Addressing the gathering of around 400 scientists and
policymakers from 60 countries, Koka said information and
globalisation had melted the geographical, political and cultural
barriers so that results of science were no longer contained within
the walls of universities and research institutes.
Ideas are now the main components of new products, and business
and science should work closely to put make ideas a reality, he said.
Koka said the state’s job was not just to facilitate such
co-operation but provide the means, through finance and regulatory
structures, to foster young talent and innovative minds in Hungary.
The three-day 3rd World Science Forum opened in Budapest on
Thursday. Organised jointly by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences,
UNESCO, the International Council for Science and the EU this year’s
conference is held under the motto "Investing in Knowledge:
Investing in the Future".