It would be a mistake of monumental proportions to take the shears to the country’s science budget

Ireland“Why do we conduct science? Why do we carry out research? What is it good for? As a nation, we need to be able to answer these questions. The Government is expected to put more than €4 billion into research over the period 2007-2013, so this is far from a small-change investment. Individuals’ reasons for doing science include because it is fun, and because it gives you a good job. While science causes some to gag, most of the people who get involved do so for fun, for the sheer enjoyment of it. They like the creativity involved, the discovery of something new. If you get a tenured position in a university, on the face of it, that’s a job for life …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 8 June]

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