"For me it is exciting to work both in scientific research and policy consultancy," says Dr. Hartmut Nies, Head of the marine chemistry section of the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency in Germany.
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You don't have to pay any of the money back, the government won't ask for equity in your business, and you keep full control of the intellectual property that you develop. Venture investors--if you can find any--will not be so kind.
"Mathematicians working together just talk through ideas or stare into space hoping to have one. Sometimes they go for a walk. This is particularly pleasant if the walk happens to be through Paris streets or along cliffs overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Fresh air is essential, especially if one of them smokes." --Ernest Schimmerling