new president of Science Europe. Portuguese scientists know him quite well. Under his leadership, the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) decided to shut down half of the Portuguese research units. These cuts, described to the media as a "pruning", were disguised as an "evaluation process", commissioned to the European Science Foundation (ESF). The 50% cut off, defined by contract between FCT and ESF, implied that many research units had their classifications artificially lowered to meet this quota, in a faulty evaluation. If this is the new standard for science in Europe, maybe European scientists should start getting themselves ready for further "pruning" processes.