Future Research

Scientists changing science

Future of Research

Scientists changing science

Future of Research

The mission of Future of Research is to improve the scientific research enterprise. To do this, they are helping junior scientists organize conferences to discuss the problems they perceive with science – and more importantly, possible solutions to fix them. We’re then working on trying to make these solutions a reality, working with and advocating to institutions, science societies, federal agencies and senior scientists to effect change – and to ensure the voices of those who will be scientists* of the future are heard.

*We consider anyone trying to use their training and passion for science to contribute to the research, communication and promotion of science for the benefit of society to be a scientist."

Future Research

Future of Research started as a group of early career researchers in the Boston area, invested in improving the scientific endeavor. They held a postdoc-organized two day event in the Fall of 2014 in Boston University, consisting of talks and panel discussions on issues affecting the future of science, as well as breakout sessions to allow attendees to participate in workshops. The goal of each workshop was to elucidate a majority opinion on which challenges were most important to address, and to develop recommendations for moving toward an equitable, sustainable research enterprise.

The outcomes of the interactive workshops were presented in an F1000Research paper and numerous editorials and commentaries as well as a poster. A guide to how they organized the symposium, and how future groups could do so, was also published. From these early beginnings they are now contributing many products.

Groups around the country, in New York, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Chicago organized their own symposia throughout 2015 as well as a second meeting in Boston. As the conversation grew, representatives from the various groups came together to form a national non-profit organization to continue our work and foster the interactions of junior scientists with the larger community to advocate for change. Most recently, we awarded a grant by the Open Philanthropy Project to begin full-time operations.

Ivo Valkenburg

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