Saving Italian Science
le 28 March 2006
You will find attached a paper by Alison Abbott, published in the 16 march issue of Nature. " As the general election looms, candidate prime minister Romano Prodi strives to convince Italy’s discontented scientists that he can turn things around." This paper mentions a document summarizing a set of proposals made by a think tank of scientists. We have not been able to get this document so far. However, you will also find attached the proposals made to the Center-Left Coalition by RNRP (Rete Nazionale Ricercatori Precari i.e., the National Italian Networks of Precarious Researchers) www.ricercatoriprecari.org
The summary of this proposals is the following :
Cancellation of the Moratti’s Laws on Schools, Universities and Public Research System
The constitution of the “Knowledge States General” for an open discussion about the reform of the sector.
More resources for the Public Research System
An intensive recruitment plan of researchers in the public sector
The unblocking of the turn over in the Universities and the public research bodies
The free circulation of knowledge, against the extension of patenting logic
Transparency and cooperation as main principles of the work model in the public research sector
Social rights for all the precarious workers.