Science seen from the sky

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Less than a week ago we saw how the party ended. A government marked by corruption was coming to an end. Although this characteristic will be what will be remembered from the last legislature, it is not far from it, the only thing that has marked the outgoing government. During the years of Popular Party government the investigation has not been seen with good eyes. At first, the previous term was going to be the Pact for Science, however, that fell on deaf ears. Science was never a priority for the government of Rajoy. To give an example, the state investment in R + D + i has fallen to 1.19% of GDP, falling further and further away from the European average that exceeds 2%. In addition, the execution of the budget during the last year has been only 29.7%. In summary: the scientific policy of this legislature has been conspicuous by its absence.

From Europe, during the last decade science has been seen in a different way. While we were moving further and further away from the goal set by the European Union, the countries of our environment did their homework and invested in research, with what now the European average of investment in R & D & I and already exceeds 2% of the GDP and is heading to 3%.

That Spain will play in the second European scientific division, that 16,000 young researchers have to turn on Skype to talk with their family or that each year we donate, in the form of talent that has to emigrate, up to 1.5% of our GDP The country that we have so much difficulty obtaining were not enough reasons to overthrow this government. However, from this moment, science will be seen from heaven.

As in Asimov’s best novels, they have to come from space to save us. Pedro Duque has been appointed minister of the recovered Ministry of Science. We are surprised by his lack of experience in public management, but the first time he stepped on Discovery, he did not have one and that went well. The task that awaits you is arduous and extremely complex. Researchers expect great things from their ministry, hoping that the new minister will live up to his travels and his figure so well valued by Spanish society.

When the PSOE was in opposition, several proposals were launched, such as a greater investment, a plan for the return of talent and an improvement in governance. Now it’s time to put your feet on the ground

From our point of view, this portfolio faces two very important challenges for the group of young researchers and researchers. In the first place, it is necessary to carry out the publication of the Statute of Researchers in Training. This statute is a key element to guarantee labor rights and provide a necessary legal framework to all researchers. It is also essential to be aware of the dramatic loss of purchasing power of postdoctoral researchers in our country, which has fallen to 21.5% since 2008. All these measures should lead to solving the greatest challenge facing the country. research in our country, which is to develop a strategic plan to establish a research career with guarantees, stable and retain and attract talent. It is not a minor challenge, but we believe that it is the key to having a country that lives up to its time.

We hope that the return of the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities will contribute to improving the situation of research in Spain. When the PSOE was in opposition, they launched several proposals, such as a greater investment, a talent return plan and an improvement in governance. Now is not the time for proposals, now it is time to put our feet on the ground and fulfill all the agreements that Pedro Sánchez has made with the scientific and research group of this country.