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Pirjo Pasanen - How do you see research and innovation making a difference for a better future?

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I think it's our biggest chance, in a way. We do need research and we do need pure research, I'm very sure of that. But without the innovation and without commercialization I don't think we can solve any of the big problems with environment and all the energy crisis and these sorts of things. I do believe in technology and I do believe that's one way of solving these problems. It also brings up a lot of responsibility for the researchers, they have to think about how they can also benefit the society and not just do pure research. And I also think that for companies I would like to see some signs, also companies taking up these kinds of social responsaibilities and solving the problems because in the long run I think that would be also beneficial for them,not just for the next quarter.

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