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Portugal in a research maelstrom

The recent election of Jean Claude Juncker and the nomination of Portuguese national Carlos Moedas, as Commissioner-designate for Research, Science & Innovation, raise important questions about the role of science in Europe. Moedas was part of a government that undertook the biggest attack ever made to the Portuguese scientific system, carried out by Miguel Seabra, the new head of Brussels-based association of European research funding and performing organisations, Science Europe. As a result, Portugal is now facing a political and administrative reduction of 50% in the number of the Research Units—namely scientific laboratories and university centers—funded by the Government, with severe future consequences. Read more [...]
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New design, unprecedented EU-level research activism and RRI – coming up in September at the EuroScientist

Dear Reader, We hope the summer gave you time for reflection and that you had an opportunity to disconnect and unplug for a while. Welcome to this newly redesigned version of the EuroScientist! We are looking forward to an exciting few months ahead. Already, there is an early indication that scientists' protest movements are being prepared in several countries around Europe in the coming weeks. . . Read more [...]
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The summer is your oyster

Thanks to all of you who contributed to make EuroScientist's presence at ESOF 2014 a success. Thanks for your tweets, thanks for liking us and for showing your support through social media. The magazine will be suspending publication during July and August. We hope that this will give you time to reflect and send us some suggestions to editor[at]euroscience.org about what you wish to read about in the magazine from the autumn. Enjoy the summer! And don't forget to be in touch!!! Read more [...]
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Ready for third generation of science communicators?

Science is more politicised than ever. And its communication, in an increasingly diverse media environment, has become highly complex, often relying on dozens of experts in a single institution alone. As a result, science communicators need new management qualifications such as governance and controlling, public affairs and crisis management, risk communication and public engagement. It is about time that science communication training programmes catch up with the new science context. This is why, in September 2014, the first students will attend the newly launched undergraduate course in Science Communication at Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences (RWU), in Kleve, Germany. Read more [...]

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