Combatting intellectual waste

The world is changing faster than ever, and we are facing complex problems such as global warming, environmental pollution, or the need for new medicines for the ageing population. Research is one of the best ways of addressing these challenges. Systematic scientific methods and international collaboration networks are the key to first understanding and then improving the present solutions or conditions. However, no matter how good the new inventions are, they are not of any benefit if they stay inside the academia or the R&D department. It is hence crucial to ensure that the acquired knowledge and the developed technologies are efficiently disseminated and exploited in the society and for the benefit of our planet.

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