Let academics decide on research with China – Rectors’ head
The extent of risky German academic collaboration with China – in some frequent ties with military-linked universities – has been one of the biggest issues facing Germany’s scientists in recent years as geopolitical tensions rise.
Walter Rosenthal, who in May took over as president of the HRK, insisted that German academics act responsibly and are becoming more attentive towards the risks of collaborations, with some stopping new projects when confronted with the risks their links posed. “Scientists are responsible for what they do, but not alone,” he said, with universities giving them information and advice about potential risks.
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