The New Year got off to a multimedia start for the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation), with the public launch of its new image DVD “Discovering, Funding, Growing”, presented on 16 January 2006 in Berlin. The DVD contains a 20-minute film as well as an interactive multimedia DVD-ROM section, which can be viewed on any computer. It complements the DFG’s existing range of publications and is intended both for members of the general public who have an interest in science as well as researchers in Germany and abroad. The material is available in English and German.
The DVD focuses on the structure and activities of the DFG, including funding, networking and providing advice. Current research funded by the DFG is also presented using short films and images. A science landscape shows the various ways in which German scientific organisations promote research and how they interact with one other. The DVD provides an entertaining and interactive overview of the DFG, research funding in Germany and the fascinating world of research.
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