Canadian government urged to increase support for scientists.
The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) in Ottawa wants the government to provide more federal funds for basic research, restore the role of independent national science officer and reduce restrictions on scientists' interactions with media and the public (see Nature 483, 6; 2012). In its Get Science Right campaign, launched on 25 April, the CAUT aims to promote transparency in research and support of basic science through its website and public discussions about federal policy. James Turk, executive director of the CAUT, which represents 68,000 academic faculty members, researchers and staff, argues that the government is focusing on business innovation at the expense of basic research. “Changes must be made,” he says.