We’ve got a new piece up today from Vicky Ware about how you don’t have to be physically present in a lab (or telescope, or in the field) to do great science. Vicky is doing it on her own terms with a laptop. As science becomes increasingly computational, I predict we’ll see a lot more scientists going full circle back to being ‘armchair naturalists’, much in the way of times past. The social aspects of science are quite important for dissemination and inspiration, but one could argue that through social media, you don’t need to be down at the conference bar or in the institutional tea room to reap those benefits either.
It’s a strange new world.