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Actively Shaping the Berlin Research Environment

The Berlin Science Survey Asks Scientists about Their Research Situation

News from Nov 23, 2021

How satisfied are scientists with the way they conduct research? Do researchers want more or less collaboration? The Berlin Science Survey explores these and other questions. The Berlin Science Survey is an online survey of scientists at the institutions of the Berlin University Alliance. The survey addresses researchers' assessments of topics such as research integrity, collaborative work, knowledge transfer, and open science, as well as the framework conditions in the Berlin research environment.

It is planned to repeat the survey on an annual basis to ascertain the experiences and opinions of scientists in the Berlin research environment and to make visible changes and trends over time in the research practices, discourses, and attitudes of researchers. The goal is to allow researchers to actively participate in shaping the Berlin research environment. Their perspectives, experiences, and assessments as well as the partly vastly different subject-cultural conditions are to find their way into a critical reflection of intended and unintended effects of science policy control.

The Berlin Science Survey is the core of the "Berlin research landscape" research project, which is located at the Robert K. Merton Center and headed by Dr. Jens Ambrasat and Prof. Dr. Martin Reinhart. The project is funded by the objective Advancing Research Quality and Value of the Berlin University Alliance.

The results of the study serve, on the one hand, to observe changes in the Berlin research environment and, on the other hand, to critically reflect on initiated science policy and organizational measures, for example, on the part of the Berlin University Alliance, and to introduce them into the science policy discourse. To empirically inform future (governance) decisions, the project provides indicators that, together with other data sources, will feed into a more comprehensive monitoring of changes in the Berlin research environment.

Participation in the survey takes about 20 minutes. All academic staff (doctoral candidates, postdocs, and professors) of the partner institutions of the Berlin University Alliance are eligible to participate. The survey will start from November 23, 2021, initially at Technische Universität Berlin and

Freie Universität Berlin. The invitation to the online survey will be dispatched by e-mail. Further information on the study and participation in the survey can be found at www.berlinsciencesurvey.de

For questions, the project team is available at: rmz-berlinsciencesurvey@hu-berlin.de 

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