Recipe of light

Certain “recipe of light” as combinations of blue, red and ultraviolet light can enhance plant growth and could reduce the use of pesticides. A 20,000-square-metre light installation in the Netherlands is contributing to sustainable agriculture. The vertically placed LEDs in a field of leek are said to increase crop growth. UV light could also reduce the use of pesticides by up to 50%, according to Daan Roosegaarde, the designer behind the project.  Sustainable agriculture is key to ensuring food security for all, says the FAO. -Read on at -

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Open Science – European Commission

The European Commission has awarded a contract for the setting up of an open access publishing platform “ Open Science” for scientific articles as a free service for Horizon 2020 beneficiaries. The EU’s new open-access platform will levy a €780 article processing charge. — Read on More updates and useful links in our blog at

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EIT Health Idays

The European Institut for Innovation & Technology (EIT) the promotes now health innovation among university students through one-to-two-day programmes Innovation Days (i-Days) held at academic institutions. — Read on More updates and useful links in our blog at


Innovation Research: Share Health App Data with Health Insurance

Every Second Individual Would Like to Share Health App Data with Health Insurance  (in German).  Für die Studie befragte das TAB im April 1059 Personen aus der deutschen Wohnbevölkerung im Alter von 16 bis 74 Jahren über den Adressenpool eines Online-Panels. Die Forscher resümieren, dass trotz der vergleichsweise hohen Verbreitung der Anwendungen zur gesundheitlichen Selbstvermessung "verlässliche Nachweise einer präventiven oder gesundheitsfördernden Wirkung" nicht existierten. Dabei sei zu bedenken, "dass die Apps neben fehlendem Nutzen grundsätzlich auch ein Schadenspotenzial aufweisen können". Die "Entwicklung von qualitätsbezogenen Standards einschließlich geeigneter Prozesse für die Qualitätssicherung" durch politische Institutionen und Akteure scheine daher geboten. Die Bundesregierung will derweil Gesundheits-Apps gratis per Rezept verfügbar machen. (bme) — Read on: More updates and useful links in our blog at    


Funding for Health Campaigns

Innovations for Improving the Impact of Health Campaigns (Round 24) is a new funding round of Melinda and Bill Gates Foundation. Innovations in approaches, practices, or tools that: dramatically improve the planning and microplanning, implementation / operations, and monitoring and evaluation that will lead to improved effectiveness of campaigns can be applied in low- and middle-income countries will be supported. GRAND CHALLENGES EXPLORATIONS DATE OPEN: 18 SEP 2019 DEADLINE: 13 NOV 2019 - 11:30AM PST — Read on More updates and useful links in our blog at


Digital health prescription platform Xealth raises $11M Series A | MobiHealthNews

The Providence-St. Joseph Health spinoff's platform allows clinicians to prescribe apps and other digital tools to patients through their normal EHR workflow. — Read on More updates and useful links in our blog at


New WHO Guideline on Digital Healthcare

The key aim of the following  guideline of World Health Organisation (WHO) is to present recommendations based on a critical evaluation of the evidence on emerging digital health interventions that are contributing to health system improvements, based on an assessment of the benefits, harms, acceptability, feasibility, resource use and equity considerations. For the purposes of this version of the guideline, the recommendations examine the extent to which digital health interventions, primarily available via mobile devices, are able to address health system challenges along the pathway to UHC. By reviewing the evidence of different digital interventions against comparative options, as well as assessing the risks, this guideline aims to equip health policy-makers and other stakeholders with recommendations and implementation considerations for making informed investments into digital health interventions. — Read on: More information about World Health Organisation you will find at The latest news from our blog at