“Northern Germany is a region of science and research. Here we also work together, especially in coastal, polar and marine research,” says Bremen’s mayor Carsten Sieling. Because the entire country profits from this, support is also needed from the federal government. As chairperson of the North-German Conference, Schleswig-Holstein’s prime minister Torsten Albig expressed his satisfaction with the outcome, “There is international competition with respect to scientific excellence, and national competition for funding. In this regard a clear affirmation of marine and maritime research is essential, acting particularly as a counterbalance to southern Germany,” he said. The research institutes in the north are not be rivals, but should work together as equal partners while remaining legally and organizationally independent.
Mar 29, 2017