WEST BERLIN—The forging of stronger ties among researchers, and between academia and industry, are two important goals of this city’s new Academy of Science (see THE SCIENTIST, March 9, p. 5).

The academy, after opening ceremonies later this week, will begin work on a research agenda that will span the natural and medical sciences as well as technology assessment. The first six projects, chosen from 39 proposals and each expected to last three years, will cover automation and the future workplace, solar energy, environmental standards, the role of innovation in society, gerontology and the exodus of scientists from Berlin during the Third Reich

The Berlin Scnate has promised $4.2 million annually for support of operations and two of the six initial projects. The academy hopes to obtain industrial funding for the other efforts, which will be pursued as resources become available.

Horst Albach, professor of business administration at the...

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