Recent advances in AI, robotics, data analysis, modelling and simulation have allowed scientists to augment their research, advancing discovery more quickly, reducing the time it takes to do some tasks in the labs from weeks or months to just hours and identifying patterns and possibilities that humans alone would not see.
Our Digital futures report is a follow-up to Science Horizons, which engaged over 700 academic researchers globally to seek views on key trends and emerging research areas in the chemical sciences and its interfaces. Data and digital technology emerged as one of the main themes.
We set out to gain a more in-depth understanding of the long-term promise of and concerns about the use of data and digital technologies for scientific discovery by inviting 14 experts from different scientific fields and sectors to our first Strategic Advisory Forum, held in September 2019.
This report is the output of that forum and details how the new wave of technologies can turbocharge research speeds to respond to future global challenges.
Chemists, biologists, data scientists, public health and environment experts, clinicians, regulators, industry, governments, funders, and philanthropists will all be part of the solution.