[Humanist] 26.432 cutting of European science budgets
Humanist Discussion Group
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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
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:
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>>;
**>), of which EMBO is a member. Please contact Wolfgang
Eppenschwandtner, Executive Coordinator of the ISE if you have any
questions or suggestions.
EMBO - excellence in life sciences
69117 Heidelberg, Germany
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