New Frontiers: Leadership & Influence in Science

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New Frontiers: Leadership & Influence in Science

Topic Overview

Core Resources

Formal progress review

In your project groups, you will be required to give an update of your problem and proposed solution.

Please refer to the course guide for more information.

Panel Overview

Speakers at this panel will be:
  • Professor Ian Chubb - Chief Scientist of Australia

Science as a discipline is under attack. Many scientists have been thrust into the media spotlight in a way very few have been trained to deal with. How do scientists exercise leadership when they are pushed out of their comfort zone – research – and into national and international policy debates? What kind of leadership skills do scientists need to ensure success?  Our distinguished speakers today will explore the role of science in contemporary society. 

Before the panel make sure you look at this very short video and have a think about what leadership needs to be shown to defend science and scientists. Both have been under attack in recent years.  What are the implications of this and what should scientists and others be doing about it.

Have a think about whether there are other broader factors at play on why science is so under attack?  As part of this it is worth taking a longer term perspective and think about whether the intellectual freedoms of the Enlightment (eg the scope for individuals to think about the world around them beyond dogma) are being challenged.  In this context it is worth considering Immanuel Kant’s famous 1784 description of the Enlightenment simply as freedom to use one’s own intelligence.

Tutorial description

This week’s tutorial will be on Leadership in Development and is student-run.

At the end of this session, there will be a formal project review. In your groups you will be required to give an update of your problem and proposed solution. Please refer to the course guide for more information.

Further Resources