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02.11.2012 18:13 - Подписка срещу съкращаването на европейските пари за наука
Автор: teomira Категория: Политика   
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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
communities. To keep the momentum going, an online petition has been


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@i-se.org; 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
fax +49-6221-8891-202


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A Petition for the attention of the EU Heads of State or Government:

A top priority for Europe: secure the EU research and innovation budget!

We, the researchers in Europe, are convinced that

Europe"s future depends on making optimal use of its scientific talent for the benefit of science and society;
creative environments and research infrastructures are needed in which talent can flourish and innovations emerge;
reliable financial support must be provided for long-term, often risky, fundamental research. Only then will the grand challenges be addressed in a sustainable way.

Therefore, we strongly support the letter signed by Nobel Prize and Fields Medal winners and urge you to act:

cuts in the EU budget for research, innovation and education are counter-productive as they will aggravate the problems Europe faces instead of finding solutions;
the European Research Council, ERC, is an undeniable success story for Europe. The ERC has demonstrated its ability to find, fund and empower the best researchers and has changed the future outlook of the younger generation. It needs to be strengthened to achieve more scientific-technological breakthroughs leading to future innovation.
We urge you to provide a clear signal that investment in research, innovation and education is a top political priority, especially in times of crisis. Europe has been the cradle of modern science and the role accorded to science will shape Europe"s future.

Sign the petition!

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