[ALGTOP-L] Online Petition to Support External Research Insitutes in Austria

Johannes Huebschmann huebschm at math.univ-lille1.fr
Fri Nov 19 10:04:16 EST 2010


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This perhaps a bit off-topic but not entirely unrelated.
Make a google search about the following issue:

The Zwentendorf Nuclear Power Plant was the first nuclear plant built in 
Austria, of 6 nuclear plants originally envisaged. The plant at 
Zwentendorf, Austria was finished, but never operated.

Johannes




On Sun, 14 Nov 2010, Thomas M Fiore wrote:

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> Dear Colleagues,
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> A week ago the list received news about the financial cuts in Austria concerning the ESI and many other research institutes. An online petition has been created to collect signatures (it takes a few minutes to load, because nearly 14 ,000 people have already signed).
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> http://wissenschaft.research.at/
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> If you click on the very last line on the page, you can add your signature. The statement essentially says that
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> funding has been cut to zero for all scientific institutes which do not belong to the federal or state governments in Austria. The goals of the petition are to demonstrate the contributions of the scientific institutions for Austria, to show the dramatic consequences of such a reduction to zero, to guarantee public pressure in the budget process, and to support those members of the federal government and parliament who want to retain this diversity in the scientific system.
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> Best regards,
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> Tom Fiore
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> ----- "Dr Theodore Voronov" <theodore.voronov at manchester.ac.uk> wrote:
>> Dear Jim,
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>> The ESI *must* be saved. I have sent the following letter to Minister Beatrix Karl myself immediately after receiving this shocking news:
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>> _______________
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>> Dear Frau Minister,
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>> I was surprised and shocked after receiving news from my colleagues that the financing of the famous Erwin Schroedinger International Institute for Mathematical Physics in Vienna might be terminated in 2011.  The ESI in my eyes is a model institute for international collaboration and fundamental research. I have participated twice in highly successful research programs there (in 2007 and in this year), where many outstanding scientists from Europe and Americas, as well as Russia, China and Japan took part. The way how the ESI was organized and has been run since its foundation are but exemplary. I simply cannot believe that such an outstanding institution could ever be thought to be planned for closing down. Vienna and Austria in general do not have so many research centres with such a remarkable international reputation as the ESI. The very idea that the Austrian government might discuss closing down or reducing funding for the ESI makes a tremendous blow to the worldwid
 e reputation of Austria as a country respecting science. Dear Frau Minister, it is very hard to build something that works and is successful; unfortunately, it is much easier to destroy. Mathematics and mathematical physics do not cost much money compared to many other disciplines. At the same time, the whole civilization and, in narrower terms, modern technology progress, have mathematics in their foundations. It will be tremendously near-sighted, for whatever reasons of "saving resources", "budget cuts", "restructuring", etc., to destroy such a unique asset for Austria and the whole world as the Erwin Schroedinger Institute. Saving a relatively small amount of money needed to keep the Institute running by stopping its financing (or even downsizing it at all) will be synonymous to reducing Austrian science from a world-leading position in this area to something provincial and insignificant. Please stop these plans!
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>> Keep the ESI for Austria, Europe and the whole world!
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>> With high regards,
>> ..........
>> ____________________
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>> Can somebody create a petition to sign it internationally?
>> What else can be done?
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>> Best,
>> Ted
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>> On 05/11/2010 16:00, algtop-l-request at lists.lehigh.edu wrote:
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>   1. Fwd: [Tqftclub] Erwin Schrodinger Institute in Vienna	under
>      threat (jim stasheff)
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> From: jim stasheff <jds at math.upenn.edu> Subject: [ALGTOP-L] Fwd: [Tqftclub] Erwin Schrodinger Institute in
> 	Vienna	under threat
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> The ESI is NOT just for physicists.
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> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject: 	[Tqftclub] Erwin Schrodinger Institute in Vienna under threat
> Date: 	Fri, 05 Nov 2010 13:33:36 +0000
> From: rpicken at math.ist.utl.pt To: tqftclub at rumba.math.ist.utl.pt (I received this message via the International Association of
> Mathematical Physics. Apologies if you've received it already via
> other channels.)
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> Dear Colleague,
>
> On Monday, October 25, 2010, the Erwin Schroedinger Institute (ESI) was
> informed -- without prior warning -- that its funding by the Austrian
> Ministry of Science will be terminated with effect from January 1, 2011.
>
> The reason given for this decision was a 'radical structural change in the
> consolidation of Austrian extrauniversity research', apparently affecting
> more than 100 scientific institutions in Austria.
>
> As it stands, this decision means that the ESI will have to terminate its
> activities in early 2011.
>
> It may not be too late to reverse this step, but time is running short.
>
> If you wish to express support for continued funding (and, indeed,
> existence) of the ESI we ask you to communicate urgently your views to the
> minister responsible:
>
> Dr. Beatrix Karl
> Federal Minister of Science and Research
> Minoritenplatz 5, A-1014 Vienna
> Telephone: +43 1 53 120-0
> Email: beatrix.karl at bmwf.gv.at Yours sincerely,
>
> Joachim Schwermer (Scientific Director, ESI)
> Jakob Yngvason (Scientific Director, ESI)
> Klaus Schmidt (President, ESI)
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> Erwin Schroedinger Institute                    Tel: +43-1-4277 28282
> Boltzmanngasse 9                                Fax: +43-1-4277 28299
> A-1090 Vienna, Austria                      www: http://www.esi.ac.at ---------------------------------------------------------------------
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>    <pre>(I received this message via the International Association of
> Mathematical Physics. Apologies if you've received it already via
> other channels.)
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> Dear Colleague,
>
> On Monday, October 25, 2010, the Erwin Schroedinger Institute (ESI) was
> informed -- without prior warning -- that its funding by the Austrian
> Ministry of Science will be terminated with effect from January 1, 2011.
>
> The reason given for this decision was a 'radical structural change in the
> consolidation of Austrian extrauniversity research', apparently affecting
> more than 100 scientific institutions in Austria.
>
> As it stands, this decision means that the ESI will have to terminate its
> activities in early 2011.
>
> It may not be too late to reverse this step, but time is running short.
>
> If you wish to express support for continued funding (and, indeed,
> existence) of the ESI we ask you to communicate urgently your views to the
> minister responsible:
>
> Dr. Beatrix Karl
> Federal Minister of Science and Research
> Minoritenplatz 5, A-1014 Vienna
> Telephone: +43 1 53 120-0
> Email: <a class="moz-txt-link-abbreviated" href= "mailto:beatrix.karl at bmwf.gv.at" > beatrix.karl at bmwf.gv.at </a>
>
> Yours sincerely,
>
> Joachim Schwermer (Scientific Director, ESI)
> Jakob Yngvason (Scientific Director, ESI)
> Klaus Schmidt (President, ESI)
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> Erwin Schroedinger Institute                    Tel: +43-1-4277 28282
> Boltzmanngasse 9                                Fax: +43-1-4277 28299
> A-1090 Vienna, Austria                      www: <a class="moz-txt-link-freetext" href= "http://www.esi.ac.at" > http://www.esi.ac.at </a>
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>> Dr Theodore Voronov
>> School of Mathematics
>> University of Manchester
>> Alan Turing Building
>> Oxford Road
>> Manchester M13 9PL, UK
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>> Phone: (0161) 306-3682 from the UK, (44 161) 306-3682 from overseas,
>> FAX: (0161) 306-3669 from the UK, (44 161) 306-3669 from overseas,
>> Email: theodore.voronov at manchester.ac.uk
>> Home page: http://www.maths.manchester.ac.uk/~tv/
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