Bring scientists and non-scientists together at work

Jeremy Dalton, Innovation Consultant and VR Specialist at PwC

We should integrate scientists and non-scientists together in workspaces. In the same vein as our co-working spaces around the world for startups, corporates and public sector professionals, scientists should also work out of diverse collectives so as to gain inspiration from a wider set of people.

Being able to easily access people outside of academia could grant researchers unique perspectives and opportunities not ordinarily afforded to them. Similarly, corporations could work inside of university campuses, research institutions or independent science labs to be closer to discovery and deeper research methods, helping inform business development and approaches towards innovation.

By enabling physical collaboration between scientists and non-scientists, not only can both learn from each other’s methods and approaches, but they can also understand each other’s worlds and cultures on a different level. To bring science more into culture, we need to bring more culture, business and people into science – otherwise it will continue to exist in a seemingly far-away, inaccessible place.

Jeremy’s role in PwC’s Emerging & Digital Technologies team means he regularly works with clients to immerse them in new ways of thinking and help them understand emerging technologies and their relevance. A lot of his time is therefore spent in the startup world and he believes that both large corporates and startups have mutually beneficial lessons to learn from each other.

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