It was European scientists like Copernicus, Brahe and Kepler who ejected the Earth from its comfortable position at the centre of the universe. But no one ever ejected Europe from the centre of science.
In this age of information overload, in which science news is often trivialized, Technologist magazine was created with the mission of shedding light on the incredible discoveries emerging from the many research centres across the “Old Continent”, including the EuroTech Universities Alliance, a partnership of four leading European universities of technology.
The thirst for knowledge in the Information Age is driving scientific inquiry relentlessly. It affects us as never before. Most technological breakthroughs slip seamlessly into our everyday lives as we find that we can no longer live without that smartphone or wireless connection. Other technologies may prove harder to accept – such as human-machine interfaces or lab-grown food – but they could restore mobility to the injured and provide vital supplements for the undernourished.
Europe faces specific challenges. With significant reserves of shale gas, for example, we need a well-informed look at the promises and risks of hydraulic fracking, rooted in science and devoid of ideological posturing.
European science needs a European science magazine. Technologist is that magazine.
Patrick Aebischer, President
ÉCOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FÉDÉRALE DE LAUSANNE
Anders Overgaard Bjarklev, President
TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF DENMARK
Hans van Duijn, Rector Magnificus
EINDHOVEN UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
Wolfgang A. Herrmann, President
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITÄT MÜNCHEN