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Average Joe Should Have Greater Say in Research: Dutch Minister

Everyday people should have more weight in what topics university researchers investigate, said Dutch education minister Jet Bussemaker and her junior minister Sander Dekker, according to English-language news site DutchNews.nl.

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Dekker and Bussemaker argued for more citizen input in research in their Science Vision 2025 plan for scientific policy in the Netherlands. They added the change should help make Dutch research more applicable to a greater number of people as big business presently has the most say in scientific research in the country, DutchNews said.

The two ministers stressed that including both citizens and the business sector is the key to quicker knowledge-sharing, allowing the Netherlands to compete in “the international knowledge [community],” DutchNews reported.

- With files from DutchNews.nl