- Nature 527, S80–S82 (12 November 2015) doi:10.1038/527S80a
- Published online
- 11 November 2015
Collaboration may result in higher impact science, but are government initiatives the best way to promote such international and interdisciplinary connections?
Tea time at Kavli Institute allows for an organized and informal exchange of collaborative ideas.
Nature – An American physicist, a Japanese mathematician and a German cosmologist walk into a lab; what do you get? Based on recent outcomes, you’ll get ground-breaking science. And lately, governments have begun paying heed to evidence1 that suggests international, multidisciplinary collaborations such as these will yield high-impact results.
Policymakers from diverse countries, including China, Japan, Australia, Chile and Germany, have sought to foster excellent science and technological innovation — and reap the associated economic benefits — by promoting collaboration across borders and disciplines, and setting up specialist centres with the necessary resources (see ‘Conduits to collaboration’).