Research ethics focus on avoiding wrongdoing, having been developed largely in response to biomedical scandals. Climate change puts the onus on researchers to add ‘do good’ to ‘do no harm’ principles.
Academics in all areas have deep concerns about their ability to undertake research during the pandemic and the flow-on effects of this. Women and early career researchers were particularly hard hit.
Historians, archivists and other researchers got in touch with tales of their archival finds and bizarre research moments. These ranged from the quirky to the disturbing to the profound.
A lot has happened since the WHO declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic. A portrait in data highlights trends in everything from case counts, to research publications, to variant spread.
Nigeria’s academic community is mourning the death of virology professor and leading researcher, David Olufemi Olaleye.
Giving money to support local production of COVID-19 vaccines is a step in the right direction if it will help in resuscitating Nigeria’s vaccine production laboratory.
The early and mid-career researchers who bear most of the teaching and research workload are exhausted and underpaid. Many won’t survive the funding squeeze, but Australia can’t afford to lose them.
Investments are starting to help grow the African continent’s science preparedness.
The only way to know if a medical treatment actually works is with a randomized-controlled trial.
While there are various good reasons for doing research and funding research, the chief reason is that research provides essential insurance against catastrophic events.
Global research funding, such as that offered by Denmark’s government, can open doors for African researchers to study abroad and then take their skills home.
Academics report feeling unhappy and isolated in their current work culture.
Australia’s top scientist Alan Finkel says too many poor quality research papers are being published in Australia, and the system may inadvertently encourage academics to behave badly.
Artificial intelligence holds great promise for medicine, but safeguards are needed to ensure it does not harm patients.
Scientists have identified the world’s smallest animal – for now. It could be possible smaller creatures exist that have not yet been discovered.
With a budget surplus in sight, it makes no sense to cut funding from Australia’s research capacity.
Energy-efficient water supply is a wicked problem – and we might have found a way to solve it.
The 2018 edition of the EuroScience Open Festival is a great showcase for EU scientific collaboration.
Money always seems tight for university scientists. A sociologist conducted hundreds of interviews to see how they think about funding sources and profit motives for basic and applied research.
When high income researchers take their unethical methods abroad it’s the poor who suffer.