Dr. Alaa Ezz - How do you see research and innovation making a difference for a better future?
Actually there are three elements in this. The first has to be demand driven. The problem of research and innovation historically was that we used to do research for the sake of research. We don't have this leisure anymore, we have to focus on the meagre funds that are available on more demand driven approaches. The second issue is that there has been a lot of applicable technologies and innovation that have been developed but we lack the marketing arm for it and I think we should have some sort of regional major programmes linking all the 'bric-a-brac' of not only the European Commission programmes, but also member states programmes and all the wealth that has been generated to be utilised for the better of both Europe and the southern Mediterranean.
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