All posts by Peter Tindemans

Peter Tindemans is well-known for his contributions to science, technology and innovation policy in the Netherlands, Europe and globally. A founding member of EuroScience, he sat many years on its Governing Board. He was as chair and member involved in ESOF Governance an Supervisory Committees. He is a director of the Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenschppen. peter.tindemans@euroscience.org

A new era for EuroScientist to adapt to financial constraints

EuroScientist editor has left and this is an occasion for the magazine to make some changes and reinvent itself. While we will not change the goals and the mission of EuroScientist we will focus in the coming months on anticipating the debates at ESOF and debates on FP9. In addition, we will merge the EuroScience Newsletter into EuroScientist. Homo Scientificus Europaeus (HSE) will also be integrated in EuroScientist website in the following weeks. We will also invite new contributions from you whatever you think is useful and valuable for the discussions in the wider science community and beyond that among stakeholders in science and innovation. Read more [...]

Post-Brexit plans on funding and mobility

On the 8th May 2017, one of the arm of the British scientific establishment, the Royal Institution, has opened its famous lecture theatre to a debate about Brexit. Brexit is not about extricating the UK from the European scientific endeavour. And Brexit does not bring to an end many important aspects of the integrated European scientific projects. Today, it is not obvious, however, which strategies the UK--and the other EU 27 countries--could adopt to sustain as much as possible international collaborations and mobility. In this opinion piece, representatives of EuroScience argue that scientists need to raise their voices to guarantee their future and the future of our societies. Should all negotiation fail and the UK ends up with weakened relations with the EU 27, the authors argue, it remains to be seen whether the UK plan to strengthen relations and collaborations with the US, the Commonwealth and East-Asia will be an adequate substitute. Read more [...]

First pan-African general science conference

Recently, the government of South Africa hosted the first pan-African general science conference, Science Forum South Africa, in Pretoria. The international attendance by participants from other African countries, and beyond, shows the renewed interest of the science community towards science in Africa. This event was a landmark in flagging up the political support bestowed upon science an for highlighting opportunities for international collaborations. Read more [...]

José Mariano Gago: RIP

The early death of José Mariano Gago saddens the scientific community. A firm believer that scientists should fight to make an impact on finance ministers and prime ministers to be effective, he was a towering figure in debates and developments in European policies for science, technology and innovation. He was a warm man, too, open, hospitable, calm and wise. He will be missed by the community. Read more [...]