On joining the EU in 2004, the country had a vision of using EU structural funds to build R&D facilities that could stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the best in Europe. Fifteen years later, Czech science is reaping the benefits
The European Commission is to set up a monitoring system to track attempts to level up R&D capacity across the EU. That should point the way to improving the performance of these funding schemes – with the aim of making them redundant
Polish academics are concerned that delays in receiving €35.4B from the pandemic recovery fund and money due from the EU cohesion fund could affect cooperation with industry, slow R&D and hinder international relations
Two funding experts from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology travelled to Ukraine in a personal capacity to learn about the needs of the research system. Targeted aid would have an immediate impact in getting institutions in the west of the country back on their feet, they say
Florin Zubașcu, a journalist with eight years of experience covering European research and innovation policy, universities and academic freedom. Florin is based in Cluj-Napoca, the home of Romania’s largest university and of a vibrant start-up scene, from where he travels across the region to do interviews and meet the R&D policy experts and stakeholders who matter in central and eastern Europe. He is working closely with a growing team of contributors:
Goda Naujokaitytė, is EU news reporter at Science|Business. She joined Science|Business in April 2020 and since then she has been covering EU R&D policy and the Horizon Europe programme. She will contribute articles on the widening programme in Horizon and R&D policy reforms in central and eastern Europe.
Ian Mundell, writes The Ecosystem, a weekly column from Science|Business on the people, policies and places innovating in Europe. For the widening newsletter, he will contribute regularly various stories on innovation in central and eastern Europe.
Thomas Brent is a freelance journalist based in France, with a keen eye for science and technology in eastern Europe. For Science|Business, he is writing news features and analysing data on how EU research money is distributed across member states. Thomas is also covering policy reforms and research infrastructures in central and eastern Europe
Anna Rzhevkina is an independent journalist based in Poland, where she has worked as a news reporter for Reuters. She is now covering business and economy in central and eastern Europe