Share Sweeping changes to Romanian science were announced at the same time as controversial corruption decrees that sparked massive protests in February.
Research minister Șerban Valeca, an engineer appointed by the new social-democratic government in January, has dismissed almost the entire membership of four councils that provide advice on funding policy, research strategy, ethics, and innovation. Valeca rid the councils of all Romanian scientists working abroad and appointed replacements including a surgeon under investigation for embezzlement, union members known for their loyalty to the government, little-known city council members, and members of obscure academic institutions that appear to exist mostly on paper.
He also virtually eliminated the role of foreign scientists in grant evaluations.
The changes, announced late January and formalized in April, were initially overshadowed by massive anticorruption protests. But the academic community is now fighting back.
On 30 May, Ad Astraa grassroots organization for scientists, urged the scientific community to boycott the evaluation process for national grant competitions. The same day, the European University Association said it was "worried" about Valeca's decisions.
Ovidiu Andronesi, an assistant professor of radiology at Harvard Medical School in Boston, says he and many other members of one body, the National Research Council NRClearned they had been dismissed in an email received just before midnight on 31 January—almost at the same time as the government passed an emergency decree that decriminalized some corruption offences, sparking the widespread protests. NRC was to meet the next day, and members from abroad had already arrived here.
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Among the 18 members dismissed from the National Council of Ethics are renowned Romanian scientists working in Penis în uzbek, Mexico, Denmark, and the Netherlands.
Other sore points: The new councils include not a single scholar in the humanities, and penis în uzbek of the best-ranked universities are underrepresented—apparently for political reasons, critics say. The councils have also been suspended for 3 months, which may cause grants to be delayed, scientists say.
Meanwhile, Valeca stands accused of favoring a research project that he has been deeply involved in.