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Nature cites ANICT during interview to the recently elected president of Science Europe

On a recent interview, conducted by Nature, to the recently elected president of Science Europe, Elizabeth Gibney questioned Professor Miguel Seabra about the problems on the  evaluation procedures for recruitment of researchers in Portugal, that ANICT reported on a previous letter to Nature.  Professor Miguel Seabra answer was not only evasive, but was also, we believe, unfair towards our efforts to promote transparency in the academic recruitment processes. We posted a reply to that interview on Nature web site, that we now transcribe here:


“On the 26th of March 2014, the three former presidents of the Portuguese Association of Science and Technology Researchers (ANICT) published a note on Nature, highlighting some of the most striking problems of the National scientific policy, especially to what concerns meritocracy or lack of it (Nature 507, 431 (2014)). A few days ago, on the 6th of June, Nature published an interview with the recently appointed Chairman of Science Europe, Prof. Miguel Seabra (currently President of the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology) (Nature, doi:10.1038/nature.2014.15328). On this interview for Nature, Prof. Miguel Seabra was confronted with Nature’s published ANICT comment (we attach an excerpt of this interview). His answer was totally evasive and remarkably unfair towards ANICT’s efforts to promote scientific research in Portugal towards the best international practices. We do strongly believe that a reply to his interview is required, especially now that Prof. Miguel Seabra is about to take a leading position on a very important European scientific entity. We do expect Science Europe to become an increasingly important scientific policy stakeholder in the forthcoming years as the ERA is gradually being consolidated across Europe.
Nuno Cerca (U.Minho, PT), João Lopes (U.Lisbon, PT), Miguel Jorge (U.Strathclyde, UK)”


You can read the full interview at Nature website:


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