A new law in Montenegro aimed at strengthening science and innovation for development has sparked a war of words between the country’s two science academies, including a call for the country’s science minister to be replaced.
The law, adopted by the government on 1 December, aims to bring the country’s two science academies under one roof. The older one, the Montenegrin Academy of Sciences and Arts (CANU), was established in 1971 when Montenegro was still in a federation with its bigger neighbor, Serbia, and was trying to reestablish its own identity. But in 1998, some scientists who felt CANU was acting as a pro-Serbian political organization started their own academy. It was called the Doclean Academy of Sciences and Arts (DANU)—Duklja (Doclea) being a 10th century state considered to be the first independent Montenegrin state.
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