Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Research Councils and consultations

More news on the EPSRC from Research Fortnightly here. It has been reported that two major learned societies -- the Institute of Physics and the Royal Society of Chemistry -- have criticised an EPSRC statement that claimed these bodoes had been consulted about new funding plans.

The funding plans concern decisions on which research areas will grow -- and which will be reduced. The Institute of Physics and Royal Society of Chemistry have claimed that they were not consulted about these decisions.

David Phillips (President, Royal Society of Chemistry) said: “I think we were just told what they were going to do—there was no real negotiation or consultation . . . It depends on how you define consulting, but to me it means that you have some influence on the outcome of the deliberation.”

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