All posts by EuroScientist

All about cuts: Special Issue on research austerity

We are preparing a Special Issue on the effect of austerity on research, due to be published next week. This Special Issue is the first example of what the relaunched version of EuroScientist is designed to do, as a participatory magazine. You will therefore be able to share your views on how research in your country is withering the winds of austerity blowing over Europe. Read more [...]

Collaborative leadership, not just management talk

We all live in an interconnected world and for business leaders the last decade has seen a dramatic rise in the speed and scale of this interdependence. But while increased connectivity is inevitable, increased collaboration is not. To succeed in today’s environment, leaders, including research managers, need to be able to build relationships, handle conflict and to share control in order to promote effective collaboration where it is needed most. This notion is not alien to most scientists, who by the very nature of research, do routinely engage in collaborative work. Read more [...]

Two myths shattered: the gender differences in leadership and the glass ceiling for women

According to a new doctoral thesis by Anne Grethe Solberg, there is no difference in the leadership styles of men and women. In groups comprised of both genders, an androgynous leadership style was found to be the best for creating a climate for innovation. Her study shows that women’s and men’s leadership styles are only marginally different. Read more [...]

Trends Shaping Education

Imagine education in 2050: Will memory implants let us learn a language in an afternoon? Will city students need to learn about strange concepts like “farms”? Will students still go to universities or just study online? The OECD has just published the latest edition of "Trends Shaping Education", which identifies key factors that may affect the future of education, and poses some thought-provoking questions on how that influence might be felt. Read more [...]

Science & Machines exhibition

Handwritten correspondence with Albert Einstein, early x-rays and videos of 1930s operating theatres are among the documents brought together by the European Library in a virtual exhibition entitled Science & Machines - Scientific and technological development since 1800. This virtual exhibition brings testimonies to some of our own basic beliefs in the possibility of a better world to be constructed by man and make us reflect on the path taken by Western society and the future which may be in store. Read more [...]

Fukushima: science miscommunication by omission

Two years on from the disaster that struck Japan on 11th March 2011, there is much silence related to the scientific reality on the ground in Fukushima. One specific example of deliberate omission of scientific data is found in a multimedia site published by the French CNRS and intended for the general public, that does not reflect all currently available scientific data related to nuclear energy. Read more [...]

The three sources of distortion of science news

In the context of the relationship between science, media and ethics, there are three major players: news consumers, journalists and researchers. All of the actors in the chain are a potential source of distortion of science news. For more successful efforts to communicate science at a large scale, the science community may need to learn a bit more about the nature of the media. Read more [...]

More women scientists should make it in news

With more women in key positions in the media, there is a greater chance of increasing the portrayal of women scientists in the media. Women depicted as role models would help encourage more women in research. It may also help ensure that women increasingly reach position of leadership in research, following in the steps of prominent women scientists portrayed in the news. Read more [...]

Multidisciplinarity yields economies of scale at the new EU structural biology hub

In Europe, complex fields of research such as structural biology are implementing the only solution available to large fields of research as a means to ensure their survival in such financially constrained times. They are integrating the infrastructure of expertise, technology platforms and education to further the frontiers of science. Read more [...]