How the knowledge and ideas produced during research can translate into applications that would ultimately have an impact on people and society

Open access sails on despite stormy waters

The voyage towards open access was never going to be easy, especially in a field as conservative as academic publishing. Of late the seas have been stirred to greater turbulence by the waves of activity spreading open access across the globe.The increasing apparent complexities surrounding open access can be off-putting. But given that the rise of open access publishing is now widely seen as inexorable it is more important than ever that researchers take the trouble to inform themselves about this issue. Read more [...]

Open access: an opportunity for scientists around the globe

Researchers face two problems related to information access: making their own research more visible to researchers elsewhere and making worldwide research readily available to them. Open access (OA) can solve both of them. Open access is particularly important in developing countries, where the research and higher education budgets are nowhere near those in advanced countries. Read more [...]

Open access: who should pay?

It’s been great watching the open access (OA) debate slowly but completely transform over the last two years. Back when I started writing about OA, the big question was still whether or not the world should go that route at all. At times it has felt like a long, hard road from there to here, but we now live in a world where the US and UK governments have both officially declared their support for universal OA, and Europe's Horizon 2020 research program will mandate OA, while the European Research Council strongly supports OA. The “whether to do OA” debate is over. Read more [...]

Contemporary green innovation can still make us dream

Imagine building an airplane capable of flying night and day without fuel. Solely propelled by solar energy. This is the vision that led to the creation of the Solar Impulse programme. The aim of the project is to develop a symbol which will attractively promote a pioneering and innovative spirit. Particularly, in the field of energy saving and renewable energy. Read more [...]

Resistance to research reforms in France: a historical perspective

It might come as a surprise that the French higher education and research system should need reforms. The Dutch Government initiated a reform process in 2012, Not an easy task. By going back into history, it is possible to understand why any attempt to reduce the country’s research capabilities has been strongly resisted over the years. Read more [...]

Greece: Innovation born from austerity

After 2008, the global crisis had hit the Greek economy for good and affected academia and its funding. My attempts to fund my R&D work through EU and National projects, or via outside collaborations, were unsuccessful. Despite these setbacks, Greek artificial intelligence scientist Nikolas Nanas decided to turn his PhD work on adaptive information filtering into a real world application that became the NOOWIT magazine platform. Read more [...]

Artificial Intelligence reinvents made-to-measure magazines

Imagine a magazine that constantly edits itself to match the interests of its reader – cutting out all the noise! In an almost magical way, the magazine learns about you as you read and interact with content, and assigns space to each article according to your preferences. Discover NOOWIT a new adaptive media aggregation and magazine publishing platform aimed at solving the information overload of today’s web. It’s the fruit of a lifetime’s work of an entrepreneurial Greek scientist in artificial intelligence, based on a biologically inspired profiling model. Read more [...]

Should we turn a blind eye to science policy in Europe?

Should randomised controlled trials (RCTs) usually used in medicine to see if a new drug works be utilised across Europe through society-wide experiments to implement effective science policies? More than a hundred years ago, the journal Nature called for “a scientific approach to government” in a series of editorials calling for politicians to borrow the methods of science for the common good. Now, advocates of successful randomised controlled trials (RCTs) say the time has come to put aside the political rhetoric and see what actually works . Read more [...]