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Nailing down ‘academic’ freedom and tenure in Greek research institutions

Konstantinos I. Stergiou1,2,*, Athanassios Machias

1Institute of Marine Biological Resources and Inland Waters, Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, Aghios Kosmas, 16777 Athens, Greece
2Laboratory of Ichthyology, Department of Zoology, School of Biology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, UP Box 134, 541 24 Thessaloniki, Greece
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ABSTRACT: In this essay we describe the different blows that research in Greece has suffered because of the economic crisis (i.e. drastic budgetary cuts, hiring freezes for new positions, severe salary cuts, and austerity-driven brain-drain), despite the fact that Greek research is prospering in terms of publications and citations. In addition, we discuss the last blow to Greek research; notably, the abolishment of tenure and the change in the status of researchers through the new law for research passed in December 2014, and its effects on ‘academic’ freedom.

KEY WORDS: Tenure · Academic freedom · Research institutes · Greece · Economic crisis · Law for research

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Cite this article as: Stergiou KI, Machias A (2015) Nailing down ‘academic’ freedom and tenure in Greek research institutions. Ethics Sci Environ Polit 15:59-62.

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