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AGN Seminar - Why is so much research irrelevant?

Date: 30 March 2006 Time: 2.00-3.00 pm

Venue: MR1 (A08), IAS and A41 Faraday

Speaker: Dr. Alister Scott, University of Sussex

Come and see the Access Grid Node (AGN) in operation.

The following seminar is being delivered by the AGN system to a number of universities around the country. The AGN acts as a video conferencing system allow you to watch the seminar and interact if you wish to.

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Why is so much research irrelevant?

An on-going question for science policy is to what extent we should expect researchers to address social problems, as compared with those that they or their discipline have identified as significant. Is 'purity' a measure of excellence in research, or one of social irrelevance? Why is 'basic' research widely seen to be of a higher, more noble order than 'applied' research?

This talk will give a whistle-stop tour of Dr. Scott's doctoral research which highlighted many of the institutional reasons why researchers and research organisations often promise relevance but find it hard to deliver.

http://www.accessgrid.org/ for details of what an Access Grid Node is and can do.

Event website: http://www.ncess.ac.uk/events/AGN/

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