December 2016

‘Proxima b’ and the (small) human component of a career in science

Guillem Anglada-Escudé's picture

The discovery of a planet with some features similar to Earth has surprised many. The human story behind this breakthrough however is less known. For instance, that the team which has made the discovery is as multinational as it is precarious. As opposed to what happens in other professional careers, surviving in the scientific field nowadays is a savage task. A clear example of this is that each researcher who has a ‘position’ usually supervises and produces one new PhD student per year, on average.

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Why Europe must raise its voice in support of Carme Forcadell

Seán Crowe's picture

In my work as Sinn Féin’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson I regularly meet with Catalan political parties and Catalan Government officials. Sinn Féin is very clear about Catalan independence- Catalans have a right to self-determination and they should be allowed to decide their future through a democratic referendum. 

Despite being familiar with ongoing political issues in Catalonia and the roadmap to independence, and have to admit I was shocked when I heard of the pending prosecution of Ms Carme Forcadell by the Spanish authorities.

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Democracy must be defended everywhere

George Kerevan's picture

Democracy is indivisible in Europe and must be defended everywhere. That is why members of the UK Parliament, from four political parties, have signed a motion in solidarity with the President of the Catalan Parliament, Carme Forcadell, criticising her prosecution by Spanish authorities for allowing a debate on an independence referendum in Catalonia. Our motion, supported by SNP, Labour, Welsh and Northern Ireland MPs, calls on the Madrid government to reconsider Ms Forcadell’s prosecution and instead seek a democratic dialogue with Catalan representatives.

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