Times of crisis and opportunity

Despite the disruption, scientists have continued their work during the crisis


Digital tools and open-data infrastructures have allowed scientists to continue to function outside of their usual laboratory or field environments, many of which have been disrupted by lockdowns. In the OECD Science Flash Survey 2020, more than three-quarters of scientists indicated they had shifted to working from home at some point in 2020, and almost two-thirds experienced, or expected to see, an increase in the use of digital tools for research as a consequence of the crisis (see figure).

Impact of the COVID-19 crisis on scientists’ work


Source: OECD Science Flash Survey 2020, (accessed 12 October 2020). StatLink

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