Brussels, 11 June 2003
The new issue of RTD info brings you news and
views from the latest avenues of European research as Research
Commissioner Philippe Busquin charts progress down the path to an
integrated European Research Area. Putting safety first, a special
dossier highlights how cutting-edge technologies are helping to make
Europe’s roads safer. And there’s plenty more to discover...
Europe’s roads kill some 40 000 people each
year and leave thousands more injured. The European Union is
committed to the ambitious goal of halving this worrying death toll
by 2010. In a special 11-page dossier, RTD info examines how
state-of-the-art research promises to save lives.
We explore how scientists are vigorously pushing
the boundaries of ‘active’ and ‘passive’ vehicle safety and
why a new generation of test crash dummies (and computer models) are
no dunces when it comes to designing safer cars. Our special
reportage also examines efforts to build ‘intelligent’ driving
systems that help motorists interact more closely with their
vehicles and the road environment.
The Sixth Framework Programme is helping mould an
integrated European Research Area. Research Commissioner Philippe
Busquin, who initiated this crucial project, gives his assessment of
the current state of play in an exclusive interview with RTD info.
We follow Eurobarometer to the candidate
countries and see how perceptions of science and technology in the
future Member States measure up to those in current EU countries.
Also on the menu, GMOs provide developing
countries with the prospect of better meeting their burgeoning food
demand, despite the controversy surrounding them. We look at efforts
to develop drought-resistant plants and improve stock-rearing
RTD Info takes you on a voyage of discovery
through the digital cosmos, explores efforts to get Europe to kick
its antibiotics habit, and finds out how EU research policy has
developed a soft spot for the ‘soft’ sciences.
Interviews with key players in research and the
views of opinion-setters make RTD info a must for anyone interested
in science and research. The newly revamped on-line version’s
attractive, user-friendly interface makes navigating the issue
easier and more enjoyable.
You can obtain a free copy by e-mailing Research DG contacts,
or read it on-line at:
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