Incentives in Science

About the Project

Removed from the daily conduct of science policy, this project explores and questions the structures within which science is conducted, while discussing the resulting framework conditions that both make science possible and leave their own defining stamp on it. These structures and conditions include the commonly lamented yet self-inflicted deluge of publications, issues regarding the control of science through agreed objectives, and objections over quality being too often subordinated to quantity, intentions taking precedence over results, and insight being confused with impact.



Behind these and other points of discussion, meanwhile, there stands the perhaps essential question of how to measure science – and the effects this measurement has on science. The basic assumption remains not that one should or could dispose of incentives altogether, but that we should consider which incentives have practically become the scientific system’s default settings, what consequences this has and, of course, whether other and better incentives might be viable.


2019: Workshop "Control Mechanisms"

As part of the project "Incentives in Science", a workshop with members of Die Junge Akademie will take place in Gotha, 24-25 October 2019. While the first workshop dealt with existing structures of the incentive system in the local scientific community and the identification of resulting problems, the focus of the second workshop will be on ideas for solutions to science policy problems. What financial and, above all, non-financial control mechanisms are there that could be used to make the scientific incentive system more effective and fair, in order to avoid undesirable side effects?

The workshop will be organised by Christoph Lundgreen (initiator of the project "Incentives in Science").

2019: Workshop "Incentives in Science"

As part of the project, an internal workshop will be held on January 17, 2019 with Martina Franzen (Research Fellow of the Research Group Science Policy Studies at the Berlin Social Science Center) and the sociologist Richard Münch. The workshop is organised by Christoph Lundgreen (Speaker of Die Junge Akademie and the project "Incentives in Science").

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