Science is key to economic recovery

Science is key to economic recovery

”Science is a key to recovery for Europe,” said Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, European Commissioner for Research, Innovation & Science, at the opening of Euroscience Open Forum 2012 in Dublin. NordForsk is present at the five days conference with a large stand in the exhibit hall. A number of leading Nordic researchers have been selected to give speeches on topics ranging from eScience to brain research, educational policy, ageing, Nordic diet, and the challenges of communicating climate change.

“There is a risk that science might be seen as luxury, but science is fundamental. We need more science and better science in Europe,” the commissioner urged, adding that a bigger share of Europe’s total resources should go to science, research and innovation. 

Geoghegan-Quinn pointed out that investment in science is investment in companies and jobs. And she was pleased to note that science is on top of the media’s agenda just a week after CERN’s historic Higgs boson announcement.

The Euroscience Open Forum, ESOF 2012, is one of the largest science gatherings in Europe ever. Its main purpose is to showcase the best in public and private research and connect to the public. The conference, with representatives of more than 70 countries, was officially opened on Wednesday, 11 July, by Michael D. Higgins, president of Ireland.

ESOF was held for the first time in Stockholm in 2004, and will next be staged in Copenhagen in 2014.

Text: Dag Inge Danielsen

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