ERC President Helga Nowotny made an appearance on the Austrian talkshow Inside Brüssel, where she commented on the current EU budget negotiations for the research budget, and the role of research and innovation in development aid.
In a roundtable with EU Commissioner Andris Piebalgs, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General Thomas Stelzer, and several journalists, Prof. Nowotny stressed the importance of investment in education, research and innovation. She mentions that investing in those areas is not only important for third countries, but also for the EU Member States that are hit hardest by the economic crisis.
ERC President gave an update on the on-going EU budget negotiations, stating that the current budget plans for research and innovation were not as severe as she feared it would be.
Prof. Nowotny concluded that it is necessary to raise awareness on the enormous potential of science. By gaining the people's understanding and involving them in a constant dialogue, she hopes to fulfil what she calls a “duty” to give citizens a complete picture of the promising perspectives offered by science.