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Event: Workshop: Science for policy: what does it mean?

Event date March 11, 2021
Location Lisbon
Host(s) Centro de Filosofia das Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa
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Workshops series “Is Science Advice for Policy useful in modern societies?”

Workshop#1 – Science for policy: what does it mean?

11th March 2021 | 2.30-4.30pm (Lisbon time)


OPENING: Chris Sainty, British Ambassador to Portugal
INTRODUCTION: Mara Almeida, Senior Researcher at the Centre for Philosophy of Science of the University of Lisbon (CFCUL)

The panel members will discuss the nature of science, what does the scientific process entails and its uses in the context of policymaking and politics. In doing so it will consider the range of societal views about the role and usefulness of science. What can science offer now and in the future at the political and societal level?

Heather DouglasAssociate Professor at Philosophy Department, Michigan State University
James Wilsdon, Professor of Research Policy at the University of Sheffield and Director of the Research on Research Institute
Clarissa Rios RojasResearch Associate at CSER, University of Cambridge
Maria Graça Carvalho, Member of the European Parliament, former senior advisor of the Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation from 2014-2015

MODERATOR: Elizabeth Sukkar, Managing Editor and Global Healthcare Lead, Thought Leadership at The Economist Intelligence Unit (The EIU)

ORGANISATION: Centro de Filosofia das Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa in collaboration with the British Embassy Lisbon

The Workshop Series “Is Science Advice for Policy useful in modern societies?”, to take place on 11, 18 and 25th March 2021, aims to contribute to a broader debate on the relation between science and policymaking. More specifically, it aims to discuss the nature of science and the appropriate extent of its contribution to policies and societal developments. The role of scientific policy advice, both at Parliament and Government level, will be discussed focusing on its challenges and risks, including the increasing extent of misinformation and the systematic undermining of science and scientific experts observed from parts of our society.
The generation and uptake of scientific information relatively to Covid-19 pandemic will be used as a focal example, providing an important opportunity to both learn about the current emergency itself but, more broadly and prospectively, to learn lessons and strengthen the science advice system in preparation for future challenges.
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