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New Science Chief Must Juggle Missions and Politics

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Science  17 Nov 2000:
Vol. 290, Issue 5495, pp. 1287-1288
DOI: 10.1126/science.290.5495.1287a

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With calls to tie the European Space Agency (ESA) more closely to the business and security sectors (see sidebar), space scientists hope David Southwood, who will take over next May as ESA's science director, can nurture the agency's research with the skill he showed transforming its earth sciences division. Experts say he's up to the task.