Investment in science is an investment in our future
Science is a creative and noble discipline that has allowed the progress of society in which we live and almost all the blessings we enjoy today. Science is also among the most interesting professions. The process of discovering new and unknown allows people to be creative and feel free to express their talents. In doing so, nothing can replace the feeling of the discovery in our own hands. Although rare, this magical moment’s fascinate you and therefore you can’t be surprised that scientists dedicate their entire life to science.
I was pulled in the infectious circle of science as well. For more than 20 years all of my professional energy and free time I use for studying of the life processes in cells of human body and the reasons why is coming to the development of diseases such as cancer and inflammatory processes.
It is incontestable that the wealth and well-being of the most developed countries have a direct connection with the budgetary investment in resources and the successful application of science and innovation in the economy. The increasing influences have citizens who have voluntarily invested their own money into science through grants and foundations. One of the most famous example is the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which invests over $ 40 billion in medical and humanitarian projects worldwide. Also, the Foundation for Research on Cancer (CRUK) is among the major sources of financing of science in the UK, and is based on the direct donations from citizens in the foundation. Such actions indicate a social awareness that investment in science is an investment in our future.
In Croatia, unfortunately, very little funding is contributed to science (it is a figure of less than 1% of GDP and the intended objectives of the EU countries are above 3% of GDP), and there is no scientific foundation with a network transparent operation and quality programs. Citizens of the Republic of Croatia should become aware of the importance of personal involvement in scientific issues are of social importance. On the other hand, scientists in Croatia have to get out of their labs and in a neutral, accessible, and straightforward way present their findings to the general public.
For the past ten years through a number of scientific projects, I’m imparting my knowledge, experience and methods of scientific work to students and young people in Croatia. I believe that the education of new generations of scientists can be the quickest way to boost the Croatian education to be the society based on science generation. One of the good examples is the association Civitas, which together with scientists and journalists encourages the involvement of students in many scientific topics, and promote good social values among young people.
Prof. Ivan Đikić