CORDIS (Community Research & Development Information Service) is a service provided by the European Union in an effort to coordinate the dissemination of information regarding the latest research and innovative practices originating from (and about) member countries, and throughout the EU as a whole. This particular link from their main page leads to the Third European Report on Science & Technology Indicators, published in March 2003, and authored by a team of international researchers led by Ugur Muldur. The impetus for the report arose from discussions at recent summits held in Lisbon and Barcelona where EU governments "affirmed the status of research policy as a central pillar of Europe's strategy towards the knowledge-based economy." While the report in its entirety is over 400 pages, more casual readers will be able to browse through sections that deal with such topics as the "brain drain" from Europe, industry-university cooperation in research and development, and the Europe's future participation in the biotech and nanotechnology industries.
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