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Research Chief Wants to Make Science Matter

Science  10 Dec 1999:
Vol. 286, Issue 5447, pp. 2065-2067
DOI: 10.1126/science.286.5447.2065

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BRUSSELS-- For 2 decades, the European Union (EU) has been pouring billions of euros into cross-border research projects, yet the community of European scientists remains fragmented and insular compared to their colleagues across the Atlantic. Research funding, on average, lags behind the United States and Japan; and national governments jealously guard their right to make most of the big research funding decisions. Now Philippe Busquin, the EU's new research chief, is seeking to change all that by encouraging more mobility and cooperation among Europe's top researchers, overhauling some of the EU's own research labs and big-ticket science programs, and bringing the research directorate's scientific expertise to the heart of EU decision-making.