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Doing science in times of crisis: Science studies perspectives on COVID-19

May 20th, 2020

This webinar intends to gather representative examples of ongoing science studies research on COVID-19. Topics include delimiting and mapping COVID-19-related research, social media and altmetrics, societal questions such as gender and research funding. This webinar is organized and hosted by the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS), Leiden University. The organizers are Giovanni Colavizza and Ludo Waltman.

Note: The speakers in this webinar are not affiliated with CWTS. For those interested, more information on CWTS research on COVID-19 can be found online.



Wednesday 27/05, 3-6 pm CEST


Please register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/106001455206
You will receive a Zoom link upon registration.


Subject to changes.

Introduction from the organizers (3 pm)

Panel 1 (3:10 pm): Debates on social media

  • Mike Thelwall (University of Wolverhampton) “COVID-19 publications: Citation indexes and altmetrics”
  • Mike Taylor (Digital Science) “Media coverage of COVID-19 research”
  • Riccardo Gallotti (FBK, Trento) “Assessing the risks of "infodemics" in response to COVID-19 epidemics”

Q&A and discussion on panel 1  (3:40 pm), short 5m break

Panel 2 (4:10 pm): Societal questions

  • Lin Zhang (Wuhan University) “How scientific research reacts to international public health emergencies: a global analysis of response patterns”
  • Jens Peter Andersen (Aarhus University) “Early signals of a widening gender gap in publication frequency during the COVID-19 pandemic”
  • Caroline Wagner (Ohio State University) "Consolidation in a crisis: patterns of international collaboration in COVID-19 research"

Q&A and discussion on panel 2  (4:40 pm), short 5m break

Panel 3 (5:10 pm): Mapping COVID-19 research

  • Lucy Wang and Kyle Lo (Semantic Scholar, Allen Institute for AI) “The COVID-19 Open Research Dataset”
  • Nicholas Fraser (Leibniz Information Centre for Economics) “Tracking the growth of COVID-19 preprints”.
  • Simon Porter (Digital Science) “COVID-19 and preprint publishing culture”

Q&A and discussion on panel 3  (5:40 pm)

Closing remarks


In order of appearance.

Mike Thelwall (@mikethelwall) is Professor of Data Science and leader of the Statistical Cybermetrics Research Group, University of Wolverhampton, UK.

Mike Taylor (@herrison) is Head of Metrics Development at Digital Science, working principally on Altmetric and Dimensions, and is (hopefully) in the last two years of a PhD with Mike Thelwall at the University of Wolverhampton, UK.

Riccardo Gallotti (@ricgallotti) is an interdisciplinary physicist working on the data-informed statistical modelling of individual and collective behaviour.

Lin Zhang (@LinZhang1117) is a professor at the Department of Information Management of Wuhan University in China, and she serves at Scientometrics as associate editor.

Jens Peter Andersen (@ipoga) is a Senior Researcher, specializing in bibliometric studies of the sociology of science, focusing on gender and social stratification in academia.

Caroline Wagner (@osusiaprof) is Associate Professor at the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at the Ohio State University.

Lucy Lu Wang (@lucyluwang) is a Young Investigator at the Allen Institute for AI, where she is part of the Semantic Scholar Research team.

Kyle Lo (@kylelostat) is a research scientist at the Allen Institute for AI on the Semantic Scholar Research team.

Nicholas Fraser (@nicholasmfraser) is a postdoctoral researcher in the Web Science research group at ZBW - Leibniz Information Centre for Economics, Kiel, Germany.

Simon Porter (@sjcporter) is Director of Innovation at Digital Science.

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