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1. Call for nominations for the Tycho Brahe Prize 2014

2. Euroscientist Special Issue on Open Access

3. EuroScience Statement on EU council budget proposal
   press release from the Secretary-General

4. A few EAS website improvements

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1. Call for nominations for the Tycho Brahe Prize 2014

The EAS Council now invites EAS members to nominate suitable candidates for
The Tycho Brahe Prize 2014.

The prize is awarded annually in recognition of the development or exploitation
of European instruments, or major discoveries based largely on such instruments.
The prize carries a monetary reward of € 6000.-. Short biographies of previous
years' awardees and full details regarding the prize can to be found on the
EAS website at:

	http://eas.unige.ch/tycho_brahe_prize.jsp

There are no restrictions to nationality of the candidates nor to the country
of origin or residence.

Nominations are only accepted through a web form accessible for EAS members at:
	http://eas.unige.ch/tycho_brahe_prize.jsp?tab=nomination

The deadline for 2014 nominations is Thursday, 31st October 2013.

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2. Euroscientist Special Issue on Open Access

In this special issue, the Euroscientist brings you an analysis of the impact
open access is currently having on the community of researchers throughout
Europe. They also publish opinions from among the most respected open access
experts. The opinions reflect upon the far reaching implications of open
access that are turning the world of science publishing upside down.
Open access has now reached a tipping point, suggesting that academic
publishing has now changed irreversibly. What is more, the magazine also
focuses on who should pay for open access? Research grants or institutions'
libraries? To find out more, read the special edition of the Euroscientist.

The Euroscientist would like to encourage its readers, to share this special
issue with colleagues:

	http://euroscientist.com/open-access

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3. EuroScience Statement on EU Council budget proposal
   press release from the Secretary-General

The political agreement which the European Council and the European Parliament
reached late June 2013 on the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF), which would
fund Horizon 2020 with some 70 billion over 2014-2020, is now threatened with
a further blow by the Council in the first test - the budget for 2014. In
early September 2013 the Council proposed significant cuts in the Commission's
proposal for the 2014 commitments and payments. Unfortunately, it is hardly
surprising in light of the Council's continuous reneging on its own strong
statements in favour of growth by research and innovation. Again, it is
Horizon 2020, the programme for supporting SMEs and ERASMUS for all that are
in the front lines of the cuts. € 426 million are to be slashed from the
Commission's plan, reducing even further spending on Horizon 2020 compared to
2013.

The strategy of the Council seems clear and disturbing given the battles over
how to pay for past commitments: building up every year more monies not spent
and then saying again that the EC has to pay for its past legally correct
commitments from the budget of the next MFF.

It is now up to the European Parliament to defend the Horizon 2020 budget.

EuroScience calls upon members of the EP to stand up to this strategy, and
demand to go back to the original Commission proposal. Beginning October the
Budget Committee of the EP will establish its position, followed later in
October by the full Parliament. If there is no agreement a 3-week conciliation
procedure between Council and Parliament follows.

European Heads of Government have consistently stated their support for
European research and innovation in order to maintain the competitiveness of
the Union and have also consistently restricted and cut back on the funding
being made available to support these aims.

EuroScience hopes that European Heads of  Government and ministers responsible
for research, education and innovation come to see the glaring gap between
what they rightly expect educators, scientists, technologists and innovators
to contribute to society for the public money they get, and the resources and
facilities (or rather the lack thereof) the European Council is prepared to
create.


Peter Tindemans
Secretary-General

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4. A few EAS website improvements

As you might have noticed, we have updated this News section to allow you to
access more easily previous e-News items. We have also simplified the access to
jobs of different categories in the Job Directory at:
	http://eas.unige.ch/jobs.jsp
and you can now search for EAS members sorted per country at:
	http://eas.unige.ch/members.jsp

Please, do not hesitate to provide feedback and suggestions to: eas-web @ unige.ch

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