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Getting Researchers to Pull Together

Science  21 Jan 2000:
Vol. 287, Issue 5452, pp. 405-406
DOI: 10.1126/science.287.5452.405a

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Research in the European Union (E.U.) tends to be driven by the policies and leading laboratories of its 15 member nations rather than by any overarching vision across the whole community. To help put an end to what he calls the "fragmentation, isolation, and compartmentalization of national research efforts" in Europe, the E.U.'s new research commissioner, Philippe Busquin, this week proposed to create a new council of senior officials from pan-European research centers that have a major influence on European research but are run independently by different groups of countries, not by the E.U.