Issue 2 of Science and Technology emerges following a flurry of efforts designed to respond to societal challenges and secure Europe’s scientific future, not least of which was the announcement of the European Commission’s follow-up to the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) funding structure. The new framework, dubbed ‘Horizon 2020’ (H2020), will launch in 2014 and seek to support a number of pillars which will boost European growth, competition and sustainable development.
The focus on scientific innovation under Horizon 2020 is essential to addressing many of Europe’s societal challenges, a fact which is welcomed by Professor Paul Boyle, president of Science Europe, in the introduction to this edition. The publication also features a special feature on space, featuring contributions from the European Space Agency and the UK’s Astronomer Royal, Professor Lord Martin Rees.
How might funding for research change under H2020?
- Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn gives an exclusive interview in which she outlines her proposals for the Horizon 2020 framework programme;
- Commissioner Johannes Hahn explains the importance of refocusing research and development funding towards less-developed regions;
- Leonid Litra, of Moldova’s Institute for Development and Social Initiatives, talks about the country becoming an associate member of FP7; and
- Commission Vice President Olli Rehn discusses building a stronger fiscal foundation for Europe, to tackle the Eurozone crisis.
How is science tackling societal challenges?
- Commissioner Connie Hedegaard explains how a new, more ambitious climate regime will help to meet Europe’s environmental targets;
- Stephan Harbarth of the European Commission’s SATURN project argues for an interdisciplinary approach to tackling antimicrobial resistance;
- Commissioner Cecilia Malmström highlights the value of migration, acknowledging the positive impact that free movement of people can have for research communities;
- The European Environmental Bureau’s Pieter de Pous outlines his organisation’s priorities for the renewal of the EU’s Environmental Action Plan; and
- Dr Denis Alexander, director of the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion at the University of Cambridge, sheds light on the intersection between religion and scientific research.