A bit more content on Wednesday’s Rethinking UK Research Funding meeting. The organisers have just posted the speakers’ slides, so do check them out if you have a moment and are interested in the topic.
For my part I’ve started working on the framework for a simulation model of the impact of short-term contracts and researcher stress on productivity. In the first instance we’ll be constructing a very simple model just so we have a system to play around with — later on we will gather data from surveys of real-world post-docs to give our simulated researchers more realistic strategies. Then we’ll see how our agents go about coping with the stresses of trying to bid for funding while also trying to get themselves a job and some semblance of security.
Watch this space 🙂