Scientific Research and Law

Scientific Research and Law

  • Dora Simunovic added an answer:
    Does anyone have any advice on how to get more participants for a study?

    Does anyone have any advice on how to get more participants for a study? Their task would be to play a video game for 1 - 3 months and they would get £15. They cannot be gamers already.

    I have tried Facebook, putting up adverts/ posters around University, sending out mass emails. Does anyone have any more ideas? Thank you.

    Dora Simunovic

    Since you are planning something long-term, the bigger issue will probably not be recruiting but keeping the participants in the study. Think about your strategies to do that: personalizing your relationship with the participants, asking them to track their success, keep a diary of their impressions, taking an interest in their progress, etc etc.

    As for recruitment techniques, that largely depends on what you need them to do and where; and also your funds. Do you need to observe the game play? Do you participants need to come to the lab periodically? Could they play online, as someone already suggested?

    Fifteen pounds for three months of work does seem a little bit low, but if you are low on funds, you could announce a tombola the winner(s) of which would receive extra compensation.

  • Elena Pérez Carrillo added an answer:
    Is there a sufficient protection of intellectual property in the research environment?
    In recent discussions I have been repeatedly told that some research environments are 'unsafe' places to create innovative work. Has anyone got any experience of this?
    Elena Pérez Carrillo
    I would differentiate patents from copyright
    Productive patents lead to creation of goods and procedures that are of interests for humankind and progress (so they should, of course). Over protection should not be allowed. But, research with no protection at all is -I believe- impossible. Inventors need investors and markets. First to be able to study to create. Then to sell.

    Big corporations can patent their work. They can employ experts to invent for them. Then can buy licences, and can put products into markets. But big corporations amount only to a small percentage of industry (ie in Europe). Many SME, as well as Universities and research centers are involved in research. But, they have great difficulties to bring their inventions to the market. IF SME/Unis achieve inventions of economic and social interest, they are bound to have to licence in a very complex marketplace, where big corporations have negotiation expertise,a s well as scientific and financial resources. The playing field is very unleveled

    Patents Law shoud-I believe- cover only productive creations. Then, defense rights against infringements ought to be strenghen. (at present patent litigation is so expensive that SME can harly afford a defense agains infringement by big corporations, so they are bound to accept uneven licence agreements, or to maintain their inventions as a "trade secret"). True innovators (including SME/Unis) deserve a fair system that acknowledges their investment etc. This is where, -I submit- affordable Patent insurance form SME/Unis can be very useful.

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What could legislators and legal stuff do to support, help and improve scientific research in any field ? What kind of rules do you think are missing ? Which rules would help, and which ones are creating obstacles and delays by any means ?

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