With this week's issue of Science's Next Wave, we are proudly inaugurating a home page especially dedicated to the German scientific community. As the editor of Science, nothing could please me more than this opportunity to collaborate with one of the world's most outstanding scientific infrastructures. German scientists have always been heavily represented among the world's leading researchers. And the bonds between Germany and America have been strong for decades.
Consequently, it was a special pleasure and honor for the Next Wave staff of young scientists--and for the leaders of both Science and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, which owns Science--when the world-renowned Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), in partnership with the German-American Academic Council Foundation (DAAK), decided to join our growing global community by supporting the creation of content for the Next Wave Web site.
When we at Science first recognized the crying need among young people for better mentoring about scientific careers--and about alternative careers to research--we never dreamed that our efforts to fill the need would be viewed as equally valuable in Canada, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, China, and now Germany. In each case, one or more ministries of the national government perceived the value of this increasingly international career service and provided outstanding support to back up their participation in the effort.
Today, we count partners among all the elite research universities in the United States, some of its most important independent research laboratories, many of its medical centers, and a prestigious selection of government agencies and professional scientific societies. But our alliances with all of these do not eclipse the special pride we take in being deemed valuable by Canada's Medical Research Council; the U.K.'s Wellcome Trust, Higher Education Funding Council, and Department of Trade and Industry; New Zealand's Royal Society and National Funding Council; China's Natural Sciences Foundation, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Ministries of Science and Technology and Education; and, last but hardly least, Germany's progressive DFG.
The support of this extraordinary lineup of outstanding institutions--and of visionary leaders like Ernst-Ludwig Winnaker, president of the DFG, Reinhard Grunwald, executive officer of the DFG, and Rolf Hoffmann of the DAAK--as well as the intense use of the Web site by tomorrow's scientists and scientifically trained citizens provides us all with enormous motivation to serve you better. And so I encourage e-mail messages to any and all of us including, first and foremost, myself. Please tell us what we're doing well and what we could do to be more useful. We want to be in touch with you, our new German partners in the crucial challenge of better mentoring our young people.
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