Science Advice training for a complex World, 15 April 2019

Half-day workshop proposed by Koen Vermeir (CNRS, Global Young Academy)

15 April 2019, 09:30;

IRH-ICUB (Dimitrie Brandza 1);

Duration: 3 hours.

We are living in a period of post-science and post-truth and we can see the major consequences of this situation unfolding before our eyes. Propaganda for Brexit, for instance, has been run on a platform of misinformation and fake news, and one of the important Brexiteers, Michael Gove, has said that “people in this country have had enough of experts”. The complexity of the issues we currently face demands more input from scientists and experts, however, and speaks to the need of evidence-informed policy making. Decision makers cannot ignore experts and scientists if we want to improve society and have a chance at solving local, national and global problems. Wicked problems like climate change, migration and the dangers of AI do not have easy solutions and demand a sustained effort and collaboration between experts from different disciplines who can communicate with government experts and policy makers.

History and philosophy of science have an important role to play in this constellation of experts and policy-makers, because they are trained to make sense of science. As such, they can be an important bridge between the expert scientists, who are often focused on very specific scientific problems, and the policy makers, who struggle with broader questions about science and society. This is why ICUB and the Global Young Academy organize a training workshop in science advice for students and teachers in history and philosophy of science. After a short introduction into the field of science advice, participants will participate in informal exercises to gain practical experience in the processes and challenges of science advice. This training workshop also builds necessary skills for students in history and philosophy of science who are interested in job prospects in government and international organizations.

The workshop is free of charge but it is necessary to register because the available places are limited to 10. If you are interested in participating in this workshop, please apply by sending a short CV and a motivational statement (of 1 paragraph) to Mihnea Dobre before April 10:

The workshop will be led by Koen Vermeir, research professor at the CNRS and the University of Paris, member of the executive committee of the Global Young Academy, and science advisor to the European Commission.