8 June 2021

Research Forum – Trust in science in turbulent times – Public participation in science

The EFC Research Forum will host “Trust in science in turbulent times – Public participation in science” on the 8 June, the third session in the Research Forum “Trust in science in turbulent times” series that will explore the issues influencing the public’s (dis)trust in science.

More and more knowledge is created every year, and although many citizens believe that technological advancement and science are tools for good, many also believe that the pace of change that they impose upon society is too fast, too difficult to keep up with. Science and technology are at the heart of many societal challenges but also the solutions.

The scientific response to the COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the need for citizens to better understand the role of science and technology in the contemporary world. Solidarity, between present and future, science and citizen, is critically dependent on mutual understanding and trust. Therefore we have to go beyond the deficit model and engage in meaningful dialogue, not a monologue from science to society to ensure solidarity.

The relationship between science and society has profound implications upon the future of humanity and it is a complex problem with many branches ranging from ethics and research integrity to science education and communication.

Speakers for this session include:

  • Johannes Vogel, Ph.D., Professor and Director General of the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin
  • Sheila Jasanoff, Professor of Science and Technology Studies, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Eva Méndez, Chair, Open Science Policy Platform

The Research Forum “Trust in science in turbulent times” series will focus on diagnosing the issues influencing the public’s (dis)trust in science, including the digitalisation of science production and communication, and the growing problem of knowledge resistance. The series will follow on from the discussions began at the Research Forum Webinar – “Trust in Science in Turbulent Times” and serve as a prelude to the upcoming Research Forum Conference 2022 in Lisbon.

To attend please register your interest on Cvent.

For more information please contact Giulia Lombardi.