In Moscow, the scientists took to the streets

In Moscow, the scientists took to the streets

October 13 in Moscow's Pushkin Square was united protest of Russian scientists. It was attended by about 700 people, many of them wearing white robes as a sign of belonging to the scientific community. Scientists protest against government policy in the field of organization and funding of science in the country. The rally has shown that they are able to unite and stand up for their rights together. Basic requirements — debureaucratization science and the efficient allocation of funds.

"United" campaign is named because of its organization brought together scientists from Moscow State University, Russian Academy of Sciences of the institutions, other organizations and institutions, as well as educators. Organizers of the rally — RAS Trade Union, the Council of young scientists of the RAS, the Council of Young Scientists, Moscow State University, the initiative group of young scientists and the initiative group of students and staff of MSU.

This consolidation of the scientific community reached first.

Scientists do not ask higher wages or distribution of apartments, they advocate that they were given the opportunity to work normally.

"The dominance of the bureaucracy does not allow us do what he likes, and the prevalence of" sawing "ways finasirovaniya deprives conduct research on a global level — say the organizers. — The difference between the protest — that we are not going to whine, "Give money to scientists! Give scientists housing! "Etc. These things are so obvious — but in a stagnant economy is difficult to require the government to increase inputs into national science. But you can (and should!) Seek reasonable ways to allocate these funds and the effective ways of using them. "
What do the scientists

At today's meeting two basic requirements.

First, the researchers sought to be increased funding leading research funds in Russia — the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR) and the Russian Foundation for Humanities (RFH) — the most effectively functioning state institutions, leading competitive research funding.

Over the past years, the percentage RFBR — in spending on civilian science reduced by more than half — from 6 to 2.6%. Fund budget decreased in absolute terms. Today, funding leading research fund Russia almost half the funding for scientific foundation of the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo.
Give scientists to work!

This is the main slogan of the rally. In order to work, you need the equipment. To buy it, you need money. But not only. Still need the possibility to spend it on what you want.

On this second, scientists need to immediately make changes to the law on public procurement, which in principle can not be spent wisely obtained by conducting research funds.

The fact that researchers can not plan well in advance purchase necessary supplies — procurement spend "consistently": after the first results of experiments becomes clear what further experiments should be conducted and that it should be purchased. Normally, the researcher must be able to immediately carry out purchases to continue, but in large organizations, it appears that the amount of funds that can be spent without any competition for each position of the range of goods and services (100 thousand in the quarter), "selected" once, at the beginning of the quarter. And in the future without the long tender procedures not even a penny to buy reagents.


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