A couple of weeks ago we looked at what hit the headlines in science in 2018. Now it’s time to get the popular predictions on what will be making us think in 2019. Will what we discovered in 2018 inform the agenda this year?
Of course, no one can predict the future, much less what we’ll be talking about this time next year. Not only will funding and focus decide, but forces out of our control could completely change our priorities.
However, based on what made waves last year, iNews has made a list of some of the issues which might grab the attention of the media, scientists, governments and the public in 2019.
Predictably, plastic gets top billing following Blue Planet II‘s impact and the continuing backlash. Gene-editing research goes on, aiming to defy its critics. Climate change, spanning environmental and geopolitical boundaries, will also be a concern for the foreseeable future.