All are welcome to the Good Science Project‘s first conference. Join leading scientists, including Sir Paul Nurse FRS, and Dame Ottoline Leyser FRS, and our provost Professor Ian Walmsley, as we debate today’s research culture and the values needed for good science.
Please note: we are now operating a waiting list for Day of Doubt registrations. You can register here to be put on the waiting list and we will be in touch over the coming weeks to let you know if places become available. Thank you for your interest!
A major theme of the day is doubt. We will ask:
- Why is doubt an important resource in science?
- What is academic success?
- How can we support the kind of science that takes intellectual risks – and takes time?
- How easy is it for early-career scientists to doubt established truth, and find their own way?
- When should we doubt innovation?
If you enjoy discussion about science, have views about its place in society and the way it organises itself in universities, then this conference is for you. Expect a lively day, with plenty of interaction, as we search for a better research culture. The conference is free and lunch is provided.
09.45 – Registration
Welcome tea and coffee
10:20 – Session One
The session is introduced by Daksha Patel, an artist known for her work with scientists.
11:45 – Session Two
Two parallel sessions – delegates will choose to attend one:
- Session A. Doubt in research culture: Dame Ottoline Leyser FRS and Professor James Wilsdon
- Session B. Doubt in innovation: Professor Andy Stirling, Dr Kanta Dihal and Ehsan Masood
13:00 – Lunch
14:00 – Reflection sessions
Our afternoon sessions provide an opportunity for delegates to peel off into smaller groups to reflect on one of the aspects of research culture below. The sessions will take place concurrently, so delegates will be asked to select one of following sessions:
- A. ‘Questioning … public engagement’ with Katherine Mathieson and Professor Ken Arnold
- B. ‘Questioning … interdisciplinarity’ with Dr Isabella von Holstein and Alyssa Gilbert
- C. ‘Questioning … excellence’ with Professor Stephen Curry and Professor James Wilsdon
- D. ‘Questioning … scientific truth’ with Professor Steve Fuller and Dr Stephen Webster
- E. ‘Questioning … expertise’ with Kat Harris, Professor Oscar Ces, and Professor Roger Kneebone
15:15 – Break
Tea and coffee
15:45 – Plenary session
The ideas generated by the reflection sessions will be shared and discussed when we all come together for the final plenary session.
17.00 – Drinks reception
After our plenary session wraps up we welcome delegates to share reflections over a drink at our informal reception.
Registration is now closed.