A secluded meeting at a New York estate offers the opportunity to talk openly and informally about science issues
WASHINGTON--Top-level science advisers from a half-dozen nations, including the United States and the Soviet Union, recently held a weekend conference in the countryside near New York, The Scientist has learned. At least one participant has suggested that the late-February meeting could turn out to be the first in a series of regularly held gatherings of top international science advisers.

The advisers met at Seven Springs, a wooded, 200-acre estate that is owned by Rockefeller University. The meeting, held Feb. 22-24, was organized by the Carnegie Commission on Science, Technology, and Government as part of a five-year effort to help government make better use of scientists and their specialized knowledge.

The conference was intended to be a tightly held secret shared among the principals and the commission. D. Allan Bromley, special assistant...

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