Category: Science funding

Brexit. Between fatigue and oblivion.

When I’m not travelling I pretty much wake up with Radio 4 every day. But for a long time now I have fallen into the habit of immediately turning my radio alarm off to avoid the obligatory grave voice that will tell me how utterly disastrous the Brexit negotiations are progressing. Or rather not progressing. …

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Are we still crowdfunding research?

The concept of crowdfunding has been around for several years now, going through highs and lows. From the early days when we only had IndieGoGo and Kickstarter as platforms to fund creative projects, a remarkable portfolio of different public-benefit corporations has been established over the years. These days, crowdfunding is still highly popular in arts …

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Fundamental research: how much is it worth?

Certain scientific leaders believe that funding for science should be allocated, not based on the relative ‘trendiness’ or ‘impact’ of projects, but rather according to the acumen — either potential or proven — of the practitioners. One champion of this ethos is the President of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, a certain Prof. Helmut Schwarz, …

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