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Portugal: Filling up a glass that is already half-full

Early this year, the news hit the Portuguese scientific community as a cold blow: the national agency for science and technology FCT was unable to fund all of the research projects rated as excellent. Needless to say, this unprecedented event immediately caused uproar among researchers across all disciplines. But as often happens, where some scream outrage, others see a ray of sunshine. Read more [...]

Academics hired, but not appointed: a new Greek tragedy in the making

In 2008, after 5 years abroad as a postdoc, I decided to return home. I left the offer of a new three-year contract behind in order to return to an insecure Greek research environment. I felt I should offer something back to the Greek university system which I felt I owed a lot to. Now, two years after being elected as an assistant professor and still waiting to be appointed, I have started considering other options such as emigration, out of respect to myself both personally as well as professionally. Read more [...]

Portugal: science friendly despite relative research immaturity

In Portugal, science friendly policies continue in current times of severe financial restrictions. Indeed, public budgets were preferentially spared and re-directed to the essentials. And a more efficient spending has brought more money to the system than in previous years. The decision of Pedro Passos Coelho, the Portuguese Prime Minister, to create and chair a new advisory body: the National Council for Science and Technology, in 2012 brought another positive initiative to support science in Portugal. Read more [...]

Greece: Innovation born from austerity

After 2008, the global crisis had hit the Greek economy for good and affected academia and its funding. My attempts to fund my R&D work through EU and National projects, or via outside collaborations, were unsuccessful. Despite these setbacks, Greek artificial intelligence scientist Nikolas Nanas decided to turn his PhD work on adaptive information filtering into a real world application that became the NOOWIT magazine platform. Read more [...]

Myths and misadventures of Spanish science

The financial crisis—in which we are still immersed—has brought back words such as cyclical and counter-cyclical; a terminology typically used by economists, independently their ideological or theoretical flavour. The problem with the current debate is that most of the discussions are about the economic aspect of the recession. Meanwhile, the concerns of citizens confronted to this economic context are diluted. Read more [...]

Portugal: the knowledge capital of an entire generation in the balance

Portugal has experienced outstanding scientific progress among EU and OECD countries. Despite the last two decades of amazing scientific progress, our extremely young National Research System still lacks a strong scientific structure. As such, it is quite fragile and highly sensitive to external and internal changes. While this was already the case before the recession, the current situation imposes high levels of stress on researchers and institutions thereby amplifying existing weaknesses. Read more [...]

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 [...]