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EC Policy Brief: 'Harnessing the potential of AI in science to accelerate discovery and foster innovation'

15 December 2023
EC Policy brief

Today, the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission published a policy brief on the role and potential of artificial intelligence (AI) in science and innovation.

AI is transforming the scientific landscape at every stage in research. It opens new possibilities, enabling scientists to accelerate the pace of discovery, solve complex problems, and address global challenges.

This document advocates a tailored European Research Area policy to speed up and facilitate the adoption of AI in science, to harnessing the potential of the technology to accelerate breakthroughs, foster innovation and drive economic growth. It builds on existing European R&I and AI policies – most notably the AI Act which is currently discussed by the European Parliament and the Council –and suggests how to translate its transformative potential into reality for science.

Iliana Ivanova, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, said:

“Augmented by the transformative power of artificial intelligence, Europe’s robust scientific base and exceptional talent creates a unique asset. Leadership in AI-powered science will translate into leadership in discovery and innovation, which is essential for Europe’s competitive edge, prosperity, and technological sovereignty. Together with our partners, we need to take a responsible, trustworthy approach, so we build and maintain public trust for enduring success.”

Areas for action

The policy brief highlights the following areas for action:  

  • reducing barriers to adoption of AI in science,
  • strengthening the data and compute ecosystem for AI in science,
  • identifying strategic R&I investments for the integration of AI in science
  • monitoring the impact of AI on research careers,
  • addressing AI-related ethical challenges in science.
  • communicating, monitoring and evaluation actions to preserve public trust in AI-driven science.

More information

For background and more information, see the original news artiicle published on the website of the European Commission.

Last modified:15 December 2023 11.03 a.m.

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