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Tue Feb 12, 2019, 03:04 PM

Scientists in Hungary protest govt takeover of research

Source: Associated Press


Pablo Gorondi, Associated Press
Updated 12:30 pm CST, Tuesday, February 12, 2019

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Scientists in Hungary on Tuesday protested government efforts to take control of their research funding, a move they say endangers academic freedom.

Several thousand people formed a human chain around the headquarters of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, urging the academy's leaders to fight the government plan and hold onto their independence.

Researchers at the protest handed a petition to academy president and renowned mathematician Laszlo Lovasz, asking him to support keeping their research institutes under the academy's management. The academy oversees some 5,000 researchers in a range of disciplines, from medicine and economics to computer science and astronomy.

Populist Prime Minister Viktor Orban said the government's aim is to improve innovation in scientific research and to have publicly funded research projects create "a direct economic profit."


Read more: https://www.chron.com/news/science/article/Hungary-Scientists-protest-govt-proposal-on-13609977.php

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2019, 03:24 PM

1. Another fake populist asshole ruining his country. nt

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2019, 04:32 PM

2. That country has a serious brain drain

It's a bad sign when their best people look for employment outside their country. Which is often the case with extreme right wing governments. Hungary's economy is not producing the outcomes Orban has promised. Blaming immigrants and minorities doesn't sound as convincing when they don't have many immigrants or minorities left.

Dude's cabinet has twice as many men named Laszlo as they have women.

Good job making Hungary great again

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Response to IronLionZion (Reply #2)

Tue Feb 12, 2019, 05:20 PM

3. It's not the first time

Hungary lost its best and brightest in the wake of Nazi domination just before and during WWII: the physicists Edward Teller and Léo Szilárd and the mathematician John von Neumann, who would become the core of the Manhattan Project; conductor Georg Solti; film director Michael Curtiz; photographers André Kertész and Robert Capa; and many many more in the sciences and the arts.

Then they lost more after 1956.

The country has never known what is good for it, it seems.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2019, 05:35 PM

4. Never a good sign when government takes control of Academia.

What research were these scientists working on that provoked the government to orchestrate a hostile takeover like this ?

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