According to the European Commission’s ranking, both scientists and educators have lost value. It is not that these professions are less valued, but they are two subjects that have dropped in level in Europe. In fact, both camps are going to be represented by the same portfolio, led by Bulgarian Mariya Gabriel. The new scenario will have the name of Innovation and Youth.
It is a decision that has greatly impacted the scientific community. A community that affirms that in this way it is “none” to a very important and essential branch in the economic development of societies. Especially when working towards the problem of climate change.
That is, scientists see the fusion between innovation and youth as a setback. Where science loses its condition of being independent and principal. Ursula Von der Leyen is the woman who has made this administrative decision. This woman affirms that education should be given priority, over the budget that is being given to the innovation of science.
Science goes out to defend its position in the development of Europe
According to Ursula’s statement, it is precisely education that contributes to research and development. Around 17 Nobel Prizes and other science research communities have sent a letter to Von der Leyen to complain about this situation in Europe.
The letter was also addressed to the President of the European Parliament, Mr. David Maria Sassoli. This indicates the great importance of investing properly in the innovation proposed by science. Education and science must go hand in hand, avoiding the budget reduction for research.
It is something that can be reversed in administrative terms. Since the new positions of the executive branch of the European Parliament will be endorsed soon. If the attitude of the European Commission is rectified, the signatories can turn this situation around.
Invest more in education so that it assumes research?
The letter sent by the representatives of science and the 17 Nobel Prizes, has had the support of different presidents, as well as vice presidents, of Scientific Societies from all over Europe. Likewise, representatives of certain organizations have endorsed what the opinion of the scientific community is.
Some of the characters that have supported the attitude of science and its representatives from Europe are: Jesús Marco, who is part of the Council of Higher Scientific Research (CSIC), as well as Perla Wahnón. In addition, there is the support of three vice-president who are part of the European Research Council.
All these institutions and leading representatives of science indicate that it is essential to continue supporting research centers. It is estimated that there are more than 6,000 researchers across the continent of Europe that support the attitude of the scientific community towards the current decisions taken by the European Parliament.
Much more than a wallet
On the other hand Von der Leyen insists that research and education are fundamental in the transformations that the continent faces in the face of the problem of polluting emissions and the current age of a digital world.
What is intended is a rapid transformation in education to work on the Horizon Europe project. That within the next five years, you will obtain financing of up to € 100,000 million.
Von der Leyen states that scientific research will continue to be important for Europe. But that research spirit will be injected into education. For today’s generations to assume more quickly the commitment that science is leading.
To downplay the branch of science?
According to a spokesman for the European Parliament, when reference is made that Innovation and Youth will be part of the same portfolio, it is mentioned that more work will be done in the field of research. “It’s more than a name” says the spokesman. Vor der Leyen indicates that research will continue to be the pillar that supports education and innovation.
According to COSCE President Perla Wahnón, the powers that the new representatives of the European Parliament are taking cannot be omitted; an attitude that overcomes the way in which the ladder of science has been losing importance.
Antonio Pich, who is a researcher at the University of Valencia, says that leaving aside science as the main area of study and decentralized education, is the beginning of greater cuts for this field. That is, in the long term it will become a phenomenon that will reduce Europe’s budget for scientific research.