While the continent’s governments and the EU were so consumed by their own problems and the old EU member States were all attempting to resolve the debt crisis, the newly accepted EU member states with their relatively small shares in the EU budget have been largely neglected.
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.
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.
The European Union needs a million more researchers over the next decade and it plans to devote 3% of GDP to R&D by 2020 to keep up with its main economic competitors and be a knowledge-based economy, according to this year’s European Commission Researchers’ Read more […]
Nuclear energy is at the forefront of many scientific minds these days. The Fukushima crisis shined a spotlight on possible dangers associated with the locations of nuclear plants, as well as the logistical and human health nightmares that can occur with meltdowns. But these aren’t the only concerns about nuclear power on which scientists are focusing. Nuclear waste management is also actively perplexing engineers, policy-leaders, and decision-makers, as the concern over how to best dispose of High Level Waste (HLW) continues to grow.
Many have praised the emancipating role played by Facebook and Twitter in the democratic uprisings of the ‘Arab Spring’. Meanwhile, Anders Breivik, fuelled by ideologies and chemicals he found online, emailed his manifesto across the globe before committing his Norwegian massacre. So what role does the internet have to play in modern politics?
How academia and industry are jointly constructing the future web
Leila Sattary interviews Hsuan Chou of Eurodoc on the ongoing problems with admitting foreign researchers to EU countries.
EuroScience, as a grassroots organisation, recently responded to the EU Green Paper on a Common Strategic Framework for Research and Innovation.
Pivot Points is a monthly column by EuroScientist writer David Bradley. As a science writer, I’ve probably received more than my fair share of crackpot missives over the last couple of decades. Messages from the apparently well-meaning, but often Read more […]
EuroScience recently entered into collaboration with the X_Science Festival. X_Science is organised by the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Genova and by the Genova Film Festival. The festival has both science and art at its centre and aimed to enhance the value of scientific culture through cinema and science fiction.
About ten years ago the regional director of U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) asked to meet with National Association for Interpretation (NAI) executive staff to discuss the application of interpretive services to his organization. He explained that the Republican Contract for America removed USGS funding from the United States budget in 1994 because many in Congress and the American public did not understand that this agency of scientists were responsible for much more than making maps. Fortunately, the funding was restored. USGS monitors vital resources all over the U.S. The USGS regional director expressed concern that being skilled scientists was not enough. They needed to become more skilled at helping Congress and citizens understand their diverse scientific roles and findings.