Scientists sent a resolution to the parliamentary budget committee yesterday urging parliament to reconsider budget cuts which will result in the loss of 40 to 45 jobs. A number of scientists also attended Alþingi yesterday to protest the cuts, ruv.is reports.
Alþingi. Photo copyright Icelandic Photo Agency.
A debate on the future of research and innovation funds began in parliament yesterday. The budget bill accounts for a 30 percent cut to funding.
A total of 147 scientists signed the resolution which argues that the cutbacks are a serious mistake. Expert in cell biology at the University of Iceland Erna Magnúsdóttir told ruv.is that the cuts would potentially result in many people not having their employment contracts renewed and less positions for PhD students.
Erna argues that the training of young people and encouraging innovation helps economic growth. She points to the U.K. where she says a decision was taken not to cut research and innovation funds.