Attracting young scientists
Despite limited resources, Greek scientists have displayed in the past considerableresearch successes. This is unfortunately not due to a national strategy. It is theremarkable activity of single researchers or institutions. One must not forget that alarge number of Greek scientists lives and works abroad. Sporadic actions to attractthem back home have not been fruitful. In the contrary, our best minds leave thecountry, because of the continuous economic downturn. The reorganization of research on a new and stable basis has the potential to persuade young scientists to
come to Greece and, simultaneously, to stem the “brain drain” effect.
Connection with the production
A new national research strategy should focus in the fields of agriculture, materialsscience and computer science. The shift in research for production of agriculturalproducts is necessary, as the rural economy in Greece is expected to miss asignificant part of its funds because of the new Common Agricultural Policy of theEuropean Union.Lots of experts from various disciplines are reluctant to turn to agricultural research.Yet a simple look in international science journals is enough to understand that inthis area a real revolution is in progress. Satellite monitoring of agriculturalproduction, robot machines and new agricultural products of high nutritional valueare just a few technological novelties to be mentioned. The aim should be twofold:a) Cultivation of new agricultural products with high demand in the w
markets andb) Increasing the added value of agricultural products by applying verticalmanufacturing principles.
Is it possible for a country, plagued by economic crisis, to display significant researchpresence? My answer is yes. Universities and research institutions are likely toundergo painful restructuring, but this may result into higher research output.Linking research to production should be the main goal of a new research policy. Thedesign and production of innovative products with high added value for the globalmarket will certainly have a positive impact on the national economy.