Science impact – To what end are you working?
The fundamental purpose of science is to engender change. Even the most basic research seeks to lay the foundations of knowledge that can one day be translated to the advantage of society. Yet, though fundamental, how science quantifies and understands its impact is complex. Simple return-on-investment calculations are insufficient to capture the multitude of value that research and technology have when they are released on the world. How do you quantify the good (and the bad) that science does, and why is this so important?