Breaking the English Language Barrier in Scientific Research

Wordvice reporter Andrew Kim explains how non-native English speakers can overcome common mistakes when writing research texts.

Science is the universal language of discovery, ideas, and improvements across time and distance. However, science itself uses a universal language, and not everyone is on an even playing field when it comes to receiving recognition for their contributions. The reality is that practically any important scientific report will be published in English.

The Nature of Science Publishing

In research, success is largely based on the number and impact of one’s publications. Poor writing can be an obstacle or an outright deal-breaker in getting published. An article must pass through numerous filters, including editorial and peer review. While the editorial process primarily focuses on an article’s scientific value, journals do have writing quality standards. Bad writing can derail an article’s sense of authority and sometimes its entire message. In the highly competitive world of publishing, one detraction is a risk most journals refuse to accept.

English as the “Universal” Language

For historical, sociopolitical, or business reasons, English has become the lingua franca of science and academia. The obvious advantage of having a “universal” language for communications is that academic findings can be more easily shared, accessed, and understood. In support of this, Raoul Kamadjeu writes, “Publishing in English…far outweighs the challenges…Our journal’s statistics show that articles in English are accessed 70% more…”

So why not publish independently or choose a journal in another language? While a noble sentiment, scientists still have jobs and careers to pursue. And publishing in an international, high impact, peer-reviewed English-language journal holds the key to a researcher’s career, professorships, funding, and prestige.

Journals are publishers first and purveyors of academic knowledge second. In other words, they serve a de facto marketing function for researchers and ensure the research is branded as viable and reliable. Further, aspiring professors heavily rely on the citation system to further their careers and gain funding. Citations demonstrate that a researcher is contributing something novel to the academic community. In short, publishing research in journals written in English is crucial for reaching a global audience.

ESL Researchers at a Disadvantage

The fact that only 5% of the world’s population speaks English as a native language poses a huge problem for many researchers. Like it or not, virtually every major scientific discovery will be published in English, which means 95% of the world is at a disadvantage. Competition is fierce, and not being fluent in English is a hindrance. This affects non-native English-speaking scientists in two main ways.

Differences in Language

Science journal articles are no cakewalk to read and are even harder to write. Each academic field is contains significant amounts of jargon, and potential language pitfalls abound. A 2016 audit by the academic editing service Wordvice found that while English errors such as spelling, grammar, and punctuation were numerous (44% cumulatively), most corrections (32%) were for “style,” including issues of wordiness, repetition, and overreliance on passive voice.

Language challenges faced by ESL researchers clearly go far beyond simple word choice or grammar rules and therefore are not easily remedied.

Differences in Cultural Expectations

The cultural and philosophical issues faced by ESL researchers can be even worse than the language ones. Written academic English has the expectation of being very direct and concise. This stands in contrast to Asian languages such as Korean, Japanese, or Chinese, the latter of which relies heavily on indirect communication. Coincidentally, these Asian powerhouses are hugely represented in STEM, with Asians constituting the highest percentage (33%) of STEM bachelor graduates and the highest proportion (64%) of international students at US universities. The potential gap in cultural expectations among future scientists cannot be ignored.

Once submitted to journals, researchers’ manuscripts undergo a thorough editorial process that involves correspondence with the journal’s editors. These types of communications must be carried out in English and require a dynamic, non-scripted, interpersonal command of English. Of particular importance is responding to reviewers’ comments and criticism and writing submission cover letters in an effective and polite manner.

How ESL Researchers Can Even the Playing Field

When the entire publication process—from journal submission instructions to answering reviewers’ comments, requires a strong understanding of both English and a different culture—the path can seem daunting and often unrewarding. In many cases, manuscripts are rejected outright based on a simple writing or submission error. So it is no surprise that many will wonder if their would have gotten a different result had it been written by a native speaker.

Fortunately, non-native English speakers are not alone. Universities are increasingly setting up on-campus writing centers to assist international graduate students and postdocs who do research. Graduate students commonly seek help from their English-speaking lab mates. More inexperienced academics are advised to seek out examples from researchers in their field while avoiding reliance on spell-checkers or automated translation tools. While useful, no existing AI tool can detect all types of errors and no applications are suitable for real-time proofreading of technical work.

However, many researchers do not have English-speaking colleagues to turn to, or not enough time to ask. Therefore, many researchers and graduate students are turning to professional English language editing services.

These types of companies usually offer a mix of both language and scientific editing, with services covering everything in the publication process, from journal selection to reviewer responses. The process can seem overwhelming, and even the technical differences between “editing” and “proofreading” are not obvious.

Regardless of whether ESL researchers seek help from their colleagues, professors, tutors, or professional academic editing services, they still face challenges in publishing their articles. Fortunately, academic researchers, like the information they are reporting, are not going anywhere.

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vLex Justis brings AI-powered legal research to Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia

A new collection of case law from superior courts in Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia is now available on vLex Justis, an AI-powered research platform with unique features designed to extract the key information from a case. This powerful combination of content and technology will enable legal professionals to better support their clients and is available to practitioners around the world.

Access a unique collection

The Southeast Asia collection brings over 125,000 new cases to vLex Justis, in a combination available on one service for the first time. This unique resource enables comprehensive research in the jurisprudence of the region as well as comparative research between Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia cases and those from over 130 other jurisdictions, including the UK, Australia and New Zealand.

Regular updates will ensure that law professionals have access to the latest cases from these key jurisdictions, and sophisticated alerting features will enable them to stay up-to-date with changes and additions to the law. The collection dates back to 1946, providing an important archive of legal information. The Singapore Law Reports, the most authoritative law reports series from Singapore, is also available on vLex Justis.

Gain AI-powered insights

Accessing Southeast Asian case law on vLex Justis will enable researchers to benefit from a suite of easy-to-use search and analysis tools that are not available on any other platform. Unique insights can be drawn with speed using visualisation features such as Key Passages and the Precedent Map. Also, Vincent, an AI-powered legal research assistant, combines human search behaviour with machine speed, enabling researchers to go beyond traditional research.

Masoud Gerami, Managing Director of vLex Justis, discussed the excitement surrounding the launch of this new collection:

“The popularity of the Singapore Law Reports, and the depth of research that it has offered to our users globally, has led us to assemble this important collection from these three key jurisdictions, and to make it available alongside our extensive library of legal information from around the world. From the opportunities that this product will present to the practitioners and researchers in the region, to enhancing the resources available for comparative research, we are very excited by the potential of this new initiative, and regard it as another important step to advance our vision of global coverage.”

To learn how you can access the Southeast Asia collection on vLex Justis, and experience the benefits of this advanced platform, please visit our website.

About vLex Justis

vLex Justis provides access to an exclusive, up-to-date and comprehensive collection of legal information from over 130 jurisdictions. Founded over 30 years ago, vLex Justis is used by over 6,500 organisations including international law firms, government departments and top law schools around the world. Today, vLex Justis, along with their parent company vLex, is known for developing technology to disseminate legal information on a global scale, with a team of over 170 lawyers, engineers and editorial experts based in offices around the world who are continually striving to provide up-to-date legal information and industry-leading AI-powered legal technology.

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In-depth Research on Agriculture Technology Ecosystems Has Been Released by Intellias

Intellias has released its recent whitepaper on the acute topic of “Sustainable Agriculture: From Tech Solutions to Ecosystem” in the light of the global challenges imposed to farmers and agricultural companies looking for a brand-new technological approach to digital farming.

Based on in-depth research, this whitepaper examines proven agricultural technologies and how to combine them into a unified ecosystem that enables farmers to move toward sustainable agricultural practices.

Intellias research provides valuable insights for agribusinesses and technology companies operating in the agricultural industry:

● A clear and explanatory timeline of agricultural technologies demonstrating what has led to the current digital transformation in agriculture
● A detailed and schematic overview of the global challenges farmers and agribusinesses will face in the near future and that are driving them to adopt digital technologies
● A comprehensive list of technology solutions by global AgriTech providers that enables farmers to improve their business operations and their work in the field
● A guide for agribusinesses and technology companies on how to unite separate digital solutions into a borderless ecosystem that provides a new path to sustainable and profitable agriculture
● Research backed by quotes from industry leaders, agricultural surveys, data-driven reports, and real-life use cases

This research addresses the importance of sustainability in light of global climate changes and a growing demand for food and highlights the vital role of digital technologies in solving complex challenges farmers and growers are facing today.

To support sustainable agricultural practices, independent solutions are not enough. Such solutions can solve particular needs farmers are experiencing today; but in the face of severe upcoming challenges, agribusinesses require complex solutions that can unite the benefits of all possible technologies.

As noted in the whitepaper, 41.3% of respondents lack knowledge about actions and measures that can be taken to make agriculture more sustainable. The aim of Intellias’ research is to bridge that gap and show how technology enables sustainability.

The first part of the whitepaper focuses on analyzing factors holding back farming operations and investigating ways that technologies can mitigate the most severe of those factors. In this part of the whitepaper, agribusinesses will get acquainted with customer personas of farmers, learn their needs, and recognize the current gaps in making technologies available at the scale necessary to support sustainable agricultural operations.

The second part of the whitepaper covers recent technological breakthroughs by world-known AgriTech providers. The focus is on combining these technologies in one ecosystem based on proven practices applied by other industries that are already adopting a collaborative approach to technologies.

The Sustainable Agriculture whitepaper is free to download by the following link.

About Intellias

Since 2002, Intellias has been a trusted software engineering partner and R&D services provider for established agribusinesses and AgriTech startups all over the world.

Intellias team of 1600 software engineers has accumulated knowledge within the agricultural industry that allowed the company to create unified farm management systems, horticultural lighting solutions for indoor farms, weather monitoring tools, and a wide range of precision farming solutions. Intellias has been recognized by Inc. 5000 as one of the fastest-growing privately held companies in Europe.

For more information, reach out to Intellias at or stop by Intellias offices in Germany, Poland, and Ukraine.

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Aragon Research Positions Bigtincan® in the Leader Section of the Globe for Sales Coaching and Learn

Evaluation Based on Completeness of Strategy and Performance

Waltham, MA – July 16, 2020 – Bigtincan (ASX:BTH), the leader in mobile, AI-powered sales enablement automation, today announced it has been positioned by Aragon Research, Inc. in the Leader Section of the ‘The Aragon Research Globe™ for Sales Coaching and Learning, 2020’.

This year’s report evaluates fifteen vendors based on revenue, availability of key product features, and customer references in order to position them in the Globe for Sales Coaching and Learning, 2020. In addition, the report details key take-aways for organizations looking to add sales coaching and learning tools to their stack.

“In today’s challenging socio-economic environment, remote learning and video coaching are more critical than ever before.” said David Keane, Co-founder and CEO of Bigtincan. “We believe our positioning as a Leader in the Globe for Sales Coaching and Learning by Aragon Research confirms our commitment to helping sellers grow customer engagements into long-term, valued relationships and highlights our success in the market.”

“The vendors in this year’s Globe for Sales Coaching and Learning have made huge strides in creating effective tools for companies to train remote workers at scale,” said Jim Lundy, CEO and lead analyst at Aragon Research. “Our research shows that microlearning and video coaching are critical elements to deploy now to ensure teams are operating at maximum effectiveness.”

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About Bigtincan
Bigtincan (ASX:BTH) helps sales and service teams increase win rates and customer satisfaction. The company’s mobile, AI-powered sales enablement automation platform features the industry’s premier user experience that empowers reps to more effectively engage with customers and prospects and encourages team-wide adoption. Leading brands including AT&T, Thermo Fisher, Merck, ANZ Bank and others rely on Bigtincan to enhance sales productivity and fuel customer engagement. With global sales and marketing headquartered in Boston, Bigtincan also has offices across EMEA, Australia and Asia. To discover more about how your organization can benefit from the Bigtincan Hub platform, please visit or follow @bigtincan on Twitter.

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500 Members of One Church Donate Blood Plasma for Coronavirus Research


500 members of Shincheonji Daegu Church, a branch church of South Korea-based Shincheonji Church of Jesus, are donating blood plasma in the hopes of assisting COVID-19 vaccine research.

From 13 July to 17 July 2020, these 500 Shincheonji members who have recovered from COVID-19 will donate their plasma at blood donations cars in front of Kyungpook National University Hospital. The cars were set up the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) in cooperation with the Red Cross.

Shincheonji Church of Jesus released the following letter regarding the plasma donations:

Greetings. This is Shincheonji Church of Jesus.

The Shincheonji Church of Jesus announced to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that it would donate plasma to complete the development of Corona 19 vaccines and treatments, and held full-scale consultations in early June. It took time to find a way to expedite the large-scale plasma donation, but the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention informed us on July 9 that three Korean Red Cross plasma collection buses could be supported for 500 people.

A total of 500 people will participate in the plasma donation through the Korean National Red Cross vehicles deployed at the front gate of Kyungpook National University Hospital for five days from July 13 to 17, 2020.

In addition, the believers of the Daegu Church decided not to receive a small amount of transportation money provided to plasma donors as the nation suffered a major crisis with Covid-19.

I sincerely pray that the blood plasma donation of the believers of the Daegu Church in Shincheonji will serve as an opportunity to take a step further toward the end of the Covid-19 in Korea and around the world.

Until now, there have only been about 170 blood plasma from individuals nationwide, and clinical trials will begin this week. The donated plasma from these 500 Shincheonji members will be used to make blood treatment medicine after the clinical trials. Representatives of the church have expressed hope that these donations will assist in finding a cure to help all people suffering from COVID-19 as soon as possible.

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Docoh Raises $345K Seed Round to Democratize Investment and Corporate Research

TORONTO, CANADA – July 2020 – Docoh, the Toronto fintech startup that gives everyone access to professional-quality information about public companies and stocks, has today announced the closing of $345,000 in seed round funding.

The startup, which launched in March 2019, uses proprietary technology to synthesize information and data from a wide range of sources, including public filings, patent applications, industry regulators, and press releases. Most information on Docoh is available at no cost to users, and can be easily accessed on mobile or desktop. It is currently used by retail investors, accountants, lawyers, recruiters, corporations, software companies, journalists and a growing list of professionals and non-professionals alike.

The new round will enable Docoh to further capitalize on its position with real-time notifications, data for hundreds of new types of corporate material events, and innovative new tools to help everyone make better investments and understand the implications of financial data and corporate actions.

Richard Robinson, CTO and co-founder of Docoh, announced, “We couldn’t have wished for a better group of investors, whose network and knowledge of the software and finance industries gives us a huge advantage. Everyone’s excited about the potential to disrupt a closed, confusing and costly industry, and level the playing field by finally giving the 99% access to the same information that the 1% has always locked away.”

For more information and to sign-up for free, go to

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vLex Justis partners with Mishcon de Reya to research legal AI

London, — June 2020 — vLex Justis and Mishcon de Reya today announced a collaboration to research the application of artificial intelligence and natural language processing technologies to legal content.

Online publishing has led to an explosion in the availability of case law and legislation. Improved access to primary authorities is good for lawyers and good for their clients, but the sheer volume of content presents unprecedented challenges for anyone seeking to research and navigate the law.

Advanced machine learning and natural language processing technologies offer novel opportunities to tackle the problem. vLex Justis and MDR LAB will be working together to explore how state of the art AI algorithms can be used to add semantic meaning to unstructured, long-form legal texts.

“We’ve been looking for a partner on this for a long time and we’re delighted to begin working with the team at Mishcon de Reya”, says Robin Chesterman, Global Head of Product at vLex Justis. “It’s a perfect fit. We have assembled the largest database of common law material in the world, and Mishcon de Reya have assembled a machine learning team second to none. The vLex Justis mission is to build legal research tools that allow our users to do their best work, and we are proud to continue running at the very edge of what’s possible when you combine technology with raw legal material.”

“We’re passionate about delving into problems that need solving for the benefit of our clients and our business,” says Nick West, Chief Strategy Officer at Mishcon de Reya. “Machine Learning technologies are transforming how lawyers work, enabling them to gather insights from data corpora much quicker and more efficiently than using largely manual historic processes. Working with vLex Justis and their outstanding content and technology, we have the chance to explore together a number of use cases for the application of machine learning to legal text.”

About vLex Justis:

vLex Justis provides access to an exclusive, up-to-date and comprehensive collection of legal information from over 130 jurisdictions. Founded over 30 years ago, vLex Justis continues to support thousands of lawyers, law firms, government departments and law schools around the world. Today, vLex Justis, along with their parent company, vLex, is known for developing technology to disseminate legal information on a global scale, with a team of over 170 lawyers, engineers and editorial experts based in offices around the world who are continually striving to provide up-to-date legal information and industry-leading AI-powered legal technology.

About Mishcon de Reya:

In times of such far-reaching and profound change we want to be the law firm that enables our clients — and our own people — to shape the world’s possibilities.

We are here to help our clients benefit from new economies, new geographic centers of wealth, the new global movement of people and capital, and the impact of new technologies and new knowledge.

Our purpose remains rooted in our founding values. We have always been driven by an entrepreneurial, tenacious and socially conscious spirit: one that has always embraced change in order to stay relevant and shape the future.

From our offices in London and Singapore, we still counsel clients around the world with the same vision, dedication and passion that we set out with. We continue to fight for freedoms, settle disputes, protect assets and grow businesses. We fiercely guard our clients’ interests and appreciate the privilege of sitting alongside them as a trusted advisor.

However, we believe that lawyers must move from the age of instruction to the age of anticipation: to be pro-active, harness the law’s potential and unlock possibilities others do not see, and to champion diversity, innovation and sustainability.

Learn more about vLex Justis

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New Biometric Research Reveals the Perfect Business Card Design

• Four in ten UK adults (40%) have had their perception of a business or company negatively impacted by the quality and/or design of a business card alone, new research reveals.
• Biometric analysis (using eye tracking, heart rate monitoring, and 1-100 dial rate scoring) reveals what overall designs, and fonts/colours are favoured most.
• One in three (31%) say a no-frills design with only essential information was always their preference
• Further information can be found here.

Four in ten UK adults (40%) have had their perception of a business or company negatively impacted by the quality and/or design of a business card alone, new research reveals.

The study with 2,000 people1, undertaken by online printing specialists, instantprint, showed just how impactful a bad design can be; sparking further investigation into what we consider to be a good design.

Following the initial nationwide poll, instantprint conducted in-depth biometric analysis2 with seven business card variations across ten industries (70 cards in total). Users had their eyes tracked (heatmapping and pupil dilation) and heart rates monitored as they looked over each business card; revealing what grabbed their attention first, what got their heart rates going, and which designs interested them the most overall.

So, what makes the perfect business card design?
1. Colour: Yellow and white are the most appealing colours for the background of a business card, according to the biometric analysis. Strong primary blues and green were also popular accent colour option across the board.
2. Text: All copy should be easy-to-read and evenly spaced, with black or white text colour most appealing. Classic fonts were consistently more popular than modern typefaces.
3. Logo: Users showed a preference for simple and representative logos that took up no more than 25% of the total business card space.

Overall, the findings outlined a tendency towards simplicity over more unique and statement designs.

This was again reinforced in instantprint’s poll, with traditional card layouts with logos/fonts/colours that accurately represent a business’ services favoured by nearly half (45%) of all respondents, and one in three (31%) saying a no-frills design with only essential information was always their preference.

Jon Constantine-Smith, Head of instantprint, commented on the findings:
“It is fascinating to see just how much impact the design of a business card can have on the perception of a business, but also how opinions do vary between industries, generations and genders.
“Driving new customers can be challenging for any business, so turning someone off when you hand a card over is of course something to avoid!
“When it comes to the design of your business stationery, it can be tricky to get it right, but considering your audience, and following the advice laid out by this research – keeping it simple and representative of your services – is a great starting point.”

For more findings from instantprint’s business card research, including a video showing the full biometric testing process, please visit:

1. Survey of 2,000 adults.

2. Biometric analysis using Gazepoint testing equipment, connected to a PC. This was conducted in November 2019. We set up an eye tracking camera, biometrics dial and heart rate monitor with a PC. The test itself involved using seven business card design variations across ten different industries (70 in total). Once the equipment was set up, it was time to start recording results. We invited a selection of people to undertake the test to ensure the insight was representative of a broad demographic. Each person had to sit directly in front of the GP3 eye tracking camera so the camera could focus on the individual’s pupils using infrared. Each user placed his or her index fingers in the heart rate monitor and placed their other hand on the 0-100% dial, to rate how they felt about each design. Before the test could begin, we calibrated the eye tracking camera for each user to ensure that their eyes were being accurately tracked. Once the calibration was complete, the user was then allowed to begin the test which took around 5 minutes. When all tests were complete, we exported the data and footage to analyse the results.

About instantprint

Founded in 2009, instantprint is an online printing company, made up of a friendly bunch of talented individuals with a hunger to help their customers reach their customers in the best way. With print that makes them look amazing. And helps their business to flourish. Making them so much more than a printing company.

instantprint are proud to offer sustainable print services, using the greenest possible paper options available, and on top of this they are FSC certified. The company are also ISO certified, and all of their packaging (even the plastic!) is recyclable. They pride themselves on their partnerships with several waste management companies, which means they recycle 97% of all their waste.

instantprint recently announced plans of their 2020 expansion. The printing firm will increase their total footprint by 45% to 145,000 sq. ft paving the way for its continual growth.

instantprint was named the national winner of the 2019 Customer and Market Engagement at the European Business Awards.

instantprint specialises in 24-hour flyer and leaflets, business cards, posters and stationery. Thanks to a recent 3.25m investment, the printing giant is now able to produce and deliver stapled booklets within two working days.

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ESF identifies the best research proposals for funding on behalf of the Research Foundation–Flanders

Between December 2018 and August 2019, the European Science Foundation (ESF) – Science Connect provided to the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) with almost 5000 validated evaluations for research proposals, spanning all domains of research. All evaluation reports put together, would represent a book of 11,000 pages. This is ESF’s largest grant evaluation campaign to date.

With a budget of 350 million euros (2018) available for research in science, engineering, and the humanities, the Flemish public research funding organisation needed to secure the allocation of its resources to the most promising projects in a timely, transparent and independent manner. Thus, it entrusted to ESF the evaluation of its 2,438 proposals concerning two funding schemes: junior and senior Postodoctoral Fellowships and Research Projects.

With a track record of nearly 10,000 research projects and fellowships evaluated across 66 competitive calls that are implemented by international programmes, philanthropies or national funding organisations since 2016 (including the AXA Research Fund, University of Bordeaux, Grand Est Region et al.), ESF has become a major actor in providing independent scientific assessments.

For the 2018-2019 FWO campaign, ESF staff addressed thousands of invitations to matching experts, securing the final involvement of more than 4,000 reviewers (two expert reviewers appointed per application). The expert reviewers provided an informed opinion on the scientific merit of the applications and research projects, in the form of assessment reports which were provided to FWO’s disciplinary expert panels responsible for the selection of the best applications for funding. Throughout the process, ESF ensured that quality standards and ethical guidelines were respected, especially in managing conflicts of interest, ensuring confidentiality and monitoring the quality of the output produced.

Thanks to this partnership, FWO gains access to a wide range of international experts, benefits from an efficient and transparent online scientific evaluation platform and receives high-quality outputs directly transferable to applicants. At the same time, ESF expands its network of partners with top research organisations while continuously improving its scientific assessment process.

After the conclusion of the evaluation, Hans Willems, secretary-general of FWO, declared: “FWO is pleased with the services ESF can deliver for the search and assignment of external reviewers. These should be experts of excellent standing and ESF has managed so far to ensure they were engaged and wrote reviews that were indeed very appreciated by our review panels. Flexible and trustworthy partners like ESF are crucial for organisations like FWO that have to respond to the high expectations of the scientific community”.

Commenting on the partnership with FWO, Nicolas Walter, ESF Chief Executive stated: “ESF has been fully mobilised and committed to provide a very strong basis for FWO’s funding decision. I am very proud of what our staff and community of experts have been achieving through this partnership. I am very much looking forward the 2019-2020 calls”.

European Science Foundation (ESF) – Science Connect: The European Science Foundation (ESF) is a non-profit organisation committed to promoting the highest quality science in Europe to drive progress in research and innovation. ESF operates in the EU and wider European environment and collaborates with major scientific stakeholders.

With over 45 years’ experience in all areas of research, ESF works closely with its members and partners sharing its expertise and establishing diverse partnership opportunities to support scientific decision-making.

It currently hosts five Expert Boards and societies (CRAF: Radio-astronomy frequencies, NUPECC: Nuclear physics, ESSC: Space sciences, the Europlanet Society, and the European Astrobiology Institute. ESF’s Community of Experts plays a vital role in sustaining scientific collaboration and supporting excellence in grant and programmatic evaluation. Today it comprises over 8,000 key experts in all scientific disciplines.

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New Opportunities for Engaging Staff in Manufacturing Sector, according to new Data by TTi Research

As automation in the Manufacturing sector boosts production, staff are embracing the benefits – with more independence and efficiency their requirements are changing, according to the latest Employee Engagement Benchmark report from TTi Research.

Flexibility and new challenges are becoming increasingly important to staff in the UK’s Manufacturing sector, although the sector scores lowest of the 11 surveyed (jointly with Automotive) for employee engagement (7.8/10), and lowest overall for job satisfaction (7.4/10).

TTi Research’s latest data from their ongoing multisector employee benchmarking research shows that the main driver for high job satisfaction and engagement in the sector remains unchanged since the start of the study: ‘Understanding what is required from you’ consistently scored as the top engagement factor in the sector, with its latest score being 8.5/10.

However, as the benchmarking has progressed, other trends in Manufacturing employee engagement priorities have emerged, revealing that other attributes are becoming more important for Manufacturing workers as roles evolve to accommodate new technologies and practices.

Manufacturing employees were asked to score a range of engagement attributes according to how satisfied they were in their current role [Fig.1].

Glyn Luckett, Commercial Director at TTi Research, explained:

“Historically, the Manufacturing sector has experienced consistently low staff expectations surrounding ‘Flexibility in your role’. This is largely due to the fixed work patterns commonly associated with mass production processes.

“These latest results suggest that staff are now placing greater value on employers offering more flexible and accommodating work patterns. The survey also shows a surge in ‘Being encouraged to take on new challenges’, which hints at how technology is impacting the sector, as firms move to up-skill their workforce in line with the move towards more robotic and automated production systems.”

Other emerging attributes which hint at the effects of automation on employee engagement and priorities include ‘Being empowered to make decisions’, which now scores highest in the Manufacturing sector (8.6/10).

Glyn Luckett added:

“Automation allows employees to work increasingly independently, and smarter, in less time, while also supporting cost effectiveness and providing a boost to production. The impact of new technologies on the manufacturing workforce can also be linked to high score given to ‘Flexibility in your role’ (8.2), as well as the increase in engagement score given to ‘Training to do your job well’ (8.0)”

In its analysis of the data from the Employee Benchmarking Survey, TTi Research uses in-depth analysis of verbatim employee comments, providing researchers with a greater understanding of Manufacturing employees’ priorities, motivators, and what the specific pain points are in their working environment.

The data is derived from monthly online surveys of employees from different organisations within each sector, which also allows TTi Research to identify which Manufacturing companies have the most (and least) engaged employees, and how the sector as a whole measures up against other industries.

For more information about TTi Research and its multi-sector Benchmarking Surveys, or to commission your own report, contact TTi Research.

Fig. 1: What Manufacturing Employees Expect from their Employers

About TTi Research:

TTi Research, a Division of GP Strategies, is an accredited Market Research Society (MRS) Company Partner and leading UK-based market research agency, specialising in helping brands world-wide achieve their goals through high quality customer, employee and stakeholder research.

TTi Research has been delivering respected market intelligence for more than 30 years for private and public sector organisations across a vast range of industries and are the market research partner of choice for organisations including Haymarket, Northern Gas Networks, Jaguar Land Rover, Radian, Skanska, Honda and more.

What we do
• Customer and Consumer Satisfaction Research
• Employee and Employee Engagement Research
• Stakeholder Research
• Channel and Partner Opinion Research

About the TTi Research Benchmarking Survey

The TTi Global Research UK Satisfaction Benchmark survey delivers unique insight into the quality of employee satisfaction and engagement across 11 industry sectors. Data is derived from a monthly online survey of employees from different organisations asking questions about their job satisfaction and engagement. This extract focusses on the six months of data captured between December 2018 and 31st May 2019 from the Manufacturing sector.


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