The Blog Journal
This blog is not about actual elephants. Sorry. It is about science.
We are passionate about science and made a blog about it. But we are not covering the latest findings in elementary particle physics or essays on Luhmann’s system theory. This blog is about those problems in science that everyone sees but nobody talks about: The journal system, the idiocy of authorship, citation cartels, career chances for young or female researchers. You name it.
Looked at in this way, this blog is about elephants after all. Elephants in the lab. One by one we will spot these elephants and write about them and as we go along, you are invited to participate in this great science safari. And: Every post on this blog is actually citable! We make this possible by giving each entry a separate DOI.
Did you spot an elephant in the wild? Do you have questions or recommendations?
Benedikt Fecher is heading the research project Open Science and the programme Learning. Knowledge. Innovation at the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society. The question that keeps him busy at night: What is the impact of research?
Christian Kobsda is an associate researcher in the programme Learning. Knowledge. Innovation. at the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society. He works as a political consultant in the president’s office of the Leibniz Association. Before joining the Leibniz Association, Christian dealt with Industry 4.0 and Smart Services at acatech and was scientific advisor to the innovation dialogue of the German Federal Chancellor. He spends his sleepless nights thinking about: scientific policy advice, digital innovation and prospective travel destinations.
Martin Schmidt is an agricultural scientist by training. He is an associate researcher at the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society in the programme Learning. Knowledge. Innovation. and does his PhD in environmental modelling at the Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research. Recently he was a visiting scientist at the University of British Columbia. Beyond his interest in the functioning of science, he devotes himself to the people behind it as former spokesperson of the doctoral researchers in the Leibniz Association and co-founder of the biggest network of doctoral researchers in Germany. If he has not fallen asleep he thinks about the integrity of science.
Nataliia Sokolovska is a researcher at the programme Learning. Knowledge. Innovation. at the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG). She has a background in international relations and worked for several years in journalism and PR. What keeps her up at night is the question of how knowledge and innovations can be transmitted on an international scale.
Teresa Völker is currently studying Social Sciences (M.A.) at the Humboldt University Berlin (Specialization Democracy and Transformation). She is working as a Graduate Assistant at the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society in the programme Learning. Knowledge. Innovation. Before, she studied at King’s College London in the postgraduate program European & International studies (Specialization: Digital Participation) and graduated with a Bachelor of Art in Political Science, Sociology and Media and Communication from the Heinrich-Heine University Düsseldorf and Università degli Studi di Milano. Besides, she worked as a Graduate Assistant at Hertie School of Governance in the Executive Education department and at the Forschungsinitiative NRW in Europa (FINE) in the scientific policy advise.
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