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PhD students criticise Italy’s first public research consultation


Narrow questions make it impossible to give proper feedback, association says

The ADI, an association of doctoral students and PhD holders, has criticised a public consultation on Italy’s National Research Programme, saying that “the expectations of those who actually want to participate in this ‘consultation’ process have been shattered”.

The consultation, launched in August by research minister Gaetano Manfredi, is the first time the public has been asked to contribute opinions on research spending. But the ADI complained that the consultation did not allow for proper feedback, as the only means of responding is an online form where participants can select to agree or disagree with specific statements on a scale of one to five.

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