Scientists in the UK today are starting to respond to governmental noises suggesting that, in a time when other countries are investing in science to rejuvenate the economy, funding for science and innovation here will have to be slashed. Only the best will be funded, and the rest can leave the country or flip burgers.
There has been a lot of hand-wringing on Twitter about what to do, but though we all feel we have to do something, nobody quite knows what.
Sod it. Let’s march on London! No more Doctor Nice Guy, no more hiding behind our work, no more just taking things lying down like we take everything else in our profession — poor job prospects, poor funding, low pay, poor life-work balance. If they are going to bleed us dry, we might as well try to do something before it’s too late. I reckon there are thousands of practicing scientists and their allies in the vicinity — let’s make some noise.
Last updated 10/9/2010 at 21.20
– Hashtag is #ScienceIsVital
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– By the way, we don’t have a formal slogan. ‘No More Dr Nice Guy’ is just my personal rallying cry (and will be one of several T-shirt designs available). Sort of sad I even have to clarify this, but apparently I do: this campaign does NOT exclude scientists-in-training, or women in countries where the word “guy” has not achieved gender-neutral status.
– Essential background reading – please recommend more and I’ll add the links: