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Innovation and Youth

Cari Colleghi,

vi segnaliamo l’iniziativa di alcuni scienziati che hanno scritto una lettera aperta alla Commissione UE per criticare l’assenza del “dicastero” “ricerca e formazione” nella lista dei nuovi commissari, avendo invece introdotto la denominazione “Innovation and Youth”.  

Di seguito vi proponiamo il messaggio con cui i promotori presentano la loro iniziativa ai colleghi europei alla pagina www.futureofresearch.eu

Reputiamo l’iniziativa opportuna ed importante. Invitiamo tutti ad aderire ed a promuoverla.

Grazie e cordiali saluti

FGU-Dipartimento Ricerca-Sezione ANPRI

**************************************************************************Dear Colleague,

We are writing you for the following reason: the candidates for the new
EU commissioners were presented last week. In the  new commission the
areas of education and research are not explicitly  represented anymore
and instead are subsumed under the “innovation and  youth” title.

This emphasizes economic exploitability (i.e. “innovation”) over its
foundation, which is education and research, and it reduces “education”
to “youth” while being essential to all ages.

We, as members of the scientific community of Europe, wish to address
this situation early on and emphasize both to the general public, as
well as to relevant politicians on the national and European Union
level, that without dedication to education and research there will
neither exist a sound basis for innovation in Europe, nor can we fulfill
the promise of a high standard of living for the citizens of Europe in a
fierce global competition.

President von der Leyen, in her mission letter to commissioner Gabriel
(Web link to Mandate Letter), has emphasized that “education, research
and innovation will be key to our competitiveness”.

We have prepared an open letter at

www.futureofresearch.eu

to demand that the EU commission revises the title for commissioner
Gabriel to “Education, Research, Innovation and Youth” reflecting
Europe’s dedication to all of these crucial areas. We also call upon the
European Parliament to request this change in name before confirming the
nominees for commissioner.

Please support this letter by going to

www.futureofresearch.eu

and signing up as supporter on line.

With best regards,

Prof. Dr. Siegfried Bethke             (MPI for Physics)       
Prof. Dr. Nora Brambilla                (TU-München)
Prof. Dr. Aldo Deandrea                (U-Lyon 1)
Prof. Dr. Carlo Guaraldo                (INFN Frascati)
Prof. Dr. Luciano Maiani               (U-Roma La Sapienza)
Prof. Dr. Antonio Pich                   (U-València)
Prof. Dr. Alexander Rothkopf       (U-Stavanger)   
Prof. Dr. Johanna Stachel             (U-Heidelberg)

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