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Romanian researchers decry sudden power grab

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Science  09 Jun 2017:
Vol. 356, Issue 6342, pp. 994-995
DOI: 10.1126/science.356.6342.994

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Romanian scientists are fighting back against an alleged power grab by their government that they say will lead to the diversion of research money to government cronies and will isolate Romania's small scientific community just as it was beginning to nurture connections to the rest of the world. Research Minister Șerban Valeca, an engineer appointed by the new social-democratic government in January, has dismissed almost the entire membership of four scientific advisory councils and rid them of all Romanian scientists working abroad. Instead, he appointed less qualified members loyal to the government, scientists say. Valeca also virtually eliminated the role of foreign scientists in grant evaluations.

  • * Alexandra Nistoroiu is a science and health journalist in Bucharest.

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