For the fourth consecutive year, resources allocated by the Spanish Government to R&D have been reduced. To assess its real impact, we need a detailed analysis. However, facts already speak for themselves. The 2013 annual budget approved by the Spanish Parliament reveals the government’s actual policy regarding R&D. To say the least, it is not always in line with politicians’ statements in the media.
The worrying brain drain from Eastern Europe and poor participation of scientists from the region in the EU’s research projects could be reversed if the scientists were paid salaries equal to those of their Western colleagues, a paper published this week Read more […]
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.
Today, public engagement is mostly regarded as a commodity. If there is good level of funding available, scientists may consider spending money in what they usually call ”public relations”. Otherwise this is the first thing scientists cut because they consider it to be the least necessary. But public engagement in science is very much needed. At the very least because the public is either an enemy or an ally of research.
Research and development systems in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BIH), Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Serbia, and Turkey were among the issues put under the spotlight in a series of reports on states’ preparedness of those nations for EU membership, Read more […]
The EU and Singapore have a history of cooperation in research and innovation especially in the field of information and communication technologies. The European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science Máire Geoghegan-Quinn visited Singapore Read more […]
The U.S. National Park Service made natural and cultural interpretation an important part of communication very early in the twentieth century. They lead hikes, conduct campfire programs, operate visitor centres and provide a friendly face for people less well acquainted with the resources. In more recent years the interest in interpretation has become important for the scientific community within other science-based agencies, such as the U.S.D.A. Forest Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Bureau of Land Management.
This week, our writer Alaina Levine reports for EuroScientist from the AAAS conference in Washington DC, USA.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope, one of NASA’s Great Observatories in collaboration with the European Space Agency. Launched in April 1990, Hubble has emerged as one of the most celebrated as well as most important scientific tools ever constructed.
Russian history advances in concentric circles – repeating the same mistakes (or courageous attempts). Once more the Russian government believes that lust and money is enough to realise the qualitative changes that the Russia economy needs.
The Web in the 1990s, Web 1.0 you might call it, was all about content as everyone from shopkeepers to spectroscopists scrabbled to get online. The major scientific journals began their slow but steady adoption of the new access tools and community sites like ChemWeb and BioMedNet sprang up, endlessly mashing together capitalised prefixes and suffixes.