As an academic palaeontologist within a university, I have almost no industry links or prospects in my present or future. However, Dr. Alice Bell, science-policy aficionado, has invited me to join several distinguished guests in sparking a discussion about the links between industry and academia. This was following a twitter discussion (a twebate?) we both had following her post on the genesis of a partnership of sorts between one of the government-funded Research Councils, NERC, and fossil fuel giant Shell. It’s on May 20th at 7pm, the Fairly Square in London, and it would be great to see some of y’all there. I have a request beforehand though, for you to share your personal experiences or any thoughts and comments with the blog about links between industry and academia. Alice has set a number of target questions on her site.
The questions which I hope to address in my few minutes are:
- Does increasing industry involvement alleviate the responsibility of the government to fund research?
- What the implications of ‘strategy alignment’ between Research Councils and industry mean for research
- The types of research that industry (Shell, maybe others) actually fund
- The lack of obligation for industry to be open/transparent about the outputs of research (e.g., no OA obligation)
- Overall implications for the impartiality/independence of research