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3 thoughts on “Reinventing science’s social contract in the 21st century”

  1. @Andres Academic research is not longer efficiently supported neither by national plans nor by the european calls. Austerity, precarity and short term view are unfortunately leading the decision-making processes to a forced, compulsive innovation policy. The way our economy is managed does not appear to favour a flourishing research facing to the critical situation our societies are buried in, but a questionable overflow of uncontrolled data expected to generate high profit to financial spheres. Our present call is thus a proposal to look to new directions in order to reconsider how to plan the future of science makers. We ask here for new relevant solutions and for promoting the elaboration of an alternative and sustainable model. This is a complex process we are involved in since the first special issue of EuroScientist in April 2013. Our message is simple: improving the life quality index of young science makers and giving them a real chance to play the role expected by our human society is required now for the success of the obligatory societal transition ASAP.

  2. I can still not understand what exactly the new social contract is about. In my view, and with all due respect, this is a very half-hearted document. As a researcher, what I see everywhere is a lot of young (or not so young) scientists struggling to stay financially afloat while trying to keep doing what they love to do. Short-term contracts and a conspicuous precariat are “flourishing” in the research landscape.

    The article talks about “providing scientists the means of sustaining the necessary
    intellectual effort to meet the challenge that they choose to tackle”. But it is not clear what you have on mind. I know it is a general plea but, still, this appeal should at least clearly address the most pressing problems we all know the research community in Europe is facing. 

    If you really are the voice of research in Europe, then please be more vocal about these issues!