By Francesco Sylos Labini
he meeting on “Funding and Research” (University Sapienza, Villa Mirafiori – 20 may 2015 — Clik here for the complete programme) was co-organized by Science & Philosophy Colloquia and Roars. There were contributions by Emiliano Ippoliti (Sapienza Departments of Philosophy, Physics and Mathematics), Donald Gillies (University College London) and Francesco Sylos Labini (Enrico Fermi Center, CNR and Roars). In what follows you may find the abstract of the contribution by Donald Gillies, the slides of the three presentations and the videos.
See also the article The Scientific Competitiveness of Nations, by F: Sylos Labini and G. Cimini, in which the Authors maintain that “technological leading nations, beyond having the largest production of scientific papers and the largest number of citations, do not specialize in a few scientific domains. Rather, they diversify as much as possible their research system. On the other side, less developed nations are competitive only in scientific domains where also many other nations are present“.
“Diversification thus represents the key element that correlates with scientific and technological competitiveness. A remarkable implication of this structure of the scientific competition is that the scientific domains playing the role of “markers” of national scientific competitiveness are those not necessarily of high technological requirements, but rather addressing the most “sophisticated” needs of the society“.