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Science & Academia

Blas MOLA-YUDEGO

How science works?

What is science? Science is defined as “the pursuit and application of knowledge and understanding of the natural and social world following a systematic methodology based on evidence” (Sciencecouncil.org, UK) or as “the intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behaviour of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment” (Oxford dictionary). These simple definitions have been however, being re-interpreted along centuries, from the Classic Greek Philosophers to modern interpretations of Phylosohy of Science. Among those, Karl Popper stands out as one of the persons that deeper and more extensively thought about how actually science works.

Materials

Academia and Science [lecture]

The Meaning of Science, Tim Lewens (2015)  [preview]

Lebrun, J. L. (2011). Scientific writing 2.0: a reader and writer's guide. Chapter 10 on titles [preview]

Poster presentation [lecture]

Tasks

Read the general guidelines for thesis work (valid when the home university is UEF) [PDF]

Read the UEF ethical guidelines [PDF]

 

 

Reflections

What is Academia?

What are the channels that fuel scientific discovery?

What are the foundations of sience today? And in the past?

Do you know how to attract people to read your poster? What do you do during a poster exposition?


[These questions may help the students to focus and reflect on the topic contents. They do not require to be submitted as an assignment and are not to be evaluated.]

Objectives

This course topic is structured in two parts. The main objectives are:

  • To familiarize participants with the basics of science flow (research, journals, conferences)

  • To discuss the importance of academic skills and science communication

  • To be able to give constructive criticism to peers (peer review process)
  • To identify the main elements of a scientific article and of a MSc thesis
  • To understand what are the main characteristics of a sound title and be able to write own title 

Assignments

Assignment 2. Title. [instructions]

Schedule

Watch the audio slides and check the tasks before the lecture day

Lecture day: 8th-9th Sept

During the lecture we will discuss about the topics in the presentations, the assignment and possible doubts.

 

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