Umweltchemie und ökotoxikologie im spannungsfeld von wissenschaft und praxis

Fenner, Kathrin and Escher, Beate (2006) Umweltchemie und ökotoxikologie im spannungsfeld von wissenschaft und praxis. GAIA - Ecological Perspectives for Science and Society, 15 2: 121-126.

Author Fenner, Kathrin
Escher, Beate
Title Umweltchemie und ökotoxikologie im spannungsfeld von wissenschaft und praxis
Translated title Environmental chemistry and ecotoxicology - Walking a tightrope between science and practice
Language of Title ger
Journal name GAIA - Ecological Perspectives for Science and Society   Check publisher's open access policy
Translated journal name GAIA
Language of Journal Name ger
ISSN 0940-5550
Publication date 2006-06
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 15
Issue 2
Start page 121
End page 126
Total pages 6
Place of publication Munich, Germany
Publisher Oekom - Gesellschaft fuer Oekologische Kommunikation mbH
Language ger
Subject 0502 Environmental Science and Management
Abstract Research in ecotoxicology and environmental chemistry aims to control and improve the status of our environment in response to chemical pressure. Knowledge gained from fundamental research in environmental sciences, however, is often far from being instrumental in solving real-world problems. This data dilemma is partly due to the inherent overcomplexity of ecosystems, which may lead to heterogeneous if not contradictory observations that make it difficult to give clear-cut and fast advice. In other ways, the data dilemma is caused by the lack of flexibility of the academic system to accommodate the dual goal of performing practiceoriented research while pursuing a classical academic career. We use examples from ecotoxicology and environmental chemistry to argue that the state of the two fields can be improved by a more rigorous use of process-oriented models. With this improvement, the two fields are brought closer together conceptually, which, consequently, facilitates a coherent assessment of chemical risk. To motivate more young researchers to work at this interface, the incentive system has to be adjusted such that scientific merit is judged not only on the basis of classical criteria (i.e., numbers of publications and citations), but also on the basis of the direct usability of their research for solving practical problems.
Keyword Career development
Chemical legislation
Effect modeling
Exposure modeling
Knowledge transfer
Practice-oriented research
Research funding
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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