This report will likely stimulate new discussions on how national programmes are combined successfully with those that are best done on a wider base, whether as part of the ERA or of a wider global effort. Barriers are already breaking down with the impact of remote research in virtual research environments and the rapid developments in social networking. This is a time of tremendous transition in the way researchers and their supporters undertake their work within an increasingly open culture. This is a time of great opportunity that will involve high risks. Not to do anything would be the greatest risk and therefore we need to look closely at how European-funded research and innovation can best be managed so that risk taking is encouraged. Alongside this will be the need for light touch accountability coupled with a strict code of behaviour that holds researchers to society¿s account.
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