Achieving (Partial) Generalizability  
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by Elias Koch
3M ago
To what extent are research findings and theories transferable and generalizable beyond the contexts they were designed from and for? This is a main question that we, researchers, constantly think about and find it hard to answer. Schwandt (1997, p. 57) describes generalization as a “general statement or proposition made by drawing an inference from observation of the particular”. Mennatullah Hendawy In this article, I will share my experience of how I sought to achieve generalization in my dissertation in the field of engineering at the Technical University of Berlin. My thesis was on the to ..read more
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Digital transformation ahead of schedule. How Ukrainian universities survive and transform in times of war.
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by Sascha Schönig
3M ago
Several universities in the country have been either completely destroyed or damaged. Most recently, the central building of the Taras Shevchenko National University standing in the center of the Ukrainian capital Kyiv suffered from an explosion nearby. At the same time, the interview itself illustrated the dramatic circumstances of this process: the online-talk was disrupted by air raid siren alerts. Possible ways to support the Ukrainian academic system will be discussed with Kateryna Suprun at an Open Space event of the Stifterverband on October 28 2022. Kateryna Suprun (Ministry of Educat ..read more
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The Case for PubPub
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by Sascha Schönig
6M ago
In 2019 researchers at Simon Fraser University set out to catalogue the world’s scholarly publishing platforms. They restricted themselves to open source projects, and yet still identified over 50 projects to produce and host scholarly journals and books. The platforms range from established (like Open Journal Systems) to fledgling (like Rebus Ink), and everything in between. Despite the team’s valiant efforts, it’s hard to make any comparative sense of the software landscape, given the sheer congestion. For would-be publishers, there is paralysis in abundance. And new platforms keep emerging ..read more
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Scientific policy advice: An attempt to structurize types of organizations on the international level
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by Sascha Schönig
7M ago
For most liberal democracies, scientific expertise is an important ingredient of political decision-making. Scientific forecasts and assessments of, for example, poverty or social mobility, the impact of exhaust fumes on public health or the risks of viral outbreaks, help governments to weigh arguments and decide on policy measures. But how exactly does scientific knowledge make its way into politics? Scientific policy advice can take many shapes, ranging from official statements by scientific academies to informal conversations between researchers and policy officers. In this article, we are ..read more
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Sharing knowledge: Impact of Covid-19 on digital teaching
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by Sascha Schönig
8M ago
Bronwen DeaconMelissa LauferNataliia SokolovskaIntroduction The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic led to a global and accelerated digitalisation of all education systems. This quickly revealed many inequalities in access to digital resources and lack of digital skills. What concrete impact has this had on learners and teachers worldwide? How can we address these inequalities in education? To answer these questions, in this blog post we work with findings from four research projects on digital teaching and learning. First, we explain the inequalities addressed with study findings from our OrA ..read more
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The Utopia of a Sustainable Planet
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by Sascha Schönig
9M ago
Human history is ridden with dreams of utopias. Ideas and visions outlining societies or communities that are free from faults and flaws, running perfectly according to plan. There is no shortage of examples. Many are political, some religious and others stacked somewhere in between.  Plato (428-348 BCE) presented a utopia that appeared to be an improved version of the society it was compared to. Here the ideal city (Kallipolis), ruled by supremely enlightened philosophers, would provide the necessary services and constraints so that just and good human beings could develop and thrive. I ..read more
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Opportunities and Limitations of Evidence-Based Policy Advice for Evidence-Based Policy-Making
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by Elias Koch
9M ago
Evidence-based policy advice and evidence-based policy-making constitute two related concepts that are widely Evidence-based policy advice and evidence-based policy-making constitute two related concepts that are widely supported. Both political and scientific actors argue that political decisions should be based on scientific evidence in order to manage societal problems; two examples may be mentioned: the European Commission and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. By evidence-based policy advice, as it is commonly understood, individual experts, organisations or committees p ..read more
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A call for an alliance between female academic leaders and early career researchers to improve the academic STEM system
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by Sascha Schönig
9M ago
The COVID 19 pandemic exposed the precarious positioning of two groups within the academic STEM system. In the first group are women in positions of academic leadership including professors, especially those with children or other care-giving responsibilities (NASEM, 2021). The second group consists of early career researchers (ECRs), independent of gender (Biswakarma et al., 2021). The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has identified ECRs at the postdoctoral level as belonging to the “research precariat” (OECD, 2021) and Nature has reported on mental health consequ ..read more
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Who is an expert? Inclusion and exclusion of expertise in global pandemic prevention
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by Sascha Schönig
10M ago
Since the 1990s, health experts have anticipated that we would be hit by an influenza pandemic in the not-too-distant future (cf. Caduff 2015; Lakoff 2008; Weir, Mykhalovskiy 2010). While we may have thought of pandemic primarily in terms of Covid-19 over the past two years, influenza pandemics have long represented the paradigmatic case of pandemic preparedness planning. I will use this paradigmatic case to trace how the understanding of pandemics in the global field of pandemic prevention has changed over the past 30 years and how this has affected the question of what expertise is relevant ..read more
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Out of the Box: Extended Peer Review as Quality Assurance in Scientific Policy Advice
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by Sascha Schönig
10M ago
In academia, there is a clear understanding of how the quality of research work is assessed. This is done by academic peers in a peer review process. It is only then, through the discourse of expert opinion, that it is possible to determine whether the quality of a paper is good or poor. The peers themselves also determine when science is excellent without using formal criteria or even indicators. Science thus has a monopoly on quality; it alone can determine what is considered of high or low quality. This procedure, which has been tried and tested for centuries and internationally, is elegan ..read more
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