Brexit has loomed large in UK science policy discussions from early 2016. Recent thinking and views in March 2017 are reflected in:
- An Editorial from James Wilsdon in Science magazine (DOI: 10.1126/science.aan2673). James is now Professor of Research Policy at the Unviersity of Sheffield.
- An adjournment debate in the UK House of Lords, introduced by the Earl of Selborne, focused on the second of two reports in 2016 from the HoL Select Committee on Science and Technology. The first in April 2016 was EU Membership and UK Science. The second, published in December 2016, was A Time for Boldness: EU Membership and UK Science after the Referendum
The Nuffield Council on Bioethics has published its report on The Culture of Scientific Ethics. The focus of the study was the ethical implications of the current culture of scientific research, focused on particular concerns: competition; funding of research; assessment of research; research integrity; and career progression and workload. Suggestions for action are summarised as follows:
- Publication of a wide range of rigorous research
- Openness and data sharing between researchers
- Use of a broad range of criteria in research assessments
- Recognition of the wider activities of researchers
- Training and recognition for peer reviewers
- Adoption of diverse funding approaches
- Clear communication of funding opportunities and assessment criteria
RESEARCH GOVERNANCE AND INTEGRITY
- Training in good research practice
- Openness about consequences of misconduct
- Adoption of appropriate ethical review processes
- Mentoring and career advice
- Adoption of employment practices that support diversity and inclusion
- Training and recognition for leaders in research
Defra has produced Biodiversity 2020: a strategy for England's wildlife and ecosystem services Indicators in December 2014, an assessment of trends of improvement and deterioration for key indicators. In summary, there are 48 individual measures that make up 24 indicators. A mixed picture of short and long term improvement and deterioration.
Papers in Science and Nature:
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This site covers a wide range of policy issues relating to biodiversity, museums and science. It's selective and although it's a blog it is more alert than comment. John Jackson from the Natural History Museum in London maintains the site, primarily to alert colleagues and collaborators to new developments - you can use the contact link on the top right of this page. It is not an official organisational site.