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THE NEW ROLE OF THE ACADEMIES OF SCIENCES IN THE BALKAN COUNTRIES
By Dr. N. Katsaros, NCSR "Demokritos", Ag. Paraskevi Attikis (Greece)
The Academies of Sciences in Central and Eastern Europe supervise numerous research institutes with a relatively large number of research scientists. Many of these institutes carry out basic and applied research isolated from that of universities and industry.
The challenges now facing the Academies of Central and Eastern Europe include the lack of adequate financing, the loss of status of scientific work, the defection of young researchers and the difficulties of recruiting new high-level research staff. Public funding is limited and private funding is hardly available and is mostly directed to applied research.
Although the same problems exist in many Academies of Sciences in Central and Eastern Europe, solutions cannot be the same due to different long-standing traditions and recent history. The links and collaboration among Academies of Sciences, universities and industries is considered essential and a challenge for the new role of the Academies of Sciences. The NATO ARW held on this subject in Athens (Greece) in November 1996 and directed by Professor C. Proukakis of the University of Athens, is the basis of the volume under review (NATO ASI SERIES 4-16)
Reference books: 4-1, 4-16
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