Exit of E.U. science adviser triggers furor

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Science  21 Nov 2014:
Vol. 346, Issue 6212, pp. 904
DOI: 10.1126/science.346.6212.904

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The new president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, has effectively put an end to the position of chief scientific adviser (CSA) to the commission. The job of the current CSA, Scottish biologist Anne Glover, expired when the previous commission left office on 31 October; although she has a salary until February, Glover can no longer speak on the commission's behalf. News about her exit triggered angry reactions from scientists last week. But some observers say that's premature, because the new commission hasn't decided how it wants to organize its scientific advice. Some also argue that Glover's position was ill-defined and that this is a good time to fundamentally rethink the commission's science advice system.

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