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SXSW Interactive 2014

The Indie Science Revolution

An increasing number of brave researchers are venturing out from the ivory towers of academia to pursue their own independent research. This new culture of indie science attracts investigators with the freedom to develop their ideas without the confines of politics and bureaucracy often found in academic departments. Escaping the urge to "publish or perish" also affords individuals the flexibility to tackle the toughest questions in science. Further, with the declining proportion of tenure-track positions available for professionally trained scientists, many highly qualified investigators are forced to leave their beloved wet lab bench-tops. Finally, our newly founded culture of independent science combines quality research with startup culture, affording more flexibility for upcoming scientists. We will explore the ins and outs for navigating the path to becoming a successful independent scientist.

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  1. How does one get started as an Indie Scientist?
  2. How do you fund your work as an Indie scientist?
  3. Where do Indie Scientists work?
  4. What challenges do Indie Scientists face for continuing to pursue their top interests?
  5. How do you foresee this culture expanding over the next decade?



Jacob Shiach, Founder, Brightwork CoResearch

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  • Tags: science
  • Event: Interactive
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: DIY, Hacker and Maker
  • Level: Intermediate
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