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Protest in Košice against underfunding science draws 300

SOME 300 researchers, mainly from the Slovak Academy of Sciences (SAV), protested in downtown Košice on November 27 against the underfunding of Slovakia’s major scientific institute, the TASR newswire reported.

SOME 300 researchers, mainly from the Slovak Academy of Sciences (SAV), protested in downtown Košice on November 27 against the underfunding of Slovakia’s major scientific institute, the TASR newswire reported.

“Science wants to live, not scrape along,” the scientists shouted outside the State Scientific Library on Hlavná Street. The protest featured a small robot that stood on a pedestal and held a makeshift banner reading as “Invest in me. I’ll pay you back!”.

Lucia Ivaničová of SAV’s Geotechnology Institute said that grounds for the protest are akin to those prompting a similar gathering in Bratislava on November 26. She said that the reasons are the perennially underfunded and that the instability in the funding of grant schemes of the Agency for the Support of Research and Development and the need to exempt SAV from the public administration reform known as ESO.

Ivaničová added that they continue to view it as necessary to highlight the lack of wherewithal in science.

“It’s got to a point when even we have taken to the streets,” Ivaničová said, as quoted by TASR.

Source: TASR

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