Pioneering the Science of Science

This Kellogg Center is the first academic hub of its kind to bring together the world’s foremost experts in science of science and innovation.

Science of Science & Innovation

Science Takes a Leap Inward

The Center for Science of Science & Innovation (CSSI) is the first center world-wide dedicated to the field of the science of science. The center builds on Kellogg’s long-standing tradition of excellence in this field and helps bring together faculty and students across Kellogg and Northwestern to further and cement our global thought leadership position in the field. A multidisciplinary community by nature, CSSI also serves as the nexus to bring together thought leaders in closely related fields such as computational social science, network science and artificial intelligence.

CSSI collaborators take scientific methods and turn them upon science itself to establish a systematic, quantitative framework that can make sense of mass quantities of data and identify emerging patterns. Armed with big data spanning all phases of scientific production, a defining feature of our work is a mechanistic approach to developing models that can uncover fundamental patterns in science. By combining our diverse expertise and approaches, the results of this center will lead to a qualitative shift in the way knowledge is discovered, science is funded, scientists are trained and nurtured, and excellence is recognized and rewarded.

Registration is Open!

Join us for the second International Conference on the Science of Science and Innovation will be held on June 26-28, 2023 at the Kellogg Global Hub at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL!

The event will bring together both producers and consumers of scientific research, including academics, experts from industry and government agencies, as well as policymakers, investors and administrators. With this broadly inclusive group, it is our goal to better inform scientific inquiry in a way that significantly improves its practical relevance for policies and communities writ large.

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We are living in an exciting era where big data permeates every corner of our society and is increasingly essential for human decision-making. This emerging, multidisciplinary field leverages new large-scale datasets and draws tools from complexity sciences and artificial intelligence to help us better understand the fundamental principles underlying the success and failure of innovation.

Dashun Wang / Professor of Management & Organizations

Featured Articles

the Atlantic

Hot Streaks in Your Career Don’t Happen by Accident

The Atlantic features the CSSI team's research on hot streaks.

A High-Speed Scientific Hive Mind Emerged from the COVID Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic drove scientists to adapt and innovate. Scientific American explores research from Dashun and the CSSI team on this topic.

The COVID pandemic has harmed researcher productivity – and mental health

Nature highlights CSSI's latest research into the COVID-19 pandemic's effects on science and scientists.

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