The FGCSIC has produced a video on frontier research, one of the Fundación General CSIC’s four strategic lines, along with Threatened species, Ageing, disability and illness, and Human ecology and development.
If we had to give a definition of frontier research, we would say that it is looking for answers at the limits of knowledge; projects addressing issues about which there is considerable controversy in the scientific community or the sphere in which they are being undertaken; research that asks questions that are difficult to answer unless unconventional approaches are taken and characterised by a high degree of uncertainty as to their success. This video brings us closer to this concept of frontier research.
Science in the 21st century faces numerous challenges: many questions remain to be answered and, meanwhile, new ones are emerging. As John Maddox wrote in his paper “What remains to be discovered,” published in Nature, “science is not reaching its end, but is closer to the beginning than ever.”