Daniel Zajfman, head of the Weizmann Institute, one of Israel’s leading research universities, explains his formula for promoting excellence. Fund researchers and give them full independence and control over the direction of their work, he says
EU competition policy is holding the continent back, Lithuania’s former prime minister Andrius Kubilius, now an MEP and sitting on the European Parliament’s Industry, Research and Energy committee, tells Science|Business
He’s spent five years as vice chairman of the European Parliament’s ITRE committee, overseeing Horizon 2020, but as he bows out, retiring MEP Hans-Olaf Henkel, tells Science|Business why he doesn’t believe in the R&D programme
Eight years on, the collapse of Nokia’s mobile phone business continues to reverberate. For Pekka Soini, head of the innovation and investment agency Business Finland, this shows the country can’t afford to put all of its eggs in one basket again
As newer EU member states complain about brain drain, innovation expert Anita Tregner Mlinaric says increasing salaries is just one part of the answer to luring them home. National research ecosystems need to improve
Research and innovation in central Europe is held back by the emigration of scientists and engineers. Rather than framing policies around encouraging their permanent return, the EU should help universities establish brain networks, in which modern communications enable scientists in the diaspora to contribute to research at home.