Professor Peter Calow
STEP, Humphrey School
will speak on
Advice versus Advocacy at the Science/Public Policy Interface
The Stassen Room (Room 170)
Humphrey School, West Bank Campus
Advocacy based on science can bring scientists into the political arena, but to what extent does that compromise science advice? As scientists, should we be informing or seeking to influence public policy? Based on experience in Europe and the USA, and focused on risk assessment and management, this seminar will explore these questions by considering what science - taking a broad view that spans natural and social disciplines - brings to the policy arena. It will consider how the biases of individual scientists are addressed (or not) by the science process. A central theme will be that in any complex policy setting science provides choices that can only be resolved on the basis of preferences – but whose preferences? Social science plays a key role in all this; but can it deliver? One conclusion will be that the sciences should define policy options not make choices.
All are welcome! Refreshments will be served