What fits in a suitcase
Since 2009 Spanish research has undergone budget cuts of over 40%. This
situation brings back the country’s R&D to levels of 15 years ago, which
means a big blow to the scientific tissue developed during the years
previous to the economic crisis. Many experts agree –contrary to the
official [...]

What fits in a suitcase

Since 2009 Spanish research has undergone budget cuts of over 40%. This
situation brings back the country’s R&D to levels of 15 years ago, which
means a big blow to the scientific tissue developed during the years
previous to the economic crisis. Many experts agree –contrary to the
official message- that it will take many decades to recover.
Beyond the effects on active research lines at the different centers and
universities lies the personal drama of many researchers. On the one hand,
experienced scientists on the way to consolidate their careers have to
abandon the country one more time. On the other hand young people formed
in the Spanish university system leave when facing the impossibility of
developing their career in a country where youth unemployment is larger
than 50%. The trip starts with whatever fits in a suitcase, and the
possible of coming back is uncertain. The human potential is lost through
this brain drain while the government makes it up with euphemisms such as
“external mobility” or “adventurous drive”.
This work gives voice to one of those people who must continue their
career abroad. She doesn’t leave on her own will but forced by a situation
which doesn’t seem to improve.