Grasping for low-hanging fruits in clear disciplinary boundaries facilitates scientific careers, because well established scientists and scientific bodies encourage mainstream research. How can we increase the prospects to achieve real new insights? How can we foster young scientists who pursue risky research ideas?
What can we do to preserve our own «creative islands»? What do we need in terms of spaces and framing conditions such as supportive environments? The input by Marc Creus, professor at the University of Basel, pointed out that scientists may not necessarily be used to deal with something like creativity, because it is not systematic, not measurable and not reproducible. Useful actions to take refer to the concept of «spaces»; changes in scientific culture; research grants and publishing; as well as thinking out of the box:
Spaces supporting diversity and openness
Changes in scientific culture
Research grants and publishing
Thinking out of the box
Workshop held at the congress «We Scientists Shape Science», January 2017, Bern. Conclusions are based on the debate in the workshop and on online comments by the participants.