The position of science in Spain reflects a negative balance, and the country´s contribution to major scientific and technological advances has far poorer results than should be the case. Over the years, the lack of perspective, definition of objectives and continuity, the isolation and lack of understanding of researchers, along with the accumulated backlog, have contributed to a situation which clearly not only restricts the level of intellectual and cultural development in the country, but also its long-term competitiveness.As part of its objectives, the Fundación Lilly organises Scientific Symposiums on biomedical issues of current interest.
These symposiums are intended to provide an update of knowledge on the chosen subjects, through the participation of relevant specialists from the academic and research world, and are aimed at professionals from the scientific and health sectors. The inspiration for this Forum came from the Seminar on 4th February 2004 about “The National R&D+I Plan (2004-2007) and Biomedicine. Investment incentive in R&D in Spain”, which focused primarily on the analysis of circumstances that encourage or obstruct the flow of public and private investment to stimulate research, development and innovation in Spain.
We expect that this initiative will provide an opportunity for experts and managers in the various fields to share their experiences in the development of approaches and strategies directed at promoting a greater social interest in science. We are inviting all interested parties to take part, especially people from the scientific, academic, journalism, political, financial, industrial, etc. fields.
The Fundación Lilly Science FORUM will meet regularly, and the subjects covered will be proposed by the Foundation´s Scientific Advisory Committee, which will take into account any external proposals received.