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Chemical regulation in Europe Nearly five months since the referendum and Brexit is still on everyone’s minds, with its potential impacts on the scientific community already discussed in great detail (see just a few of the articles here and here). We have ideas on the potential impacts to collaborative scientific […]

What does Brexit mean for chemical regulation?


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As a European expat and scientist in England, I have had a thought or two on the current political situation. Many scientists worry that UK based researchers will be excluded from a significant portion of funding opportunities and risk being excluded from EU collaboration opportunities. Several scientific organisations have reported […]

The Landscape for Science post Brexit


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When I started my PhD about 3 years ago, I think that the process had already started, but it’s ever increasing : what I want to talk about is the use of web-based services offered by private for-profit companies by researchers. Well, I must say that if you have a […]

Research and web based services



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If you are involved in science, IT, European politics or just have your ear to the ground, you may have heard about it by now: The European Open Science Cloud. As a long term investment, doing science is worse than buying a car. Exact numbers vary, but it is possible […]

What the European Open Science Cloud REALLY is


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Òscar Aznar-Alemany PhD student at Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research (IDAEA-CSIC) Roger Tarrés Rodrigo Scientific communicator at Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2) ‘How democratic should science be?’ was the question that opened the first SciDF’s public event. In the evening of the 26th October, around 30 people meet […]

The Scientists Dating Forum celebrated an event linking science and ...


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Hélène Michel Leader of the list ‘Alternative 2017’ for the central councils of the University of Strasbourg and candidate to the presidency (elections of 17, 22 and 23 November) Professor in Political Science at IEP – University of Strasbourg Member of the Institut Universitaire de France Director of  SAGE – CNRS […]

Trust and time: two imperatives of research efforts



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Hélène Michel Tête de liste du projet  Alternative 2017 pour les conseils centraux de l’Université de Strasbourg et candidate à la présidence (élections des 17, 22 et 23 Novembre) Professeur en Science politique à l’IEP de l’Université de Strasbourg Membre de l’Institut Universitaire de France Directrice de  SAGE – CNRS UMR 7363 […]

Confiance et temps long : deux impératifs de l’effort de ...


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(https://pixabay.com/static/uploads/photo/2016/01/09/01/42/writer-1129708_960_720.jpg) An essay contest is probably one of the most intriguing events for any writer. And it’s no wonder as this is an opportunity to accept the challenge and compete with other pen wizards. After all, if the primacy of content in the search results is often ambiguous and dynamic, […]

How to Boost Your Chance to Win an Essay Contest


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On July 27th, 2016, after five days of exciting seminars, workshops and debates on the latest science and technology development in Manchester, Toulouse officially became the new European City of Science. On this day, Manchester passed on the torch to Toulouse for the organization of EuroScience Open Forum 2018, during […]

ESOF 2018: From Manchester to Toulouse



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All across Europe, far right of extreme right parties have been conquering larger and larger shares of the voters in the past few years. Among others, in 2017 the Front National in France and the Alternative für Deutschland in Germany intend to overcome traditional parties and come to power.   […]

Is extreme right the best hope for researchers ?


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It’s perhaps one of Western Europe’s biggest hypocrisies. We Europeans are appalled by Trump’s idea of building a wall along the Mexican border. But we have recently allowed many such walls to be built in our own backyard. All along South-East Europe, borders are now lined by wire fences. And while […]

Trump’s border wall in Europe is already hurting wildlife and ...


The Infrastructure Dilemma
You go on a trip. All the necessities of life crammed into your backpack: Phone, tablet, laptop, mini satellite phone and a foldable communications satellite. All you need to stay connected. You make your way through the streets with unfamiliar signs and the flocks of incomprehensibly chatting locals, all trying […]

Who Cares about the Connection?



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Pharmaceuticals and related components ship across the globe on a daily basis. Due to the nature of the medicines shipped, there are always some risks to consider before, during and after shipment. What are the most common risks that a pharmaceutical company needs to consider when shipping their product? How does […]

Deep Risk in Pharmaceutical Shipping Sparks Debate


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In April of this year the world’s first three-parent baby was born and is reported to be healthy. This is a huge milestone in mitochondrial therapy, a year after the procedure was legalised in the UK, the only country in the world (so far) to have explicitly permitted the technique. […]

The Three Parent Baby: Monster or Miracle?


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Crossroads 1999´s blockbuster “The Matrix” made us familiar with the “red pill philosophy.” In a provocative scene when Morpheus offers to Neo an election which later determined the outcome of the story’s hero. The options were to either take the blue pill and stay in the simulation world in which […]

Taking the red pill: Beyond The Matrix (of Academia)




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Croatia’s citizens have had their say. Again. In the second elections in the past year – following the collapse of an inefficient coalition plagued by corruption allegations – they have once again elected no single majority. Which means another coalition government, once again led by the right-wing HDZ (Croatian Democratic Union), […]

What do Croatia’s election results mean for its neglected science?


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Are scientists bad communicators? An article published in The Guardian two weeks ago caused a firestorm of responses from the online science communication community. The focus was on the fact that science communication cannot simply be scientists lecturing from a soapbox using graphs, statistics, and facts. To scientists, this is a natural approach: when presented with something incorrect, you […]

The future of science outreach and re-thinking the ‘fight’ against ...



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What am I to do afterwards ? This is certainly the central question for most PhD candidates when the end comes closer.  I think we are all familiar with the range of answers that comes with it : the will to pursue with a post-doc is soon replaced by the […]

Young scientists attraction for sustainable development


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The weapon The role that scientific advances and technological innovations play on the fate of civilizations is illustrated by numerous examples, including food-related developments (improved species in agriculture and livestock), health (hygiene and the discovery of antibiotics), and lifestyle (popularization of the internet). However, none of these examples triggers immediate […]

Callinicus: the importance of scientists, knowledge, and innovation