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Using Social Media to Value Public Science

Since scientific knowledge doesn’t become depleted when shared, and once published in the public domain it is available to be accessed by anyone, it can be characterized as public goods. CERN, as a large-scale multinational scientific establishment, presents an ideal example to study the public value of scientific output. The study summarized below, published by researchers at the University Santiago de Compostela as part of the Science Policy Reports book series, constructs the perception of the public towards scientific activities at CERN by analyzing big data collected via Twitter posts.

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Climate Crisis – Scientists paint a harrowing picture of what awaits civilization if immediate action is not taken

The scale of the threat directly diminishing biodiversity and causing climate crisis is much greater than what it is currently believed to be. An incisive report published recently in Frontiers in Conservation Science by 17 world-leading scientists paints a harrowing picture of what awaits civilization if immediate action is not taken.

ESS General Director John Womersley

Challenges in Designing a Sustainable Research Infrastructure for Europe

Building sustainable support for any “Big Science” project encounters several key challenges. Beyond the socio-economic impact, how public investments in such large-scale science megaprojects can tackle the present global inequalities should also be analysed. The European Spallation Source (ESS), under construction on the outskirts of Lund, Sweden, presents an ideal case to evaluate the challenges in designing a sustainable research infrastructure in Europe.