Austerity bites in Utrecht (via The e-Astronomer)

Andy Lawrence on cuts to Astronomy in Utrecht, the importance of rocking the boat, and a realistic perspective of the debt crisis; see also an old post of mine here that uses the same figure to make a similar point: the cuts are based on politics, not economics ….

Austerity bites in Utrecht As you may have heard, the University of Utrecht has taken the extraordinary decision to completely shut down its Astronomical Institute SIU  by 2014. You can read about in a blog post written last week by Sarah Kendrew, and there is also a press statement  issued by the SIU. This is the scariest astro-disaster since the INAF panic. Utrecht is a significant fraction of Dutch astronomy; it is one out of five universities in the NOVA alliance , alt … Read More

via The e-Astronomer

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One Response to “Austerity bites in Utrecht (via The e-Astronomer)”

  1. Ouch!

    The Netherlands has always been one of the best countries for astronomy, if not the best. (Keep in mind that the population is only about 16 million. 8 astronomical institutes (4 at universities) is quite a lot for such a small population (and some of the institutes are quite big).)

    I remember someone describing the former PM Balkenende as someone who is 40 but looks like he is 20 and thinks like he is 80. Mark Rutte, the current PM, is from a “Liberal Democrats” party.

    It would be interesting to compare the “savings” being made to the Dutch contribution to “saving” Greece. 😦

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