Despite your glass of Champagne, unfortunately you cannot forget the extreme difficulties we are facing to. Mind elevation is strongly required!
Fear has become a common factor in most of our societies. Conflicts are running everywhere revealing Read more [...]
All across Europe, far right of extreme right parties have been conquering larger and larger shares of the voters in the past few years. Among others, in 2017 the Front National in France and the Alternative für Deutschland in Germany intend to overcome Read more [...]
Looking East of an imaginary line going through Berlin and Rome all the way to the Urals creates a broad outline of what Eastern Europe is, in the widest geographical definition. What is striking about this broad region is the number of similarities between different countries, not least in science. And yet it is equally surprising how little these countries exchange good practice. Specifically, scientists and policymakers will talk for hours about problems in their country. But few will have much awareness of how similar problems have been overcome in neighbouring countries. Read more [...]
Croatia’s best researchers have succeeded despite an underfunded and fragmented system. On the eve of its EU membership, Mićo Tatalović asks what the country must do to compete internationally.
The science ministry in Croatia proudly points out Read more [...]
Croatia’s science minister and his assistant have painted a rather bleak picture of the current state of the country’s science, characterising it as low quality, completely divorced from industry, and plagued by funding difficulties and fragmentation.
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The Serbian Academy of Science and Arts has said it would write to the prime minister calling for him to host an urgent meeting to solve the 'catastrophic situation in science'.
The decision to send the letter, announced this week (20 May), followed Read more [...]
Kosovo may soon be allowed to take a greater part in EU research funding programs after the country signed an EU-brokered reconciliatory deal with Serbia last month (19 April), following years of conflict, reports Science Insider.
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The tiny nation of Kosovo has a new science law, which mandates the government to invest 0.7% of its budget in research.
This is great news for the nation of less than two million which has been through a bloody break-up with its bigger neighbour Serbia.
Croatia's investment in science from 2005-2011 as a percentage of GDP has dropped, singling it out in the EU, according to the 'Science, technology and innovation in Europe - 2013 edition' report published by the European Commission this month (12 April).
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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 [...]
A new science law that would pave the way for more research funding for Kosovo's scientists suffered a blow two weeks ago (20 February) when the parliamentary committee on finance sent it back to the ministry because of "big budgetary implications that Read more [...]