EU moves to unify science

Europe must invest more money and create better infrastructure to support science in order to remain globally competitive, said an independent panel of scientists advising the European Union in a linkurl:report;http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/09/1424&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en released today (October 6). Image: WikimediaThe group, called the European Research Area Board (ERAB), pointed out that Europe spends only 1% of its GDP on research, in compar

Edyta Zielinska
Oct 5, 2009
Europe must invest more money and create better infrastructure to support science in order to remain globally competitive, said an independent panel of scientists advising the European Union in a linkurl:report;http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/09/1424&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en released today (October 6).
Image: Wikimedia
The group, called the European Research Area Board (ERAB), pointed out that Europe spends only 1% of its GDP on research, in comparison with 1.69% in the US and 2.62% in Japan. And although European researchers produce a third of all research papers world-wide, research published in the US is more highly cited. In today's report, the board proposed six strategies to unify and strengthen science in Europe -- from improving mobility of scientists to promoting scientific excellence over nationalism. The ERA initiative was created in 2000 to provide a unified structure for science, but efforts to integrate research across nations soon stalled. Last year, the European Commission assembled 22 academic, non-profit, and...
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