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Science minister loses PhD, chemicals regulation, full-cost reimbursements…

This week in Europe in brief: Science minister loses PhD; Commission reviews chemicals regulation; Universities call for full-cost reimbursements; Spain keeps funding hopes in check; ICT improves care, say social scientists.

Science minister loses PhD

Germany’s science minister Annette Schavan has been stripped of her PhD after the University of Düsseldorf found evidence of “deliberate deception”. The university’s faculty council announced its decision on 5 February. Bruno Bleckmann, the dean of Düsseldorf’s philosophy faculty, said the council had checked Schavan’s PhD thesis and found enough evidence of plagiarism to withdraw her title.

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