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New Minister on a Mission to Modernize

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Science  05 Feb 1999:
Vol. 283, Issue 5403, pp. 784-785
DOI: 10.1126/science.283.5403.784

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BONN-- When Germany's new Social Democrat/Green Party coalition government swept into power last fall, some scientists fretted that the Greens would be put in charge of the research and education ministry, but they breathed a sigh of relief when the job went to Edelgard Bulmahn, the Social Democrats' parliamentary "shadow minister" for science and education. In a wide-ranging interview with Science last week, however, Bulmahn made it clear that she intends to shake up the research system, with a long list of goals that include loosening bureaucratic restraints on German research institutes, modernizing the university system, bolstering programs to promote women and independent young scientists, and more closely linking research efforts at universities and independent research institutes.