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Petition for guaranteed public access to publicly-funded research results


Discussion and proposal to sign the petition as an institute (Torun Centre for Astronomy = Centrum Astronomii = CA-UMK)

Tue, 6 Feb 2007 - sent to everyone in CA-UMK

Proposal with URL + quote of the petition sent to all undergrad, PhD students + faculty and proposed for Rada Centrum (CA Council) to vote on whether we wish to sign this as an institute:

W Rady Centrum, chciałbym proponować, że zdecydujemy, czy chcemy to podpisywać jako instytucję. (Andrzej Kus, czy mogłbyś to dodawać do lista punktów dla dyskusji? Dzięki.)

Mon 12 Feb 2007 - not yet on Rada agenda

Agenda for Rada Centrum meeting 14 Feb proposed without petition

Tue 13 Feb - new request to include in agenda

sent to all Rada Centrum members, URL sent again

Wed 14 Feb - Rada Centrum meeting

  • petition was included as point 8 of agenda
  • despite having had 8 days to consider the point, several Rada Centrum members had failed to read the proposal and required the point to be explained orally
  • discussion of the proposal to support this as an institution was shifted to the March meeting

Tue 21 March - point again not on Rada agenda for 22 March

Wed 22 March - point discussed only as part of "any other business"

  • discussion was chaotic, suggesting that very few people had actually read the petition
  • several people vocal on the issue gave "realpolitik" type arguments and were mostly uncomfortable with signing as an institute
  • no vote on whether or not to sign as an institution occurred, since it is believed that the Centre cannot sign in its own name, only the UMK as a whole can sign as an institution

general plan of using the petition

15 Feb 2007 presented to European Commission

(private communication from petition organisers: info at keyperspectives.co.uk - see the email contact on http://www.ec-petition.eu )

The petition was printed out, bound and handed to the European Commissioner for research on 15 February 2007.

Signatures to the petition are still being collected, because the enlarged petition (more signatures) will be used in the European Parliament and the European Council at the appropriate points of the legislative process.
Topic revision: r1 - 17 Apr 2007, BoudRoukema
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