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Estonian Researchers Lead the Way in Science Reform

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Science  04 Oct 1996:
Vol. 274, Issue 5284, pp. 29-30
DOI: 10.1126/science.274.5284.29


Tallinn and Tartu, Estonia--Even before the Soviet Union's final collapse, Estonian researchers took the bold step of forcing out of power the president of the Estonian Academy of Sciences and creating a Western-style fund for handing out competitive grants. As a result, this small Baltic state has set the pace of reform in the former Soviet Union, and it has won a disproportionate share of Western grant aid. But now, a plan to shed the last trappings of the Soviet way of doing science, by ending the division between research institutes and the university system, has split the research community.