How will this work?
Our process for generating the list of important questions is as follows:
We invite people to brainstorm a list of potential questions and scientific goals and enter them on this spreadsheet starting on April 12.
We form an interdisciplinary jury of experts.
We invite all participants of the Life Improvement Science conference and everyone else who is interested to discuss these questions on Slack.
Everyone who is interested can vote on the proposed challenges.
We invite the people whose proposals received the most votes in their respective categories (well-doing, personal growth, ill-doing, or other) to present and discuss them at the Life Improvement Science conference.
Following those presentations, the jury rates each proposed question according to how impactful it would be to answer it, its traceability, and its neglectedness.
Everyone who proposed one of the top 15 questions or made significant contributions to the discussion is invited to participate in writing a journal article on the most important questions together with the members of the jury.
We will write collaboratively and try to incorporate everyone's feedback. The people who proposed a question have the last word about the section on that question.
We submit the resulting article to a good journal and post a preprint.
How can I get involved?
There are several easy ways to get involved now:
You propose potential research goals and questions, by entering them in this spreadsheet.
You can comment on other people's proposals in the Comment columns of that spreadsheet.
You can sign up for Life Improvement Science conference where the proposals will be discussed. If you do, we will keep you posted about the research priorities discussion via the conference newsletter. The conference is free of charge and will be held virtually.
You can spread the word to other people who might be interested.
You can apply to be on the jury by sending an email with the subject line "Research Priorities Jury" to firstname.lastname@example.org and use this email to explain your motivation and relevant qualifications.
More opportunities will open up later on.