Starting the year with a “why do science” discussion: Opinion


In a recent Nature article, Mirko Treccani and Laura Veschetti encourage scientists to start the new year with a discussion on why they do science. Treccani and Veschetti describe a lab meeting in which scientists shared why they had become scientists: Some sought to satisfy an existential need; some described science as a way for them to solve puzzles, answer questions, and build a better future; and others noted that they were interested in improving peoples’ lives or addressing more immediate social needs. Treccani and Veschetti write that the meeting provided an opportunity to discuss the role of scientists, learn more about each other, and become more connected as a group.