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This report describes the methodology of a study that aimed to improve understanding of the evolution and role of public sector laboratories in Europe. The study of 769 public research centres across Europe concludes that a process of rationalisation at a European level would reduce the amount of funding needed to provide research services in certain areas. The report is based upon the findings from the EUROLABS Project, an empirical investigation of the situation of research centres in the European Union, carried out under CBSTII contract ERBHPV2-CT-200-01. The research was led by PREST, an institute of the University of Manchester, UK, which undertakes policy research in engineering, science and technology. It was initiated by the Commission in order to address a lack of data on public research centres when compared with knowledge of universities and industrial research centres.

This report describes and evaluates the three elements of the methodology: creation of the database, the case studies and country reports. It presents the analytical frameworks which were used to interpret the database and also describes the experimental relational mapping work, which was added to the project to provide a further dimension to the interpretation of the data.

The other parts of this report are available separately: (Part I: Summary report) (Part III: Case study reports) (Part IV: Country reports)

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