On 19 June, members of the Steering Group on the culture of scientific research held an evidence-gathering meeting with a group of experts, each of whom were studying various aspects of the practice of scientific research or researcher careers. The participants, from the fields of social science, sociology, law, management, education, business, and science and technology studies were asked to point to any relevant work they had done and their views on the most important issues or research in this area. The group discussed research that was being conducted on bibliometrics, academic communities, the impact agenda, team science and the influence of scientists themselves on the way the research environment is shaped.

The participants at the meeting were:
  • Amanda Goodall, Senior Lecturer in Management, Cass Business School, City University London

  • Marie Andrée Jacob, Senior Lecturer, School of Law, Keele University

  • Cornelia Lawson, Research Fellow, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Nottingham

  • Yann Lebeau, Senior Lecturer, School of Education & Lifelong Learning, Associate Dean of Postgraduate Research in the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of East Anglia

  • Thed van Leeuwen, Senior Researcher, Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS), Leiden University, The Netherlands

  • Natasha Mauthner, Personal Chair, Business School, University of Aberdeen

  • Charis Thompson, Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology, London School of Economics and Political Science

  • Jane Tinkler, Research Fellow and Manager of the LSE Public Policy Group

Further evidence gathering meetings are planned with funders and publishers of scientific research.