Strengthening Research in Europe

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Science  06 Sep 2002:
Vol. 297, Issue 5587, pp. 1609
DOI: 10.1126/science.297.5587.1609

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  • Best and Brightest

    In response to the Editorial of 6 September regarding the strengthening of research in Europe, I would like to offer the following. The grooming of research "leaders" appears to involve the following general steps. (i) Individuals are selected seemingly at random, (ii) they are annointed with the titles "best and brightest," (iii) they then receive an unjustifiable amount of research support to the detriment of other stru...

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  • Words as usual

    All the recommendations suggested in the Editorial by Banda et al. look very nice indeed, although not they are likely to be implemented in practice. Look at the new proposed European framework program; it is exactly the opposite of the transparency and flexibility badly needed for good science to flourish. Rather it forces researchers to become full-time administrators instead of science developers, increasing dramatical...

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