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Iran: ricercatore condannato a morte. Venti giorni per ricorrere contro la sentenza.
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Iran: ricercatore condannato a morte. Venti giorni per ricorrere contro la sentenza.

Da Nature News: il 21 ottobre scorso, Ahmadreza Djalali, un ricercatore affiliato al Karolinska Institute e all’Università del Piemonte Orientale, è stato condannato a morte da un tribunale rivoluzionario iraniano. Era stato arrestato con l’accusa di “collaborazione con un governo ostile”. Una fonte vicina al ricercatore sostiene invece che egli sia […]

Why are Popular Music Studies excluded from Italian Universities? Gli SSD italiani visti da oltre confine
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Why are Popular Music Studies excluded from Italian Universities? Gli SSD italiani visti da oltre confine

Pubblichiamo un contributo di Philip Tagg (past Professeur de musicologie de Université de Montréal) che descrive, nell’ambito di una rivendicazione settoriale che lamenta il mancato spazio concesso al settore della Musica popolare nel sistema italiano degli SSD, in che modo può essere vista, fuori dai nostri confini nazionali, la tassonomia […]

Targeted academic boycott of Turkish higher education system
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Targeted academic boycott of Turkish higher education system

In January 2016, 2,212 academics signed a declaration calling on the Turkish government to end the war in the Kurdish region and allow international observers to monitor the situation in Kurdish towns and cities destroyed by security forces. Since then the Academics for Peace have been subjected to vindictive and […]

Astonishment is the only possible reaction at reading the latest call for funding of MIUR.
Articles in english / Finanziamento / Lettere

Astonishment is the only possible reaction at reading the latest call for funding of MIUR.

«The idea of supporting basic research activity by funding less than half of the 35.363 associate professors and researchers with a sum of 3000 euros, after a time consuming and centralized selection process, sheds light on the tragic state of funding for our Universities.  […] The amount of money made available […]

Italian National University Council declaration on the latest developments in Turkey
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Italian National University Council declaration on the latest developments in Turkey

«The members the Italian National University Council, the representative body of all components of the Italian university system, express their indignation at the dismissal of 330 Turkish academics, considered opponents of the present regime … and hope that Governments and the International Community will take appropriate action to bring to […]

Open Letter on Science and the New US Immigration Policy
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Open Letter on Science and the New US Immigration Policy

ROARS fully endorses the open letter promoted by Euroscience, following a similar action taken by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). AAAS and some 150 other organisations (learned societies, universities, etc) have published an Open Letter to President Trump on the new immigration policy.   The text of […]

Rationalizing the unreasonable: there are no good academics in the EU
Articles in english / Finanziamento

Rationalizing the unreasonable: there are no good academics in the EU

Una riflessione arguta sul sistema di finanziamento a livello Europeo. Il successo di un progetto è considerato come un indicatore obiettivo di qualità accademica in tutto il sistema universitario europeo. Premiando solo il 1,3% delle domande viene modellata una realtà assurda: quasi il 99% degli accademici nella UE falliscono, e solo 1,3% soddisfa […]

A letter to stop the lynch campaign against our colleagues in Turkey
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A letter to stop the lynch campaign against our colleagues in Turkey

If you would like to sign the letter to the Guardian below in support of academic freedom of speech in Turkey, please email with your name, title and academic affiliation to freedomofexpressiontr@gmail.com Letter text   We are gravely concerned that academics in Turkey are facing a lynch campaign initiated by the […]

The Black Book of Scientific Evaluation in Portugal
Articles in english / Europe

The Black Book of Scientific Evaluation in Portugal

Segnaliamo ai lettori la prefazione al Black Book of Scientific Evaluation in Portugal. Si tratta di una lettura che crediamo utile anche per via delle somiglianze fra l’esperienza portoghese e quella italiana. Il volume può essere letto e scaricato a questo indirizzo.   Key press releases, letters, articles and texts regarding the subversion and mishandling of the scientific evaluation system in Portugal in 2014 and 2015 Foreword  This book provides a comprehensive picture of the process of subversion and mishandling underwent by the scientific evaluation system in Portugal over the last four years. It is founded on a number of key press releases, letters, opinion articles and chronicles, as well as in other texts published in the press or on the Internet in 2014 and 2015 concerning this topic. […]

III Convegno Roars. G. Mirambeau: “Against Ignorance: the European Experience”
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III Convegno Roars. G. Mirambeau: “Against Ignorance: the European Experience”

“Against Ignorance: the European Experience”: the talk of Gilles Mirambeau. We think that the Homo Scientificus Europaeus should be at the center of Europe, rather than bankers and politicians. The formation of Europe must pass through science and culture and not through cold bureaucracy, incomprehensible roles and financial affairs. Send […]

In memory of José Mariano Gago
Articles in english / Europe / Politica Scientifica

In memory of José Mariano Gago

José Mariano was an extraordinary person, a person that you simply admire. Another person that I had the privilege to consider a Polar star in my life was Chris Freeman at Sussex. I had the privilege of knowing José Mariano in various roles: minister, scholar, intellectual leader. But I would […]

Bitterness cannot be avoided but should not turn into rejection
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Bitterness cannot be avoided but should not turn into rejection

“But do not be bitter, please. Our countries need both of us, and we them (…); bitterness perhaps cannot be avoided, but it should not turn into rejection. If civilisation were easy, there would be no place for barbarism.” (…) “Action by scientists aimed at strengthening and widening the social […]

Le università olandesi al bivio
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Le università olandesi al bivio

E’ un momento difficile per le università olandesi. In Olanda l’esperienza britannica ha avuto da tempo un forte influsso: con quali conseguenze? In questa fase sta emergendo un movimento che contesta vivacemente la direzione che ha preso il sistema universitario dei Paesi Bassi. Segnaliamo a questo proposito l’articolo apparso su […]

How the REF’s regime of excellence is changing research for the worse
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How the REF’s regime of excellence is changing research for the worse

Ripubblichiamo questo articolo di Nick Butler e Sverre Spoelstra, originalmente apparso su The Conversation. There can be little doubt that the research environment in universities is changing: it is now less a collegiate community of scholars than a competitive game of winners and losers. This transformation manifests in all sorts […]

The flawed evaluation of Portuguese research units conducted by the ESF
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The flawed evaluation of Portuguese research units conducted by the ESF

Portuguese research units are funded by the Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT), that outsourced the latest (and still ongoing) evaluation to the European Science Foundation (ESF). The first stage suffered from the lack of proper coverage of the different areas by the panels and the usage of incorrect […]

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