🔹 For communications, the ability to be brief (tweet length summaries!) is key
🔹 Universities should promote organic mentorship by leveraging alumni office, get alums to meet students over ☕!
🔹 Standardized testing measuring skills have shown many grads don't meet the benchmark.
🔹 Would be useful to regularly assess the programs that are meant to provide these skills, to see if they achieve their goals.
UK has a standing Joint Modelling Group, who work well together and are pulled together within 4h of an emergency. They pull data from public and proprietary resources and write clear summaries for SAGE.
Natural language processing helps BlueDot run through big data in every language to monitor time and location data for infectious disease.
This also enables good open communication, in academic publication, to policymakers, to the public.
Canada is developing a strategy.
What is the potential impact of quantum? Is it a fad, or is it the future?
Quantum overall is a transformative technology ➡️ can affect Canada not just for making cool toys, it can be used against us (national security issue, eg. cybersecurity)
G Murphy says developing a strategy enables the acceleration of growth of tech & capacity
Researchers shouldn't charge ahead without engage nationally, incl with policymakers
Yes but collaboration shouldn't be forced by an overly complex call. Should give researchers freedom to address the issue w/ creativity. Challenges also don't have to be grand
Issue w/ grand challenges is often that social sciences and humanities researchers aren't as well represented in the teams
Grand challenges do promote interdisciplinarity, but also lots of interdisc happens organically (bottom-up). Cannot ignore this.
@drjoyjohnson notes that collaboration and competition are both important to drive innovative ideas and research
UKRI also has a program for making these kinds of connections, which is well received
A - it took some time to determine what needs to be done - it's more clear now & more resources may come in the future. Form follows function!
A - completely understand, we need a strategy and resources, but money isn't the only solution.
It's important to engage with leaders in this and be part of the international movement for open science. Let's be on the right side of history.
For external orgs, trust is hard to achieve and is not universal. Better links btw MPs and scientists /experts / advisors who can provide evidence is key
8% don't use science at all, 19% use it substantively. Most use of science is strategic and rhetorical ➡️ finding evidence that supports their viewpoint / eventual decision.
Bias doesn't disqualify information, particularly if the information bias aligns with their strategic priorities.
Evidence was useful mostly when it could be contextualized for what policymakers need. Credibility, legitimacy, and salience were the 3 main criteria.
Sensational stories win over scientific evidence
🔹 Senior academics should step up & get involved, to increase public scientific literacy & increase the accountability for governments to legitimately use scientific evidence
🔹 Innovate institutional structures to improve connection & access to experts and evidence
How is an MP supposed to be ready to respond when quick responses are necessary?
Knowing where to go on short notice is critically important for ensuring evidence is used in policy decisions & communications
To make the machine accountable to evidence, we must maintain the integrity of scientific institutions and increase dialogue btw (trusted) academics and policymakers / politicians.
A 50 volume report quickly becomes a 50 page summary, then a 2 pager, and down to a bullet point that gets communicated verbally in a 5 min meeting.
How much science is left?
#DonnaStrickland says we need to ensure science is seen as the frontier of knowledge, not a belief system. But we also need to respect other ways of knowing.
Science isn't considered a "book of facts", rather it is a complex (frustrating) process. Almost every idea we have is wrong ➡️ try to prove yourself wrong, at one point you'll find something right.
Leave them a toy and they'll destroy it 💣 (Engineering!)
They are also avid dreamers 💭 (creativity! philosophy!)
We all start here, and we can learn from this - @GGJuliePayette
This incl support for IT and cybersecurity
Dr Runte says that without forcing interdisciplinarity, we can still encourage convergence research.
We are just starting this discussion, let's keep this going 🤝🙌
So how do we use data to understand a research ecosystem? Some things we measure aren't important, not everything that is important can be measured. Stop measuring the same thing, looking for diff answers.
Dr Boston @NSERC_CRSNG is not a data expert, but is a funding agency expert, and she starts us off w/ terms used to describe how we view the research ecosystem. Often interdisc, not always ⬇️
This research area has advanced rapidly
@emmeslin published a paper in a small journal, which cost 25$ to buy access thru a paywall, whereas a sci-fi book on the same topic is 3$ at Wal Mart. This speaks to importance of open access.
It is phenomenal so far though, and would be very happy if someone can tweet and/or share their notes 🙏