Social media and the lack of information for blood donation

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Lorenna Nogueira Pacheco, a doctor who has just experienced of graduating during the coronavirus pandemic at Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Goiás (PUC-Goiás), Brazil. She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece […]

Mobile technology saving lives: Changing healthcare systems with simple technological solutions

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Lorena Batista Boeing and Natalie Sbalqueiro Fogaça, both second year medical students at Faculdade Evangélica Mackenzie do Paraná in Curitiba, Brasil. They are affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly […]

State of the Union: Commission sets out new ambitious mission to lead on supercomputing

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission takes further steps in the Digital Decade agenda to strengthen Europe’s digital sovereignty, as announced by President Ursula von der Leyen in her State of the Union Address on Wednesday. The Commission has proposed a new Regulation for the European High […]

Coronavirus Global Response: the Commission’s contribution to the COVID-19 Vaccine Global Access Facility (COVAX)

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission confirmed its participation in the COVAX Facility for equitable access to affordable COVID-19 vaccines, following its expression of interest on 31 August and its announcement of a contribution of €400 million. In a joint effort between the European Commission and […]

Click and Download: your app is ready to help you save lives

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. João Gilberto Wobeto and Ms. Bárbara Okabaiasse Luizeti, two 4th year medical students at Federal University of Pelotas, in southern Brazil. They are affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly […]

How the power of youth can help fight air pollution across Africa

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Tolu Oni, Professor, School of Public Health and Family Medicine, University of Cambridge Air pollution kills more people in Africa than unsafe drinking water or malnutrition. Tackling this problem will require a concerted effort from both public and […]

Mobile Technology Saving Lives: Changing healthcare systems with simple technological solutions

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Faizan Akram is studying Pharmacy at the Faculty of Pharmacy and Alternative Medicine, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur Pakistan. He 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 […]

Greater EU Civil Protection capacity needed in light of lessons from COVID-19

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The ENVI Committee calls for the revision of the EU’s Civil Protection Mechanism post-2020 so it can better respond to large-scale emergencies such as COVID-19. The EU Civil Protection Mechanism (UCPM) has supported member states to save lives in the midst of earthquakes, hurricanes […]

Young translators at EU schools – Commission opens registration for 2020 translation contest

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission today announced the launch of its annual translation contest for secondary school students from across Europe, Juvenes Translatores. From midday on 2 September, schools from all EU countries will be able to register online so their students can compete with peers from […]

Technology is a means, not an end

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Ana Paula Weber and Mr. Lucas Gheller Machado, medical students in their third year of studies 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 belong strictly to […]

Longer hours, more emails and shorter meetings – working from home in the time of COVID

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Andy Dunn, Writer, Formative Content The average workday during lockdown was 48 minutes longer, report says. So did employees become more flexible to deal with distractions? Or has the line between work and home life become blurred? Employees […]

5 things you might not know about forests – but should

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 Forests cover almost a third of the Earth’s surface. 420 million hectares have been lost since 1990. The UN reveals 5 hidden benefits of forests, from protecting the soil to providing water […]

Reopening schools too early could spread COVID-19 even faster – especially in the developing world

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: David Lagakos, Associate Professor of Economics, Boston University & Emilie Yam, Head of Communications, International Growth Centre Low-income countries face a very different set of circumstances to high-income countries when it comes to reopening schools after lockdown. In […]

COVID-19: This is what worries young people the most

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Alex Thornton, Senior Writer, Formative Content 15- to 24-year-olds worry most about the pandemic’s effect on their mental health. Young people in poorer countries are more likely to be concerned about jobs and income. Global survey shows getting […]

Coronavirus: Commission launches call for innovative response and recovery partnerships between EU regions

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission is launching a call for expressions of interest for thematic partnerships to pilot interregional innovation projects that support the response and recovery following the coronavirus pandemic. The aim of the call is to help regions catch the opportunities emerging from […]

To build back better, we must reinvent capitalism. Here’s how

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Peter Bakker, President and CEO, World Business Council for Sustainable Development & John Elkington, Executive Chairman and Co-Founder, Volans The pandemic has brought into focus many of the vulnerabilities in our systems and institutions. But it also offers […]

MEPs want the EU to play a stronger role in improving public health

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. In a debate on the EU’s future public health strategy, MEPs said COVID-19 has shown that the EU needs stronger tools to deal with health emergencies. In the plenary debate with Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides and the Council, preceding Friday’s vote on a resolution […]

Sanity in times of COVID-19

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Lesley Roks, a fourth year medical student working as Local Supervisory Counselor (L-SupCo) in IFMSA Brazil UniCesumar. 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 […]

Taking care of our routes: the elderly in the time of COVID-19

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Harman Singh Bhatia, a second year psychiatry resident and Ms. Purva Shah, an intern doctor, both of them at Baroda Medical College and SSG Hospital, India. They are affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in […]

Commission publishes EU Code of Conduct on countering illegal hate speech online continues to deliver results

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today the European Commission released the results of its fifth evaluation of the 2016 Code of Conduct on countering illegal hate speech online. The results are overall positive with IT companies assessing 90% of flagged content within 24 hours and removing 71% of the […]

3 challenges facing global gig economy growth after COVID-19

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Yan Xiao, Project Lead, Digital Trade, World Economic Forum & Janette Chung, Product Director, Jobox.ai COVID-19 is accelerating the growth of the cross-border offline-to-online (O2O) gig economy. Cross-border payments need to catch up for the cross-border gig economy […]

Financial markets appear to have rallied. Here’s one way to mitigate further shocks due to COVID-19

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ben Weisman, Project Lead, Financial Innovation, World Economic Forum & Matthew Blake, Head of Shaping the Future of Financial and Monetary Systems, World Economic Forum While fiscal, monetary, and regulatory policy-makers have moved quickly since March to preserve […]

This electric plane has flown successfully for 30 minutes – is this the future of flying?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: David Elliott, Senior Writer, Formative Content World’s largest all-electric plane flew for half an hour over Washington State. It’s a significant development in electrifying flights for short distances. But battery technology is a big obstacle to longer journeys. […]

‘We can use this as an opportunity’ – Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on how African nations can recover after COVID-19

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johnny Wood, Senior Writer, Formative Content Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, ex-finance minister of Nigeria, fears the COVID-19 pandemic could wipe out two or three decades of growth and development on the African continent. Debt standstill arrangements are needed to […]

Wash your hands, but keep your mind clean

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Fernanda Clara da Silva, a student of the fourth period of Medicine of the State University of Rio Grande do Norte-UERN. She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong […]

The planet’s health is our health: why healthcare must go green

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jason Snape, Head of Environmental Protection, AstraZeneca The biopharmaceutical industry is one among many looking to implement a circular economy. Pharmaceuticals are currently approved irrespective of environmental risks – a special status that may have to change. By […]

Coronavirus: EU grants €314 million to innovative companies to combat the virus and support recovery

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission announced today that it has awarded nearly €166 million, via the European Innovation Council (EIC) Accelerator Pilot, to 36 companies set to combat the coronavirus pandemic. In addition, over €148 million will be granted to another 36 companies set to contribute to […]

The Internet of Bodies is here. This is how it could change our lives.

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Xiao Liu, Fellow at the Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, World Economic Forum We’re entering the era of the “Internet of Bodies”: collecting our physical data via a range of devices that can be implanted, swallowed or […]

EP negotiators: recovery plan crucial, but do not trade long-term for short-term

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. It is high time to start negotiations on the MFF with the Council without delay, said the EP’s negotiating team for the long-term EU budget and Own Resources reform. The six members of the MFF/OR negotiating team commented on the Commission’s proposals for a […]

Coronavirus: following Commission’s call, platforms remove millions of misleading ads

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. As part of its commitment to protect consumers online, the European Commission has coordinated a screening (‘sweep’) of websites, with the aim of finding out where consumers in the EU are being subjected to content promoting false claims or scam products in the context […]

Which role does art play in the COVID-19 pandemic?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by  Mr. Bruno Pellozo Cerqueira, a third year medical student at the Federal University of Alagoas, Brazil. He 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 […]

Seeing through the mist of myths of Coronavirus

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. DongGyun Ko, a second year medical student from Hallym University College of Medicine, Republic of Korea. He 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 […]

Here’s how to check in on your AI system, as COVID-19 plays havoc

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Maxwell Hall, Media Lead, Broadcast and Programming, World Economic Forum COVID-19 has disrupted our behaviours, playing havoc with AI systems. Subject matter experts, who understand the context in which an AI system is operating, should assess how the […]