Science in Transition: Why Science Does Not Work As It Should – And What To Do About It
Science in Transition is an initiative from the Netherlands, arguing that Science has become a self-referential system where quality is measured mostly in bibliometric parameters and where societal relevance is undervalued.
Professor Frank Huisman, on of the initiators of Science in Transition, is visiting the Science Studies Colloquium Series to discuss their views.
Why Science Does Not Work As It Should – And What To Do About It
Prof.dr Frank Huisman, University Medical Centre Utrecht, The Netherlands
Science is broadly appreciated, and rightfully so. Its successes are unfathomable, and modern societies are inconceivable without its influence. But on the other hand, many aspects of science are under discussion. The way in which quality of research is guaranteed, the value of the many degrees awarded, the connection to the social and economic agenda, the way in which knowledge is discussed in public debate: all of these issues raise questions. It is to be expected that many developments in the near future (complex social issues, rising student numbers, cutbacks, polarised political debate) will only increase the pressure to come up with adequate answers.
Science in transition wishes to consider the various issues involving science in a comprehensive way. On the basis of an agenda, it wishes to inspire a broad discussion in order to explore the nature of the situation, the possibilities and desirability of improvement and the parties that are best suited to take the initiative. Issues which should be addressed include:
- The image of science
- Trust in science
- Quality of science
- Fraud and deceit
- Democracy and policy
- The connection between research and teaching
For our position paper in English, please see: http://www.scienceintransition.nl/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Science-in-Transition-Position-Paper-final.pdf