Battle lines are being drawn in scientific communities across Europe after an open letter from NGOs earlier this week called into question the need for a chief scientific adviser working for the president of the European Commission.
On Friday the NGO call for the role’s abolition provoked several open letters supporting the post from major scientific organisations and a slew of media coverage.
Here is the original letter:
Here are the responses (will be updated as new information becomes available):
BBC Radio 4 (skip to 1:10): Sile Lane (Sense about Science) and Doug Parr (Greenpeace)
Sile Lane from Sense about science in New Scientist: Don’t scrap Europe’s chief scientific adviser
Roger Pielke Jnr in the Guardian: Science advisers should be supported, not sacked
The Times: Greens turn on academic over GM crops
Alice Bell in the Road to Paris: European NGOs fight about the future of science advice to the EU