a journal of a researcher

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Scientific excellence and impact

I was asked to have impact from my research. The managers evaluate our research work with impact. I do not know how to define the impact. For them, it is collaboration with companies, technique transfer to companies, create employment and patents. But what I want is scientific excellence, which is evaluated by significant publications, recognition in the research community and international collaborations. For me, the two has this relation: Scientific excellence possibly entitles social impact. But the other direction does not stand. Then what I want is to pursue scientific excellence. If I understand my research better and my knowledge is deeper, I can do the projects in a deeper way. It is to sharpen my knife before cut the bamboo.


  • I think it is extremely hard to combine the two. Very few people can pursue research excellence as you define it, and also have a huge social impact.

    There are only so many hours in a day.

    By Blogger Daniel Lemire, at 5:23 AM  

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