Draw me the ERA!

© CNRS Photothèque/Hubert Raguet
© CNRS Photothèque/Hubert Raguet
© European Commission
© European Commission

Understanding the European Research Area (ERA) and the complex terminology used to define it during its creation is certainly a formidable task but not an insurmountable one. “One only understands the things that one tames,” says the fox in Saint-Exupéry’s fable, The Little Prince. In order to feel comfortable with the various structures and tools that enable European research to meet citizens’ needs and are helping to build the soaring edifice of the ERA, we need to start by taming them. “What does that mean, ‘tame’?” asks the little prince. “It means to establish ties,” answers the fox. To the average person, the European Research Area remains an abstract institutional concept with no direct bearing on their daily lives. This misconception needs to be corrected by ‘humanising’ the inner workings of this powerhouse designed to propel Europe into the ranks of a knowledge and society economy.


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