The 7th Open Science Meeting will focus on the theme “Science and Society”. This is a broad theme which has already been addressed by previous OSMs. This is a recurring theme because the role of science for and in society continually changes. Not only do scientists have expanding ambitions in their research toward society, but they increasingly face changing societal behaviour and/or policy directions.
Equally, expectations of society and policy makers towards science have changed. Commercial and societal application of scientific findings is becoming more and more central, and determine the framework conditions of subsidy schemes for fundamental scientific research. Also, where academia was once a revered font of wisdom and source of undisputed knowledge, scientists now have to compete with alternative sources for the attention of the general public and those shaping policy.
Throughout OSM 2014, keynote speakers from different disciplines, organizations and backgrounds will engage with the theme of “Science and Society” and present their personal and institutional experiences, strategies and ambitions.
Science will remain the main focal point for the OSM, but we will also engage with voices from outside academia. The programme for OSM 2014 will include an analysis of past Indonesian – Dutch cooperative science projects from different disciplines. This analysis will include not only their scientific findings but also the extra-academic agendas these projects set for themselves in terms of influencing public opinion, regional administration, national policy makers. The extent of their success in doing so will allow us to identify lessons learned and best practices from past experiences.
In a dispute and discussion session, the theme of Science and Society will be brought into a more open arena. Representatives of science, policy making, societal voices and the private sector will debate problems and cases in order to see where common ground, or at least a better understanding of each other’s position, can be reached.
A number of focused symposia will zoom in on specific cases, in order to provide more in-depth discussions or to bring out specific relationships and communication channels open for scientists to explore, foster and utilize.
Throughout the programme, the next generation of academics, the PhD candidates of today, will present their work-in-progress during laptop poster sessions and in a Young Scientist Symposium.