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Science

Par François Coulier, le 7 octobre 2005

- 7 octobre 2005

  • Reform law fails to impress researchers
    Science, Vol 310 (N° 5745) : p33
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    La LOP et Science

- 26 août 2005

  • New French Agency Tries Out ’Anglo-Saxon Style’ Reviews
    Science, Vol 309 (N° 5739) : pp 1316-1317.
    PDF - 245.2 ko
    French NSF

- 22 juillet 2005

  • France hatches 67 California Wannabes
    Science, Vol 309 (N° 5734) : p547
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    Wannabes

- 1er avril 2005

  • Politician Sails Into a Storm at Oceans Agency
    Scientists at the French oceanographic research agency Ifremer are furious that a nonscientist with strong political connections has been parachuted in as their director.
    Science, Vol 308 (N° 5718, 1 April 2005) : p34
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    IFREMER

- 25 février 2005

  • French public research—Saved ?
    Par JM Claverie
    Science vol. 307 (N°5713, 25 février 2005) : p116
    PDF - 87.1 ko
    JM Claverie

- 5 novembre 2004

  • Researchers Back a 70-Page Agenda to Reform Agencies, Boost Careers (Science, 2004, vol 306, pp956-957)
    PDF - 180 ko

- 28 mai 2004

  • Bold promises, but how to deliver ? (interview de François d’Aubert)
    PDF - 59.7 ko
    Interview de F. d’Aubert

- 16 avril 2004

  • Jobs Promised, Strike Aborted
    PDF - 110 ko
    Jobs promised, strike aborted

- 13 février 2004

  • Trois articles dans Science cette semaine (Volume 303, Number 5660)
    • French Scientists Take a Stand, par Alain Fisher
    • The Winter of Discontent, par Barbara Casassus
    • New Faces, Old Promises, par Michael Balter

- 6 février 2004

PARIS—The directors of hundreds of French research centers say they will stop performing administrative duties on 9 March if the government does not meet demands to restore budget cuts and jobs. Researchers in France’s government-funded research agencies have signed a petition, launched on the Internet on 7 January, that already boasts more than 37,500 signatures. The petition calls for the government to pay the agencies what it still owes them for 2002, step up recruitment of young researchers, and hold a conference on the future of French research.

Relations between researchers and the government have been deteriorating since deep budget cuts were imposed last year. Biologist Alain Trautmann of the Cochin Institute in Paris, a spokesperson for the petitioners, says : "I feel as though we are standing on the edge of an abyss. If we don’t change direction completely, we will fall in."

The protesters are demanding reinstatement of some 550 permanent posts for young researchers and engineers that were converted into 3- to 5-year contracts this year, and reversal of the government’s decision to create no new posts for university lecturers or professors. If the directors carry out their threat on 9 March, labs could close, because staff members are not covered by accident insurance if they have no boss.

President Jacques Chirac and his government have tried to placate the researchers. The government acknowledges that it owes research agencies $240 million for 2002 and has promised to come up with the money by next year. It has also promised legislation to reform the research system, an audit by 20 February to determine why labs and the government disagree on budget figures, and no spending cuts this year. But researchers are not satisfied. Last week up to 10,000 marched through Paris in protest. Then in a further concession late last week, French Academy of Sciences President Étienne-Émile Baulieu told Science that research minister Claudie Haigneré had endorsed the idea of a conference and agreed that it be organized by researchers.