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Science and Politics: A Complicated Relationship?

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Jesus College

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Oxford

OX1 3DW

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A Grand Challenges Seminar

The relationship between science and politics has always been complicated, but as we face escalating environmental challenges and a new technological landscape, their integration has never been more essential.

Scientific understanding is vital in all governmental sectors, yet scientific results are often complex and uncertain, which can be at odds with a politician’s need to make rapid and reliable decisions. The translation of scientific results into clear strategies therefore requires close collaboration between researchers and policy-makers.

While there have been many successes, the recent rise of populism and political polarization represent major threats to evidence-based decision making, and many people feel that politicians still regularly fail to make appropriate use of scientific evidence. How do we promote better communication between scientists and politicians? How can we encourage scientists to engage with politics, and politicians with science? Does the current structure of government foster a productive relationship?

In this seminar we will discuss the current challenges facing science and politics. Drawing from the speaker’s experience, we will reflect on the current status of science involvement in the decision-making process and highlight potential solutions to bridging the science-policy gap.

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