Big Science, Funding and Commercialization.

In today's economic realities, the question of funding big science projects is often discussed in political circles, academia, industry, media and other parts of society. On one hand we see people take interest in big questions related to our universe like it's origin, accelerated expansion or what gives mass to the particles? But on the other hand there are many critics who question spending so much money on doing big science especially when there is so much poverty in many parts of the world. The idea is to find some solution and one possible way is to use spin-off technologies and knowledge base for commercial purposes in order to fund the big science projects without relying heavily on tax payers' money.

* 1. Describe your-self

* 2. Are you a?

* 3. Industry-Academia relations

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Industry-Academia relations are working great
Industry should do more to improve science and technology research in academic sectors
Academia should do more to attract industry involvement in science and technology research

* 4. Evaluate the following statements.

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Big Sciences should be totally funded by the governments.
Big Sciences should be totally funded by the academia.
Big Sciences should be totally funded by the private sector.
It should be a public-private partnership 

* 5. Pakistan and regional comparison

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Pakistan is ahead of other countries in South Asia in terms of the scientific research output and the commercialization of science
Pakistan is ahead of other countries in South Asia in terms of the scientific research output
Pakistan is ahead of other countries in South Asia in terms of
the commercialization of science

* 6. Current peformance of Pakistan in commercialization of science

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I think Pakistan is doing great
I don't think we need commercialization of science in Pakistan

* 7. Who should make important decisions related to scientific research in the country?

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Scientists or research bodies only
Government and politicians
People who pay for the research like donors, financiers etc
We need everyone on board to make decisions

* 8. What type of people should lead the major scientific organizations?

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Scientists
Smart Business Managers
People with strong military background as they know better what technology our country needs to defend against the enemies
Politicians
Civil servants as they know how to manage bureaucracy 

* 9. What should be the most important goal of doing Big Science

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Improving lives of people
Satisfying human curiosity and thirst for knowledge because that's what makes us different from other species
Making weapons to defend against our enemies
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