Science Hangout: Dr. Gruss on Advancing Research
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's first Google Hangout On Air, managing editor Fenella Saunders talks with
Prof. Dr. Peter Gruss, president of the
Max Planck Society, which is a nonprofit research organization that has promoted research at its own institutes since 1948.
He discusses the need to grow basic research, the pluses and minuses for using grants as the main source of support for researchers, the role of business funding in science, the importance of multidisciplinary collaborations, the need to support women in science careers, and the gains created by communicating science well to the general public.
Watch the recorded video from the discussion below:
Direct link to video on YouTube: http://youtu.be/KTuWwVwNl8I
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