Today's research culture has many problematic aspects and requires in-depth transformation. SCNAT is committed to a general framework that promotes creative and solid research, as well as open exchange of information. It raises awareness of the ethical responsibility of science and draws up guidelines for scientific work and its use.
Research culture is a broad term. SCNAT interprets it as the diversely influenced environment and its general framework, which guides and shapes the scientific activities and cooperation of researchers. A modern research culture is a necessary precondition for Switzerland to remain an attractive hub for research and knowledge and for science to finally assume its social responsibility.
Open and transparent science
SCNAT welcomes efforts to make scientific data, methods, results and publications freely accessible. It is committed to ensuring that research results are presented, so as to be comprehensible to the broader public. SCNAT also supports initiatives to provide the public with insights into the development of scientific results or let them participate in this process themselves.
SCNAT advocates a more differentiated assessment of scientific performance that goes beyond the current quantitative metrics. It supports the introduction of supplementary qualitative and societally relevant criteria. It especially considers the commitment to the dialogue with society to be an important assessment criterion.
Engagements of SCNAT
The goal of this workshop is to raise the awareness of the benefits that gender diversity, equality and inclusion bring for scientific advancement and research culture.
Academia today is characterised by unhealthy competition, publication pressure and quantification practices. This puts people in research in the background. We want to counteract this and call for the enabling of reflected innovation and creativity in a slow science.Image: Better Science
The fair research contracting self-assessment tool supports institutions to engage in fair and equitable negotiation processes for formal contracts despite recognised imbalances in institutional contracting capacities.Image: COHRED & KFPE
This Factsheet contains recommendations to shape Open Access and Open Data so that they foster scientific progress and benefit society in Switzerland.
The results of my discussions at the «We Scientists 2035» workshop revealed that one of the problems with scientific culture widely experienced by participants, is growing pressure. The workshop this year in Lausanne, organized by the Swiss Academy of Sciences, brought together natural scientists from different career stages to discuss novel ideas about research culture and generate concrete actions for how it might be improved.
What is the best way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions caused by scientists travelling for business, particularly by plane? This was the issue to be discussed at the morning conference «Decarb science! But how?» ahead of the SCNAT Delegate Assembly on 24 May. The colossal scale of the problem lies in the fact that it requires a change in scientific culture. Ultimately, there are no straightforward answers: a creative, nuanced approach is what is needed.
Researchers fly all over the world to take part in conferences and exchange ideas face-to-face. And they often do so without thinking about the impact on our climate. But if the oncologist Daniel Helbling has his way, that will soon change. We look at three initiatives from scientists who are keen to improve the sustainability of their own disciplines.
This international conference held on 21 November 2018 in Bern highlighted the limitations of current metrics in capturing scientific quality and introduced elements of alternative assessment approaches.
Mit dem New Science Regime bestimmen seit der Jahrhundertwende der Wettbewerb und die Leistungsmessung die wissenschaftliche Praxis. Zunehmend stellt sich die Frage, ob der Output hinreichend nach wissenschaftlichen Prinzipien validiert und diskutiert wird. Auf internationaler und nationaler Ebene werden daher seit geraumer Zeit Alternativen zu den dem New Science Regime zugrunde liegenden Steuerungsmechanismen entwickelt. Längst ist bekannt, was zu tun ist, um eine qualitativ hochstehende, originelle und kreative Forschung zu fördern – ein Richtungswechsel ist angezeigt und dieser muss von den Forschenden selbst eingeleitet werden.
Das Wissenschaftssystem wächst, denn Produktivität wird belohnt. Was in der Wirtschaft sinnvoll sein kann, führt in der Wissenschaft zu Fehlanreizen. Die Qualität wissenschaftlicher Ergebnisse kann teils nicht mehr ausreichend gesichert werden. Gerade in Zeiten von Fake News darf das Vertrauen in die Wissenschaft aber nicht gefährdet werden. Die Schweizerische Akademie der Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften und die Akademie der Naturwissenschaften plädieren in einer eben veröffentlichten Publikation für Qualität vor Quantität.
On the national and the international level science is pushing towards Open Data. As noble as the principle is, the challenges for scientists are immense. Nicolas Thomas, space scientist from the University of Bern, will talk at the event «Open Data and Data Management – Issues and Challenges» on 29 October in Bern.