Science is not a race that can be measured by the time required for a run.It’s also not a product you can touch and count. Therefore, the question of how scientific achievements should be measured is difficult. Nevertheless you will be evaluated by your scientific achievements. Your professional advancement depends on your scientific classification. So, there are some possibilities by which scientific capacity is measured.
Some measures of scientific achievement:
1. Peer-reviewed publications: Publishing research in reputable, peer-reviewed journals is an important measure of scientific achievement. The number of publications, the impact factor of the journal in which they are published, and the number of citations they receive are often used as metrics of scientific achievement.
2. Grants: Securing funding from government agencies, foundations, or other sources is an important measure of scientific achievement. The amount and type of funding, as well as the prestige of the funding agency, are often used as metrics of scientific achievement.
3. Patents: Obtaining patents for inventions or discoveries is an important measure of scientific achievement in industry and some fields.
4. Awards and recognitions: Scientists who are awarded prizes such as the Nobel Prize, Houska Award, or Marie Curie Fellowship are considered to have made significant contributions to their field.
5. Conference presentations: Presenting research at conferences is an important measure of scientific achievement, as it allows scientists to share their findings with other researchers in their field (posters / lectures).
6. Progress in the field: Advancing the knowledge and understanding of a scientific field, and making contributions that are considered significant by the scientific community.
7. Teaching and mentorship: Teaching and mentoring the next generation of scientists is an important measure of scientific achievement.
8. Impact on society: The impact of a scientist’s research on society and on people’s lives is an important measure of scientific achievement. Scientists who make significant contributions to improving public health, solving environmental problems, or advancing technology are considered to have made important contributions to society.
9. Popularization of science: Making scientific knowledge accessible to the general public and communicating science to a wider audience, is an important measure of scientific achievement. Scientists who can effectively communicate and popularize their research can help to increase public understanding of science and to inspire the next generation of scientists.
10. Collaborations: Collaborating with other scientists and institutions is an important measure of scientific achievement. Collaborations can help to advance scientific knowledge and to solve complex problems that would be difficult to tackle alone.
11. Innovation: Developing new techniques, technologies, or methods that enable new discoveries or breakthroughs is an important measure of scientific achievement. Scientists who are able to make significant innovations in their field are considered to have made important contributions to scientific progress.
12. Professional Service: Serving in leadership roles in professional societies, serving on editorial boards, or serving as a reviewer for scientific journals is an important measure of scientific achievement. These activities demonstrate a commitment to the field and can help to advance the scientific community.
It’s worth noting that this is not an exhaustive list, and the measures of scientific achievement may vary depending on the field and context. Additionally, some of these measures may be more important in some fields than others, and the weight of each measure may vary depending on the context.
Each item is worth to be listed in your CV when it underlines your competence for the job you are applying for.
Congratulation, if you are educated in any kind of bio sciences. Your working area will be either in health, environment, energy, food production, nutrition or closely related to one of it. All of these are indispensable areas for human life. The future is in your hands.
written and edited by life-science Karriere Services