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Ex-ERC chief urges EU to act on young researchers hit by Covid

Image: Lukasz Kobus, European Commission

Jean-Pierre Bourguignon warns “shattered careers” and “destroyed motivations” could be “irreversible" without action

The former head of the European Research Council, Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, has called on the EU to act to address the impact of Covid-19 on the careers of young researchers.

Writing for the French website AEF Info on 4 November, Bourguignon (pictured) said the pandemic has “shattered emerging careers and destroyed motivations”, and that action must be taken to prevent a generation of researchers being lost.

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