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Open Letter on Science and the New US Immigration Policy
Articles in english / World News

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
Articles in english / Lettere

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
Articles in english / Europe

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
Articles in english / Lettere

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 […]

Università australiane: riforma o frode?
Articles in english / Scelti da noi

Università australiane: riforma o frode?

In Australia, il governo ha tentato di varare una riforma del finanziamento del sistema universitario nella direzione già adottata nel Regno Unito: una drastica riduzione del finanziamento statale accompagnata da un innalzamento del tetto alle tasse universitarie che scarica i costi sugli studenti, per i quali sarebbe previsto un piano […]

Beware! Competition For Research Funds Can Kill You
Articles in english / Meritocrazia

Beware! Competition For Research Funds Can Kill You

Stefan Grimm, noto e stimato professore di tossicologia presso l’Imperial College (Londra)  è stato trovato morto nella sua casa il 25 settembre scorso. Era stato messo sotto pressione dai superiori perché, nonostante la partecipazione a diversi bandi, non stava raccogliendo abbastanza finanziamenti per la ricerca  e temeva di perdere il […]

“Education, education”: a documentary on university education in China
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“Education, education”: a documentary on university education in China

Education in China is a lucrative business. But how do you choose the right school  when you’re the first person in your family who can read? Or pay for it when 4 years of schooling costs sixty years of income? What about the “ant-tribe”, the 2 million newly graduated Chinese […]

Times Higher Education World University Rankings: science or quackery?
Articles in english / Classifiche internazionali / Europe / La bufala del giorno

Times Higher Education World University Rankings: science or quackery?

«2010-2011 World University Rankings represent the most accurate picture of global higher education THE has ever produced»: Times Higher Education was so confident in its rankings that when Alexandria University entered the top-200 elite (ranking fourth for research impact, before Stanford, Rice and Harvard), the editor of THE, Ann Mroz, […]

Problems of research in France
Articles in english / Europe

Problems of research in France

Why it’s so important to demonstrate now and what are you hoping to achieve? «Sciences en Marche is one of the initiatives launched in 2014 for trying to alert the population, the media, the Parliament and the government, on the fact that if we do nothing, our research system will […]