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Humankind, Nature, Technology - Advances in European Research (EXPO 2000 Hannover)

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Abstract

Humankind, Nature, Technology. This trio of concepts chosen by the organizers of Hannover's EXPO 2000 sums up the challenges of the century that lies before us. One factor of major significance links these three themes: the ever faster development of knowledge through scientific and technological research.

However, faced with the growing importance of science and knowledge, many Europeans are expressing not only expectations but doubts, not only hope but scepticism. They know the benefits that new knowledge can bring in such vital areas as health, food safety and the environment. At the same time they are afraid that these ever broader and ever faster technological advances will wreak havoc with social structures and ways of life. They are rightly posing questions about global change, genetically modified organisms, and the possibility of new crises like those over BSE and dioxins. They are demanding answers from both scientists and politicians.

The European Union's research programme, which has been patiently built up over more than two decades, today seeks to respond to these expectations and fears. Focused on those socio-economic problems that are common to the whole continent, it is helping to develop widespread and diverse forms of cooperation between the various players in European science. However, despite the many synergies which have been created through thousands of projects, this capacity is still too fragmented, which prevents it from coming to fruition. This is why the European Union is now ambitiously seeking to create a genuine European Research Area, which will enable our continent to meet in full the challenges of Humankind, Nature and Technology. gy.

Additional information

Authors: European Commission, Fifth Framework Programme for Research
Bibliographic Reference: Article: Supplement to RTD Info no 36 - May 2000
Availability: Available free of charge from Documentation Service, DG Research
ISBN: ISSN 1024-0802
Record Number: 200012076 / Last updated on: 2000-06-22
Category: PUBLICATION
Original language: en
Available languages: en,fr,de
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