ScanBalt Press Release: A New Era For Science
ScanBalt Press release: A New Era For Science The 44th president of the United States, Barack Hussein Obama, in his inaugural address Tuesday 20 January stressed the importance of science as a foundation for growth and promised to restore science to its rightful place. He underlined the need to transform schools and colleges and universities to meet “the demands of a new age”.
This ambitious agenda will affect all of us and provide both opportunities and challenges.
Chairman of ScanBalt, Prof. Hans Robert Metelmann, Greifswald University, says: ”President Obama’s agenda for science and technology as a tool to fight economic crisis and meet the challenges of tomorrow is likely to be a global agenda. And ScanBalt BioRegion representing life sciences in the Baltic Sea Region is well placed to draw benefits from it.
We have leading industrial and academic competencies within for example health care, environmental life sciences, nutrition and alternative sources of energy. We have highly educated populations. We benefit from our differences and the strong will to collaborate across borders in order to combine our resources and knowledge. But President Obama’s
agenda is also a challenge. We need to do more in order to stay competitive. At the EU, national and regional levels we must invest more and better in science, technology and education. More efforts must be put into linking science with industry. More efforts must be put into cross-border collaboration in order to further exploit the potential in combining resources.
President Obama´s inaugural address means a new era for science”.
For more information please contact Prof. Hans Robert Metelmann at phone 0049-172-