Click here for THE homepageBy Jack Grove. Germany's science and education minister has resigned after a university revoked her doctorate, having ruled she had plagiarised parts of her thesis.
Annette Schavan stepped down from government after the University of Düsseldorf decided she had systematically quoted the work of others without proper reference in her PhD thesis, published in 1980. However, Ms Schavan, who became federal science minister in 2005 and led the multi-billion euro university investment programme, known as the Excellence Initiative, told a press conference on 9 February that she will challenge Düsseldorf's ruling. Speaking alongside the German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Ms Schavan said: "I will not accept this decision - I neither copied nor deceived in my dissertation.
"The accusations have hurt me deeply," she told reporters. She said she had taken the decision to step down from her post to protect it, the government and her political party from dishonour. Read more...