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Such a wonderful country!

But with a bit of a plagiarism problem. Starting with the prime minister.

Now a group of Romanian scientists is boycotting a big fancy conference at the prime minister’s residence because it’s kind of lurid to go to a big fancy conference for researchers hosted by a plagiarist.

On 9 September, Cristian Dogaru, a Romanian health and social scientist studying pediatric respiratory epidemiology at the University of Bern’s Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine, launched an online petition “urging researchers to boycott the conference and thus send a message that the scientific community does not endorse (and has zero tolerance for) academic fraud,” he explains in an e-mail to ScienceInsider. The petition has garnered more than 180 signatures at this point. Dogaru adds that it’s “extremely offending” that the upcoming conference is chaired by the prime minister given the conclusions about his thesis from several scientific committees.

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