Funny in a sad kind of way… the Spanish government decides to hold a gala to honor Spanish scientists. Unfortunately many of the honored scientists had recently had been fired or had their funding cut by the same ministry.
One scientist remarked: “When I was told two weeks ago that I had been awarded I was puzzled. What you have had to spend bringing me here is a tenth of what it cost my job”.
Another one: “Thank you for the award, but my contract ends in 12 days.”
The event was being held at the new 23 million euro National Museum of Science and Technology in La Coruna.
If there’s two things Spanish government officials know how to do, its holding galas and constructing overpriced buildings.