The Situation of Researchers

Young Italian Scientists Take to the Streets
28 November 2008
Italian scientists on short-term contracts defend their futures by protesting cuts in research funding and jobs.

Italian Research Shakeup Pending
9 March 2007
Young researchers in Italy await new legislation that promises new positions, more funding, and transparent procedures.

Italian Universities Raise Their Fists
3 June 2005
In February last year, head of Italian University and Research Ministry (MIUR) Letizia Moratti presented a draft bill to reform university, mainly the academic career structure. Susan Biggin gives an overview of the situation and its impact on young researchers.

Academics Protest Plan to End Tenure. Italian academics lrallied outside Italy's higher education ministry in Rome to show their disapproval of the government's plans to eliminate tenure and increase teaching loads. [Reposted from Science News]

Italy Does Not Value Its PhDs. In our Eurodoc Exchange series, Guido Germano explains the situation of PhD students in Italy. A related article describes the Italian PhD system for the benefit of those from elsewhere.

Empty Pockets ... and Pie in the Sky? In November 2003 1,700 researchers who have won concorsi to obtain permanent positions are still waiting to be paid, while the government announces it will pump funding into an ambitious new research institute.

Italian Research Reform: Much Needed, or Missing the Mark? Letizia Moratti's reform plans have caused outrage, but can they address the problems of young researchers?

Is the Italian Brain Drain Becoming a Flood? What are the problems, and how can Italian researchers be tempted back home? Next Wave reported from a meeting that tried to give some answers.

Bringing Back the Brains Samantha Bennett reported on the latest attempts to attract Italian researchers home.

I'll Be Back Chris Berrie gathered advice from mobile Italian scientists on making a return to Italian research.

Brains in Chains Marta Paterlini reported on the latest project of the Italian PhD-students association, ADI, which aims to highlight the plight of young academic researchers.

Postdoctoral Training: a European Perspective. Taking part in Next Wave's postdoc production policy debate, Massimo Lazzari argued that the current system leaves postdocs overspecialised to compete in a wider job market and that too many postdocs are simply regarded as cheap labour

Researchers on the Move

A Surfeit of Schoolteachers. Right now, Italy has too many teachers, and the legislative situation is confused. But OECD predicts a teacher shortage in the coming years and, in the meantime, scientists who have already entered the profession are getting by.

Bringing it All Together. Gianni Antoniazzi is telling us how Spain has offered him a unique opportunity to put into practice all the mathematics, programming, informatics, and control theory he had studied before leaving Italy.

An Italian in Berlin. Gianluca Lattanzi thinks that Germany is a great place for Italians to live and work, and he recommends the career-development opportunities that the scientific freedom of his Marie Curie Fellowship provides to anyone--but look out for the bureaucrats.

A Tale of Two Fellowships Generous fellowships that allow you to do your postdoc in another country present a great opportunity, says Cristina Pelizon, who won two!

The GrantDoctor: How Do I Find Out How to Do a Postdoc in the States? Next Wave?s adviser on all things grant related answered a query from an Italian PhD student.

The Italian Job and The Italian Job II: The Long Haul Rob Grundy and Chris Berrie are both British scientists who moved to Italy to work. They share their different reasons for going, as well as their different experiences.

Role Models

An Astrophysicist at La Città della Scienza
10 August 2007
Alessandra Zanazzi turned her astrophysics training, on-the-job experience, and skill as a communicator into a rewarding career at Italy's first interactive science museum.

Getting Up to I.T.
26 January 2007
Valerie Matarese left academia, the United States, and then an industry job to set up a company doing scientific editing and information research.

The Road to Scientific Recognition
13 January 2006
Italian scientist Maria Pia Cosma felt at an early stage that in order for her scientific career to grow, she needed to spend some time abroad in a high-profile lab.

Finding My Way into Material Science. A final-year Italian Ph.D. student in materials surface science, Erik Vesselli describes how the presence of many big institutions in Trieste, in particular the synchrotron radiation facility at ELETTRA, have contributed to offer him a dynamic, international, and creative scientific environment.

Finding a Niche in the New Biology. A spinal chord lesion which left her paraplegic made lab work difficult for Stefania Pasa, but she didn't let that stop her career. Instead she's making her mark in computer biology.

Mastering Scientific Translation Having completed his PhD in London, Gianluigi Desogus decided that he wanted a change of career direction. He explains how a new master's course is opening the door to a career which combines his language skills and his science--translating.

Positively Change the World (In Ways You Never Thought Possible) Physicist Giuseppe de Filippo intended to pursue an academic career, until he discovered that management consulting would make excellent use of his training--and offer certain career advantages. ...

Profile: Alberto Pugliese Sicilian Pugliese explains how a fellowship award from the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation International is helping him to develop his research career in the United States.

Opportunities

A Microcosm of High- Tc Opportunities
The founders of Genoa-based start-up Columbus Superconductors remain true believers in the commercial (and career) potential of high- Tc superconductors.

New Research and Job Opportunities in Southern Europe
Science's Next Wave looks into the research and job opportunities at the latest science centres in southern Europe.

Italy Launches a New PhD Programme in Molecular Medicine. After having withdrawn from the Human Genome Project a year before its completion, Italy thought the opening of an institute with the ambition to train the next generations of scientists in molecular medicine would help the country re-enter the post-genomic game.

A Home for Future Gastronomes Creating a home for future gastronomes is the ambitious dream of the Slow Food movement. It has recently founded the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy to offer an international and interdisciplinary programme of study and research into food, agriculture, and eating.

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