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Swiss funding agency cuts off Voinnet, bans him for 3 years

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Olivier Voinnet

Olivier Voinnet

The Swiss National Science Foundation has stopped funding prominent plant scientist Olivier Voinnet, following months of questions about his work that have culminated in multiple retractions and corrections.

The agency confirmed to us that it has also banned Voinnet from seeking funding from the SNSF for three years.

We asked the SNSF the amount of funding Voinnet was receiving from SNSF at the time of this decision. They told us it was 1.25 million Swiss francs, equivalent to roughly the same in U.S. dollars.

By our count, he’s now at 21 corrections (the latest announced last week) and seven retractions. He’s been the subject of an investigation that found he “breached his duty of care,” and another which found evidence of scientific misconduct. As a result of one of the investigations, he was suspended from the Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS) for two years.

The move by the SNSF was also reported by the Swiss news outlet NZZ am Sonntag.

Hat tip: Irre

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Written by Alison McCook

January 26th, 2016 at 9:30 am