Panel Calls for More Flexibility in Research

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Science  04 Jun 1999:
Vol. 284, Issue 5420, pp. 1595-1597
DOI: 10.1126/science.284.5420.1595

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Germany's vaunted research system may be too rigid for its own good. Critics have accused it of being overly hierarchical and too slow to respond to hot research areas, and complained that it tends to hold back some young researchers by keeping them under the thumb of older professors. Last week, an international panel of prominent scientists echoed some of those gripes and went on to suggest a raft of reforms that aim to achieve more flexibility, greater cooperation between research institutes and universities, and give postdocs considerably more independence.