First of four expert meetings on the impact of Covid-19 on science, researchers and trust in science

Trustworthy science in the public domain

When:
26 November 2021 from 15:00 to 16:30 hrs
Where:
Online, via Zoom
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Scientific knowledge can be the subject of fierce battles, especially when it comes to how the government deals with such issues as vaccination hesitancy, climate change or nitrogen emissions. Scientists have a tendency to fall into arguments about facts and values, and to take a ‘let me explain it one more time’ approach.

Ironically, social science research shows that this is actually counterproductive. That is why we must enter into a new, permanent dialogue with society in which we examine, question and discuss the interaction between values and science with an open mind.

This meeting will consider the issue at hand from two perspectives. First of all, we will discuss why scientific knowledge is called into question, who does this and their reasons. Second, we will talk about what we can do to ensure that science remains credible. The speakers will give brief pitches and then enter into debate. You can register here. The language of communication will be in English.

Featuring

  • Hedwig te Molder, professor of Language and Communication at VU Amsterdam, member of the Academy committee on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on science, researchers and trust in science, and moderator of the first expert meeting
  • Cyrus Mody, professor of History of Science Technology and Innovation at UM, member of the Academy committee on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on science, researchers and trust in science, and moderator of the first expert meeting
  • Natali Helberger, professor of Information Law at University of Amsterdam, chair of the Academy committee on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on science, researchers and trust in science). Helberger will be opening the expert meeting
  • Anne-Floor Scholvinck, senior researcher at Rathenau Institute, on the institute’s three-yearly surveys examining the state of public trust in science in the Netherlands
  • Jaron Harambam, postdoctoral fellow Institute for Media Studies at University of Leuven, on democratic alternatives to assess the quality of information in the public domain
  • Bastiaan Rutjens, senior researcher at University of Amsterdam, on science scepticism
  • Ulrike Felt, professor of Science and Technology Studies at University of Vienna, on the perspective from science and technology studies
  • Anna Durnová, professor of Political Sociology at the University of Vienna, on the importance of emotions
  • Maarten Hajer, professor Urban Futures at Utrecht University, on his experiences with the public’s perception of the credibility of scientific knowledge on climate change and sustainability

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Four expert meetings on the impact of Covid-19 on science

The Covid-19 pandemic brought about many changes in the world of science, both positive and negative. The pandemic’s consequences affected scientists on a personal level, with the true impact depending on their field of study, career phase and family responsibilities. Scientific practice also changed dramatically during the pandemic. Which of these changes do we wish to retain? Which would we rather not? The Academy has established a committee that will advise on these questions. In the coming months, the Academy will organise four expert meetings to generate input for the committee’s advisory report. You are cordially invited to attend.