"I was delighted not only with the quality of the presentations, but also with the discussions that resulted both with the judges and the other teams," added Challenge Judge David Rosenthal, of Stanford University Libraries in Palo Alto.
Finalist Sean O'Donoghue (Research Scientist, EMBL, Germany) agreed: "All participants of the meeting this week are already winners: the meeting was the reward. Personally, I made 2 or 3 strong collaborations during that meeting, as well as getting and giving feedback and advice. The meeting put so much more life on the bones of the Elsevier Grand Challenge, and encourages us to go forward and participate more."
"The Grand Challenge was a great example of Elsevier's initiative to accelerate science by collaborating with scientists." said Challenge Judge Rafael Sidi, VP of Product Management with ScienceDirect. "Scientists from very different disciplines were able to meet and exchange ideas on scientific communication."
"In hosting the Challenge, we have made contact with a very large, and heterogeneous group of researchers interested in improving the way science in published," commented Anita de Waard of Elsevier Labs, Researcher Disruptive Technologies and co-organizer of the Challenge. "There is a community of people out there interested in tackling these issues, and some of us have met through this event in the next iterations of the challenge, we hope to build on and stay in touch with this community".
Elsevier Grand Challenge Finalists are invited to present their vision papers to the judges and the public in April 2009 at the Experimental Biology Conference in New Orleans. Their work will then be presented at a live webinar during which the winner will be chosen.
The first place winner will receive a cash prize of $35,000 and the runner up will be awarded a $15,000 prize. Semifinalists and finalists can also be offered the opportunity to commerc
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