Undermining of science requires global response

The new US administration has succeeded in doing something that is rarely achieved: getting scientists to speak with – almost – one voice. On 22 April 2017, hopefully, tens of thousands of scientists and concerned citizens will march in major cities world-wide to remind people and governments that science cannot work in isolation and behind veils. Read more
  • Planetary Protection of Outer Solar System (PPOSS) - promoting responsible space exploration 

    February 27, 2017

    With the arrival of Europeans in the New World during the fifteenth century, a variety of epidemic diseases decimated the indigenous population of the Americas. More recently, the introduction of non-native species, such as zebra mussels, in different locations around the world is causing devastating effects on local natural environments and economies.... Read more

  • Why go to space? Not just for the photos... 

    February 16, 2017

    The European Space Agency (ESA) ministerial council took place last December and the new ESA budget was agreed for 2017-2021. As always, a lot of comments are circulating on who gained what, who lost what, and what the future looks like for each ‘community’ in the European space arena. I will not try to explain what the new ESA budget signifies; other, much... Read more

  • Enter the post-factual world 

    February 06, 2017

    The term, “Post-factual,” was all the rage in Brussels a few months ago, referring to the trend observed by many in our societies to ignore factual evidence in political decision-making, and in particular hard scientific evidence, as in the case of global warming. I attended a conference on science policy-making and pathways to government science advice... Read more

  • ESF wants you for its Community of Experts! 

    January 27, 2017

    We are delighted to announce that ESF is launching the “ESF Community of Experts,” a quality driven network of scientific experts that covers the full spectrum of the scientific landscape. By mobilising this network through peer review and evaluation exercises, we will build sustainable collaboration across multiple scientific fields and enable researchers... Read more

  • SCOPE kicks off in Madrid 

    January 19, 2017

    SCOPE held its kick-off meeting on January 13th at the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness (MINECO) in Madrid. Read more

  • The Post-Doc Problem 

    January 12, 2017

    What's in a name?

    Have you noticed that, after you have defended your thesis, after you have become a “PhD holder”, the epitome of an almost ten-year long, arduous, albeit exhilarating path, the rejoicing is short-lived? Very quickly, and with the exception of a handful of a happy few whose brilliance sets them on track to get immediate tenure, or of... Read more

  • Mars Analogues for Space Exploration (MASE) - Looking for answers about life on other planets 

    January 06, 2017

    It seems to be a question as old as civilization: are we alone in the universe? Greek philosophers postulated that if there was life on our home planet, then surely there had to be other habitable worlds. For centuries we lacked the technology to test this hypothesis, but in the 20th century, the famous experiment of Miller and Urey (Fig. 1) along with other... Read more

  • What is "Science Connect?" 

    December 19, 2016

    One of the most frequently asked questions I heard over the past three years when meeting colleagues or other science stakeholders was, “So what’s become of ESF?”
    Well… I’m delighted to say we’re alive and kicking! Read more