Person: Kamiel Gabriel

Opinion Leader: Big on Twitter, Little on Facts- Will this be the fate of science advice under Trump’s administration?

Scientists in the US fear the United States under Donald Trump could become like the Soviet Union, in which the prevailing political ideology was so powerful that science was unable to contradict it with hard evidence. Speaking at the beginning of the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s annual meeting in Boston in February, its president, Barbara Schaal, and chief executive, Dr Rush Holt, both expressed concern about the use of the phrase “alternative facts” by Trump administration officials.

Dr Kamiel Gabriel

Advantages of an innovation-driven economy
By Kamiel Gabriel

The World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index, the most comprehensive and authoritative assessment of the comparative strengths and weaknesses of national economies, is categorical: traditional factors such as abundant natural resources, low production costs, and the efficient deployment of existing technologies can no longer be expected to provide an economic edge.