Germany Waves a Flag for Science

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Science  11 Jun 1999:
Vol. 284, Issue 5421, pp. 1748-1749
DOI: 10.1126/science.284.5421.1748b

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In response to an apparent deterioration in the German public's regard for science, resulting from conflicts on issues such as genetic engineering, animal rights, and nuclear power, Germany's science establishment is getting behind a major new effort to improve the public's understanding of--and, in theory, its appreciation for--scientific research. The initiative, called "Public Understanding of the Sciences and Humanities" (PUSH), is being financed by an initial $280,000 grant from the Association for the Promotion of German Science, an industry-funded organization based in Essen that is spearheading the program and offering grants for scientists.