Max-Planck-Institute for Quantum Optics/Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich
Professor for Experimental Physics
Important Grants or Merits
ERC Advanced Grant, Leibnitz Price by the DFG, Wittgenstein Price by the FWF
The advancement of science is in the elementary interest of mankind. It often relies on contributions of many scientists from all over the world; clearly, the more scientists participate in the process, the better. Making significant contributions to progress critically depends on continuous, timely access to relevant findings of others that work on the same problems and questions. This access is currently hampered for a large number of researchers working in developing countries due to the inability of their institutions to afford the exploding subscription fees of scientific publications.
It is clear that someone has to cover the costs of disseminating scientific results. Ideally, this should be part of the mission of the agencies and organisations funding research. Only a tiny fraction of the funds required for scientific research would be needed to cover the publication charges at a level sufficient for creating conditions for open access. This would be no act of charity but rather an excellent investment. The more scientists from all over the world can be involved in the research pursued in the projects funded by any agency the sooner the objectives of the research can be reached, saving funding for new scientific enterprises. Open Access is beneficial for everyone: funding agencies, the scientific community and mankind as a whole.