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Cristina Garmendia and Janez Potocnik

ERA conference 2009: an important step to strengthen research policy

As Europe grapples with the fallout from the economic downturn, there is a risk that research falls off the policy agenda.

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Speakers of the parallel session 1.1

ERA: what is in it for researchers ?

The European Union produces more science and engineering graduates than the US and Japan combined, but this excellent human potential is underused: both the US and Japan have a far higher share of researchers in their workforce.

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Jan-Eric Sundgren

ERA: what is in it for business?

Europe has never been short of smart, creative minds capable of developing brilliant research.
But that ability is not always matched by a similar capacity to translate research into money-spinning products.

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Tobias Krantz

ERA: what is in it for member countries?

The European Research Area aims to integrate the EUís scientific resources, but until now, EU member states have dragged their feet on bringing together their national research and development programmes.
As a result, the resources available for common research have been lower than hoped for, and the level of coordination has been low.

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Speakers of the parallel session 1.7

ERA: united in diversity?

In some respects, the European Unionís research efforts are hampered by one of its very assets: diversity.

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John Wood

ERA: a brighter future for Europe?

It was almost eight years ago that EU leaders agreed to boost average research expenditure to 3% of gross domestic product (GDP) by 2010. But current research spending languishes at 1.85% of EU GDP, and there is little indication it will rise next year to meet its target.

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Conference conclusions

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