acatech - the National Academy of Science and Engineering in Germany - advises policy makers and the general public on future technology issues in line with the best research and provides a platform for exchange between the sciences and business. acatech is a member of Euro-CASE, an independent non-profit organisation of national academies of Engineering, Applied Sciences and Technology from 21 European countries. Euro-CASE acts as a permanent forum for exchange and consultation between European Institutions, Industry and Research. Through its Member academies, Euro-CASE has access to top expertise (around 6,000 experts) and provides impartial, independent and balanced advice on technological issues with a clear European dimension to European Institutions, national Governments and organisations. The mission of Euro-CASE is to pursue, encourage and maintain excellence in the fields of engineering, applied sciences and technology, and promote their science, art and practice for the benefit of the citizens of Europe. 

Mr. Rudolf Hielscher: