Science funding


The Turkish Council for Scientific and Technical Research (TÜBITAK) issued on March 24, 2017 a decree addressed to all Turkish peer reviewed scientific journals, including the international periodicals listed by the Turkish Academic Network and Information Center (ULAKBIM). This text requires that the journals « reconsider the make-up of their […]

TÜBİTAK: scientific body or political tool?





Toulouse ESOF 2018 representatives during Manchester's closing ceremony 1
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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The next meeting of the scientific council of the European Research Council (ERC) takes place – for the first time – in Zagreb, Croatia, this month (20-22 October 2014). I recently spoke to Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, who took over as president of the ERC in January, about what the ERC can […]

Exclusive: Q&A with Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, president of the ERC, on ...



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Today marks the first anniversary of Croatia becoming the 28th member state of the European Union (EU) on 1 July 2013. Despite progress in science and a good performance in drawing on EU framework programme (FP7) grants, Croatia’s research policy and funding landscape leaves much to be desired. The reforms […]

Croatia’s science one year into its EU membership: Q&A with ...


The Belarus government’s plans to boost science funding “remain elusive”, while basic research and the number of scientists are being eroded by the financial crisis, according to a recent recent report by the Belarusian Institute of System Analysis and Information Support of Scientific and Technical Sphere.  The country’s science could […]

Report: Belarus science funding goals ‘remain elusive’


A physicist has been appointed as Serbia’s minister of education, science and technological development, raising hopes that the tide might be turning for the country’s ailing research sector. Srđan Verbić, 43, takes up the position after being appointed by the new Serbian prime minister Aleksandar Vučić, who was sworn into office […]

Physicists take up key science posts in Serbian government



Most Western Balkan countries may be investing 50% more money into research and development (R&D) than official figures suggest, according to Djuro Kutlača, head of the Science and Technology Policy Research Centre at the Mihajlo Pupin Institute, in Serbia. Widely used figures on R&D investment in the region may be […]

Balkan countries’ investment in R&D ‘vastly underestimated’


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The WBC-INCO.NET, a project funded under the seventh EU research Framework Programme, has come a long way since it started in 2008. The list of achievements, deliverables and specific outcomes alone could easily take up the space of this article: during the last seven years of the projects workshops, studies, […]

From animosity to ‘happy family’ through science: some insights from ...


One of the world’s youngest nations, Kosovo, has been trying in vain to lure top researchers in its diaspora back to the war-torn country of just over two million. Its €600,000 fund (about US$829,000) aims to rebuild research and teaching capacity by supporting the return of top professors, but it has failed […]

Kosovo’s diaspora unmoved by ‘brain gain’ fund





The steering committee of Croatia’s Unity through Knowledge Fund has stepped down after it was announced that the fund will be incorporated into the Croatian Science Foundation. Croatia’s science ministry wants to merge the UKF with the much larger foundation in order to ensure future “sustainability of the fund”. The […]

Steering board resigns after Croatian fund merger




Swiss science and education may take a hit after the country’s citizens narrowly approved immigration caps in a referendum on 9 February. Though the immigration reform would take up to three years to implement, the vote had an immediate impact on the European Union’s newest member state, Croatia, which saw […]

Swiss U-turn on Croatian immigrants halts its research and education ...


Billions in EU regional development funds – used to help poor regions catch up – will now be targeted to support innovation as part of a major reform of EU regional policy, according to an article in Science|Business. The aim is to bridge the research divide and halt the brain drain […]

€100 billion for innovation in EU’s regional funds to end ...



An opinion article published in The Scientist this week (28 January) sheds some light on a common problem for science in Eastern Europe, especially in smaller countries, many of whose science systems are collapsing under mediocrity and poor funding. Despite Slovakia having adopted science politics similar to that in successful […]

Why Slovakia’s science is a failure while Estonia’s flourishes


Science ministers from the west Balkans signed up to a regional R&D pact worth €200 million (£171 million) in Zagreb, Croatia last week. The strategy, which will run from 2014–2020, aims to lift the competiveness of researchers in these countries – Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia – easing […]

West Balkans sign up to R&D pact