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Is the image of women scientists to blame for the lack of popularity of science studies? And how much could changing the image of female scientists do to solve the two problems that persist? Namely, boosting girls’ involvement in science from an early age. And removing the barriers to top positions for female scientists when they get there. Find out more in this EuroScientist article.
Research infrastructure underinvestment, appears to be one of the culprits of unequal geographical distribution of ERC grants. Aware of the need to redress this imbalance, ERC President Helga Nowotny does not believe there is one simple solution, as the situation is complex.
Françoise Barré Sinoussi, 2008 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine, supports the citizen initiative of the Euroscientist allowing scientist from across Europe to have a voice and share their concerns.
“There still remains enough researchers to guard research,” was the answer of an undersecretary for education, when questioned on what to do to counter the trend of a large fraction of Italy’s top researchers leaving the country every year. These illuminating words are still vivid in the collective memory of the country’s scientists. As if research was a sentry box to guard and as if the quality of those who leave or stay were irrelevant.
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.
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.
Building networks is crucial for young scientists at the beginning of their careers. Experienced scientists also play a major role not only as role models but also as mentors and advisers. Building inter-generational connections is what the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings set out to do.
UNESCO’s Venice Office is behind a new drive to get science journalism on the agenda of science ministers in the Balkans. A recent two-day UNESCO meeting in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (22-23 November) brought together experts, including science Read more […]
A new science law that would pave the way for more research funding for Kosovo’s scientists suffered a blow two weeks ago (20 February) when the parliamentary committee on finance sent it back to the ministry because of “big budgetary implications that Read more […]
Fuelled by its members’ dedication towards ensuring Europe’s future research and technology endeavours prevail, EuroScience continues to grow. Former EuroScience President, Enric Banda offers an overview of the organisation’s increasing influence on science policy over the past 15 years.
The scientists’ group Euroscience, the European Research Council and the League of European Research Universities have renewed efforts in the face of funding fears. Scientists and university groups have launched a late push against cuts to the Commission’s plans for Horizon 2020, ahead of a meeting of EU leaders that could seal the next seven-year budget for research. They have made fresh pleas urging decision makers to secure a budget of at least €80 billion for Horizon 2020.