Slow Science: the science that is simmering

Eugènia Martí and Susana Bernal (Center of Advanced Studies of Blanes), and Jen Drummond (Birmingham University) have organized the 1st Slow Science Workshop hold at Villa Maria, a 19th century chateau at Santa Maria de Palautordera (Catalonia). During 10 days, 16 scientists from different countries have revisited old paradigms and proposed new ones about factors driving the variability of hydrological, biological, and biogeochemical processes along fluvial networks and over time. The main goal was to better understand the resilience of fluvial ecosystems and their memory to past perturbations and climate change. No hurries, no worries.

Slow Science is based on the idea that science is a slow, creative process, not meant to provide “fast solutions” to societal problems. Slow Science support scientific research based on genuine curiosity and considers as secondary goals those based exclusively on productivity indexes.

Jen Drummond (University of Birmingham);  Eugenia Marti (CEAB-CSIC); Susana Bernal (CEAB-CSIC); Aaron Packman (Northwestern University); Stefan Krause (University of Birmingham); Adam Ward  (Indiana University); Nicolai Brekenfeld  (University of Birmingham); Feng Mao (University of Birmingham); Marie Kurz (Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University); Angang Li (Northwestern University); Valerie Ouellet  (University of Birmingham); Anna Lupon (CEAB-CSIC), David Hannah (University of Birmingham), Jay Zarnetske (Michigan State University), Megan Klaar (Leeds University) & Clara Mendoza- Lera (Brandenburg University of Technology)