Quark 2010
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What are the best environments for achieving the desired research and development results?

authorThe global economic crisis has saddled countries with
the need to conduct more thorough examinations of
their economic potentials and to consider everything
that could foster accelerated economic growth. Research
and development capacities are no exception; on the
contrary, in many countries they have been pushed to
the forefront. Mainly as a result of competition, the most
developed countries have in particular become more
committed to the field of technological development and
the promotion of scientific research whose results create
new opportunities. Slovenia has taken a similar tack. In
this issue of Quark we report on various activities which
could be defined as important, perhaps even the most
important recent developments. We present Centres
of Excellence and their concentrations of knowledge in
institutes, universities and companies. For Slovenia, which
does not have any major global companies with sufficient
capital for a strong concentration of development activities, they represent the filling of a gap and are therefore all the more important. The high technological level of these companies is an important goal, but it also means the further concentration of Slovenia’s excessively dispersed development potentials for inclusion in the EU. Here as well they are filling a gap, both on a Slovenian scale and on a global one, since the EU is open to it. The establishment of CoEs in Slovenia is supported by EU funds. Another significant point worth mentioning is presentations by scientists in the Slovenian National Assembly. Through them we present our readers with overviews of individual scientific fields on a popular science level, or brief views of the current developments within these fields. This will make interesting reading for many people. Everyone connected in any way with science and R&D is sympathetic towards such admittedly modest but media-supported gestures of support for scientific activities, through which the National Assembly has contributed to the creation of a favourable climate for both science and R&D.

Boris Čerin, Editor of Quark

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