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EMBL/EMBO Joint Conference 2002

Panel discussion – 9 November 2002

In this session a panel of experts will elaborate specific issues and so broaden the debate on the theme of 'Consequences and Responses' that was presented by the speakers in the morning session. The panelists will each be allowed some time [10 minutes] to make a short comment or to raise a new issue not addressed by the session speakers. The discussion will then be open to the audience for comments, with replies from the panel. The general theme of the discussion will be the aim of 'applying science and developing responses'. In other words - how is basic scientific research being used to develop a response to minimize affliction by infectious disease in different parts of the world. The audience is welcome to raise any issue under the theme of 'applying science and developing responses' and also to comment on any point raised by the speakers and panelists. Some of the following points could be considered by the audience:

  • Is enough being done?
  • Can Biotechnology alone shoulder the burden and should 'Basic Research' Scientists have no responsibility other than research excellence?
  • Can basic research scientists help in this aim with their science?
  • What can be done to help interested Research Scientists identify appropriate research fields?
  • How can bridges be made between 'applying science and developing responses'?
  • Young Scientists do they have a responsibility, should they get involved now or later?
  • Research Institutes and National Grant Authorities in the developed countries – what are their responsibilities?
  • Have research scientists got out of the habit of a social conscience about what is necessary?
  • Is Scientific Research in developed countries draining the best talent from the rest of the world? For example: the scarcity of Post Doctoral Fellows in Europe and America is draining good scientists from India and China. What could be done to compensate for this brain drain?