Trust in science

We explore trust in science, which is vital for informed decision-making. Science faces challenges in maintaining trust, particularly society's confidence in the scientific community's methods and findings, We aim to understand public and policymaker perceptions of science in a world where trust can be fragile.

Keynote address at the Institute for Advanced Study, University of Amsterdam

There are many reasons why this topic is so important and yet remains inadequately addressed, and I will look at the question though diverse lenses...


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Science and science systems: beyond semantics
When we conflate science and science systems, we risk undermining the place of science.  

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Opening address at the High Level Political Forum of the United Nations
Substantive changes are needed in science and serious commitment to funding is needed if the sustainability agenda is going to be realistically achieved.

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Opening remarks to the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) Science Day
We need to be honest. Progress on the SDGs has been disappointing. Covid-19 and conflict may create excuses, but there are deeper reasons.

Independent report on Future Research Assessment Programme released
The International Advisory Group (IAG) was established two years ago to give independent advice to the Future Research Assessment Programme (FRAP).

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International Advisory Group: Future Research Assessment Programme (FRAP)
Two years ago, Sir Peter Gluckman was appointed chair of the International Advisory Group (IAG) to give independent advice on the assessment of UK higher education research performance to the Future Research Assessment Programme (FRAP)...

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Strengthening trust in science and technology
Trust in science can be compromised by both internal and external factors.

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The challenges to social development
Humans evolved as social animals and our wellbeing ultimately depends on the state of family, communities, and the societies we live in.

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Call for merger of government science and higher education policy
Science and innovation policy and higher education policy need to be carved out and merged to create a new ministry to address New Zealand’s “over-competitive” and fragmented public science system and build an integrated relationship...


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