Target: Zarko Obradovic, Serbian Minister of Science, Education, and Technological Development
Goal: Increase funding and promotion of scientific research in Serbia.
Throughout history, advances in science and technology have transformed our world. Technology is an outcome of science, improving the lives of many by providing instant gratification through constant innovations. Scientific research has increased our understanding of the world one step at a time, making a long term impression on the human species. Our ability to explore and intervene in the natural and physical processes that shape our world is made possible by understanding science.
Unfortunately, governments do not always value the important work of scientific researchers. A few years ago, Serbia had its science and education ministries merged during a restructure of the government, threatening the continuity of funding for science. The once small and efficient ministry of science has to worry about funding being used for teachers’ salaries and local education needs. Both ministries should have adequate funding, but without any other national science foundations in Serbia, sharing funds with another ministry leaves Serbian scientists without financial resources to cover the basic costs of maintaining and running their labs. Researchers do not even have access to the most basic materials including scientific journals.
Recently, 3000 Serbian scientists gathered to protest against the financial situation affecting their work. There had been delays in funding, plans to decrease the government’s budget for science, and degrading treatment toward scientists by the Ministry of Science, Education, and Technological Development. Minister Zarko Obradovic has neglected to respond demands to increase budgets for science and send payments in a timely manner, and has failed to adopt laws to protect scientists from discrimination.
Please stop the neglect of science in Serbia by urging Minister Zarko Obradovic to guarantee funding, improve organized planning, and give professional respect to his nation’s scientists.
Dear Zarko Obradovic, Serbian Minister of Science, Education, and Technological Development
Science is important in understanding and taking action in a complex world that requires scientific and technological solutions. Its practice provides society with a deep knowledge of how everything works in order to tackle issues including climate change, pollution, and improving health. Please do not deprive the people of Serbia of life-saving and time-saving innovations, increased knowledge of the natural and physical world through scientific investigations, and the ability to participate in environmental solutions. Only a scientific community that is well supported by its government can provide this level of satisfaction to the people of a nation.
I urge you to increase funding for science, stop discrimination of scientific researchers in comparison with other public sector employees, and stop delays in payments to scientists. It is essential that you also adopt laws that will produce a new organizational model for the financing of science in accordance with other solutions adopted by Europe. A government that provides financial support to science and promotes it with respect allows scientists to communicate solution-oriented ideas with society, which in turn enables each person to live up to their full potential. Please show that you value the wellbeing of Serbia by supporting its scientists.
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