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An improvement in the coordination of national research activities is likely to bring dramatic impact to research in Europe. The trend for inter (and multi)-disciplinarity calls for more strategic pooling of intelligence in science and technology policy in order to encourage synergy between national activities and to avoid excessive duplication of efforts. The Commission chose structural biology as an ideal field for testing a new coordination approach. This new approach, presented in this publication, was divided into 3 main steps:

- To gather together and share information on national research programmes;
- To formulate recommendations for improved structural biology coordination in Europe (this step was divided into 2 different positions papers, one from industry, and one from national programme managers);
- To propose operational scenarios for the practical implementation of recommendations.

The main lessons and conclusions drawn from the pilot case in structural biology are discussed. As in most pilot cases, unexpected and interesting spin-off initiatives were taken, such as the creation of the Structural Biology Industrial Platform, the current discussion on a possible European Structural Biology Society and the strong mobilization of the structural biology scientific community and industry in Europe reflected by the over-whelming response to the EC calls for proposals in this area. area.

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Authors: DE TAXIS DU POËT P (EDITOR), CEC Bruxelles (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 17460 EN (1997) 188pp., FS, free of charge
Availability: Available from the DG XII Documentation Centre, European Commission, 200 rue de la Loi, B-1049 Bruxelles (BE), Fax: +32-2-2969823
ISBN: ISBN 92-827-9321-4
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