A few days ago Austria’s minister for science and research Johannes Hahn has had the bright idea of optimizing Austria’s scientific spending by pulling out of CERN, the flagship institution of European fundamental research. In the end, this would save Austria about 16 M€, which is approximately the amount of money out of the national budget supplied to the Austrian public railway system in 4 days, or 2€ tax money per Austrian per year. If you feel hard pressed to follow the soundness of Hahn’s logic, please join me in signing the following petition:
Let’s hope the world-wide web – an unremarkable CERN spin-off – helps stopping Hahn from commiting this “historic blunder” as some have called it, and let’s hope Hahn will never require the services of MedAustron, the medical neutron source, currenlty being built in co-operation with CERN in Wiener Neustadt (50km south of Vienna).
Update: Johannes Hahn has finally retracted his plans to exit CERN. Thanks for your support!
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Another interesting funding opportunity, this time with relation to Formal Methods. Checkout my About page, if you’re not yet familiar with Formal Methods!
I just came across a new PhD funding opprtunity that I would like to share with my readers. As reported here and here, TU Vienna is launching a new, funded 3-year PhD programme for computer scientists. As reported by TU officials, the programme is currently at the conceptual stage and due to launch in April 2009 with a funding period of 2009-2011. The City of Vienna is sponsoring 15 female students within this larger programme with 700 k€. So this looks like 46 k€ per student in total, or 15 k€/yr over 3 years, or 1300 EUR per months (gross) – well, seems to be a medicore funding level and hardly convincing for Masters already working in the industry, but better than nothing. Let’s wait for further conditions on that funding (age, gender, etc.), once they got it through.
Update 2009-05-19: I just came across the standard funding levels 2009 for PhD students paid by the Austrian FWF (Fund for Scientific Research).