On the 6th and 7th of September 2010, the historic Midland hotel in central Manchester, UK was filled with nearly 400 participants attending the Vitae Researcher Development Conference. The discussion of ideas on professional development and support for researchers at this year’s annual gathering is of particular importance, as it comes cheek by jowl with the UK spending review outcomes to be announced this Autumn – and with an expectation of hard times to come. The conference participants were set to discuss the new political context, to gather evidence of the contribution of researchers to the academic base and to economic and cultural prosperity, and to address future skill sets of researchers and the UK’s place in the global research environment.
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European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), with its multitude of accelerators, has opened up the possibility for scientists to answer some huge questions. I imagine CERN’s To Do list to read something like “1 - understand the intricacies of the Big Bang, 2 - find the Higgs boson, 3 - figure out dark matter, 4 - unify fundamental forces.” However, there is one underlying question that is arguably even more challenging - “How are we going to pay for all this?” Read more [...]
Contributions by the European science community to the ocean sciences as seen from Japan Read more [...]
There are a surprising number of European countries with space programmes, especially if compared to the days of the cold war when the US and USSR led the race. Germany (DLR), France (CNES), the Netherlands (SRON), Norway (NSC), and Sweden (SNSB) all have current projects underway, as well as the umbrella pan-European organisation, ESA, which has 18 member states and six cooperating states, which includes, interestingly, Canada. Read more [...]
You know that you're not reporting on an ordinary science meeting when a waiter drops penne and tomato sauce on your notes. But then, this is Italy. Read more [...]
Europe lead on public engagement while the US enjoy the science stimulus package – on which side of the Atlantic is it better to be a scientist? Read more [...]