Why global science?
No one knows where the next scientific breakthrough is going to come from.
4 reasons that global science matters locally
1. We live in a world with fewer and fewer borders.
Outbreaks of diseases like Ebola have proven how borderless our world has become. Scientists in the developing world are on the front lines of emerging global challenges. To react quickly and develop solutions to problems before they become international crises, these talented minds need access to tools and training that are taken for granted in industrial countries. Together, we can level the playing field for scientists across the globe.
2. The exodus of scientific talent from the developing world hurts everyone.
Many scientists from developing countries leave in search of improved educational and career opportunities. The majority doesn’t return home. The result of this “brain drain” is a lack of scientific talent for solving local issues in the developing world — not to mention a weaker educational system for those who cannot leave. Together, we can create opportunities overseas so scientists are able return home and put their talent to work, tackling local problems currently and training the next generation.
3. Local problems are best solved locally.
Communities in different parts of the world face unique challenges – from rare diseases and destructive local plants to the decline of heirloom crops and changing climates in their regions. They cannot wait for advanced labs in another part of the world to solve their problems. Together, we can ensure scientists working locally have what they need to tackle these issues and develop solutions that are most appropriate for their communities.
4. International development benefits us all.
Scientific research and education are core components of any healthy economy. In the industrial world, we live with these benefits every day – from the computers small enough to fit in our pockets to the life-saving medications we can affordably access. The impact is so great that it is hard to quantify. A highly educated workforce and strong research institutions are critical for growth and development. For many countries in the developing world, scientific innovation and STEM education are key ingredients in their growth plans in the coming century. Together, we can contribute to that growth and prove that a rising tide truly can lift all boats.