Wednesday, August 24, 2016
How to find Big Science Questions
The second in a series of "How To" articles :-))
Here at ORNL we are pondering which Big Science Questions the National Lab should attack over the next years. Good question. National labs were invented for a big science question - the atomic bomb, are tailor made for problems involving big teams of scientists, and later started the Human Genome project.
What Next Then? "The Sustainable City"? "Personalized Medicine"? "Cancer Moonshot"? "Complexity Science"?
Here's how to find out what to do next:
(a) Send around an e-mail to all national lab employees, postdocs and students asking for a "Big Science Question" written in one sentence only.
(b) Get a committee to sift through them and select some to be expanded an sculpted.
(c) Pick one every year to get serious about.
That'll create a buzz around the place.