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Against adversity, give Greek research breathing space

In Greece, we have been witnessing a violent socio-economic restructuring due to the austerity measures introduced in response to the economic crisis, over the last three years. These measures, dictated by the so called “Memorandums for Economic Stability”, have been applied horizontally and indiscriminately and have led to deep economic recession and high unemployment today reaching 26%. It is therefore inescapable; the scientific community too has been affected. Read more [...]

Artificial Intelligence reinvents made-to-measure magazines

Imagine a magazine that constantly edits itself to match the interests of its reader – cutting out all the noise! In an almost magical way, the magazine learns about you as you read and interact with content, and assigns space to each article according to your preferences. Discover NOOWIT a new adaptive media aggregation and magazine publishing platform aimed at solving the information overload of today’s web. It’s the fruit of a lifetime’s work of an entrepreneurial Greek scientist in artificial intelligence, based on a biologically inspired profiling model. Read more [...]

EuroScientist version web 2.0

EuroScientist proudly presents its new enhanced version available at www.noowit.com/euroscientist. This innovative publishing solution allows to combine original EuroScientist's articles, including opinion pieces from scientists and journalistic coverage of key issues, with curated content from web sites most relevant to the science community. It is provided by NOOWIT, a start-up which is the the fruit a truly European innovation. Read more [...]

Video contest: Invest in our Future – Invest in Science

A group of scientists and science communicators based in Lisbon, Portugal, started a video contest with the goal of raising public awareness to the crucial role that science plays in our daily lives and in our future. The video contest, dubbed ’Invest in our Future – Invest in science’, invites you to look at the world afresh and realise the great contribution of science to our lives and the endless possibilities it opens for our future. Read more [...]

All about cuts: Special Issue on research austerity

We are preparing a Special Issue on the effect of austerity on research, due to be published next week. This Special Issue is the first example of what the relaunched version of EuroScientist is designed to do, as a participatory magazine. You will therefore be able to share your views on how research in your country is withering the winds of austerity blowing over Europe. Read more [...]

Collaborative leadership, not just management talk

We all live in an interconnected world and for business leaders the last decade has seen a dramatic rise in the speed and scale of this interdependence. But while increased connectivity is inevitable, increased collaboration is not. To succeed in today’s environment, leaders, including research managers, need to be able to build relationships, handle conflict and to share control in order to promote effective collaboration where it is needed most. This notion is not alien to most scientists, who by the very nature of research, do routinely engage in collaborative work. Read more [...]

Two myths shattered: the gender differences in leadership and the glass ceiling for women

According to a new doctoral thesis by Anne Grethe Solberg, there is no difference in the leadership styles of men and women. In groups comprised of both genders, an androgynous leadership style was found to be the best for creating a climate for innovation. Her study shows that women’s and men’s leadership styles are only marginally different. Read more [...]

Trends Shaping Education

Imagine education in 2050: Will memory implants let us learn a language in an afternoon? Will city students need to learn about strange concepts like “farms”? Will students still go to universities or just study online? The OECD has just published the latest edition of "Trends Shaping Education", which identifies key factors that may affect the future of education, and poses some thought-provoking questions on how that influence might be felt. Read more [...]

Science & Machines exhibition

Handwritten correspondence with Albert Einstein, early x-rays and videos of 1930s operating theatres are among the documents brought together by the European Library in a virtual exhibition entitled Science & Machines - Scientific and technological development since 1800. This virtual exhibition brings testimonies to some of our own basic beliefs in the possibility of a better world to be constructed by man and make us reflect on the path taken by Western society and the future which may be in store. Read more [...]

Fukushima: science miscommunication by omission

Two years on from the disaster that struck Japan on 11th March 2011, there is much silence related to the scientific reality on the ground in Fukushima. One specific example of deliberate omission of scientific data is found in a multimedia site published by the French CNRS and intended for the general public, that does not reflect all currently available scientific data related to nuclear energy. Read more [...]