Monday, December 19, 2016

Is Science Dying?

My thoughts on a recent living room salon we co-hosted with the Global CoLab Network in the Washington, D.C. area will be posted here in the next few days. 

On November 29, 2016 ReImagine Science and the Global CoLab Network co-hosted a living room salon with the attendees listed (see side-bar).  

The openness and candor of everyone in the room struck a chord with me. What I heard from the scientists in the room is that current institutions of science are not likely to take dramatic measures necessary to rescue the current generation of young PhDs. There may be hope for the future, but there is also, it seems, a desire for life to go back to a time when successes were more attainable, when there was more ready support and open doors. 

But the radical reboot needed to reimagine what we can do with our current scientifically trained Ph.D. cohorts looking for stable, palatable work that fully utilizes their breadth and depth of training and knowledge is not in the works. And I think they sense it.