Academy of Sciences head calls for change in evaluation methods
The head of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Jiří Drahoš has asked the government to change its methods of evaluation of scientific work. Speaking at an academic forum in Prague on Thursday, Mr Drahoš said the methods, which were introduced in 2009, served to justify a “deliberate, wilful and irresponsible” attempt to eliminate large sections of the Academy of Sciences. The methods serve as a basis for the distribution of government grants. Mr Drahoš also criticized efforts to turn academic institutions and universities into “servants” of the private sector.