Code red / by Sander Martens

During the opening of the Academic Year 2019-2020 of the University of Groningen, professors wore a red square on their caps, thereby voicing substantial concerns about reallocation of funding from social and medical sciences to beta sciences, and from broad universities to technical universities. Implementation of these plans, as originally recommended by the Van Rijn committee, will mean that in spite of the current economic growth, a vast majority of Dutch universities will not see any increase in funding but cuts instead. Not only will it increase work pressure, it will undermine the breath of disciplines needed to tackle the big questions that face science and society today, including a fair and efficient energy transition, climate change, the ageing population, and digitalization, just to name a few.

To appear in BCN Newsletter issue 115.