#Wescientists Research Culture workshops: let’s co-construct the future of research at the Annual Meeting of the Swiss Physical Society at EPFL!

Pre-conference workshop, 28 August 2018, 13:30 - 16:00, Room CE 101


Research culture is the culture within the research ecosystem that influences the environment, the people and utlimately ultimately, the quality of work that is being done. Research culture stems from the values, norms and expectations of researchers and it influences aspects such as research integrity, openness, inclusivity, academic career trajectories, the peer review system and attitude towards public engagement.

At the We Scientists Shape Science meeting in January 2017, 200 researchers and key players from the Swiss research landscape met to discuss the issues relating to research culture in Switzerland. As part of its ongoing commitment to improving research culture, SCNAT is adapting the Royal Society UK’s workshops « Visions of 2035 ». We are offering the workshop to up to 12 participants of this year's SPS Annual Meeting at EPFL. The workshop uses speculative design scenarios to encourage novel thinking about what an idealised research culture would look like in 27 years time, with the aim to start with small changes today.

In the first part of the workshop, participants will explore two alternate future research culture scenarios. They will discuss what they like and dislike about them and what they would do differently. The group will then co-construct their ideal future research culture. In the second part of the workshop, the participants will plan the first steps required to achieve their ideal. The goal is that after the workshop, participants will feel empowered to implement small changes in their research environments and to make the outcome a source of inspiration for others.

This workshop is open to researchers from all career stages but is limited to 12 participants. It is available on a first come, first served basis via the SPS conference registration system (see below). If you have any questions regarding the content of the workshop, please contact Tania Jenkins from SCNAT.



Registration for the workshop

You can only register for the workshop if you have already registered as conference participant. After this go to the workshop registration module and fill in the required data. The module will close after the maximum number of participants is reached. In case you need to cancel the workshop registration, we therefore ask you to inform us immediately so your place can be re-opened for other interested persons.