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Scientists in Spain are cautiously celebrating a surprise research-budget increase, which they hope could reverse some of the damage done by a decade of deep cuts. If approved, the boost would raise the science ministry’s budget to €3.2 billion (US$3.8 billion) — the most ever earmarked for science in Spain. But some researchers fear that the windfall, which comes courtesy of a European Commission COVID-19 recovery fund, might not be sustained after the European money runs out.
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Black people are seriously under-represented in UK academia. But efforts are under way to create support networks for Black professionals in the UK science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce. Nature spoke to the founder of one such initiative — BBSTEM (Black British professionals in STEM) — and two early-career scientists who have participated in its programmes. “It can be exhausting to have to hide aspects of your character because of the fear that people will judge you and not your research,” says atmospheric scientist Craig Poku.
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