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A final plea to save Portuguese science

Portuguese scientists’ last attempt to rescue its research centres is still up in the air

A group representing various research centres in Portugal met, on 27th July 2015, the recently appointed president of the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT), Maria Arménia Carrondo. This was a plea to reverse the latest round of budget cuts to research centres. Unfortunately, the meeting did not produce positive results.

Meanwhile, a report by an international panel that evaluated FCT’s policy and functioning in quite a eulogistic manner, also failed to address this issue of budget cuts in detail.

The present administration of the FCT is due to cease office after the national parliamentary elections, on 4th October 2015. Portuguese research centres are now planning to organise a national-scale appeal to rescue Portuguese research. This is a last ditch attempt by the country’s science community to influence the programmes of political parties running for government in October, in the hope to reverse the situation.

Filipa Vala

Postdoctoral Fellow on an FCT grant at the Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Changes, Lisbon, Portugal.

Read more: http://www.euroscientist.com/a-final-plea-to-save-portuguese-science/#ixzz3l8U9P88k

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