Euroscientist – What does the US elections mean for Science and Europe?

by Aurelia Chaise

An article published by Euroscientist deals with the potential consequences of the US elections on science and Europe.

Research policy uncertainty

Since election day, there have been encouraging stories that veteran politician Newt Gingrich is helping out with the transition. “Gingrich is a huge NIH [National Institutes of Health] supporter and helped lead the effort in Congress to double the NIH budget between 1998 and 2003,” says Jennifer Zeitzer, director of legislative relations at the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), in Bethesda, Maryland, USA. “He also wrote a very strong op-ed last year calling for greater investment in NIH.”

Meanwhile, for scientists working in geology, engineering and anything associated with coal, oil, gas and shale energy the outlook is undoubtedly positive. The same goes for military research, which includes the masses of IT infrastructure needed for cyber and counter-cyber warfare. In addition, engineers specialised in robotics and autonomous systems could have the glory days ahead as these fields of expertise are used to develop the drones and next-next generation stealth bombers, fighters and ships that Trump has pledged to build.

Read the whole version of the article on the Euroscientist website

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