Lack of support for researchers inhibiting scientific innovation (16-12-2005) Viet Nam Automation Science and Technology Association deputy chairman Dinh Van Nha spoke to Khoa Hoc va Doi Song (Science and Life) newspaper about State support for scientists and researchers. Do you feel that the current treatment of the science sector discourages young talent? It is difficult to say. It’s certain that current wage scales are not suitable. They are not encouraging scientists to do research. Many scientists do the research they want, under conditions of professional respect, but many others are not working to their capacity. All agree that adequate investment in science is urgently needed. Some important research requires great investment in terms of capital and human resources, and many scientists shy away from risky or expensive national and international projects, choosing for themselves and their units smaller projects requiring less investment. The end result is that no one takes risks on cutting edge research, and most of the results end up being out-dated. A talent for scientific invention needs to emerge in time. Today’s knowledge is potentiality. If we do not immediately use it, however, the knowledge will be out-of-date. The target is always moving. If we do not make timely efforts and don’t direct efforts in suitable ways and encourage invention, talent is wasted. Is this why scientists frequently want to join in research work outside of their own units? Scientific research and technology transfer are regulated in a new Government decree that is timely and lucid….