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Number 34
July 2002

  RTD info
    News in Brief, Publications, New on the Web
     
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Feature Sustainable development
   
  Johannesburg, capital of the Earth
  Sharing knowledge
A conversation with Christian Patermann, director of the European research programme in the field of the environment and sustainable development.
  Science and the environment: a gradual awakening
Flashback on the development of the knowledge sector.
  Rio + 10: what’s new?
Apart from ever more advanced knowledge and technologies, sustainable development needs new principles of governance based on balance and equity.
  European excellence
As a major force in the defence of the environment, Europe certainly owes its pugnacity to the dynamism of its research.
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What is a university ‘worth’?
Universities, too, have to prove their efficiency. Evaluations, both internal and external, are on the increase.
   
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Towards a knowledge ‘market’
Patents and intellectual property are the subject of passionate debate in the field of public research.
   
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The controversial grace period
To publish or patent? A grace period, sought by many researchers, would defuse the dilemma.
   
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Dispelling the scientific illiteracy myth
Is scientific literacy on the decline? The findings of RTD info’s own survey.
   
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Sixth Framework Programme - On the starting block
   
Feature Rail transport
   
  The new battle for the railways
The Union plays the harmonisation card to create a new European rail area.
  High-speed Europe
The TGV: a viable mode of transport for the European continent.
  Research compartment
Philippe Renard, President of the European Rail Research Advisory Group (EARRC), discusses the research themes adopted by the group.
  Taking the Green Line
Environment-friendly rail is determined to pursue its efforts – in particular by reducing noise pollution.
  The safety factor
As a highly reliable means of transport, the railways aim to increase their traffic without compromising on safety.
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