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Funders told to address fragmented materials science

Image: Jef Poskanzer [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Funders and institutions must develop coherent and compatible strategies in materials science if they are to exploit the potential of new technologies, the European Science Foundation has said.

In a position paper on the challenges and opportunities in the field, published on 27 November, the ESF says that organisations must develop a long-term strategic plan covering every research stage from exploratory science to market implementation.

Such a plan should be carried out on a range of topics, including additive manufacturing, smart composite materials and engineering organs. However, the ESF says that multifunctional and bio-based materials should be the particular focuses.

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