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G-8 science agency chiefs meet at WHOI.

In an unusual honor, WHOI was selected to host the annual meeting of the Heads of Research Councils of the G-8 countries in May. It was the first time the group held its meeting at a research institution.

Leaders of the science-promotion and science-funding agencies of the world's eight largest democracies and economies (known as the Group of Eight, or G-8 Nations) meet in each country on a rotating basis to discuss global and science policy topics of common interest.

This year, Dr. Arden Bement, director of the U.S. National Science Foundation, officially hosted the science agency heads from Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States (the Italian delegate was unable to attend)--plus the head of the new European Research Council, headquartered in Brussels, Belgium--in Fenno House at WHOI.

The next day, the group heard presentations from WHOI scientists on polar and International Polar Year research and on Nereus, a new underwater vehicle being developed at WHOI. They also toured the National Ocean Sciences Accelerator Mass Spectrometer facility on the Quissett campus.
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