5 April 2018

German-British insights gained from looking beyond one's field

How can mathematics help to predict climate change? Or how can antibiotic resistance be prevented? These and other questions were the focus of discussions by researchers at the British-German Frontiers of Science Symposium.

Around 60 British and German scientists met at the British-German Frontiers of Science Symposium held from 21 to 24 March in Dorking, United Kingdom. The participants' fields of expertise ranged from physics to the geosciences, mathematics, neurosciences all the way to biology and chemistry. The many different research fields offered a good basis for sparking discussions and numerous opportunities to explore areas unrelated to one's own field of specialisation.

Teilnehmerinnen und Teilnehmer des British-German Frontiers of Science Symposium 2018
The participants of the fifth British-German Frontiers of Science Symposium 2018 in Dorking (Photo: Humboldt Foundation/Anke Teubner)

This year marks the fifth time that the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation has hosted an interdisciplinary symposium of this type in collaboration with the Young Academy and the Royal Society. By looking beyond disciplinary boundaries, the Frontiers of Science series of symposia aims to identify shared interfaces, examine research questions from varying angles and sound out possibilities for future binational collaborative activities – even in times of Brexit.

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