Featured Interviews

“Research can’t be simply turned on and off like a tap; it requires investment in the long term”

Interview

“Research can’t be simply turned on and off like a tap; it requires investment in the long term”

April 2022

Science

Andrew W. Wyckoff, the OECD’s current director of Science, Technology and Innovation, reviews the major challenges posed by the digital transformation in the economic, social and educational sphere. 

“Diversity makes science better”

Interview

“Diversity makes science better”

October 2019

Science Social Inclusion
Elizabeth Rasekoala, President of African Gong

Elizabeth Rasekoala, President of African Gong, defends the importance of science as a tool for social transformation and talks to us about the need for acquiring basic scientific literacy in order to be able to think critically.

“More must be done to ensure that the investment that we are making in research is really delivering what we need”

Interview

“More must be done to ensure that the investment that we are making in research is really delivering what we need”

February 2019

Science
James Wilsdon, professor of research policy at the University of Sheffield

How should the social impact of research be measured? James Wilsdon, professor at the University of Sheffield, talks to  us about the need for “responsible metrics”. 

«If we are capable of living healthily, living more years does not mean more dependency»

Interview

«If we are capable of living healthily, living more years does not mean more dependency»

March 2018

Science
María Blasco, Director of the National Centre for Oncological Research (CNIO)

María Blasco, director of Spain's National Centre for Oncological Research,  shares with the  Social Observatory of "la Caixa" her view on how to extend healthy life years and the possible consequences in society.

“You must not measure everybody using the same set of criteria”

Interview

“You must not measure everybody using the same set of criteria”

March 2018

Science

Paul Wouters, director of the Centre for Science and Technology Studies at the University of Leiden, talks with the Social Observatory of “la Caixa” about new tendencies in research evaluation.

The present and the future lie in science and innovation

Interview

The present and the future lie in science and innovation

September 2017

Science
Spain’s Secretary of State for Research, Development and Innovation

Spain’s Secretary of State for Research, Development and Innovation, Carmen Vela, describes in this interview the strengths of the current system and highlights those fronts being worked on with regard to the medium and long term.

“Science issues are increasingly pressing civic issues”

Interview

“Science issues are increasingly pressing civic issues”

June 2017

Science
Lee Rainie and Cary Funk, Pew Research Center.

We interview Lee Rainie and Cary Funk, the heads of Internet, Science and Technology research at the Pew Research Center, the USA’s most prestigious fact tank.

«Science was never intended to be in the market, but today it’s a commodity»

Interview

«Science was never intended to be in the market, but today it’s a commodity»

June 2017

Science
Andrea Saltelli, researcher at the University of Bergen and at ICTA (Autonomous University of Barcelona - UAB)

"What purpose does science serve in current times? Is it for the common good or for the benefit of just a few? Science needs to learn humility and be prepared to admit it when a solution cannot be given.” Andrea Saltelli, researcher at the University of Bergen and at ICTA Barcelona, talks about the current crisis affecting science and its possible solutions.

Chemical pollution does not just have an impact on human health; it also has an impact on our econom

Interview

Chemical pollution does not just have an impact on human health; it also has an impact on our econom

April 2017

Science
Leonardo Trasande, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Environmental Medicine and Population Health School of Medicine,
New York University

What diseases are caused by the pollutants that we release into the environment? Why do they affect children most? What repercussion do these illnesses have on health and the economy? We interview Leonardo Trasande, professor at New York University and an expert on the subject.

“Fighting climate change will benefit our health enormously”

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“Fighting climate change will benefit our health enormously”

October 2016

Science
María Neira, Director of the Department of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health,
World Health Organization (WHO)

Atmospheric contamination causes 7 million deaths every year. María Neira, director of the WHO department of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health, explains how policies focusing on improving people’s health also benefit the planet.

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