Irish Examiner: supplement on 60 years of European Unity
Researchers aided by the EU play a major role across the globe in developing valuable ideas, writes Máire Geoghegan-Quinn.
HORIZON 2020, the EU’s instrument supporting research, innovation, and science worth nearly €80bn over the next seven years, is one of the most open publicly funded programmes of its kind worldwide.
Representatives from the research, education, private, and public sectors from 185 different countries have already participated in the previous EU R&D framework programme.
From Accra to Adelaide, from Buenos Aires to Beijing, European researchers and industries have collaborated and continue to do so with partners around the world on a range of different topics.
Global societal challenges such as climate change, food security, an ageing population, energy security, and combating disease, require an increasingly concerted international research effort.
European scientists and researchers must work in a spirit of co-operation with the best international talent if Europe is to create the goods, processes, and services necessary to tackle these societal challenges.