UK Parliament Rejects Proposal to Keep Country in EU's Erasmus+ Scheme
Conservative MPs have voted against an amendment that would have required the government to negotiate continuing full membership of the EU's Erasmus+ programme, which helps students study in other countries.
Exhausted delegates postponed tricky issues. The weak rules on a market based mechanism, promoted by Brazil and Australia, that would have undermined efforts to reduce emissions have been shelved and the fight can continue next year at COP26 in Glasgow.
Economic Sanctions and Academia: Overlooked Impact and Long-term Consequences
Sanctions place "invisible barriers" for research by limiting access to necessary resources and curtailing their effective use. This paper presents a national survey of Sudanese academics focused on the impact of 20 years of economic sanctions. It identifies key areas that have been impacted by international sanctions, and highlights how the impact on academia is likely to persist long after they are formally lifted.
Launch of the Global Alliance of Open Access Scholarly Communication Platforms to Democratize Knowledge
A new momentum is emerging in the dissemination of scientific knowledge worldwide. The GLOALL carries a vision to promote the development of multilingual scholarly communication standards, products and services.
Current Visa Restrictions a Threat to UK Establishing Itself As a Global Hub for Health and Science
A letter was sent to UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid MP expressing ‘grave concern about the current visa application process for international academics and scholars to visit the UK for academic conferences’.
Guest Post: Challenges for Academics in the Global South - Resource Constraints, Institutional Issues, and Infrastructural Problems
For social science and humanities researchers in many parts of the world there are significant barriers to conducting and sharing research, in some cases more so than for science and medicine. In this guest post, Dr. Naveen Minai provides a perspective as a gender studies researcher in Pakistan.