Communicating Science in a Democratic Society

- Hybrid -

5 - 8 October 2021

Venue: Lorentz Center@Snellius

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30 September 2021 (ONLINE) 5 - 8 october 2021 (HYBRID)

The relationship between society and science (both scientific practices within research communities and results of such practices) is a well-established academic discipline as well prominent topic in public discussion, especially when science hits the headlines and influences policy-making processes. This relationship is constantly evolving, and it requires constant care and re-evaluation. The overall goal of this workshop is to investigate how to improve the relationship between science and society focusing on the topic of communication. We will ask whether present models on how to communicate science are failing us.   

The discussion will move from two “case-studies”: the shift in relations between science, politics and society during the Covid-19 pandemic and the use of animals in research. Gathering experts (both academics and professionals) in communication of science, animal research, philosophy of science and ethics, law and law-making etc. the case studies will be used to identify and highlight the critical areas in the communication contributing to the ‘conflict arising’. Participants will aim at developing alternative ideas for establishing a constructive dialogue through communication of science in order to improve the relationship between science and society.   



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