October 2017 Research, Science and Knowledge

Read the articles selected in October 2017

New Skills Agenda for Europe

Source: http://ec.europa.eu/

 

The New Skills Agenda for Europe aims at a quality professional training for all European citizens, as well as a better use of the available skills through a better understanding of qualifications and the creation of information tools useful for career and learning choices.

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Why innovation becomes imperative in education

by Dirk Van Damme

Source: http://www.oecd.org, 4 October

Innovation is not only about the latest technological devices but also includes societal change. Opening education to the challenges of digitalisation and artificial intelligence requires a school system connected with the outside world of business and local communities and driving the change.

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http://oecdeducationtoday.blogspot.it/2017/10/why-innovation-becomes-imperative-in.html

 


 

OECD Skills Strategy Diagnostic Report Italy 2017

Source: http://www.oecd.org/, 5 October

 

This report photographs Italy in a struggling progress towards a society based on the achievement of relevant skills, giving a series of recommendations in sight of the targets set by the ambitious education and labour reforms of the last years.

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Reproductibilité en crise

Source: Le Monde, 4 October

 

Science as a reliable fundament for rational decisions must offer the possibility to reply and confirm its results. The reproducibility crisis doesn’t mean that the scientific system can’t improve through more rigour and transparency.

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Pioneer of “nudge” science and explorer of irrational decisions earns economics Nobel

by Adrian Cho

Source: Science, 9 October

 

With a modest amount of mathematics and a bright, admirable style Richard Thaler has developed a model which explains the apparent contradiction in the behaviour of the economic agent integrating concepts borrowed from psychology and neuroscience that have changed the face of the economic policy.

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http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/10/pioneer-nudge-science-and-explorer-irrational-decisions-earns-economics-nobel


 

 

A female Nobel winner: the enduring inspiration of the rarest of scientists

by Erika Mancini

Source: Times Higher Education, 29 September

 

Even though more and more women start a scientific career today, female scientists don’t have the same social standing as male colleagues and are not fully acknowledged in their achievements. The rare female Nobel Prizes in science should inspire new generations.

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Internationalisation of HE needs to be replaced

by Fay Patel

Source: http://www.universityworldnews.com, 29 September

Internationalisation of higher education is a Western paradigm based on the hegemony of the First-World’ Western knowledge. The glocalisation of learning, adopted by the 2030 Agenda, means the construction of knowledge forms that embrace other worldviews, is inclusive and focused on quality and inclusivity.

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http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20170927101224475[RC1] 

 


 

Timing is everything: U.S. trio earns Nobel for work on the body’s biological clock

by Gretchen Vogel & Erik Stokstad

Source: Science, 2 October

U.S. trio has won this year’s Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their work on the genes influencing the circadian rhythms, which affect the activity of most other genes in the organisms. The demonstration of the fundamental importance of the biological clock has opened a whole research field.

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http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/10/timing-everything-us-trio-earns-nobel-work-body-s-biological-clock

 


 

Le prix Nobel, science inexacte

by Nathaniel Herzberg

Source: Le Monde, 3 October

 

Even Nobel laureates get wrong sometimes, but science goes forward. The controversies raised every year by the Prizes’ assignment show not only the existence of an establishment, but also that research is not a progressive and linear path, and sometimes it is detached from experience.

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How do schools compensate for socio-economic disadvantage?

Source: http://www.oecd.org

 

Learning environments and effective resources are related to better students performance, playing a role in addressing social inequalities. The allocation of additional funds for disadvantaged schools improves the general science performance, but also teacher support matters.

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Universities are ready to contribute to the Future of Europe

Source: http://www.eua.be/

 

Within the knowledge economies, the role of universities and their core mission to do research, education and innovation are central, enabling citizens to navigate in rapidly changing labour markets, while promoting civic values and bringing the European project forward.

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Publier. La course à l’abîme

by Pascaline Minet & David Larousserie

Source: Le Monde, 27 September

 

The system of editors publishing scientific papers, based on the subscriptions to specialised reviews is high-priced and restricting the access to knowledge. But the monopoly of the major publishers is weakening, while alternative models of open access are standing up.

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UK science seeks “a new relationship with EU”

by Meredith Wadman & Adrian Cho

Source: Science, 20 September

 

After Brexit,  UK government’s aim is not only to continue the access to European research programs, but it declares to want to make the UK an attractive place for researchers from all around the world and to treat science as a particular case to protect from Brexit effects with extra funding.

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Faculty promotion must assess reproducibility

by Jeffrey Flier

Source: Nature, 12 September

 

To make science more reliable, it is crucial the way candidates by research institutions are appointed and promoted. Reviewers should assess not just how a field would be without a researcher’s contribution, but also the reproducibility of his work, together with his capacity for critical self-reflection.

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https://www.nature.com/news/faculty-promotion-must-assess-reproducibility-1.22596

 


 

State of the Union: Ambitions need to be backed by boosting research and education

Source: http://www.eua.be/, 21 September

 

A Europe leader in innovation needs ambitious investments in research and education. The EU framework programmes for research and innovation support European cooperation in higher education and research, funding projects that would otherwise not be developed and boosting Europe’s long-term competitiveness.

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