I never considered myself a diplomat, so it came as a surprise to be labelled as one last month by the Spanish government. Officially, Spanish emigrant scientists like me, forced to leave Spain because of the dire circumstances surrounding research at home, did not previously exist. We were told we were an ‘urban legend’. Now, I learn, not only am I real but I am also part of a deliberate and cunning political strategy by the Spanish government to send scientists overseas to seed international collaboration and to strengthen, not weaken, Spanish science.
Continue reading: http://www.nature.com/news/how-dare-you-call-us-diplomats-1.21628
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By Amaya Moro-Martín, vice-presidente de la Sección Exterior de la RSEF