The Minister of Science and Innovation, Diana Moranthas indicated that, “if nothing happens”, the Senate will approve in its extraordinary session to be held on July 20 the Law of Science, Technology and Innovationapproved in the Congress of Deputies without any votes against.
“I hope that day is definitively approved and I can start the grade academic with this law that improves rights and that has many changes,” Morant said Thursday during his speech at the Europa Press Briefing Breakfasts.
The Minister of Science and Innovation defends that “it is a law that represents the scientific community and the political will quite well”
In reference to the criticism of the Science Law by scientific associations, he rejected that the law “does not represent the scientific community.” In this sense, he has assured that the scientific associations “have had many opportunities to incorporate measures into the law”, both with the open dialogue with the Ministry, before presenting the text in the Council of Ministers, and during its parliamentary processing: “I would say which is a law that represents the scientific community and the political will quite well”.
The minister has defended that the Law of Science is a “law socialist” that “stops the drain on resources” of the Game Popular. “We find a science system mistreated and fleeced by the cuts of a decade of the Popular Party and we respond with a law that stops the bleeding of resources, that protects research personnel and improves their working conditions”, he has indicated.
Although he has pointed out that they have been “capable of enriching” the text, “of adding and negotiating contributions”, he has assured that they have not “lost” their orientation and the final objective, “the one that made the PSOE recover the Ministry of Science after being diluted in other departments during the governments of the Popular Party or increase its financing until it has its most important budget”.
Thus, he has claimed that this is “a socialist law, negotiated and agreed with other political groups and representative organizations of science, but without losing its essence and ideology.”
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For the minister, science and innovation “are not issues isolated from the most relevant and strategic issues” in Spain. “Sometimes there is a tendency to isolate the powers of my Ministry in a watertight compartment when our areas and topics of action are transversal”, she has sentenced.
“In research we look for alternatives for the future to combat climate change, to face the energy challenge or the consequences of the war in Ukraine. If we ask science for help in crises, it is a mandate and an obligation to act when solutions are asked of us,” he said. Morant stated.
At this point, he added that with this mandate they have drawn up the Law on Science and Innovation, which was approved without any vote against by the Congress of Deputies. “I have no qualms about stating that we are facing one of the most important laws of this legislature. A law with an impact, which favors the progress of our country, which goes directly to human capital and which positions us in the future in an appropriate way”, he specified.
In his words, this rule “shields funding, tackles precariousness with a new indefinite contract, contemplates the right to compensation in pre- and post-doctoral contracts, improves working conditions and the prospects for stabilization of young researchers and reduces administrative burdens in the justification of the aid”.
“It is a clearly progressive law, which strengthens the public science system, which combats the precariousness of workers by expanding their rights and which shields public funding”
In reference to the approval of the law, by “broad consensus”, he celebrated that “it has raised a great surprise”, although he clarified that “in some cases that consensus has been linked to a lack of ideological orientation”.
“Far from this affirmation, this law is a clearly progressive law, which strengthens the public science system, which combats the precariousness of workers by expanding their rights and which shields public funding for R&D”, he said.
On this point, the minister has insisted that it is a “social democratic” law, which reinforces social aspects of scientific policy with new advances in gender equality and diversity, “which considers science as a common good and, therefore, therefore, open access, not private”.
During her speech, the minister also highlighted that this Wednesday the Ministry called the selection process to cover 450 positions for tenured scientists in the IPOs, through the general system of free access: “We have laid the first stone of the public expansion of employment”. Likewise, he has added that they will continue with other calls this year with about 750 new positions for scientific and technical personnel to support research.
THE CHANGE IN THE CSIC, “WITHIN THE NORMALITY”
In reference to the appointment of Eloisa del Pino Matute As the new president of the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC), after the dismissal of Rosa Menéndez, Morant has said that she enters “within normality in the opening of stages that are new” and that there have also been changes in the CIEMAT or in the State Research Agency.
Regarding the change in the presidency of the CSIC, Diana Morant stressed that with the new Science Law “we need new leadership”
“These are decisions that I have made that are within normality in the opening of new stages, new priorities with a new law and we need new leadership“, underlined the minister, who has transferred all her gratitude to Menéndez and has stressed that the new presidency has the mandate to “immediately implement” the changes that the Law of Science brings, such as the improvement of the work of the CSIC researchers, the progress of the scientific career or the reduction of bureaucratic burdens.
In addition, he has warned that the CSIC has “many challenges that need new leadership”. “We have appointed a prestigious CSIC researcher whose specialty is public policy and management of public institutions”, she stated.
GUARANTEE THAT SPANISH SCIENTISTS APPLY FOR THE NOBEL
When asked about the possibility that some Spaniards could apply for the Nobel Prize, she assured that she shares the aspiration of being able to have more Nobel Prizes in Spain, for which she has opted to “guarantee” the conditions so that Spanish scientists can carry out their work to achieve this recognition.
“In those we are through the law, also with the Law of Universities that have the great challenge of reaching new models, much more modern that also allow more research in universities”, he explained.
Thus, he added that the new university model “affects more research” and stressed that the funding that they have “shielded” by law will guarantee “better conditions.” “Also, the infrastructure improvement program, which makes it possible to do science for the whole world in our country, is going to give our scientists greater opportunities to do their work”, he concluded.
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