Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

The European Research Area needs to take account of the Developing Countries and the Millennium Development Goals

08.10.2007
Scientists and policy makers are meeting in Lisbon the 8-10 October to discuss “The future of science and technology in Europe”.

A group of influential life scientists, about half of whom are from developing countries, have set up European Action on Global Life Sciences (EAGLES). They are concerned that European life sciences are not using their potential to help solve the problems of food, health and environment faced by the poor in the developing countries. Europe, with its huge scientific power to fight diseases and improve food production should have more focus on global health problems such as HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Malaria, Chronic and Tropical diseases and help improve and stabilise agricultural production in the developing world.

Unfortunately global development has been given a very low priority in the 7th Framework Programme. It is seen as a step backwards that the current Framework Programme did not dedicate a specific budget for international cooperation. The new vision is to open up all areas of the Framework Programme to international collaboration, but without a dedicated programme the poor and weak countries which have the biggest health and agricultural problems to solve will have no chance in the competition for resources.

The “public consultation process” preceding the meeting in Lisbon did not give opportunities to express specific concerns, but was conducted as a pre defined questionnaire with a quantitative ranking of priorities. EAGLES was one of many organisations which could not respond on this consultation due to its narrow pre defined questions. We fear that wrong conclusions could be drawn from this process at the meeting in Lisbon.

We note that there is no section in the programme of the conference for discussion of the role of science in promoting development in the Third World, and no reference to the role of European science in achieving the Millennium Development Goals

A much stronger dialogue is required in which the needs, the opinions and the voices of the emerging and developing countries can be clearly identified, heard and heeded. EAGLES is a platform for achieving this dialogue between scientists from the developing countries and European politicians, policy makers, members of the media and other leaders of public opinion.

Not only scientists but many citizens of European countries believe that Europe has a duty to find solutions for poverty, hunger, thirst, disease and environmental degradation in the developing countries. “A world divided cannot stand; humanity cannot survive partly rich and mostly poor” (Ismail Serageldin, Chairman of EAGLES)

Jens Degett | alfa
Further information:
http://www.efb-central.org/eagles/site

More articles from Social Sciences:

nachricht Geographers provide new insight into commuter megaregions of the US
01.12.2016 | Dartmouth College

nachricht Sustainable Development Goals lead to lower population growth
30.11.2016 | International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)

All articles from Social Sciences >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Novel silicon etching technique crafts 3-D gradient refractive index micro-optics

A multi-institutional research collaboration has created a novel approach for fabricating three-dimensional micro-optics through the shape-defined formation of porous silicon (PSi), with broad impacts in integrated optoelectronics, imaging, and photovoltaics.

Working with colleagues at Stanford and The Dow Chemical Company, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign fabricated 3-D birefringent...

Im Focus: Quantum Particles Form Droplets

In experiments with magnetic atoms conducted at extremely low temperatures, scientists have demonstrated a unique phase of matter: The atoms form a new type of quantum liquid or quantum droplet state. These so called quantum droplets may preserve their form in absence of external confinement because of quantum effects. The joint team of experimental physicists from Innsbruck and theoretical physicists from Hannover report on their findings in the journal Physical Review X.

“Our Quantum droplets are in the gas phase but they still drop like a rock,” explains experimental physicist Francesca Ferlaino when talking about the...

Im Focus: MADMAX: Max Planck Institute for Physics takes up axion research

The Max Planck Institute for Physics (MPP) is opening up a new research field. A workshop from November 21 - 22, 2016 will mark the start of activities for an innovative axion experiment. Axions are still only purely hypothetical particles. Their detection could solve two fundamental problems in particle physics: What dark matter consists of and why it has not yet been possible to directly observe a CP violation for the strong interaction.

The “MADMAX” project is the MPP’s commitment to axion research. Axions are so far only a theoretical prediction and are difficult to detect: on the one hand,...

Im Focus: Molecules change shape when wet

Broadband rotational spectroscopy unravels structural reshaping of isolated molecules in the gas phase to accommodate water

In two recent publications in the Journal of Chemical Physics and in the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, researchers around Melanie Schnell from the Max...

Im Focus: Fraunhofer ISE Develops Highly Compact, High Frequency DC/DC Converter for Aviation

The efficiency of power electronic systems is not solely dependent on electrical efficiency but also on weight, for example, in mobile systems. When the weight of relevant components and devices in airplanes, for instance, is reduced, fuel savings can be achieved and correspondingly greenhouse gas emissions decreased. New materials and components based on gallium nitride (GaN) can help to reduce weight and increase the efficiency. With these new materials, power electronic switches can be operated at higher switching frequency, resulting in higher power density and lower material costs.

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE together with partners have investigated how these materials can be used to make power...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

Event News

ICTM Conference 2017: Production technology for turbomachine manufacturing of the future

16.11.2016 | Event News

Innovation Day Laser Technology – Laser Additive Manufacturing

01.11.2016 | Event News

#IC2S2: When Social Science meets Computer Science - GESIS will host the IC2S2 conference 2017

14.10.2016 | Event News

 
Latest News

UTSA study describes new minimally invasive device to treat cancer and other illnesses

02.12.2016 | Medical Engineering

Plasma-zapping process could yield trans fat-free soybean oil product

02.12.2016 | Agricultural and Forestry Science

What do Netflix, Google and planetary systems have in common?

02.12.2016 | Physics and Astronomy

VideoLinks
B2B-VideoLinks
More VideoLinks >>>