EuroScience is extremely concerned about the recent request of the government of Hungary to the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA) that would result in a transfer of control of the research institutes of the MTA to the Ministry of Innovation and Technology.
EuroScience has as the leading pan-European interdisciplinary grassroots organisation of researchers and science professionals consulted its members on the implementation of Plan S. The GB of EuroScience has validated the resulting response.
In the current context of vibrant and lively debate on the future of scientific publishing, the EuroScience Governing Board has decided to launch a consultation of our membership on the essential issues surrounding the agenda on open access publishing of research.
EuroScience strongly endorses the principles laid down in Plan S for rapid achievement of effective Open Access publication of publicly funded research. They are a good basis for the consultation that is now open and EuroScience intends to actively respond to it.
“Missions” will be introduced as a central new tool in the architecture of FP9, though many think they already exist in prior Framework Programmes. They can provide a new perspective but it is quite an exaggeration to say that “most technologies have emerged from missions”: curiosity-driven research led to many. Several issues need more elaboration.
EuroScience calls together with ALLEA, HERA (Humanities in the European Research Area, an initiative of National Funding Agencies), and several other organisations for a major role for social sciences and humanities in the missions that most likely will be a cornerstone for FP9.
Here are some brief impressions of members of the Governing Board of EuroScience who participated in Marches for Science in several European cities.
EuroScience, Academia Europaea and the Royal Institution (with support from Elsevier) are organising an important debate on Brexit: the facts behind opportunities & challenges for both the UK & European Science Establishments.
A large number of major European organisations in the area of science, research, innovation and higher education have written an Open Letter to European Prime Ministers, ministers responsible for those same areas, as well as the President of the European Council and of the European Commission, and Commissioner Carlos Moedas for Research and Innovation to express their concern about recent developments in the US.
We shared our concerns about the repression of democratic and academic freedoms in Turkey. We endorse the Call for Solidarity by Academics for Peace. Members of “Academics for Peace” and Education and Science Workers Union (EğitimSEN) have been removed from their positions in public higher education institutions permanently!