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Comment on ISTA by Martin Nowak

bridges vol. 9, April 2006 / Guest Commentaries on the Institute of Science and Technology - Austria
Martin Nowak

"I am very pleased that Austria has decided to establish a new "university of excellence." In my opinion this is an important step in the right direction, because successful scientific research needs a diversity of institutions and funding agencies. If the new institute can attract and support the best people from Europe and elsewhere, then this would be a significant achievement.

{access view=guest}Access to the full article is free, but requires you to register. Registration is simple and quick - all we need is your name and a valid e-mail address. We appreciate your interest in bridges.{/access} {access view=!guest}There has been much discussion over the location of the new institute, and I regret that the advice of the leading scientists, Anton Zeilinger, Peter Schuster, and Arnold Schmidt, has been ignored. In my opinion, the original idea of Anton Zeilinger cannot be realized in Klosterneuburg/Gugging. My hope for Austria, however, is that Zeilinger's Institute will eventually be built in Vienna, while Klosterneuburg will succeed in establishing the leading Institute for Advanced Study in Europe. Such an institute should concentrate exclusively on theoretical research in mathematics, physics, chemistry, and biology."


Martin Nowak is Director of the Program for Evolutionary Dynamics at Harvard University.{/access}

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