Welcome to this Special Issue of EuroScientist on: Research Austerity!
How well are scientists from Southern Europe weathering cuts?
Austerity has taken its toll on European research, and particularly on scientists from Southern Europe. In this special issue we bring you an analysis of the impact of such conditions on scientists who stayed and on those who were forced to emigrate. We also bring you testimonies of researchers sharing their experience of navigating the troubled waters of recession, when it comes to maintaining a seemingly steady research career path.
We would like to encourage other scientists, including those based beyond Southern Europe, to share their own experience by emailing their testimony and suggestions on how to improve the current situation to EuroScientist Editor.
By Sabine Louët and Gilles Mirambeau, EuroScientist Editor and Molecular Biologist.
By default, science journalist.
By Emilio Muñoz, Emeritus Research Professor at the Institute of Philosophy at CSIC.
By Carlos Andradas, Professor of Algebra, Faculty of Mathematical Science, University Complutense of Madrid.
By Amaya Moro-Martín, astrophysicist and spokesperson of the grassroots movement of Spanish scientists, Investigación Digna.
By Sabine Louët, EuroScientist Editor.
By Enrico Predazzi, Emeritus Professor of Theoretical Physics and Chairman of the Center Agorà Scienza – The University of Torino, Italy.
By Maria Cristina Pedicchio, President of OGS, the National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics, University of Trieste, Italy.
By António Coutinho, Member of the management committee of the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência.
By Maria Carmo-Fonseca, Executive Director of the Institute of Molecular Medicine of Lisbon University, Portugal.
By Maria Mota, Group Leader, Malaria Unit, Instituto de Medicina Molecular (IMM), Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal.
By Costas Fotakis, President – Foundation for Research and Technology, Hellas (FORTH).
By Varvara Trachana, Assistant Professor of Cell Biology (elected, pending appointment for 2 years), Faculty of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, University of Thessaly, Greece.
By Nikolaos Nanas, Founder and CEO NOOWIT.
Letters to the Editor
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By Cristina Ortega, Assistant Professor, Spain.
By Benjamin Pushparaj, Research Associate, Italy.
By Cândida Lucas, Associate Professor, Portugal.
By Javier Sánchez Perona, Ciencia Con Futuro.
By José de No and José Molero, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas – CAR (CSIC-UPM) and Universidad Complutense de Madrid.
By Guillermo Orts-Gil, Principal investigator at Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Berlin.
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