Regional collaboration

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?

Why a March for Science in Civray, a very small town, near Poitiers, West France ? Whereas most of the marches are organized in university cities ?   Because we are a small group of active citizens, aged from 17 to 69. Because also, unusually, we do research in our […]

A March for Science in a small countryside town?

Recently, I have involved the Homo scientificus europaeus project in both a national and local initiative, first in Spain and then in Barcelona. My apologies for writing in the first person. This was not on the agenda. Two weeks ago, I realized that the Spanish March for Science was in […]

The Catalan Paradox

Despite  your glass of Champagne, unfortunately you cannot forget the extreme difficulties we are facing to. Mind elevation is strongly required! Fear has become a common factor in most of our societies. Conflicts are running everywhere revealing many fractures in our foundations. Social inequalities and climate change are following their progression enhancing and accelerating […]

Best wishes for 2017. Take care… and support EuroScientist!

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 threat of invasion after World War II eventually brought the five Nordic countries, Denmark, Iceland, Finland, Norway and Sweden, closer together through the Nordic Council of Ministers. Now the region has the biggest air force in Europe and a GDP larger than Russia, according to Bertel Haarder, former Danish […]

Balkans ‘could learn’ from Nordic research collaboration

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’

There is a whole chapter on cooperation in science and technology in the agreement the EU and Ukraine just signed today (27 June) after months of political instability in Ukraine. Chapter 9 of the Economic and Sector Cooperation part of the agreement commits the two parties to “develop and strengthen […]

EU-Ukraine Association Agreement promises renewed cooperation on science

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’

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 ...

The long-term future of a steering platform on research that brought warring Balkan nations and the EU ­together through science is uncertain after the project that hosted it ends. EU officials are now scrambling for alternative avenues to keep the hard-won cooperation going in this troubled region. The project – WBC-Inco.Net – and the […]

EU link to Balkans’ science threatened

You wouldn’t guess from its obscure name, but in the past six years the project has become a beacon for scientists in the Western Balkans. Prompted by the eastern expansion of the EU in 2004, the project was initiated to help create a spirit of research collaboration in the […]

End of WBC-Inco.Net leaves Western Balkan research stronger, but still ...

Several initiatives on research, innovation and higher education have found their way into the next two years’ (2014-2016) workplan of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) – a regionally owned and led framework for the promotion of cooperation in South East Europe (SEE) and supporting European and Euro-Atlantic integration. The workplan’s […]

Regional Cooperation Council adopts ambitious research and higher education goals

The EU is hosting a summit in Vilnius, Lithuania, later this month (28-29 November) to sign trade and association deals with Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine, as part of its Eastern Partnership programme (also offered to Azerbaijan, Armenia and Belarus). The agreements are meant to improve economic and development ties and potentially pave […]

EU’s promise to boost lagging science in Eastern Partnership countries

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

Western Balkan countries still lag far behind EU countries when it comes to funding science and producing high-quality research and innovations. This is not changing despite these countries’ aspirations and expectations, as well as the publication of many strategic documents to align their policies with the Europe 2020 strategy. This two-part […]

Western Balkans’ integration in European research area: challenges and solutions

The European Union’s strategy for development of the Danube region has had a promising start, including spearheading several scientific and research initiatives, but more has to be done to ensure further progress and funding, according to a report. The progress report published in April was followed by the launch, last […]

Danube region strategy yielding gains in research, seeking science support