30 July 2018

The role of communication in science

More communication in science is being called for by Humboldtians Katharina Boele-Woelki, Joseph S. Francisco, Ulrike Hahn and Joachim Herz, in their capacity as members of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation's International Advisory Board.

Katharina Boele-Woelke, Chair of the International Advisory Board, at the 11th Forum on the Internationalisation of Sciences and Humanities
Katharina Boele-Woelke, Chair of the International Advisory Board, at the 11th Forum on the Internationalisation of Sciences and Humanities
(Photo: Humboldt Foundation/David Ausserhofer)

"Gone are the days when scientists could afford to communicate only with one another", is their conclusion in the editorial they wrote for the current issue of the journal "Angewandte Chemie" which has been released in advance online. At the invitation of the Humboldt Foundation's International Advisory Board (IAB), the 11th Forum on the Internationalisation of Sciences and Humanities addressed the subject of "Trust in Science and Scholarship ‒ A Global Societal Challenge" when it met in Berlin in December 2017.

Approximately 80 international guests discussed how societal trust in science could be regained. "Achieving our core mission, namely progress through knowledge, now requires two kinds of communication: one to our scientific peers, but another, more fraught yet critical, to the broader public", the IAB representatives wrote in the journal "Angewandte Chemie".

The International Advisory Board is an independent body composed of international experts who advise the Humboldt Foundation on strategy issues. The board focuses on issues relating to researcher mobility and internationalisation. It established the Forum on the Internationalisation of Sciences and Humanities, creating a platform for discussing current issues relating to research and research policy.

The legal scholar Katharina Boele-Woelki is President of the Bucerius Law School in Hamburg, an Anneliese Maier Research Award Winner and chair of the IAB. Her co-chair is the psychologist Ulrike Hahn of Birkbeck College London, also an Anneliese Maier Research Award Winner. The chemist and Humboldt Research Award Winner Joseph S. Francisco of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the Alzheimer researcher and recipient of the Humboldt Foundation's Wolfgang Paul Award Joachim Herz of the Southwestern Medical Center of the University of Texas are also members of the IAB.

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