The British Embassy Lisbon and the Center for Philosophy of Sciences of the University of Lisbon (CFCUL) take the pleasure to invite you to attend the workshop series Is Science Advice for Policy Useful in Modern Societies? * which will be held on the 11, 18 and 25th March 2021 on a virtual platform.
1st Workshop- SCIENCE FOR POLICY: WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
11th March 2021 |2.30-4.30pm
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?
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)
Heather Douglas, Associate 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
Bart Koelmans, Professor in aquatic ecology and water quality, Wageningen University (to be confirmed)
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)
2nd Workshop- SCIENCE ADVICE TO GOVERNMENT – WHY IS IT RELEVANT?
18th March 2021| 9-11am
The panel members will reflect on existing processes, mechanisms and structures providing scientific advice to governments in Europe. In doing so it will discuss how to increase the demand and uptake of evidence generated by these structures, and more in general, in political decision-making. What are the challenges and guiding principles of providing scientific advice to policymakers? Are they evolving with time? Are they different in a context of complexity and uncertainty as illustrated by the Covid-19 pandemic?
Renzo Tomellini, Head of Unit, Scientific Advice Mechanism, DG Research and Innovation EC
Carlos Moedas, Trustee at Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, former European Commissioner for Research, Science & Innovation from 2014-2019 (to be confirmed)
Peter Gluckman, Chair of the International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA)
Carole Mundell, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office FCDO Chief International Science Envoy
MODERATOR: David Budtz Pedersen, Professor of Science Communication and Director of the Humanomics Research Institute in Copenhagen
3rd Workshop- SCIENCE ADVICE TO PARLIAMENT – WHY IS IT RELEVANT?
25th March 2021 | 2.30-4.30pm
The panel members will discuss the relevance of legislative science advice in Europe, including existent processes and mechanisms that support the use of evidence in national parliaments. It will also discuss initiatives taking place to institutionalise the provision of scientific evidence in countries in which institutionalised structures do not currently exist. The panel members will reflect on the way in which these structures operate, their impact on the parliamentary work and demand for evidence by parliamentarians. How does legislative science advice take place in a situation of crisis such as the Covid-19 pandemic?
Grant Hill-Cawthorne, Head of POST, UK
Melanie Peters, Director of Rathenau Instituut, NL
Andreu Climent, President of the initiative “Science in Parliament”, Spain
Carla Sousa, Vice-President of the Parliamentary Committee on Education, Science, Youth and Sports, Portugal (to be confirmed)
MODERATOR: Wiebe E. Bijker, Professor of Technology & Society, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture, Norwegian University of Science and Technology