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.

Following initial, internal discussions in 2018, an internal workshop on these issues will be held in January 2019 in Berlin, including the question of whether the quality of research can be measured at all, and if so, how.

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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