When talking about Science, it is very common to state that it is global per se. Good Science, we often say, knows no borders and is always international. But is this true? Do normative statements like these really reflect scientific practice? We want to take a closer look at this globalized science – especially beyond the predominant powerhouses – and reflect on its preconditions of access to and interaction in the international scientific realm. What does the supremacy of a handful of scientific regions imply when it comes to all the infrastructures that science needs – like journals, conferences, labs and even the digital ones? How are the national and regional scientific discourses linked to the global level where English is still the prevailing language? We want to read our scientific evidence about the state of global science as well as your opinions and bold ideas on where science could do better.
What is your take on Global Science? We welcome contributions on this topic.
Setting up new infrastructures would play an important role in preventing best-trained African researchers from emigrating. The physicist Prosper Ngabonziza states that having a synchrotron light source would be very beneficial for the continent as a whole.
We would all like a truly global research infrastructure, in much the same way as many would like world peace and global democracy. The point really is that we wouldn’t just like it, we need it.
Marion Poetz on what it takes to foster innovation in Science and how to make it more interesting for companies and organizations.
Gregor Hagedorn, the initiator of Science for Future, explains how Scientists for Future uses a pro-active form of science communication to draw attention to global challenges.
How to support scientists in increasing the visibility and impact of their research? Tamika Heiden shows insights from her work.
Prevention of power abuse and supervision conflicts should be considered as a matter of good scientific practice, argues the doctoral researchers network N² in their postition paper. Jonathan Stefanowski explains how this can be done.
Adopting common guidelines is not enough for setting up a system of global ethics. Miltos Ladikas explains what else is needed.
Doing research and getting paid for it is fantastic, but how to do that sustainably? Kalle Korhonen tells you how to maintain the interest of research funders.
Martin Kowarsch’s take on the difficulties of global scientific assessments.
Ajoy Datta about the difficulty of achieving genuine international research partnerships.
Michele Acuto about designing global networks of scientific policy advice and how to make them work.
Jyoti Mishra explains how to transform knowledge to help others in a global setting.
Martin Etzrodt’s take on the need of distributed organisations in collaborative research.
Ellen Hazelkorn takes a look at the accuracy of university rankings from an international perspective.