"An obligation to weigh up the opportunities and risks of a research project”

Before officiallysubmitted, research projects of the textile industry are subject to severaltests. The first takes place at the Forschungskuratorium Textil (TextileResearch Board, FKT, Berlin), where an expert committee consisting of 43honorary experts reviews the project applications. For the FKT Textile ResearchReport 2018, various committee members, including Sabine Anton-Katzenbach, wereasked about their motivation for this commitment. Here is her answer, which canbe read in the report on page 6:

"Researchersare absolute luminaries in their field, which is good for the cause. However,scientists usually have little practical experience and rather superficialmarket knowledge. In addition, research has a tendency to pursue the desiredgoal with a rigid view forward and thereby become blind to the disadvantages.Robert Oppenheimer had to make this experience. Even if textile research isunlikely to enter such a dangerous territory as nuclear physics, I consider itmy duty to weigh up the opportunities and risks of a planned research projectand take a stand.”