[Humanist] 26.432 cutting of European science budgets

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Sun Oct 28 09:20:51 CET 2012

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 26, No. 432.
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        Date: Sat, 27 Oct 2012 14:48:08 +0100
        From: Andrew Prescott <andrew.prescott at kcl.ac.uk>
        Subject: European Science Budgets

Dear colleagues,

The discussions at the next summit of the European Union heads of state 
or government, which is scheduled for 22 and 23 November, will be 
decisive in determining the EU research budget for the next seven years. 
Several Member States are demanding severe cuts on the total EU budget 
and research will have to compete with other policy priorities.

This is a time when we, the scientific community, should act together 
and make our case to protect research funding, including that of the 
European Research Council (ERC), from cuts. Decisions will be prepared 
in discussions among politicians at the national level. All of us must 
look for opportunities to affect these decisions and send a strong 
signal to the heads of state or government.

An open letter signed by European Nobel laureates has been published in 
top European newspapers this week. The impact of this letter will be 
increased if it is followed by a mobilization of the national scientific 

To keep the momentum going, an online petition has been launched:

http://www.no-cuts-on-**research.eu/  http://www.no-cuts-on-research.eu/ 

I would like to ask you to sign it and to encourage all your colleagues 
to do likewise. Note that in the past, less than 30 000 scientists 
signed the largest petition for a European scientific cause compared to 
the hundreds of thousands of signatures on petitions from other groups 
of society.  We must do better than that.

This action is coordinated by the Initiative for Science in Europe ( 
ise at i-se.org<mailto:ise at i-se.**org <ise at i-se.org>>; 
http://www.initiative-science-**europe.org/ http://www.initiative-science-europe.org/  
**>), of which EMBO is a member.  Please contact Wolfgang 
Eppenschwandtner, Executive Coordinator of the ISE if you have any 
questions or suggestions.

Best regards,

Maria Leptin

EMBO - excellence in life sciences
Meyerhofstr. 1
69117 Heidelberg, Germany
tel +49-6221-8891-102<tel:%2B49-6221-8891-102>
fax +49-6221-8891-202<tel:%2B49-6221-8891-202>

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