The High-Level Group chaired by Pascal Lamy was charged with crafting a vision for the EU’s next Framework Programme focusing on ‘excellence, openness and impact, and how to maximise their impact’ (Annex 1). This slightly awkward formulation suggests three interdependent (and compatible) priorities for EU-funded research and innovation, but the primacy of one: impact. This raises a fundamental question: are openness and impact always compatible with excellence—and what happens when they are not?
‘Lab-Fab-App’ – the Lamy Report’s title is peculiarly out of sync with its main message: the critical importance of research and innovation for the future of Europe. And a title that will do little to endear it to social media users ‘in the hood’ shows at a glance that bringing science closer to the citizen is not as easy as it appears.