What will the world of research look like in 10 years? Challenges and opportunities of future research ecosystem

September 2, 2020 10:15 - 11:45

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Imagine yourself 10 years from now. It’s 2029, and the world of research has changed – dramatically for some of you. But how? Where will your research funding come from? Will your collaborators be academics or colleagues at a tech company? Will you use artificial intelligence to determine your research hypothesis – and will journals use AI to decide whether to accept your paper? Will that “paper” even look like the manuscript you’re used to submitting? If you’re a professor, will your students come to the university or study from afar? These are just a few of the questions the new Research Futures scenario-planning study delves into. To forecast how research might be created and exchanged 10 years from now, investigators from Elsevier and Isos MORI examined the literature and market drivers, interviewed over 50 funders, futurists, publishers and technology experts and surveyed more than 2,000 researchers. From the analysis, 6 themes emerged from 19 key drivers which were considered in creative workshops where participants used this knowledge to develop three plausible scenarios of the future: - Brave open world considers the rise of open science. - Tech titans looks at the growing influence of technology. - Eastern ascendance considers the role the East – and China in particular – might play. The report is meant to stimulate a discussion. That conversation was started when the report was released at the AAAS conference in February 2018 in Washington, DC. Discussion about the three scenarios have and will continue with panels of scientists, research leaders, policy makers and industry players taking place across the globe. At ESOF we will continue the conversation over these 3 scenarios but will also present and offer for consideration the results of more than a year of discussions from all previous panels. The session audience will have the opportunity to answer questions relating to the scenarios to help direct the panelists in their conversation."

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