37 / 2013
Milena Bevc

Emigration of Slovene Scientists in the Period 1995–2009, by Scientific Field


We analyse the amount of emigration and the profile of emigrant Slovenian scientists in the period from 1995–2009 by scientific field. Our analysis is based on two surveys of all research organisations (public and private) conducted in 2004 and 2009. The use of the same methodology, sources of data and questionnaires in both surveys together with a high response rate (among researchers employed in the organisations surveyed – above 66 %) enables us to analyse trends: a comparison of the 5-year period following Slovenia's accession to the EU in May 2004 with the 10-year period prior to this event. The annual amount of emigration increased in the period observed for scientists from all seven broad scientific fields.

KEY WORDS: emigration, researchers, scientific field, Slovenia, 1995–2009