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A serious attack on science

Patrik Hall and Ulf Sandström argues in his op-ed that we should put down the Swedish research council, Forte and Formas. In order to ensure a competitive research and education sectors they claim that it is better for society to let the universities themselves decide which research the country to operate within the framework of its own operations.

the Transition to a knowledge economy places increased demands on the training that is in tune with the community. The universities have therefore already acquired a higher degree of autonomy with good opportunities to determine for themselves which courses are given. Because the actual basis for universitetslärarkåren consists of researchers, this leads to that the universities in practice also determines the research to be wagered on.

Universities and higher education institutions and the revenue has increased by 3 billion since 2017 and currently amounts to 73,9 billion. At the same time, reduce steadily the number of students per place, according to the University and högskolerådet. This has resulted in an increasing competition for students between institutions. A competition, as Hall and Sandström rightly points out, leads to ”that both the diversity and the quality deteriorates”.

because they have ”disproportionate power over the Swedish research, at the same time, they lack the ability to be able to predict which research will be successful in the future”.

becoming a masterful researcher requires a solid training of other master who can provide a broad exposure to many different styles, and at the same time show you how to claim its own originality, no matter what the issue or idea which you eventually as researchers on their own choose to pursue during their career.

first, if we assume that it is money that brings power, so there is reason to question the choice of the three research councils which according to the authors, should be consigned to the ättestupan. The Swedish research council (VR) has the mission to ensure the long-term basic research. Of its annual budget of about 6.7 billion, so only accounted for 4.1 billion assistance to the ”thematic free calls in the different types of benefit”, that is to say, fundamental research. The Swedish business sector on its part, the 79-billion on applied research. Dagens Industri reported recently that only Amazon, who, like a number of other foreign groups taking a growing interest in Swedish research, annually investing approximately sek 217 billion in research. This gives companies substantial power to in a short time align the research in order to promote their own interests.

To become a masterful researcher requires a solid training of other master who can provide a broad exposure to many different styles, and at the same time show you how to claim its own originality, no matter what the issue or idea which you eventually as researchers on their own choose to pursue during their career.

With the results-oriented perspective, as the authors advocate, we run the risk that the researchers have to sell their soul to Mammon, for example, carry out product development for the pharmaceutical industry, in order to continue.

to assess the research quality must therefore possess deep insights in the process that is the basis of doctoral education and its ultimate goal is to select talent and how such a then be taken advantage of. To then equate the opinion of the research with the so-called bibliometrics, which is to reduce the original art to the board's size – the larger the dimensions the better the quality. The amount of published articles and their citations must be in a qualified assessment may reasonably be, in relation to the profiles of the size, its total funding, and if forskargruppledaren on their own have managed to create a unique line of research.

With the results-oriented perspective, as the authors advocate, we run the risk that the researchers have to sell their soul to Mammon, for example, carry out product development for the pharmaceutical industry, in order to continue.

such A förflackning undermines not only the research and graduate studies – leading to an intellectual imbalance in the Swedish society which has far-reaching consequences for our ability to solve complex social problems. And of course it must, therefore, just as the Fredmanska Control and resursutredningens proposal (SOU 2019:6) points out, be a balance between externally funded research and government basanslag.

I think no scientist would have anything against an assessment that evaluates the effects of the increased politicisation and bureaucratisation of the research councils. But the proposal to put them down must be seen as a serious attack on the science, fully comparable to like to put down the royal dramatic theatre, the Opera and the Swedish Radio that they are not in an effective way be able to predict which product will be the most selling in the future. Is it not rather that we need to strengthen the national bodies based on our cultural heritage to research and other artistically oriented business shall not lose its identity and thus allow our society be undermined?

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