Research 2030 podcast: Bye, bye, blue sky? Part 2: A conversation with NYU President Andrew Hamilton

Can basic and applied research co-exist? Elsevier’s Dr. Lesley Thompson talks with NYU President Andrew Hamilton on the Research 2030 Podcast, Episode 5

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The world is facing unprecedented challenges. Some argue that blue sky, also known as basic research, is critical – that the serendipitous results it fuels provide the perfect shoulders for giants to stand upon. But, with so much at stake globally right now, is blue sky in danger of looking a little indulgent?

Dr. Lesley Thompson, Elsevier's VP of Academic and Strategic Alliances, continues to explore these questions on our Research 2030 podcast series. In this episode she is joined by Dr. Andrew Hamilton, President of New York University (NYU), who shares his perspective on why blue sky and applied (mission-driven) research can and should happily co-exist for the benefit of solving world challenges.


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Editor's note: This episode was recorded in February, before the WHO declared COVID-19 a pandemic. Now, the relationship between basic and applied research seems even more relevant to solving world challenges. You can find the latest coronavirus research free of charge in Elsevier’s Novel Coronavirus Information Center.

Guest: Dr. Andrew Hamilton

Guest: Dr. Andrew Hamilton

President, New York University (NYU)

Dr. Andrew Hamilton was named the 16th president of New York University (NYU) in March 2015. He most recently served as Vice Chancellor of Oxford University, the university’s senior officer, after an academic career that took him from Princeton to the University of Pittsburgh, and then to Yale, where he was Provost.

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Host: Dr. Lesley Thompson

Host: Dr. Lesley Thompson

Vice President of Academic and Strategic Alliances, Elsevier

Dr. Lesley Thompson joined Elsevier in 2016 as Director Academic & Government Strategic Alliance in the UK. Previously, she worked for 26 years at the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the largest of the UK’s seven research councils.

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Resources: Future-proofing research

In the Research Futures report, Elsevier and Ipsos MORI, one of the world’s largest research agencies, joined forces to understand how trends – from advances in technology and funding pressures to political uncertainty and population shifts – might be fueling the changes we’ll see in the coming decade.

The resulting large-scale future-scoping and scenario-planning study raised many questions and sparked interesting conversations, some of which we are capturing in this podcast.

Download the report and supporting material

Research Futures report coverThe report Research Futures: drivers and scenarios for the next decade is freely available.

Elements of the underlying study data are also freely available:

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Written by

Giacomo Mancini, PhD

Written by

Giacomo Mancini, PhD

Dr. Giacomo Mancini is a Business Development Manager at Elsevier and lead host of Elsevier’s Research 2030 Podcast Series. He received his PhD in Developmental and Evolutionary Biology from New York University and has a vast amount of research experience, having held positions as a Scientist and Research Associate at Johnson & Johnson and Mount Sinai Innovative Partners. While he’s passionate about analytics and bibliometrics, you may also find him reading the sports section of fivethirtyeight.com or tracking MLB player statistics on baseballreference.com. Go Mets!

Written by

Susannah Beatty-Tucker

Written by

Susannah Beatty-Tucker

Susannah Beatty-Tucker is Manager of Content Marketing Strategy & Development at Elsevier and producer of Elsevier's Research 2030 podcast series. She is based in San Diego, California.

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