Academics should never lose sight of their own research agenda and the benefits they hope to gain from the collaboration.
Julia Kempe couldn't bring herself to choose between physics and maths, nor between two graduate institutions. So she did two Ph.D.s at once in quantum computation.
"Every week you are broadcasted, and every week you are praised or despised," saysREDES subdirector Sebastián Grinschpun.
"The novice writer makes a big mistake in blaming language knowledge for everything," says Mary Ellen Kerans, chair of the Mediterranean Editors and Translators association in Barcelona, Spain.
Gonçalo Vieira set up a Portuguese IPY committee made up of 10 Portuguese biologists and geophysicists who together are leading Portugal's new polar research effort.
"We are focusing on people who have established that they are already very good scientists and are about to start or at the beginning of an independent career." --Fotis Kafatos, European Research Council President.
"I felt that it was time to return, now that Portugal was changing and giving us much better conditions, [and] that we should contribute to the development of the country," says Bruno Silva-Santos.
"I've never considered myself a great writer or a linguist," but, she says, she is able to identify problems with a manuscript.
Today's detectors allow scientists to observe cosmic particles with energies surpassing those obtained in particle accelerators, making of the universe a new laboratory for particle physicists.
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