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Feature | July 29, 2020

The Pandemic has Slashed Scientists’ Productivity

By Dashun Wang (Minerva)

Dashun Wang, a Minerva-funded researcher along with nine other researchers disseminated a survey to U.S. and Europe-based researchers in mid-April and received roughly 4,5000 responses that revealed clear patterns around who is cutting back their research the most in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. While the survey revealed that the pandemic has slashed work hours for the majority of researchers, the impact varies dramatically by field, and those scientist caring for young children report the steepest declines in productive time by far.

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