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Illustration: Lucian Brujan/Leopoldina
Scientists from the new EU Member States (EU13) agreed at the “Forum Future Europe” in Berlin to redefine the contribution of education, research and innovation to the advancement of Europe. The meeting took place at the invitation of the Leibniz Association and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.
In a Joint Communiqué, the signatories from Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia, argue that decisions on the future of the EU must be evidence-based. The research community should and will provide and better communicate scientific advice for such decisions.
Leopoldina-President Jörg Hacker draws up a positive conclusion from the conference: “‘Forum Future Europe’ made two aspects clear: first, there is still plenty of need for discussion in Europe about education, research and innovation and after 15 years from the EU-enlargement, considerable disparities between East and West, North and South still remain. We must reduce these disparities. Second, the EU13 colleagues are well aware of their responsibility for the advancement of the EU as a whole. They have transmitted an undoubted message of cooperation readiness. Politicians and the general public need answers from scientists, for example in advising on thematic issues or in shaping education, research and innovation policy.”
The Leopoldina and the Leibniz Association organised “Forum Future Europe” based on their manifold relations with partners in the EU13 states. They invited to Berlin key stakeholders of the national science systems to develop a joint contribution, particularly to the forthcoming EU Framework Programme “Horizon Europe”.