Probably every scientist has a story about an idea that grew from a chance meeting or collaboration
Science has a lonely image - the solitary individual hunched over a microscope or computer - when, in fact, discovery often depends on that most human of exchanges, conversation. The day Freud met Jung, they talked non-stop for over 13 hours. When the Indian philosopher Rabindranath Tagore visited Albert Einstein, they discussed mathematics, but also the nature of reality, religion and much more. Extraordinary people, extraordinary conversations. Today, we have the technological means to reach out to anyone on the planet. The Internet connects scientists in labs and universities. Data, which can be regarded as a universal language of science, can be shared at the touch of a computer key. But something important is missing from the equation: personal contact and the building of trust that leads to the sharing of information and the swapping of expertise. Probably every scientist has a story about an idea that grew from a chance meeting or collaboration – often with people from totally different fields. InnovationWell wishes to offer scientists a unique opportunity to put personal relationships back at the heart of scientific discovery and bring dialogue back into science.