Thank you, Mr. Chairman, Ladies and Gentlemen.
Since 1957, when the first of these quadrennial symposia was held, we have been reporting on the fruits of research carried out in our industry. It occurred to the organisers of these conferences that it was time to look not only at the products of research, but also at its process, or processes. This is such an obvious conclusion, it is almost unnecessary to discuss it beyond the bare statement I have just made.
Yet there are other more subtle reasons why today’s session is particularly timely.