FROM RUTH COOPER, SENIOR POLICY ADVISER
Last week 35 early career British scientists met with their German counterparts in the UK, for the third UK-German Frontiers of Science meeting. The meeting was co-organised with the Junge Akademie with logistical support from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. It was the first Frontiers of Science meeting to be held at the Kavli Royal Society International Centre.
The meeting continued the traditional successful format of previous Frontiers meetings by bringing together the best of these early career scientists for an intense programme of multidisciplinary topics, ranging from feeling for biological cells with light to discussing consciousness.
As with the ten previous Frontiers meetings the Society has been involved with, the scientific sessions formed only part of the meeting, with networking and discussions continuing over the breaks, and into the bar in the evenings. We had a quiz after dinner one evening and it was fascinating to hear a group of scientists getting into heated debate about whether sounds travelled faster through water or air. New collaborations were discussed, with a third of delegates already pursuing these. The meetings offer delegates a fantastic opportunity for time out from their usual research to think about different approaches and cooperation for the future. Listening to these young scientists talk about the challenges they face, and ways of overcoming them, was truly inspirational. We will follow the collaborations that arise with interest.