5. The Challenges for Research & Technology
5.3 Sustaining the Flow of Technology
Value in the European Research Area
The strategy for aeronautics must emphasise its output - better services, meeting social and business needs, creating competing products. This output will rely fundamentally on the creation and exploitation of new technology.
The existence of knowledgeable and well trained scientists, engineers and managers is the unquestionable prerequisite for meeting these challenges. A joint effort by the states, the industry, research institutions and, of course, educational institutions is necessary to attract talented people to work in aeronautics.
Creating new technology-based capabilities has three main elements:
Each of these has important implications for the European Research Area, providing an important contribution to the European research potential
Focus can be shared. These proposals assert that by sharing a discussion with the stakeholders in the European air transport system we can achieve a better focus and derive better, clearer directions for future research programmes.
But content considerations do not mean that no co-operation is possible. Europe has outstanding abilities to create collaborative programmes in research. These work well when the programme meets the collective aims of the group or combines excellence in a powerful co-operation.
The aspiration for Europe, therefore, lies in creating a flexible set of mechanisms that respect the diversity of Europe but enable European strengths to be fully realised.
We must use the centres of European excellence, whether in industry, academia or in institutions, to further European goals. Excellence will have many faces.
Effective, market leading products and services will require the best technical capabilities that Europe can deliver. However, in order fully to unfold our strength the European Research Area needs shared visibility, harmonisation and efficiency.