[Taxacom] Fwd: Petition for Evolutionary Biology in the Netherlands

Margaret Thayer mthayer at fieldmuseum.org
Tue Jan 20 19:52:59 CST 2009

-----Message d'origine-----
*De :* Isabelle Olivieri [mailto:Isabelle.Olivieri at univ-montp2.fr]
*Envoyé :* Tuesday, January 20, 2009 11:50 AM
*Cc :* evolfrance at univ-montp2.fr
*Objet :* [evf] Petition for Evolutionary Biology in the Netherlands

Dear Colleagues,

I would like yo bring to your attention the following situation. Because of
reorganization in some Dutch Universities and money cutting in
research, *several
colleagues from Leiden University will be fired by the end of the year if we
do not react*. They might be fired anyway, but I think that we should at
least do our best for this not to happen.

The following evolutionary biologists will be fired or will not be able to
continue their research:
Jacques van Alphen (Marie Curie professor of Excellence),
Tom Van Dooren,
Frietson Galis (president of the European Society for Evolutionary
Developmental Biology),
Sacha Gultyaev,
Patsy Haccou (Executive vice-president of the European Society of
Evolutionary Biology),
Ken Kraaijeveld,
Femmie Kraaijeveld,
Hans Metz (retired, but still very active)
Rino Zandee.

People in Leiden have just set up a petition, which you will find here :

*I strongly encourage you to sign this petition*, which will be sent to
every person in the Netherland government who might be able to do something.

I think it is quite incredible that Darwins'year will see an entire and
excellent department of evolutionary ecology close down and leave people
without a job (even those with a "permanent" job!) because of budget
restrictions. As written in the petition, although evolutionary biology will
be heavily cut, molecular biology will be spared. This is part of an
alarming national trend. Unfortunately, with growing creationism in Europe,
and budget cuttings elsewhere (including, alas! France) I am afraid the
Dutch trend will soon become international.

Please react ASAP !

Isabelle Olivieri
President of the European Society for Evolutionary Biology 2007-2009

Université Montpellier 2, cc 65
Institut des Sciences de l'Evolution (ISEM, UMR 5554)
Place Eugène Bataillon
34095 Montpellier cedex 05
Tel. 33 (0)4 67 14 37 50
Fax 33 (0)4 67 14 36 22
Portable 33 (0)6 86 43 19 45

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