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Re: To junior & senior scientists


Don McAllister <[log in to unmask]>


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Tue, 8 Apr 1997 11:01:28 -0400





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Aldo-Pier Solari wrote:
> I feel I've got to write down this:
> - At FE-request, I keep getting messages from junior scientists
> where they tell me 'they've got to quit'. The main reasons are:
> - Cannot stand 'uncertainty' any longer
> [uncertainty with regard to funds, jobs and future
> perspectives];
> - No steady jobs;
> - No temporary jobs;
> Science as a whole is loosing very valuable junior scientists, I
> am afraid. Some of the senior scientists do not seem to care:
> They do not have the time to do their part of the 'fight' ...

> This is truly amazing in the European Community where billions of
> USDollars have been and will be invested....

Before giving up would some of the young scientists spend some energy on
political actions - draw attention to the decision makers of their
plight - and the consequences to society. Talking amongst ourselves can
bring together information on the problem, but the decisions are made
elsewhere. The Biodiversity Convention was used as a forum to draw
attention to the endangered taxonomists of the world, especially in
developing countries.

What other fora could be used?

What about delegations of young scientists to Science Ministers?


Don E. McAllister /& Canadian Centre for Biodiversity
Ocean Voice International /Canadian Museum of Nature
Box 37026, 3332 McCarthy Rd. /Box 3443, Station D
Ottawa, ON K1V 0W0, Canada /Ottawa, ON K1P 6P4
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