Bloggers are continuing to file their reports from scifoo. Bora has an excellent round-up with social network links and his thoughts on the sessions, particularly the session that’s been tagged the “culture of fear”.
The post that’s been weighing heavily on my mind is Scifoo ponderings: how to break the mold in science, over at Corie Lok’s Nature Network blog. She describes it as “one of the most revealing and, frankly, depressing sessions”:
The ‘system’ traps young scientists (biologists mostly) concerned about their careers into following the old, restrictive rules and discourages them from trying new ways of scientific communication and publication. Those who don’t like the rules and/or can’t succeed under them are driven out of academic science…
“I’m not really sure what can be done to solve this, short of massive cultural change across the entire scientific community”, writes Corie. Yes, that would be the way to go. Let’s start today.