(Conference announcement via Gerry McKiernan)
Science in the 21st Century: Science, Society, and Information Technology
Waterloo, Ontario, Sep 8-12, 2008.
Times are changing. In the earlier days, we used to go to the library, today we search and archive our papers online. We have collaborations per email, hold telephone seminars, organize virtual networks, write blogs, and make our seminars available on the internet. Without any doubt, these technological developments influence the way science is done, and they also redefine our relation to the society we live in. Information exchange and management, the scientific community, and the society as a whole can be thought of as a triangle of relationships, the mutual interactions in which are becoming increasingly important.
Topics covered by the conference include the following:
- Web/Web 2.0.
Communication, Social and Information Networks, Wikis, Blogs, Information Overflow, and the Illusion of Knowledge
Collaboration and Competition in the scientific community, The Global Village, the Limits of Growth, Science and Democracy
- Open Access
Scientific Publishing, Science Journalism, Framing, and the ‘Marketplace of Ideas’
Ethics, Morals, Trends, and their impact on scientific directions, organization of our communities, fragmentation, feedback, selection, and the ivory tower.
- Miscellaneous and Other
Teaching, Information storage, Resilience and the next Generation