In short, we need to know more about our Universe, but solving these mysteries will require costly new projects, such as giant optical and radio telescopes which must be organised and financed on a multi-national basis.
It also demands a globally co-ordinated scientific vision of the most important big projects for the next 20 years, greater co-operation in the development of key technologies and closer links between planning processes.
These are the key conclusions of a new report from the OECD Global Science Forum, based on discussions at the OECD by policymakers and leading scientists, and now available at www.oecd.org/sti/gsf. Some of the recommendations are directed towards the international scientific community, others press the case to government funding agencies. The field of astronomy is entering a new scientific and organisational era, and the OECD report lays out the challenges for the decades ahead.
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©OECD Observer No 245, November 2004