Attractiveness of the EU for Top Scientists

  • Author: ChemistryViews
  • Published: 16 November 2012
  • Copyright: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim
  • Source / Publisher: European Parliament
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While the EU has a strong research base it does not seem to have an environment
to attract the world’s top researchers. This is one of the results of a study requested by the European Parliament’s Industry, Research and Energy Committee (ITRE). The place of preference for leading scientists is the USA, while other countries, such as China, India, or Brazil enter the world competition for scientific excellence as very strong contenders.

The report concludes that it is urgent for Europe to develop policies to actively attract and retain the world’s best researchers, in order for the EU to re-enter the world-wide competition in science and innovation. Important parameters should include: the focus on research, funding for long-term and high-risk research, less administrative burdens, flexibility in terms of hiring highly qualified and promising researchers and the ability to offer attractive remuneration packages.

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