Lecture series: Science of Science in the Spotlight

The new lecture series ‘Science of Science in the Spotlight’ aims to provide a forum for multidisciplinary exchange and dialogue across the fields of higher education research, bibliometrics, sociology of science, and history/philosophy of science in Luxembourg. The second lecture of six lectures takes place on 31 March 2021 from 17:00 to 18:30 CET on the topic ‘Initial Progress on the Science of Science’.

Second lecture: 31 March 2021

The second lecture of six lectures takes place on 31 March 2021 from 17:00 to 18:30 CET on the topic ‘Initial Progress on the Science of Science’.

Speaker will be Dr. Dashun Wang, Associate Professor of Management and Organizations at the Kellogg School of Management, and the McCormick School of Engineering, Northwestern University, USA.


The increasing availability of large-scale datasets that trace the entirety of the scientific enterprise, have created an unprecedented opportunity to
explore scientific production and reward. Parallel developments in data science, network science, and artificial intelligence offer us powerful tools
and techniques to make sense of these millions of data points. Together, they tell a complex yet insightful story about how scientific careers unfold, how collaborations contribute to discovery, and how scientific progress emerges through a combination of multiple interconnected factors. These opportunities— and challenges that come with them—have fueled the emergence of a multidisciplinary community of scientists that are united by their goals of understanding science. These practitioners of the science of science use the scientific methods to study themselves, examine projects that work as well as those that fail, quantify the patterns that characterize discovery and invention, and offer lessons to improve science as a whole. In this talk, I’ll highlight some examples of research in this area, hoping to illustrate the promise of science of science as well as its limitations.

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This lecture will take place online [click here for lecture link] from 17:00 – 18:30 CET.
Meeting number: 175 034 7516
Password: SciSci

About the lecture series

Through international visits and collaboration with leading experts in the relevant research fields and disciplines, the Lecture Series offers an ideal platform to bolster Luxembourg’s growing research expertise and current initiatives in the “Science of Science”, including diverse science and policy communities and the wider public.

A multidisciplinary series of events, these lectures provide diverse insights and solidify Luxembourg’s networks in this global field of research, to build new relationships, and to encourage a multidisciplinary, interfaculty, and interorganizational exchange with leading researchers from abroad.

Leading researchers visiting Luxembourg will share their knowledge at the intersection of higher education research, bibliometrics, sociology of science, and history/philosophy of science—embedded in social and computational sciences more generally.

Discussions relate to such topics as historical and philosophical views on international higher education developments in different countries, inequalities in science, scientific knowledge production and collaborative networks, data-sharing, research policy and its impact on evidence-based decision-making processes.

The series is at the intersection of different strands of research that has grown in Luxembourg over the past decade. The lectures showcase emerging collaboration patterns within Luxembourg, across Europe, and globally. It provides opportunities to discuss cutting-edge research results in this highly innovative multidisciplinary field of research. The lectures stimulate debates on theoretical and methodological approaches and on data acquisition and analysis.

This lecture series is supported through the FNR’s RESCOM programme, through which the FNR supports communication between researchers to promote scientific outcomes. The lecture series is organised by social scientist Jennifer Dusdal (University of Luxembourg).

Each lecture will be available to re-watch online on the University of Luxembourg website.

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