Strategies and tools for Grand Challenges responding research

06.03.2012
50 high-level participants from academia, policy makers, research financiers and industry, as well as members of the NordForsk Board, gathered in Brussels 28 February at the first annual meeting organised by NordForsk to shed light upon common Nordic-European issues. The main topic was how Europe can boost its productivity and generate long-term growth by addressing major societal challenges.

-The issues addressed in response to Grand Challenges should be based on political decisions, but the elaboration of them should be left to knowledge triangle based expertise, said NordForsk Director Gunnel Gustafsson in her opening speech. - A new way to perceive the interconnectedness between nature and human action is needed in order to unleash Europe’s full potential to turn problems into opportunities with the help of knowledge.

The chairs of each of the five ERAC (ERA Committee) working groups presented their input to the discussion, see the presentatione here.

One of the conclusions of the day was that platforms or organisations such as NordForsk seem to be needed to drive processes further, which facilitate a la carte commitment and trust to move quickly from policy to action.

 

Text and photo: Anne Riiser

Image caption: Dialogue between Gunnel Gustafsson, NordForsk and Bjarne Kirsebom, the Swedish Ministry of Education and Research.

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