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apinewsAPInoticias – Número 51 (15 junio 2010)


Recopilación de noticias de ciencia y tecnología de la API – Asociación de Personal Investigador del CSIC


1 –Council Reflection Group publishes 2030 report
2 –ITER & Fusion Research
3 – EP endorses bid to boost Europeana content
4 –European Science Foundation launches paper on social sciences
5 – Public vote on S&T agenda
6 – New EC studies in higher education now available
7 – Entrevista a Rafael Coloma, Vicepresidente de FEDECA, en ABC
8 – Public vote on S&T agenda
9– Documento histórico: el Decretazo del 20 de mayo de 2010
10 – Noticias API: web!

 

 

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1 –Council Reflection Group publishes 2030 report

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An independent Reflection Group set up by the European Council has published a report called ‘PROJECT EUROPE 2030: Challenges and Opportunities’. The Reflection Group is a 12 member panel made up of experts from industry and academia (Felipe Gonzalez as Chair President). Its report identifies and proposes solutions. The recommendations include: using budgetary reallocations and encouraging greater private sector funding in order to meet the Europe 2020 target of three per cent expenditure on R&D; simplifying EU funding programmes; empowering the European Institute for Innovation and Technology (EIT) to set up innovative joint programmes across the EU; creating or labelling a series of European Research Centres within the EIT, focusing on renewable energy, energy efficiency, ICT for sustainable development and transportation networks, biotechnology and nanotechnologies; developing EU centres for pre-competitive applied research; and encouraging the administrative and financial autonomy of universities as a way of increasing private funding for higher education.

 

Further information

The PROJECT EUROPE 2030 report is available at: http://www.reflectiongroup.eu/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/reflection_en_web.pdf

 

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2 –ITER & Fusion Research

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The Commission has adopted a Communication to the European Parliament and the Council which concludes that in view of substantial overall cost increases for International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER), which have more than doubled the costs for Europe (to around €7.2 billion instead of an initial expected €2.7 billion), a sustainable financial framework should be established. Member States should provide a clear financial commitment throughout the life of the project and a mechanism for dealing with any further overruns should be agreed, subject to an overall cap. In particular, a total of around €1.4 billion is needed to meet the estimated cost increases in the EURATOM Community contribution to ITER in 2012 and 2013. This funding should be found either by raising the ceiling in the EU budget or through additional finance directly from the Member States.

 

Further information: Europa Press releases RAPID

Further information: EurActiv

 

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3 – EP endorses bid to boost Europeana content

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The European Parliament has endorsed the EC in asking Member States to make more of their cultural heritage available online on Europeana, a European digital library, which currently gives access to seven million digitised objects. It was launched with two million objects in November 2008 and is expected to rise to ten million over the course of 2010. France currently provides the biggest share of digitised objects on Europeana (37.4 per cent), but some European Member States currently provide no or very few objects.

 

The Europeana website is at: http://www.europeana.eu/portal/

 

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4 –European Science Foundation launches paper on social sciences

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The European Science Foundation (ESF) recently launched the position paper ‘Vital Questions – The Contribution of European Social Science’. The paper looks at challenges and opportunities for the social sciences in Europe, addressing the different societal questions faced in Europe, such as social and economic inequalities, an ageing European population, migration, and climate change. It concludes by stressing the need for adequate funding to train the next generation of social scientists, support for research networks and the development of mechanisms to build closed links with cognate disciplines in the humanities and natural and biological sciences. It also urges policy makers to grant social sciences more attention and to listen to the evidence and conclusions of social scientists as they analyse the problems of society.

 

The Position Paper ‘Vital Questions is available from:  http://www.esf.org/research-areas/social-sciences.html

 

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5 – Public vote on S&T agenda

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The current Spanish Presidency of the EU recently ran an initiative looking at a citizens’ agenda for Science and Technology (S&T). On a website, they invited the public to vote on which of 14 S&T innovations, identified by a panel of prominent researchers, engineers and inventors, they would most like to see become a reality by 2030. Results of the poll will be presented to the EU’s national research ministers at a Competitiveness Council meeting.

 

Results of the vote are available at: http://www.reto2030.eu/votos/ranking.html

 

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6 – New EC studies in higher education now available

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The EC has published two new studies on higher education reform, in particular on governance and funding, in 33 European countries. The studies were ordered by the EC and carried out by a research consortium led by the 'Centre for Higher Education Policy Studies' (CHEPS) in the Netherlands. The studies are addressed to researchers and policy makers and include both EU-level and national level analyses and case studies. The studies focus on a number of key areas including policy changes in governance and funding of higher education systems between 1995 and 2008 and how those changes reflect Europe’s modernisation agenda for higher education.

 

Further information
The "Governance Reform" and “Funding Reform” publications are available from the EC’s website: http://ec.europa.eu/education/news/news2259_en.htm

 

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7 – Entrevista a Rafael Coloma, Vicepresidente de FEDECA, en ABC

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Los funcionarios no son el problema, sino una mala política administrativa que ha permitido el enchufismo, el abuso de la contratación directa y la consultoría y que ha terminado por «quitar de las manos» el trabajo a los funcionarios públicos, duplicando un gasto que ahora hay que recortar. Esa es la conclusión a la que llega el vicepresidente de la Federación de Asociaciones de los Cuerpos de la Administración General del Estado, FEDECA, Rafael Coloma.

 

Entrevista publicada por abc.es

 

 

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8 – Public vote on S&T agenda

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The current Spanish Presidency of the EU recently ran an initiative looking at a citizens’ agenda for Science and Technology (S&T). On a website, they invited the public to vote on which of 14 S&T innovations, identified by a panel of prominent researchers, engineers and inventors, they would most like to see become a reality by 2030. Results of the poll will be presented to the EU’s national research ministers at a Competitiveness Council meeting.

 

Results of the vote are available at: http://www.reto2030.eu/votos/ranking.html

 

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9– Documento histórico: el Decretazo del 20 de mayo de 2010

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Sólo apto para masoquistas: BOE 24/05/2010

 

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10 – Noticias API: web

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IMPORTANTE:

 

Desafortunadamente, un accidente en el hosting de nuestra web ha hecho que ésta se perdiera. Además ahora tenemos problemas para recuperar el dominio www.apicsic.com,

así que hemos registrado www.apicsic.ORG. De momento contiene la información antigua que hemos podido recuperar. A continuación vamos a irla actualizando…

 

Os sugerimos seguir las actividades y noticias de FEDECA: podéis acceder directamente a partir del enlace de la columna de la derecha de nuestra nueva web.


¡ Gracias por tu apoyo !

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