July 8, 2014, by Andrew Gibson
Panel 1: The science-policy interface (Daniele Fanelli, Sheila Jasanoff, Beth Taylor and Chris Tyler)
The below video features contributions from Daniele Fanelli (Visiting Professor, School of Library and Information Services, University of Montreal), Sheila Jasanoff (Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies, Harvard Kennedy School), Dr Beth Taylor (Chair of the UK National Committee for the International Year of Light 2015 and former Director of Communications at the Institute of Physics) and Dr Chris Tyler, Director of the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology).
The session primarily covered transparency in science and the role of science advisors in politics and policy-making, with a particular case study on nuclear waste management in Scotland. It was followed by a lively Q&A about, among other things, whether science advice is always politicised and whether academics can and should overcome their trepidation about involvement with policy-making processes.
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