows a positive scientific recommendation based on a thorough assessment of the safety, effectiveness and quality […]

Vaccine nationalism – and how it could affect us all

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Harry Kretchmer, Senior Writer, Formative Content The richest nations have secured billions of doses of COVID-19 vaccines, while developing economies struggle to access supplies. Vaccine nationalism – where countries push to get first access – could slow the […]

These charts show that even before COVID, most children weren’t doing enough exercise

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Emma Charlton, Senior Writer, Formative Content Only around one in four 11-year-olds in the EU reported one hour a day of exercise, according to OECD data. Girls are less physically active than boys in all countries surveyed. 76% […]

Closing the gaps in accelerating women’s rights: the role of medical students

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Vandana Kumari, a 24 year-old, final year MBBS Student in krishna Institute of Medical Sciences Deemed University Karad, Maharashtra, India. She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the […]

How COVID-19 accelerated the shift towards TradeTech

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Pavitra Raja, Community Specialist, Social Entrepreneurs – Europe and the Americas, World Economic Forum Visibility and data-sharing are critical for 21st century supply chain and logistics management. Trading restrictions caused by COVID-19 create opportunities for start-ups. 3D-printing, robotics […]

7 lessons leaders should take from the COVID-19 crisis

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Amal Amin, Associate Professor, National Research Center; Founder and Chair, Women in Science Without Borders The pandemic is an opportunity to rethink humanity’s future. From better decision-making to the need for international cooperation, here are seven things we […]

Bosnia and Herzegovina: EU allocates additional €3.5 million to support vulnerable refugees and migrants

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has announced today an additional €3.5 million in humanitarian aid to help vulnerable refugees and migrants in Bosnia and Herzegovina facing a humanitarian disaster. More than 1,700 refugees and migrants remain without appropriate shelter and support in Una Sana canton. After […]

State aid: Commission approves €1.25 billion German measure to recapitalise TUI

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved German plans to contribute up to €1.25 billion to the recapitalisation of TUI AG (TUI), the parent company of the TUI Group, as part of a wider support package. The measure was approved under the State aid Temporary Framework. […]

How teaching ‘future resilient’ skills can help workers adapt to automation

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Shalin Jyotishi, Senior Policy Analyst, Center for Education and Labor, New America Automation will create jobs but puts some occupations at risk, especially those involving routine or a low skill level; A faster, more affordable pathway to upskilling […]

COVID-19: What you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic on 4 January

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Joe Myers, Writer, Formative Content This daily round-up brings you a selection of the latest news and updates on the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, as well as tips and tools to help you stay informed and protected. Top stories: […]

Sex education in Schools conducted by medical students

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Udita Ganguly, a second year medical student of Dr DY Patil Medical College who likes to bombard people frequently with her views on women’s rights and health. She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions […]

This is how COVID-19 has impacted workers’ lives around the world

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Emma Charlton, Senior Writer, Formative Content COVID-19 prompted about 30% of employed adults to take a leave of absence, according to a new World Economic Forum-Ipsos survey. 56% experienced increased anxiety around job security. 55% found changes in […]

The US is building a bike trail that runs coast-to-coast across 12 states

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Natalie Marchant, Writer, Formative Content The Great American Rail-Trail will be almost 6,000km when complete, and will serve 50 million people within 80km of the route. Trails have proved invaluable for recreation and transport during lockdown. Cycling and […]

Bosnia and Herzegovina: EU allocates additional €3.5 million to support vulnerable refugees and migrants

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has announced today an additional €3.5 million in humanitarian aid to help vulnerable refugees and migrants in Bosnia and Herzegovina facing a humanitarian disaster. More than 1,700 refugees and migrants remain without appropriate shelter and support in Una Sana canton. After […]

EU-China Leaders’ meeting: Delivering results by standing firm on EU interests and values

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Union (represented by President of the European Council, Charles Michel and President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen held a leaders’ meeting with China (represented by President Xi Jinping) via videoconference on 30 December 2020. The European Union (represented by […]

Paliative care and Universal Healthcare

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Manisha Das, a medical student in Dhaka Medical College and Hospital, Bangladesh. She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writer and do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s […]

Closing the gaps in accelerating women’s rights: The role of medical students

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Tishtar Chindhy, a final year student (MBBS) at RCSM GMC Kolhapur, Kolhapur, Maharashtra, India. She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writer and do not necessarily […]

Coronavirus and sourdough – this is what we searched for online in 2020

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Victoria Masterson, Senior Writer, Formative Content Billions of Google searches show some topics had a surge of interest in 2020. Many searches reflect global impact of the COVID pandemic. Kobe Bryant, Joe Biden, Zoom, dalgona coffee and fostering […]

EU mobilises emergency assistance for Croatia in the aftermath of devastating earthquake

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The EU Civil Protection Mechanism has been activated to assist Croatia in the aftermath of a 6.4 magnitude earthquake, following a request for assistance from Croatian authorities on 29 December. Today, Vice-President of the European Commission Dubravka Šuica and the European Commissioner for Crisis […]

Q&A: EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI)

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. What are the benefits of the CAI for the EU? It will significantly improve the market access conditions for EU companies in China, in terms of predictability and new market openings; it will help to rebalance the current asymmetry in our respective market openness; […]

The circular economy could forever change how cars are made – here’s how

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Christoph Wolff, Head of Shaping the Future of Mobility, World Economic Forum & Thomas Deloison, Director, Mobility, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) The auto industry has driven technological and manufacturing revolutions. With the shift to electric […]

Women’s rights and how medical students can act as aides of progressive change

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Tanaya Agrawal, a 22 year old third year Medical Student from Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS), India. She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writer […]

The journey begins – 2021 is the European Year of Rail!

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Friday, 1 January 2021, marks the beginning of the European Year of Rail. The European Commission initiative will highlight the benefits of rail as a sustainable, smart and safe means of transport. A variety of activities will put rail in the spotlight throughout 2021 […]

Confidence in the COVID-19 vaccine grows in UK and US, but global concerns about side effects are on the rise

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kirsten Salyer, Opinion Editor, World Economic Forum The latest World Economic Forum-Ipsos survey on vaccine confidence shows that strong intent to get a COVID-19 vaccine has risen in the UK and the US, two countries where vaccines have […]

How a new encryption technique can help protect privacy amid COVID-19

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Dalia Khader, Divisional CISO, Swisslife Global Solution & Husna Siddiqi, Independent Advisory Board Member, UKRI Centre for ART-AI, University of Bath COVID-19 has brought the debate on balancing privacy and public interest to the fore. A technique called […]

Glass ceiling being broken into pieces

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Talyta Thibes Tecilla and Ms. Bruna Braga Kapusta, two 21 year old medical students in the 8th period of medicine at Unicesumar, Brazil. They are affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece […]

State aid: Commission approves €73 million of Italian support to compensate Alitalia for further damages suffered due to coronavirus outbreak

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has found €73.02 million of Italian support in favour of Alitalia to be in line with EU State aid rules. This measure aims at compensating the airline for the damages suffered on 19 routes due to the coronavirus outbreak between 16 June and 31 […]