WLF pilot session to advance scientific sharing and communication
Date: 2021-04-24
Source: WLF
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As the Pandemic has changed the scientific sharing and communication in many ways, the scientists and researchers are now ready to share their stands on open science.

At the April 24 online symposium with scientists and representatives from around the world, Jean-Marie Lehn, 1987 Nobel Prize laureate in Chemistry, says “most of us have always practiced open science much before this now becomes very fashionable- It's just being open to other scientists and being in contact with them. now the platform, publishers like Wylie and others”.but Prof. Jean-Marie Lehn also shows his concerns: ” Don't go too fast, be sure about what you are doing”.

“New Ecosystem of Science Sharing” -as a pilot session of 4th World Laureates Forum (WLF) organized by World Laureates Association and Wiley, brought together top-speakers from scientific and publishing backgrounds on Saturday to address phenomenon that has touched interdisciplinary research, science and technology communication and cooperation, and mechanism for scientific sharing.

“Openness is an essential quality of science and communications of essential quality,” said the Prof. Maria Leptin, the Director of EMBO (which is a leading organization in Life science and has been practicing International communication as one of its core activities and mission) , speaking at the online event.

“Open does not mean Free. Whatever we put out in the open has to be of high quality and has to have been assessed,”she added.

Science now really thrives on interaction, both for practical reasons and for intellectual reasons, Prof. Maria Leptin said,declaring“science,especially in the life sciences, becomes so multi-technology driven that you can't do it by yourself anymore, except in very rare cases.”

Prof. Kim E. Barrett, the Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Physiology, Distinguished Professor of Medicine of the University of California San Diego,highly emphasized that “we're very much hoping to move into a new era of transparency that we hope will allow for greater reproducibility and confidence”.

While the speakers ranged from Scientists to Publishers, their messages sometimes advocated for similar approaches.

Vincent Cassidy, the Director of Research and Academic Markets at the IET( the institution of Engineering and Technology ), shared a theme speech of “changes in the process of scholarly and research communications are creating new opportunities for learning societies.” While Dr Guangchen Xu, Editorial Director of Physical Sciences at Wiley and the Editor-in-Chief of Small Methods,agreed that “openness and collaborations will not only innovate academic publishers. It will empower scientific development”.

Prof. Wolfram Koch,Executive Director and CEO of the German Chemical Society, a member of the Executive Board of the European Chemical Society (EuChemS) and the Open Science Policy Platform of the European Commission, spoke of succinct definition of open science that “when we said open science is scholarly research that is collaborative, transparent, and reproducible, and whose outputs are publicly available.” speaking from his experience in research.

“A very clear indication of the dramatic development that scientific research has seen in China. By the way, the same trend is also seen with other indicators, e.g. the number of Chinese referees, the number of submitted articles and the rejection rate, which has decreased significantly, documenting the concomitant increase in quality so typical for research from China,”he added, indicating how fast international science grows and grows together.