The movement "Zukunft kann man sich nicht ersparen," or "You cannot avoid the future," is at present supported by 13 Austrian scientific societies, covering fields ranging from neurosciences (Austrian Neuroscience Association, ANA) to philosophy (Austrian Society for Philosophy (ÖGP) and mathematics (Austrian Mathematical Society, ÖMG). The movement surfaced last summer when the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) declared that due to the shortage of financial resources it would be unable to meet the funding of projects that had already been approved based on their scientific merit.
by Georg Wick
In a February 2004 article, The Scientist, an international news magazine focusing on live scientists, characterized the funding for basic research in Austria as low and falling, calling it"a grim funding scenario for basic research."Bridges has asked Prof. Georg Wick, President of the Austrian Science Fund, to comment on this report.