Science has long been an international endeavor, but in the year 2004, the internationalization of science picked up steam and gained greater urgency. During the past year, policy makers in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and elsewhere began taking stock of their scientific workforces with spirited debates on the supply and demand for scientific talent. Earlier this month, Science's Next Wave (in conjunction with Science magazine, our parent publication) announced our breakthrough of the year -- the internationalization of science careers.
It should come as little surprise, then, that the Next Wave editors' choices for best articles of 2004 reflect that international orientation. Three of Next Wave's monthly features this past year dealt with the international nature of science: careers in science and diplomacy (June), scientific exchange with Australia (July), and international scientists (October). A feature on the scientific workforce (May) focused partly on the international movement of scientists and scientific work. And a ground-breaking editorial, co-authored by Science editor Don Kennedy and Next Wave's senior editors, took issue with the assumptions that have led U.S. and European policy-makers to believe that we need to produce more scientists.
With a tumultuous 2004 now behind us, we look forward to 2005 with anticipation, not only for what the year may bring, but also for Next Wave's continued service to the scientifc community.
Long days, nights and weekends slaving away at recalcitrant experiments, the fear of being scooped by a rival group or a difficult interpersonal situation can give even the most cheerful amongst us a case of blues.
In conjunction with Toronto's York University, Science's Next Wave presented a special Webcast and panel discussion: Interviewing Skills for Scientists. The page includes a link to a streaming video of the Webcast. A high-speed or broadband Internet connection is recommended.
Professor Verstegen of Wageningen University and his wife work as a team to welcome foreign PhD-students and support them and their families during their time in Wageningen. Their caring approach makes the students feel at home.
Researchers in German universities and publically funded research institutes are allowed to work for an accumulative of 12 years (including the doctoral period) on temporary contracts. Next Wave investigates this major workforce issue.
A more incisive and tongue-in-cheek article from our Kat than ever before. She takes the hat of an agony aunt and answers the queries of female scientists in distress. Hilarious piece, with sadly a lot of truth in it...
Universities strive to build international reputations, maximize their impact on the global stage, and bring world-class opportunities to their campuses. Campus offices of international research and development play a key role as liaison between university's scientists and potential foreign partners.
Frederick Moore and Michael Penn, founders of the non-profit organization, Brothers Building Diversity in Science (BBDS), hope to inspire underrepresented minority students to pursue careers in the biomedical sciences.
Being general manager and design engineer of Sportsline International, Diederik Hol develops and sells innovative ice speed- and inline skating products. Read about how a seemingly hilarious project turned out to be the starting point of a smooth career in sport science.
Several networks for young European scientists have been set up recently. These networks are concerned with issues such as the social status of young scientists, representation of the next generation of researchers, or establishing contacts for the future; others are for young scientists in certain research areas.
The Researcher Mobility Portal is one of 17 Web sites and National Mobility Centres set up by the European Union to assist researchers who would like to move to a member state. Next Wave's Anne Forde, who worked as a postdoc for many years herself in Germany gives us a user guide to the service.
Canada has been battling the infamous 'brain-drain' but the tide is turning. In 2000, the Government of Canada provided $900 million to establish the Canada Research Chairs (CRC), in Canadiian universities. The CRC Executive Director gives a report and a young physicist shares his thoughts on the program.
After having withdrawn from the Human Genome Project a year before its completion, Italy thought the opening of an institute with the ambition to train the next generations of scientists in molecular medicine would help the country re-enter the post-genomic game.
MiSciNet Advisor, Sonya Summerour Clemmons, helps a Ph.D. student interested in turning his thesis into a successful biotech company. The student's advisor has given him permission to take his research with him after graduation, but he needs help navigating the business landscape.
While working on her Ph.D., communications engineer Ixone Arroabarren listened to classical singing's vibrato carefully, to relate what we perceive acoustically to what is generated physiologically. Her research may be applied to both the teaching of singing and the medical treatment of voice pathologies.
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