Presentations will explore, from a wide variety of angles, how technology and social media can enable scientific research, accelerate the pace of discovery, and make science more open for everyone. From using games to harness the power of millions of citizen scientists, to the boom in successful crowdfunding initiatives that raise funds and awareness for important projects, the power of social to make the world a better place is tantalizing.
But technology also means that researchers will increasingly operate in a very different environment, where possibilities are infinitely greater, but there is also greater scrutiny, competition, collaboration and a need to communicate objectives in ways that resonate beyond the walled garden of academia. How will traditional business models and working practices evolve to keep up with this change? Following the presentations, the audience will be able to ask questions and discuss various issues with the various panellists from companies like Mendeley, JoVE, Indiegogo and Elsevier.