May 2019 Research, science and knowledge

Read the articles selected in May 2019

2019 Big Deals Survey. An updated mapping of major scholarly publishing contracts in Europe


After the launch of Plan S, this report illustrates the major contractual schemes adopted by researchers and international editors, that establish the conditions of both publication and access to the content of scientific journals, towards a greater transparency and sustainability of the scholarly editorial system.

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OECD Skills Outlook 2019


The lack of adequate competencies to actively enjoy the digital world of the work and the daily life, as well as the risk to strengthen inequalities, require a  range of cognitive, socioemotional and digital skills to be developed, and to extend with appropriate policies the width of lifelong learning.

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Success in academia is as much about grit as talent

Source: The Economist, 10 May

A new reasearch based on data on grant applications submitted between 1990 and 2005 to America’s NIH shows that grit and effort allow in the long run to outperform the adversaries that at the beginning of their career had had greater success.

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Buiding upon foundations for evidence-based policy

By Robert Hahn

Source: Science, 10 May

In the US, thinks tanks and academic circles are pushing the legislative machine towards a political method more based on the evidence of facts and on rigorous evaluations, to shift to that cultural change needed to address today’s political changes.

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Is China’s Belt and Road Initiative boosting academic links?

By Simon Baker

Source: Times Higher Education, 14 May

The Belt and Road Initiative has caused the increase of the exchanges of Chinese academic institutions with other, more or less close countries, as shown by the increase of international publications that include Chinese co-authors, reported by the Elsevier’s Scopus dabase.

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Academic freedom and institutional autonomy: commitments must be followed by action


Without research there is no progress. Without academic freedom and institutional autonomy fail scientific rigour and respect for the others. Only autonomous institutions can bear the responsibility towards the society and are accountable.

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Investing in people. Creative Europe 2021-2027

Fonte: European Commission

Creative Europe is a new European programme for the culture and creativity, produced and expressed in different sectors of the cultural industry, to promote common values and economic growth, while addressing the central challenges of our time.

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German research promised a decade of budget increases

By Gretchen Vogel

Source: Science, 3 May

Germany has announced to increase research budgets by 3% a year for the next decade. The funding weight will be balanced between state and federal government until 2030. The research organisations will be submitted to more yearly evaluations and a fully evaluation in five years.

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UK signals move away from journal subscription model

By Rachael Pells

Source: Times Higher Education, 7 May

Following the steps of Norway and Germany, UK universities are reconfiguring their deals with editors like Springer , preferring read-and-publish types of submission contracts, that represent one transitional model towards open access.

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Why the world is due a revolution in economics education

By Joris Tielemann

Source: University World News, 4 May

 Economics education responds to a Newtonian model of the world. While the so-called economic laws describe statistical data and quantitative models, the insights of other social disciplines could help tell more of the real world problems.

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Join the EUA focus group on “Quality assurance of student-centred learning”


Eua has launched a focus group, open to the member institutions, to ensure that their education provision is student-centered and to develop a new standard for internal quality assurance systems. The principles and purposes are those elaborated by the ESG in 2015.

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Three in four female physics undergrads report sexual harassment

By Meredith Wadman

Source: Science, 23 April

68% of 450 female undergraduates in physics reported to have been harassed during their career for sexual reasons and in different forms, from sexist assessments to sexual attention. The research has found a link between this kind of experience and students leaving scientific disciplines.

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Australian universities top in world for tackling inequality

By Ellie Bothwell

Source: Times Higher Education, 24 April

The THE Ranking on reduced inequalities, which measures the universities’ policies toward underrepresented groups on recruiting staff and students, is topped by three Australian institutions, advantaged by a strong national rethoric of egalitarianism, in spite of the wide social differences.

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La clase virtual se agranda

By Sara Rivas

Source: El País, 14 April

The e-learning is in continuing progress. Whereas the online classes become more and more numerous, new forms of training are developed and tailored to the steps of the individual learning. In the meanwhile, the new virtual technologies promise immersive experiences in the subjects of medicine and odontology.

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Le CERN veut mieux promouvoir ses talents

By Ghislaine Bloch

Source: Le Temps, 20 April

The research on the particles carried out within the CERN has generated technological inventions that are harnessed by an increasing number of start-ups raised up around the CERN, which means to accelerate the technical transfert, especially relevant in the medical field, and improve the social impact of science.

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