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5th EU-Japan Science Policy Forum, 'Science 2.0: Science in Transition' in Kyoto on 4 October 2014

EU News 420/2014


This year our 5th EU-Japan Science Policy Forum, held on the margins of the Kyoto STS Forum, concerned the emergent topic of 'Science 2.0', whereby the norms and practices that gradually emerged from the scientific revolution are giving way to a new way of doing science as a result of new computing power, social and professional networks, big-data, globalisation, and a culture of sharing that is having broad reaching ramifications across the scientific world.

At the event, Robert-Jan Smits, Director General for Research and Innovation in the European Commission, together with Yuko Harayama from Japan's Council for Science, Technology and Innovation (CSTI), gave policy briefs on their first hand experiences of recent developments in their respective science and technology policies. They were joined by around 40 other invited high-level policy-makers, academics, funding agency leaders and industrial representatives from Europe and Japan.

Together they discussed the issues associated with the evolution of the scientific enterprise, such as how research should be evaluated, how research practices and the implications of 'Science 2.0' differ across scientific fields, open access to data and publications, ethical issues and privacy, new alternative funding streams, the increasing importance of citizen science, the role of public engagement, and how such framework conditions have become an area of research cooperation in their own right.

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