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There are obvious differences between developed and developing countries in the extent to which science policy and governance contribute to progress, and in how successfully this has been done. But how can we best go about using science to ‘invent the future’?

There are several issues that we, as scientists, easily agree on and then expect them to become policy. But, on the contrary, they tend to get ignored by the time policymakers take their own position. Often, in developing countries, issues end up not being adopted or take a long time to become part of policy — issues such as the level of budgetary support for scientific research or meaningful support for renewable energy.

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