In the media circus surrounding the pandemic, it's the loudest researchers who have been heard the most. Why it is important that we also listen to quieter voices in future, and why the state of scientific knowledge should be communicated with greater candour.
Despite the special calls for research into the novel coronavirus, researchers should all still concentrate on what they do best, writes Matthias Egger, President of the National Research Council of the SNSF.
Covid-19: How Unprecedented Data Sharing Has Led to Faster-than-ever Outbreak Research
Advances in gene sequencing have allowed scientists to trace and monitor the COVID-19 pandemic faster than any previous outbreak. However, gaps in our knowledge of how coronaviruses work has made it difficult to understand what makes the new coronavirus special.
With Europe facing significant challenges over the next decade, it is vital that the EU's research activities are designed not just by bureaucrats but by a wide range of voices to ensure that they're fit for purpose, according to Jean-Eric Paquet, the European Commission's Director General for Research and Innovation.
Launch of €100 Million Clean Energy Fund with Bill Gates
Bill Gates and the European Commission have launched a €100 million investment fund designed to bring radical clean energy technologies more quickly to market in order to promote energy efficiency and cut greenhouse gas emissions.
European Taxpayers Are Changing Lives, but People Don't Always Know It
Carlos Moedas, EU Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, has called for political leaders to speak more about science and innovation to connect people with the life-changing research that is funded by their taxes and has the potential to combat urgent global problems.
Next EU Research Fund Needs to Help Start-Ups to Scale-Up
Fear of investing in innovation is preventing promising start-ups from reaching their full potential and that’s preventing growth across Europe, a conference on the future of EU research funding heard.
How ‘Alternative Facts’ Could Be Tackled with Science Diplomacy
Science diplomacy enables scientists to help tackle issues such as protectionism and government control over research findings, and could even mitigate the future threat of wars over knowledge and data.
People no longer take science advice on trust, and science advisers need to provide evidence for their recommendations, according to Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Science, Research and Innovation.
Enhancing trust in science through public engagement and open, transparent research is vital if we are to avoid descending into a 'post-factual society', according to Carlos Moedas, the European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science.