Just one scientist has applied to head SAV

ONLY one scientist from the presidium of the Slovak Academy of Sciences (SAV) Pavol Šajgalík has expressed interest in the post of head of SAV, Pravda daily reported on January 3. Other candidates must decide by January 7, when an extraordinary congress will be held.

ONLY one scientist from the presidium of the Slovak Academy of Sciences (SAV) Pavol Šajgalík has expressed interest in the post of head of SAV, Pravda daily reported on January 3. Other candidates must decide by January 7, when an extraordinary congress will be held.

Šajgalík, who has not confirmed nor disconfirmed his candidacy to the daily, could replace Jaromír Pastorek after the congress proposed his dismissal in mid December. Pastorek was criticised over the academy’s 2015 budget as well as the failure to represent interests of scientists and poor communication, the TASR newswire reported.

A total of 62.5 percent of delegates voted in favour of Pastorek’s ouster, although the chairman can be dismissed only by President Andrej Kiska, to whom the proposal was delivered. The SAV congress is made up of representatives of each academy institute.

Education, Science, Research and Sport Minister Juraj Draxler (Smer-SD) stated that he respects Šajgalík’s decision and will send the proposal to Slovak President Andrej Kiska. The Academy of Sciences comes under the remit of the ministry and it cannot submit the proposal to the president directly, according to TASR.

“If the president removed Jaromír Pastorek from office, we’d be happy if he immediately named a new chairman elected by the congress,” said head of the SAV congress Karol Marhold, as quoted by TASR, adding that it would contribute immensely to the stability of the Academy.

Meanwhile former education minister Dušan Čaplovič stated on January 3 in an open letter to SAV leaders that it would be a big mistake if some of the people featured in the current SAV presidium ran for the chairmanship.

The current situation in SAV is not only the fault of Pastorek but of “the entire presidium and congress, mainly the revolutionaries who wanted to resolve the current situation by decapitating Pastorek,” said Čaplovič, as quoted by TASR.

He pointed out that if SAV is uneasy with its funding, it should debate it with Finance Minister Peter Kažimír in the first place.

Source: Pravda, TASR

Compiled by Roman Cuprik from press reports
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