Barbara Prainsack on ethics advice in a crisis

We live in an age of crisis — and the crises that we face are more numerous, more widespread and more overlapping than ever before. In the chaos of high-pressure, life-and-death policymaking, politicians could benefit not just from scientific advice but also from the input of ethicists. That’s where Barbara Prainsack, chair of the European Group on Ethics and New Technologies, comes into the picture.

Rebecca Natow on politically-infused evidence use

Rebecca Natow

Dr Rebecca Natow talks to Toby Wardman about federal education policy in the US, a domain that employs a ‘negotiated rulemaking’ methodology to try to find consensus among many stakeholders — even though scientific input is also legally mandated. The result is a swirling, politically-infused debate around the meaning of both quantitative and qualitative evidence.

Chloe Hill on not looking up

Chloe Hill

The world may be 99.7% doomed, but at least we have Chloe Hill on the line to point out what went wrong and how the science advisors could have made a difference.

Rémi Quirion on the languages of global science advice

The emergence of English as the dominant international language of science has some significant downsides. As part of his presidency of the International Network for Governmental Science Advice, Professor Rémi Quirion of Québec has made it his mission to broaden our linguistic outlook.

Lieve Van Woensel on foresight

Foresight methodology helps science advisors check their blindspots, recognise their biases, and figure out the second- and third-order ripple effects of even the most innocuous of policy interventions. And Dr Lieve Van Woensel of the European Parliament, who talks to SAPEA’s Toby Wardman in this episode, quite literally wrote the book on foresight. Resources mentioned … Read more

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