The Rise of the Rest? High-Impact Science in a Multipolar World

Friday, February 17, 2017: 3:00 PM-4:30 PM
Room 310 (Hynes Convention Center)
Since World War II, the United States has been the leading producer of high-impact science. Over the past decade, however, the U.S. share in the global production of high-impact papers has declined compared to Europe and China. Some people welcome the increasing competition for scientific leadership and argue that the world stands to gain from it. Others insist that a cooperative model offers many benefits, especially for addressing global challenges. Within this context, this discussion session will consider some of the central science policy questions of our time: How can countries improve the quality of their scientific output? What is the impact of these trends on their innovation potential? Should nations bolster specific subjects to maintain their competitive position and should they seek to create strategic specializations? What are the costs and benefits of competition for scientific excellence, and what can we gain from collaboration in a rebalancing world order?
Koen Jonkers, European Commission Joint Research Center
Frederique Sachwald, France Ministry of Higher Education and Research
Yuko Harayama, Japan Council for Science, Technology, and Innovation
Koen Jonkers, European Commission Joint Research Center
A Changing Landscape of Scientific Excellence: Will It Affect Competitiveness?
Caroline S. Wagner, Ohio State University
New Models for Understanding the Global Science System