Department of History of Science and Ideas

Lynn Kamerlin: “Hypercompetition and Its Impact on Young Researchers”

  • Date: 10/13/2016 at 1:15 PM 3:00 PM
  • Location: Engelska parken - Rausing Room
  • Organiser: Department of History of Science and Ideas
  • Contact person: Sven Widmalm
  • Seminarium

The Higher Seminar

Lynn Kamerlin, Uppsala University (BMC): “Hypercompetition and Its Impact on Young Researchers”

Authorship and Science are both in transition. Contemporary research funding and evaluation models have created a toxic, hypercompetitive environment that creates insecure career trajectories, substantial barriers to creativity, and causes countless brilliant young scientists to pursue alternatives to academia. Additionally, where research was once a solitary or small-team enterprise, particularly in Natural sciences, it is becoming increasingly common to see papers with tens, hundreds or even thousands of authors. In such a climate, how do you define “excellence”, and what does “authorship” mean? Clearly, such a situation is unsustainable, and new forms of funding and performing research, as well as data sharing and ensuring integrity, are rapidly evolving. This lecture will provide a personal perspective of the impact of current models of research and research assessment on young scientist’s careers, and open a call for discussion on how to improve on the current unsustainable models that are being used.