Speakers from the Scientific Advice Mechanism and other science advice bodies will discusses experience and lessons learned drawing on the experience of SAM and other science advice structures, and aims at identifying best practice. This includes an interactive discussion with the audience on new ways of bringing science advice and citizens closer together.
Further information on the session and speakers can be found below:
If as some say, we have had enough of experts then is there a future for expert science advice to policy makers? If facts are a turn-off, can we ever really engage the public in the process of evidence informed decision-making, and is it even feasible? Eurobarometer surveys suggest that most Europeans believe that science will help society face its most pressing issues in the next 15 years. So why for example are vaccination rates declining? And why are so many other scientific achievements and recommendations so contested?
To be trusted and accepted by the public, science advice must be based on the core principles of transparency, integrity, independence, accountability and excellence. This session will examine if and how credibility, acceptability and impact of science advice can be strengthened by involving citizens, rather than treating them as passive recipients. How can different actors help to bring science advice and citizens closer? Can digital and social media help? Different structures delivering science advice to governments, including the European Commission’s Group of Chief Scientific Advisors (SAM), science advice bodies from European Member States, the European Academy Networks and national Academies will be presented in this session.
Full list of speakers:
Erika Widegren, Re-Imagine Europa
Anne-Greet Keizer, Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR), The Netherlands
Janusz Bujnicki, European Commission Scientific Advice Mechanism,
Julie Maxton, the Royal Society
Sven Bestmann, Young Academy of Europe.