With all that is happening in Europe and the UK these days, a few flashbacks to the summer of science 2018 come to mind – I already covered some highlights of the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) in posts I wrote from July to September 2018. Below are 3 additional take home thoughts which seem particularly pertinent now.
1. When people get together, things happen – collaboration and cooperation in science is healthy and productive.
2. Open science and reproducibility of results can enhance trust in scientific findings.
3. Science is serious but scientists can be playful and science communication can be playful too on occasions – ‘Science Rocks!’
Presentations at the meeting and subsequent papers have certainly sparked wider discussion and progress e.g. Europe’s scientific publications: Plan S and its objective of full open access to publicly funded scientific publications.
The challenges of Open Access and Medical Publishing are also currently the subject of much debate.
Useful website on Medical Publishing