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Scientists urge collaboration over nationalism at Davos

Research leaders seek cooperation despite underlying tension between China and west

The heads of top research organisations have used the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos to tell world leaders that the unifying power of science can help overcome geopolitical friction.

“Can we think about amplifying the language of science as a common language…over and above the language of politicians?” asked Magdalena Skipper, the editor in chief of Nature in a panel on global science on 23 January in Switzerland, where politicians rubbed shoulders with leaders in business and research.

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