Τhe National Observatory of Athens is at risk to lose its independence and be excluded from the national and international network of research centers. Mid-November the conservative government of New Democracy decided to move the NOA to the Ministry of Climate Crisis and Civil Protection (MCCCP), in order to support its specific operational mission.
However, this decision grossly overlooks the fact that only a very small fraction of NOA’s researchers can contribute in any way to the mission of civil protection based on their fields of expertise.
It should be recalled that the government of Kyriakos Mitsotakis was highly disturbed by the weather forecasts of the NOA in the summer months as well as in September when storm Daniel caused massive floods in Central Greece but the same government blamed the meteorologists for its own failures to take measures in time.
The scientists and researchers of the NOA have launched a petition seeking for the support of fellow researchers and the public in order to have this decision revoked.
PETITION: Against detaching the National Observatory of Athens from Greece’s network of research centers