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May 2015

Clusters and Collaboration

No one - no scientist, no research council, no international foundation for science, no organisation with an interest in biological and water resources, and the way in which they are used in development, no-one who advises such an organisation, can escape the enduring challenge of serving sustainable development. As the internationally known scholar and environmentalist, GARRY D. BREWER, whilst at University of California in Berkley pointed out, the long-term evolution of knowledge has undoubtedly been one of human-kind's most distinctive achievements. However, as he also pointed out, and many of us realize, disciplinary specialization has costs, too, not the least of these being more fragmented knowledge and knowledge which informs realistic problems - only with great difficulty. Or, as a number of cynics have stated it: `The world has problems, but universities have departments'.

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