Science advisers need to explain the evidence according to EU research Commissioner

During a conference on science advice, entitled "Science and Policy Making: towards a new dialogue" on 29 and 30 September, the Commissioner for Science, Research and Innovation Carlos Moedas, stated that people no longer take science advice on trust, and science advisers need to provide evidence for their recommendations.

The main points raised during the conference are:

  • scientific advice must go a step further and explain the evidence base as well as show different perspectives from social science, arts and humanities and big data.
  • the Scientific Advice Mechanism, the mechanism set in place by the expert group of independent scientists is supposed to give its first recommendation in October 2016. It wishes to close the gap between light-duty vehicle CO2 emissions levels in laboratory testing and in real life.
  • scientists and policymakers do not work to the same timetables and are motivated differently – so little wonder they resemble computers running on different operating systems at times.
  • scientists operate in a far more complex environment than in the past.
  • scientific advisers need to transform the language of science into the language of politics, allowing politicians to take informed decisions.
  • today’s society has been referred to as “post-factual”. The example of vaccination has been raised. According to a study from Imperial College London, Europe is the most sceptical part of the world concerning the belief in safe vaccines, despite the fact that medical researchers consider vaccines to be safe.
  • the EU institutions need to base their decisions on the best available science, as it enhances legitimacy, predictability, proportionality and accountability – all factors that foster investments in innovation and promote prosperity.

More details about the conference can be found here



Date: 03/11/2016 | Tag: | News: 524 of 599
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