Why is basic research needed today? Some historic arguments.
It is always good to remind some statements that may seem obvious. For instance, that sciences are at the base of sustainable development.
Are you a young scientist from a developing country who wish to get a PhD in natural sciences? South Africa may be your next home.
Carrying diseases such as chikungunya or dengue fever, the tiger mosquito is found in French overseas territories but also in the south of France. It is therefore essential to control this species, which raises new issues about control methods.
In Ghana, a huge amount of electronic waste is imported from the Global North. It is pollution, but it also can be used as a ressource for new devices.
The Science Council of Japan made the very interesting exercise of classifying the resolutions it adopted in the period 2014-2017 according to the SDGs. Let’s have a look at SDG12 and SDG13.
Fourteen science academies call for a better funding of basic sciences.
Science diplomacy deserves a special attention, as more and more issues of national concern can only be treated at an international level, with the help of science.
Technological innovation is rooted in basic sciences research, which produces knowledge without emergency. “Finders” need researchers.
In the 1980s, the development community realised that many initiatives in favour of Global South countries were partial successes, sometimes even blatant failures.