Stella Ladi on science advice in Greece

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Ottmar Edenhofer on giving climate advice in Europe

The EU climate law created a new institution, the European Scientific Advisory Board on Climate Change, which started work just this year and targets the European Commission, Parliament and Council. Its chair, Professor Ottmar Edenhofer, took time out of his busy schedule to share with us what it’s like setting up a new science advice body and how happy he is with their first significant report.

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Hugh Pope on experts in sortition-based democracies

Elections are not the only way to power democratic decision-making. A system of government by random selection of citizens, or ‘sortition’, has been around since at least ancient Athens and, as Hugh Pope explains, has never quite disappeared. But if we adopt such a radically different way of making policy, what are the implications of science for policy? Do experts take on different roles, and how can citizen-politicians acquire the skills they need to make judgement calls on scientifically complex issues?

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