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As foreseen in the European Union’s Communication of November 2004 setting a Strategy for the Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) in Third Countries, External Trade launched a survey about the situation of IPR enforcement outside the EU in 2005. The Enforcement Survey was intended to assess the state of IPR infringements around the world and how these infringements are addressed.

 

A new study has found that money alone cannot buy effective innovation and guarantee the high return on investment sought by companies. The annual Global Innovation study of the world's largest 1,000 corporate research and development (R&D) spenders found that less than 10% of companies are 'high leverage innovators', producing significantly better performance per R&D dollar spent over a sustained period. The 'Smart Spenders: The Global Innovation 1000' report assessed the influence of R&D spending on corporate performance and discovered insights which suggest that the relationship between R&D spending and corporate performance is not a simple one.

For only 94 high-leverage innovators, success relied on their ability to squeeze benefits from R&D spending, their economies of scale and their capabilities as 'Masters of the innovation value chain' in ideation, project selection, development and commercialisation of their final product.

 

European Commission. DG Research. The European Commission has launched a study to assess the remunerations of researchers in the public and business enterprise sectors in the European Union and countries Associated to the Community RTD Framework programme. This study aims at obtaining a better understanding of the key elements of a researcher's career, with a view of improving the attractiveness of Europe for researchers. It will also enable the European Commission to assess the adequacy of its remuneration schemes.


She Figures 2006 is the second publication of selected EU employment statistics disaggregated by sex and supplemented by certain other complementary data, which provide illuminating perspectives on the current employment situation of male and female scientists and researchers.

 

She Figures 2006 shows that women remain a minority among researchers in the EU (29% in 2003, a slight increase from 27% in 1999), but that the number of women in research is increasing (plus 4%, compared to 2.4% for men). This represents an increase of some 140,000 researchers in the period, of which 39% were women. While this indicates a continued positive trend overall, we should not forget that women remain underrepresented in science, especially in leading positions.

 

10 January 2006 - A recent survey conducted by the Marie Curie Fellowship Association reveals a high level of appreciation for this initiative - albeit with some reservations on certain rules and procedures. The survey included some 414 laureates, most of whom stressed the multiple benefits of the scheme. These included improving the profile of the Marie Curie fellows generally, providing continuity in their scientific careers, increasing researcher independence and fostering collaboration.

 

The European Commission is currently establishing the ERA-LINK service to link European researchers working in America with research partners and institutions in Europe.

 

At the end of September a conference under the title "Brain Gain - The Instruments" took place in Den Haag/The Netherlands. The conference which was organized by the Dutch Presidency in close collaboration with the European Commission was preceded by two parallel workshops. Data source: Marie Curie Fellowship Association


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under Framework Programme 6 in the Structuring the ERA specific programme.