A mantra for the 2011 lost generation

Financial help is usually denied to the teachers, the creators and the scientists as they are viewed as unproductive professionals. In the actual economic Spanish scenario we show how the money for universities is once and once reduced, how the labour of the secondary teachers is attacked when they go on a strike for the future of the education or how the Ministry of Science just disappeared.

Miguel de Unamuno said once its famous quote “¡Qué inventen ellos!”, often referred as a symbol of the perceived low performance of the Spanish science (although it was not the author intention). In the case of research a reduction of the 8% in the total public funding has been approved this year, after two years of progressive cuts outs, we see Spain in the levels of the 2005 again, when we were supposed to increase our R&D investment at least to a 2%GDP.

Especially sad is the case of the Spanish young researchers who support the research system with this effort and ideas. However normally are the most expendables. Last year said goodbye with a new call for research funding in the framework of the national R&D program under its arm , but the call for research human resources program will have to wait for the new year. This call included help for PhD students, postdocs researchers, technologists and experienced researchers. This blank call just means a lost generation.

They will emigrate as other did before whereas the cost of their education, received in Spain, will not be recover. They will be the best ambassadors for Spain wherever they go. Let`s say a word for this lost generation.

“Science is a way to teach how something can be known; what we do not know; how certainly things are known, as anything can be known for sure; how to handle doubt and uncertainty; how to think about things in a way a evaluation can be formed; how to differentiate truth and fraud, truth and show” Richard Feynman.


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