Fundamental research is not an indulgence: Boughner

June 12, 2019

"We can’t apply knowledge that we don’t have. And to have knowledge, we must create, reveal or discover it," writes University of Saskatchewan Professor Julia Boughner in an article advocating for the importance of fundamental research. The author highlights a number of ways in which fundamental, exploratory research has led to massive brekathroughs in applied technology. That said, Boughner argues that scientists need to do a better job of sharing the value of their work with non-scientists. Finally, the author argues that "relying exclusively on industry partnerships and profit-driven research is naïve, at best, to potential conflicts of interest, such as suppressing research results that might hurt a company’s bottom line." University Affairs (National)