We refuse to be the active accomplices of a disastrous scientific policy : more than 3700 French, European and international scientists will no longer carry out any appraisals for the ANR and the AERES !
le 27 octobre 2008
Moratorium on ’expert appraisals’ for the ANR (Agence Nationale de la Recherche : National Research Agency) or the AERES (Agence d’évaluation de la recherche et de l’enseignement supérieur : Agency for the Evaluation of Research and Higher Education). English version by Cécile Faucher and Mary Picone
The text below is a call to stop accepting the current government policy on higher education and research. The proposed action, a moratorium on expert appraisals for the ANR and the AERES, aims to prevent a visibly harmful policy currently being applied in organisations whose efficacy is already subject to doubt. This does not mean that we reject the idea of evaluating or financing research projects : it means we are deeply concerned by the fact that our propositions are not taken into account, and that the future of higher education and research is endangered. To sign this call, you do not have to agree with every aspect of SLR’s postion as outlined below.
Please go back to the french version of this text in order to sign the petition. We actively need your support, even if you are not in France, because potentially you can be contacted to perform expert appraisals !
Please sign and circulate the text below and/or the following URL address : http://www.sauvonslarecherche.fr/sp... ?article2147
Signing this petition will mean that if contacted by the ANR or the AERES agencies as an expert, you will temporarily REFUSE to make the scientific report they require.
Before signing in, you will have to fill in the following items (orange box on the right of the page) :
We thank you for your help to build an european research area made for scientists (... and not against them).
Higher education and research are currently undergoing a great transformation. More and more research is done under short-term contracts, leading to the employment of temporary staff. Scientific and educational choices are less and less defined by scientists. According to the Ministry of Higher Education and Research, applied reseach is to be given absolute priority. The Ministry will regularly dictate the new objectives applicable to all areas of research. In addition, the production and transmission of knowledge are supposed to save the economy and will now be evaluated and directed only towards this objective. To do so, the evaluation and the management of higher education and research will be based on indicators so greatly simplified that they may be detrimental. The fact that the sources of financing are increasing and fragmenting,and are moreover based on the same model, adds to the bureaucratization of science without offering diversity. This will ultimately lead to the abandonment of research on many topics.
These evaluations are imposed despite all warnings from the scientific community. The supposed priority given to higher education and research was in fact concretely expressed by the suppression of 900 positions, by a disastrous decrease in budget, and by a "Campus Strategy" ( regrouping various universities in one area) that will lead to whole regions being left with under-financed universities in danger of failure. This new way of managing higher education and research is based on two recent organisations : ANR (Agence Nationale de la Recherche : National Research Agency) and AERES (Agence d’Evaluation de la Recherche et de l’Enseignement Supérieur : Agency for the Evaluation of Research and Higher Education). The former receives most of the grants and therefore deprives universities and governmental research organisations of their power, and thus of any scientific autonomy. It leads to a disorganised system in which there would no longer be strong links (such as those provided by laboratories, institutes, or other places for collective activity) between the Ministry and individual teams. The latter are forced to compete for public funds. Only the biggest and best established will survive (exactly like the "Campus Strategy", which leads to the destruction of small universities, even the most dynamic). Moreover, the ANR is responsible for the increasing number of temporary positions being offered. Together with the decreasing number of tenured positions, this creates a real time bomb !
The AERES, in which all members are nominated, takes the place of collegiate organisations which formerly evaluated research (CoNRS, CNU). We are not questioning how serious the work of the experts may be, but we disapprove of the fact that their reports later go through a series of opaque filters and rearrangements, whose outcomes have, more than once, surprised and shocked the people concerned. In June 2008, following a proposal launched by SLR, 15000 people committed themselves not to accomplishing any tasks that would undermine the strength of research in our country, if the government does not take into account the requirements of the research community. The government made choices, and took its responsibilities. We are taking ours.
We refuse to contribute to the destruction of higher education and research. Therefore we now commit ourselves to refuse to provide expert appraisals for the ANR or AERES, as long as there remains no sign of change in the government policy, especially regarding budgeting and the closure of tenured positions.
We strongly disagree with the scientific policy of the government and refuse to be their accomplices. We defend another policy, more consistent with the interest of our country and with our idea of higher education and research.
List of the first 100 signatories : (Scientists who have been honoured by a CNRS medal are indicated by a "*")
Jean-Pierre ABASTADO, Daniel AUCLAIR, Pierre AUCOUTURIER, Didier BARRET*, Jean-François BAYART*, Hicham BENHAYOUNE, Fethi BENSLAMA, Armelle BLONDEL, Michel BOIVIN*, Luc BOLTANSKI, Morgane BOMSEL, Catherine BONNE-ANDREA, Violaine BONNEFOY, Danièle BRUN, Boris BURLE, Michel CAHEN, Anne CAIGNARD, Bruno CANARD, Pascal CARRERE, Valérie CASTELLANI, Christophe CHARLE, Pierre CHARNET, Didier CHATENAY*, François CHEVALDONNE, Rémi CHEYNIER, Yves CHILLIARD, Nadine CLERC, Aline COHEN DE LARA, Olivier COQ, Laura CORBO, Olivier COUX, Chantal CRENN, Laurence CROIX, Georges DEBREGEAS, Nathalie deKERNIER, Robert DESCIMON, Claude DEUTSCH*, Bruno FADY, Laurent FASANO, Annick FAURION*, Serge FICHELSON, Cécile FOUGERON*, Jean-Louis FOURNEL, Christian FRETIGNY, Gerard GACON, Olivier GANDRILLON, Cyprien GAY, Bernard GEYER, Laurence GIAVARINI, Hélène GILGENKRANTZ, Noëlle GIRAULT-LIDVAN, Yves GODDERIS*, José GOMEZ DE SOTO*, Roland GORI, Isabelle GRANGAUD, Joel GUIOT*, Denis HUDRISIER, Bernard JACQ, Steve JAEGER, Christophe JOUVET*, Georges KLEIBER*, Michel LACOUR, Jérôme LAMARTINE, Yves LANGEVIN, Jean-Claude LAPRIE*, Sylvie LE POULICHET, Jacques LECOQ*, Francois LEQUEUX, Hélène LOEVENBRUCK*, Thierry LORCA, Claude LORIUS*, Bruno LUCAS, Jean-Marie MAILLARD*, Michel MARIC, Alain MARTY*, Dominique MASSIOT*, Christian MAUDUIT*, Laurent MEMERY, Chaouqi MISBAH*, Bertrand MONTHUBERT, Henry NEEL, Laurent PERRIN, Christelle PEYRON, Laetitia PIEULLE, Olivier POULIQUEN, Bernard QUEGUINER, Michel RAYMOND*, Caroline RENARD, Alfonso REPRESA, Patrick REVY*, Patrick ROUDEAU, Stéphane ROUX*, Marie-Jean SAURET, Thomas SCHUCKER, Delphine SCOTTO DI VETTIMO, Bruno SENGER*, Charles SOULIE, Cécile TANNIER*, Isabelle THIS-SAINT-JEAN, Alain TRAUTMANN, Michel TROYON, Valérie VALLET*.