The Importance of 'Free' Research: A Public Lecture by Dr Jorg Schneider
10 Apr 2015
The National Commission on Research, Science and Technology (NCRST) recently held a public lecture with guest speaker, Dr Jörg Schneider from the German Research Foundation (DFG).
The NCRST facilitated this public lecture, as well as a stakeholder information sharing session, to discuss the establishment and strengthening of a national research and innovation system, sharing experience from the German Research System and DFG’s operations.
Dr Schneider is the Head of the International Affairs’ Division at the DFG in Bonn, Germany and spoke on the importance of “free” research, highlighting how research funding organizations dedicated to bottom-up and basic research have begun to ask their applicants to describe the societal impact of their research, and how around the world governments consider some areas of research more important for society than others.
“Obviously, the complex system in Germany, which has been developed over the last hundred years or so, cannot easily be transferred to other innovation systems. However, it is only one of many successful examples of advocating a diversified view that should be taken on by authorities, such as the NCRST here in Namibia, who are responsible for innovation and its funding in their respective system”, said Dr Schneider.
Dr Jörg Schneider is the Head of International Affairs’ Division at the German Research Foundation (DFG), and also served as the Head of Division for Young Researchers, with Research Training Groups as its major funding instrument. After completing a PhD and Post-Doctorate in Microbial Genetics (Darmstadt, Germany; Norwich, UK and Osnabrück, Germany) Dr Schneider worked as the CEO of the Leibniz Association (WGL), one of the four major, publically funded German research organization. He established and headed the German National Contact Point for European Research Framework Programs (now known as the EU Office of BMBF) on researchers’ mobility, socio-economics and international cooperation.