EU science chief: msg to academics and policymakers

CaSE  held its annual lecture last night with a most prominent speaker: the EU Chief Scientific Adviser to President J.M. Barroso. In addition to an invigorating talk about European scientific excellence and her role in promoting it, Prof Anne Glover had clear messages to the scientific and policymaking communities. Science in part of our CULTURE. […]

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Tremors from translating science into advice

A recently tried court case in Italy caused an uproar in the science community after jailing six scientists and one politician who failed to warn the public about an improbable seismic event in 2009. Accountability in such cases is surely difficult to determine, especially when people were acting according to their best understanding of the […]

European attitudes towards environment

A year ago already, the EU published an interesting document on the attitudes of the EU27 about environmental matters. It is called the Special Eurobarometer 365. These reports are based on “in-depth thematical studies carried out for various services of the European Commission or other EU Institutions and integrated in Standard Eurobarometer’s polling waves” I […]

Declaration of university independence – money not state

A recent article in the Times Higher Education section gives an interesting viewpoint comparing the establishment and (league table) success of US and UK / European universities at large: ..the US independent research universities are the best in the world; the anglophone legally independent but financially dependent universities such as Oxford, Cambridge and University College […]