Working hypotheses

1. Thesis: Science is a cornerstone of our society. It must be promoted for the sake of progress and in the interest of the population/society.


The sciences consist of an interplay between the acquisition of knowledge and the critical examination of results. They are the basis for progress in society as a whole and are needed to overcome crises. The current problems therefore require social change and technological solutions. For this, existing grievances must be comprehensible to citizens in order to be able to initiate effective changes. By making data available, they have the opportunity to inform themselves and to understand larger contexts. All citizens of our society benefit from the knowledge gained through the work of scientists. In science, relevant recommendations and strategies are derived from data to solve problems. In the scientific system, therefore, principles apply to the generation of valid and reliable knowledge. The quality of scientific practice is to be ensured by applicable subject-specific standards. However, employees in the science system find themselves in a field of tension due to conflicting demands. On the one hand, there are poor working conditions and the pressure to perform and publish, while on the other hand, there is the obligation to produce good scientific work. These high demands make it difficult to strictly adhere to good scientific practice and thus harm science as a whole.

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