Physics deals with the study of
interactions between fundamental particles and their collective
effects in complex macroscopic systems. In view of the date of this
seminar, I will limit myself to a discussion of interactions in which
the fundamental particles are scientists, non-scientists and
administrators. Based on personal experience gained in 55 years of
professional life as a scientist and administrator (in four different
countries and half a dozen different institutions), the topics below are among those I will address.
- Public relations: the do's and don't's
- Explaining the need for basic science without any applications to politicians
- Long-term planning in research: does it make any sense?
- International scientific cooperation: is it science or scientific tourism?
- The inevitable arrogance of physicists in interdisciplinary research
- 'Publish or perish' vs. 'self-promote or perish' vs. 're-invent past work'
- Putting pork on the table: can it cause indigestion?
- The parallel universes of research and administration
- The perpendicular universes of science and religion