Remote collaborations deliver fewer scientific breakthroughs, says Oxford co-led research

December 01, 2023

The researchers’ key finding was that, while remote collaboration has the potential to deliver new and creative scientific ideas through easier access to a global knowledge pool, it is harder for such teams to integrate effectively to deliver breakthroughs. They also examined four million patents filed between 1976 and 2020, by 2.7 million inventors across 87,937 cities. The team says its findings have important policy implications: the shift to remote work after the pandemic could facilitate smaller and more gradual improvements in scientific research, but might make it harder for breakthroughs to happen. ‘It is easier, for example, for a graduate student to discuss informally ideas with a senior professor in a hallway than through email. Even with digital advancements, online meetings cannot fully replace the unique value of face-to-face interactions in fuelling innovation.’

The source of this news is from University of Oxford