Summary: Sir -- As Nature has noted in recent News
stories and Editorials, French researchers
are revolting against their government's
strategic policy on science, while the
government criticizes the ossified
structure of the research establishment
(see Nature 428, 105 & 108; 2004).
The German government has recently
announced its intention of creating
elite universities to match the best in the
world (Nature 427, 271 & 477; 2004).
And changes to UK research funding will
probably concentrate resources in a small
number of large and prestigious centres
(Nature 428, 351; 2004).
These events indicate a major
government-initiated modernization in
science policy. European scientists who
wish to work in an efficient system that
produces top-quality work should