The EU Commissioner for
Science and Research warned that European scientists need to work
much more closely together if Europe is to avoid slipping behind
the United States, China and Japan.
Janez Potocnik was speaking at the first in a series of media
briefings aimed at making scientists aware of the help on offer at
European level – and how to access it.
He warned that countries in other parts of the world are
spending a far bigger proportion of their gross domestic product on
scientific research, and that Europe’s only option is to pool
resources and share facilities.
One such facility is the Diamond synchrotron - or super
microscope – currently being built at the Rutherford Appleton
Laboratory near Oxford.
Europe’s top scientists have welcomed the new emphasis on
collaboration and are hoping it will stop the so-called brain
Research-TV carried exclusive coverage of the event -
held on 3 March at the CCLRC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory near
Oxford, UK - on Friday 4 March 2005.
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