Today many Americans see universities negatively. But, as the dean of USC Dornsife argues, academia has a unique capacity to solve society's problems. Yes, astrophysicists can help law enforcement.
Canola, the first ‘made-in-Canada’ crop, was a product of university research and became a huge economic boon to the country. In this 2016 photo, riders and their horses pass through a canola field near Cremona, Alta.
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Canola is an example of an innovation that sprung from university research and became a major economic boon to Canada. It should be happening more often.
Africa is urbanising quickly, as growth in cities like Cairo, Egypt, shows.
How can African research universities be more responsive to African countries' needs? And how can these universities work together to leverage funding for research informed by African realities?
What’s the best way to measure research impact?
This move to measure the impact of university research on society introduces many new challenges that were not previously relevant when evaluation focused solely on academic merit.
Academic innovators are learning to question project commercial viability and to shift their focus to solutions for which there is a demand.
A few programs are leading the way to help support researchers in achieving impact.
Nine out of ten surveyed researchers said they engage with end-users to translate their work into practice.
Financial incentives alone won’t increase research collaboration between universities and business. Academics say they need time, support and an environment encouraging of engagement.
There has been an increase in research grants going to high-profile applicants.
Demand for research grants has far exceeded supply, with success rates for grant applications falling to record lows.
Malcolm Turnbull faces many challenges in transitioning Australia to a post-mining boom economy.
What are the key policy challenges facing the new Turnbull government in terms of economic growth and budgets, cities, transport, energy, school education, higher education and health?
Biomedical scientist Dong Pyou-Han was sentenced to 57 months in prison for falsifying data in HIV vaccine trials.
A number of high-profile cases in which academics have fabricated their data points to a much larger problem around scholarly misconduct.
Kim Carr (left) and Christopher Pyne (right) debating on innovation at the National Press Club.
Pyne talked more about changing taxes and incentives to stimulate growth and industry, whereas Carr had clear plans for government investment.
What should government and students contribute towards university degrees?
Increasing the amount that students pay towards their degree is likely to be on the cards of higher education in this year's election.
One in five research graduates is dissatisfied with the supervision they received.
A new review of research training in Australia calls for transferable skills to be central to the training of PhD students.
Big data is not sufficient in Australia.
Improving data quality and accessibility will provide an important platform for business, policy innovation and academic research.
Offering more scholarships could help boost Indigenous PhD completion rates.
Reforming Australia’s research training system and providing more funding support could help increase PhD completion rates for Indigenous students.
Don’t be lured into collaboration just because it’s what everyone else seems to be doing.
Between 50-75% of all collaborations fail. Here are some tips on how to set up a successful collaboration between academia and industry.
How useful is ERA for measuring research quality?
The new impact framework will improve some of the problems arising out of the ERA's university research audit, but major challenges will remain.
Managing the risks of industry-researcher collaboration: Coca-Cola got caught for funding scientists who shifted blame for obesity away from bad diets.
The innovation report fails to mention the risk of bias for researchers collaborating with industry. We must ensure that researchers maintain their independence.
Time to make research audits more transparent?
Making the whole process of auditing research open to the public could help reduce the capacity for universities to game the system.
Research must have an impact – but what’s the best way to measure it?
A government report on research funding and policy has recommended introducing a funding incentive to ensure university research benefits society and business.
The iPhone is a good example of an entire industry built on the back of publicly funded research outcomes. The ‘iPhone fish’ is designed to teach people healthy eating through portion size control.
Publicly-funded research should contribute to society in some way. But we need to think carefully about how we create a system that allows us to measure the impact of research.