Newsletter 8 2017
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EUA Newsletter 8 - 21/04/2017

March for Science: Why scientists are protesting worldwide

On 22 April 2017, scientists around the globe will gather to march for the cause of science and raise awareness about the importance of science for society. 

The March for Science movement started in Washington, D.C. earlier this year and quickly spread with parallel marches now being organised in more than 500 cities. What unites those behind the various demonstrations is the concern that parts of society and policies are moving away from evidence-based decision-making. Post-factual politics and scorn for experts are marginalising researchers politically. 

This issue is connected to other trends: Public funding for basic research is diminishing in many countries and nationalist policies are obstructing the movement of talent and the functioning of research institutions. Such developments threaten science and critical thinking and ultimately contribute to the erosion of the knowledge society. They go beyond the labs and libraries and touch all who acknowledge the cultural and economic benefits of such society. 

EUA shares this concern and supports its members in their individual actions around the march. 

Further information on the March for Science and how to take part can be found on the movement’s website. To follow and engage on Twitter: @MarchForScience; #MarchForScience

TRENDS survey: Call open for participation

The 2017 TRENDS survey, aimed at providing a comprehensive overview of the most important developments in learning and teaching in European higher education, is open until 12 May.
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Survey on research capacity in Western Balkans

Representatives from institutions in the Western Balkans are invited to complete a short questionnaire on local research capacity, which is part of a study funded by the European Commission through the SPHERE project.
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Save the date: EUA Annual Conference 2018

Mark your calendars for the next EUA Annual Conference. It will take place on 5 and 6 April 2018. The host will be the University of Zurich in Switzerland. The theme of the event will cover the dynamic interaction between universities and society at large. More information will be available on the EUA website in early autumn.

Reminder: Registration open for CDE Annual Meeting

The EUA Council for Doctoral Education (EUA-CDE) is accepting registrations for its 10th Annual Meeting. Interested participants have until 31 May 2017 to sign up.
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EC survey on rewards, education and skills for Open Science now open

On behalf of the European Research Area Steering Group Human Resources and Mobility, the European Commission has launched a survey on rewards, education and skills needed to promote Open Science.
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Fourth Arab-Euro Conference on Higher Education
Mohammed V University, Rabat, Morocco
24 - 26 April

EUA Webinar
"IEP: What's it all about"
26 April

5th UNI-SET Energy Clustering Event
KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium
31 May - 2 June

USTREAM peer learning seminar: Policy frameworks for efficiency and effectiveness
Universities UK , London, United Kingdom
1 - 2 June
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