No Europe of knowledge...
In March 2000, the Lisbon declaration was approved: Europe should become the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy in the world, capable of sustainable economic growth with more and better jobs and greater social cohesion.
... without adequate Human Resources
Scientific and technological development was since then at the core of EU objectives.
In 2002, the EU Barcelona Summit called for an increase in the proportion of European GDP invested in research from 1.9 % to 3 %. In terms of human resources, an extra 0.5 million researchers (or 1.2 million research related personnel) are needed to meet that goal between now and 2010.
A working group appointed by Philippe Busquin
As part of the European Commission's broad
strategy to address the Lisbon and Barcelona
goals, an independent High Level Group on
Increasing Human Resources for Science and
Technology in Europe, chaired by Prof. José
Mariano Gago, was appointed by the European
Commissioner for Research.
This High Level Group (J.M.Gago, J.Ziman, P. Caro, S. Sjøberg, G. Davies, C. Constantinou, I. Parchmann, M. Rannikmäe) analysed the current European situation and undertook an extensive consultation process with many relevant stakeholders in Europe as well as with the EC and with national governments.
The findings of the HLG show that the Lisbon and Barcelona targets will not be attainable without deliberate and sustained positive action.
An international conference
The provisional findings and recommendations
of the High Level Group were presented and
discussed at an International Conference held
in Brussels on April 2, 2004.
The main topics of the
The need for increasing human resources for the scientific and technological development of the European Union
- Demand and Supply in the Science, Engineering and Technology Labour Market
- Career Perspectives in S&T
- Higher Education and Research Training
- Schooling in Science, Engineering and Technology
- The Social and Cultural Context of Recruitment to S&T Careers
The conference was very
well attended and proved to be instrumental
in the finalisation of the group's
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