Snowy in Munich

I was walking back to my hotel yesterday evening past Sankt Anna church that sits on the block through the snow and the Christmas decorations–it’s very much appropriate for the season here. We had an excellent meeting at the headquarters of the Max Plank Society yesterday afternoon. The conference room was five stories above the Hofgarten below–an impressive view.

I have a great deal of respect for what the MPS does in Germany and its new international ventures, particularly in Florida. The notion of stable funding for PI directed basic and applied research is extremely attractive. In some ways, it’s directly complementary to the US model of extramural grants and some hybrid approach might be an interesting variation for new scientific investments in the States.