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Preface On behalf of the Copenhagen Research Forum (CRF) I would like to thank the European Commission for its strong visionary proposal for the 2014-2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation: Horizon 2020. The CRF invited more than 600 researchers from across Europe to contribute their comments and expand on ideas concerning the six societal challenges that form an important part of Horizon 2020. Divided into six panels, one for each challenge, recognised experts from both old and new EU member states have made contributions. This is the fi rst time in the history of EU framework programmes that researchers, without the involvement of other stakeholders, have worked jointly to formulate a research-based critical view of the European research agenda. The goal of Copenhagen Research Forum is to provide advice and input to Horizon 2020 to strengthen research in Europe. The six societal challenges are not to be seen as silos wherein experts are isolated from each other in academic disciplines. One of the CRF’s major fi ndings is realizing how intensely the themes and solutions to societal challenges are interacting and inter dependent. The CRF’s mission would not have turned out as successful without our positive and constructive interaction with our research colleagues from all over Europe as well as our open, valuable communication with the European Commission and the Danish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Higher Education. Europe needs to fi nd solutions for growth, prosperity and safety for the next decade in the areas of health, food & agriculture, energy, transport, climate change & resources and societies. The Copenhagen Research Forum represents the European research community’s commitment to contributing to a better, stronger Europe, through better, stronger research. Professor Liselotte Højgaard, President of Copenhagen Research Forum Copenhagen, January 2012 4


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