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Public missing research in election debates

Only one fifth of German citizens think that politicians have said enough about science and research ahead of the federal election, a survey has found.

According to the Science Barometer, an annual survey by the not-for-profit organisation Wissenschaft im Dialog, 65 per cent of the 1,007 respondents said that science and research had not featured prominently enough in the election debate. The remaining 14 per cent had no opinion.

The survey results were in line with opinions expressed last month by Horst Hippler, head of the HRK, Germany’s national association of rectors. He described parties’ attitudes to science and higher education as “disappointing” and “vague”, adding that he did not expect a sufficient, continuous and reliable increase in university funding after the election.

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