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UNESCO Science Report 2010

UNESCO. Science Report 2010. The Current Status of Science around the World. UNESCO Publishing, Paris, 2010. ISBN: 978-92-3-104132-7. Pages: 542.

With the help of an international team of independent experts, UNESCO unveiled its Science Report 2010 on 10 November at its headquarters in Paris.

The report analyses “the trends and developments that have shaped scientific research, innovation and higher education over the past five years”, in the context of two fundamental trends—competition and economic crisis.  Among other things, the report highlights the challenges faced by the so-called “Triad” (comprised of Europe, Japan and the United States), in light of difficult economic times and rising competition from other economies in the area of R&D. Attention is also given to changing science trends, linked to new players in the global economy, notably China.  Overall, following the example set by the previous report issued in 2005 this publication “proposes a world tour of the status of science today that should enable ‘science watchers’ everywhere to decipher the trends that are shaping our rapidly changing world.”