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The future is broad

Tackling climate change means ending prejudice against interdisciplinarity, say Guillermo Cisneros Pérez and Louise Drogoul. Sustainability, particularly related to climate change and its impacts, is the single greatest challenge facing our societies. Changing weather patterns are causing heatwaves, storms and droughts that are bringing huge suffering across the world.


Research and university communities demand climate action

Ahead of COP27 (the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference), leading European research and university organisations have joined forces to renew the call for collective, common global efforts for climate action, launched last year.

They are proposing a systemic approach where universities, national research performing organisations and research funding organisations work together, involving policy-makers, the business sector and non-governmental organisations, in Europe and globally.


Funder group seeks to align policies for open science

Science Europe says all researchers and societies should benefit from opening up research. Science Europe, the association of major research funders and performers, has said it intends to work to better align European policies to promote open science and facilitate research across disciplinary and geographical divides.


Research funding agencies want a greater say in shaping new ERA

The Pact for Research and Innovation should give stakeholders a greater say over the implementation of the European Research Area. As things stand, stakeholders will have little say over how proposed increases in R&D budgets are implemented in member states. But this input and know-how is essential to advancing the single European area for research.

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