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Four major challenges/opportunities will influence the progress of science in the coming decades:
- The rising scientific and economic capabilities of Asia,
- The very large cost of some major scientific facilities,
- The need for geographical dispersion of facilities for some research,
- The ease of scientific collaboration across continents.
How the United States and Europe respond to these changes will impact global science and will have other important consequences. It remains to be seen whether the US will be a true partner in major international facilities and how it will respond to the growing Asian capabilities.
Grenoble’s Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL) and European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) offer outstanding models of international cooperation in the development, operation and improvement of major scientific facilities, albeit with governance and administrative complexities.