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Research and development

The term R&D or research and development (also RnD or RD especially in domain names; or Research and Technical Development; or Research and Technological Development or RTD in Europe) refers to a specific group of activities within a business. The activities that are classified as R&D differ from company to company, but there are two primary models. In one model, the primary function of an R&D group is to develop new products; in the other model, the primary function of an R&D group is to discover and create new knowledge about scientific and technological topics for the purpose of uncovering and enabling development of valuable new products, processes, and services. Under both models, R&D differs from the vast majority of a company's activities which are intended to yield nearly immediate profit or immediate improvements in operations and involve little uncertainty as to the return on investment (ROI). The first model of R&D is generally staffed by engineers while the second model may be staffed with industrial scientists. R&D activities are carried out by corporate (businesses) or governmental entities. (source)


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Creativity

Creativity is a phenomenon whereby something new and valuable is created (such as an idea, a joke, a literary work, a painting or musical composition, a solution, an invention etc.). The range of scholarly interest in creativity includes a multitude of definitions and approaches involving several disciplines; psychology, cognitive science, education, philosophy (particularly philosophy of science), technology, theology, sociology,linguistics, business studies, and economics, taking in the relationship between creativity and general intelligence, mental and neurological processes associated with creativity, the relationships between personality type and creative ability and between creativity and mental health, the potential for fostering creativity through education and training, especially as augmented by technology, and the application of creative resources to improve the effectiveness of learning and teaching processes.


In a summary of scientific research into creativity, Michael Mumford suggested: "Over the course of the last decade, however, we seem to have reached a general agreement that creativity involves the production of novel, useful products" (Mumford, 2003, p. 110). Creativity can also be defined "as the process of producing something that is both original and worthwhile" or "characterized by originality and expressiveness and imaginative". What is produced can come in many forms and is not specifically singled out in a subject or area. Authors have diverged dramatically in their precise definitions beyond these general commonalities: Peter Meusburger reckons that over a hundred different analysis can be found in the literature. (source)


Scientific research as well and business research and development are both taking place within a natural and a social surrounding.


The creativity and the productivity of the researching scientists may be effected, by the variety of the natural surrounding, by the climate conditions of the geographical location, by the variety of the culture and the variety of the language of the society, within which research facilities exist.


Research activity, optimally, needs a quite environment which lacks sources of disruptions, while offering, at the same time, opportunities (after very long hours of hard work) for relaxation and recreation to the researchers.

 

 

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Tilos island

Tílos (Greek: Τήλος; ancient form: Telos) is a small Greek island and municipality located in the Aegean Sea. It is part of the Dodecanese group of islands, and lies midway between Kos and Rhodes. It has a population of 780 inhabitants (2011 census). Along with the uninhabited offshore islets of Antitilos and Gaidaros, it forms the Municipality of Tilos, which has a total land area of 64.525 square kilometres (24.913 sq mi). Tilos is part of the Rhodes regional unit.


Popularly, Telos was the son of Helios and Halia, the sister of the Telchines. He came to the island in search of herbs to heal his ill mother, and later returned to found a temple to Apollo and Neptune. However, Telos (Telo or Tilo) does not appear in Greek mythology and the name probably has an unknown pre-Hellenic origin. Pliny the Elder notes that in antiquity Telos was known as Agathussa (Αγαθούσσα) (also Agathusa and Agathousa). In the Middle Ages, it was known by the Italian as Episcopio, either because it was a Bishop Seat or because its position as Vantage Point. (source)


In Tilos island there are 594 different herbs.


Bird watchers can see there 125 wild bird species.


The 9 walking trails of the island offers excellent opportunities for recreation.


Weekend sailing in the Aegean sea for visiting neighboring islands could offer sport, recreation and tourism.


 

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According to my opinion, an optimal research center in Tilos island would appear as a small research village with discrete small wooden houses for the accommodation of the research scientists and technical personnel and few wooden buildings for the labs and the warehouses. The research village should be located at an, out of the way and idyllic place of the island.

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Ownership and management of the research center should belong to the local native community and the research center should be available for long term rent by the research and development departments of large international companies, or by the research departments of Universities.


Research centers could be made also in other islands like Psara and Oinousses. Many other places in Greece would be optimal for building other research centers, like, Epirus, Thrace, Macedonia, Peloponnese, Creta and many others.


In our days, human kind suffers not only from the economic crisis but also from an inherent non-viability, both, of our institutions and of our models of societies.


Overcoming these problems presupposes that the best brains of mankind would think creatively and design new ways, for living, for relating to each other and managing the time of our lives.


Greece's geographical space may be ideal for hosting scientific research and business research and development activities. And scientists are most welcomed here, as guests, for delivering the most of their creative potential while having all the spiritual and material benefits of Greece's, temperate climate, relatively high variety culture and relatively high variety natural environment.

 


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