La verdad es que parece impresionante que la política española pueda llegar a la editorial de Nature. No turning Back es el título de un artículo en el que se plasma la situación española actual en ciencia, sólo les ha faltado hablar de la iniciativa «no más tijeras» porque del resto lo han dejado clarísimo.
Basta con ver como empieza. La negrita es mía.
The past two decades have seen Spain transform itself from a scientific backwater into an internationally respected player in the research world. Much of that progress has occurred since the Socialist Party swept to power in 2004, pledging to turn Spain into an innovation economy (see Nature 451, 1029; 2008).
During the Socialists’ first term in office, for example, they doubled the science budget to just over 8 billion (US$12 billion), pushing it above 1.1% of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) and much closer to the European Union average of 1.8% of GDP. The party was re-elected in 2008, having pledged to cut bureaucracy and push funding for research to a target of 2% of GDP. Almost immediately it set up the Ministry of Science and Innovation, finally extracting science from under the purview of the education ministry. Cristina Garmendia, a molecular biologist who has founded several successful biotechnology companies, was appointed as head of the new ministry.
Since then, however, the momentum has been lost. Garmendia’s political inexperience has shown. She was slow to build up a functioning ministry, and has not developed the necessary political clout to convince the government, now grappling with the global recession, to stick to its vision for science.
Continúa con más realidades duras de explicar…
Meanwhile, the government has yet to produce its much-heralded law for science. This was supposed to create an independent granting agency and reform the country’s inflexible system of academic recruitment, under which university professors and government scientists are civil servants with an automatic right to employment until they retire. Dates for the law to be presented to parliament have been set and then withdrawn, apparently because some parts of the government do not want to exclude scientists from rules that apply to other government employees. Hiring new researchers continues to be a difficult and slow process, and it is almost impossible to offer a competitive package of salary and research money. The science ministry now says that the reform law will be presented to parliament before the end of the year, but the research community is losing faith that this will happen.
El cierre es realmente de ovación,
Spain enjoyed one great period of intellectual brilliance in the early nineteenth century, referred to as its Silver Age. Until recently, Spanish scientists were optimistic that they were on their way to a second Silver Age. Now they joke that Spain is heading towards a Bronze Age. But they’re not laughing.
¿Se va creyendo el personal que nos respetan más por ahí fuera o tenemos que seguir convenciendo?