News: AAAS 2012 Annual Meeting News
Toope, Leshner: Innovation, International Collaboration Go Hand-in-Hand
health, communication, and decoding the human genome are just a few of
the fields in which multinational efforts have been--and continue to
be--crucial for driving innovation that benefits all of humanity, the authors write. The choice of Vancouver as the setting for 2012 AAAS Annual Meeting symbolizes and
celebrates the promise of collaboration.
Research institutions and scientists themselves must invest the energy and resources to develop and support international research connections. "We must expand our international perspective whenever possible, join in multinational projects, and serve as mentors when colleagues in developing nations ask for our help," they said.
"Government, too, has a critical role....Fostering innovation and developing solutions to major global problems requires long-term investments, but the payoffs are great. And history has taught that sustained investments in basic science are among the most productive routes to innovation and finding long-lasting solutions to global needs."
Toope also serves as vice-chancellor of the
University of British Columbia. Leshner also serves as executive publisher of the journal Science.
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