CZECH: Scientists demand reformCeske Noviny. They have also demanded dismissal of the government's Council for Research and Development.
The first signatories include renowned Czech scientists and university teachers such as astrophysicist Jiri Grygar, philosopher and former education minister Jan Sokol, lawyer at Cardiff University Jiri Priban, logician Pavel Materna, and physicist Jiri Bicak.
Scientists' protests flared up earlier this summer in reaction to a new system of state subsidies distribution, based on a new method of assessing scientific work. The change mainly affects the Czech Academy of Sciences. The annual subsidies it receives from the state are to drop by half in the next three years.
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