Scientists from different European countries, including Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Portugal, the UK and Germany have just published an Open Letter aimed at national governments and at the European Commission, as well as the Parliament.
In this document, they explain that, despite marked heterogeneity in the situation of scientific research in their respective countries, there are strong similarities in the destructive policies being followed. They outline a long list of reasons why the current lack of care to support research could have some significant long-term consequences for the national and European research.
An analysis of this Open Letter, simultaneously published in Nature, they hope, will act as a wake-up call to policy makers to correct their course, and to researchers and citizens to defend the essential role of science in society.
They also entice readers to sign a petition to support their action.
Numerous national and regional newspaper across Europe, have carried the Open Letter , or coverage on it, in their today’s edition as well. These include major newspapers in Greece (twice), Italy, Spain, Catalunia, the UK, France, Poland, among others.
Meanwhile, the Open Letter signatories, together with other activists group of researchers have also launched their own blog Homo scientificus europaeus, which is hosted by the EuroScientist.
EuroScientist’s team hopes that this will be the first of many more blogs managed by members of our community.
We would love to hear your comments on the Open Letter and on the launch of the blog in our comment box below, or as letters to the editor.
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