The Covid-19 pandemic has become a real-time test for trust in expertise. Since the beginning of the crisis, scientific experts have been in the centre of public attention; some as independent voices, others as direct advisers to politicians; often in uncomfortable positions and perhaps too frequently contradicting each other. Some experts have turned into celebrities, enjoying praise but also receiving strong criticism and even, at times, being targeted by political campaigns. At the same time, the effectiveness of the policies to tackle the pandemic relies, to a large extent, on citizens’ trust in those experts and the politicians in charge of urgent decisions.
What lessons can we draw from the handling of the pandemic for understanding trust in policy-driven expertise? How have different countries dealt with the delicate enterprise of communicating and relying on uncertain and evolving evidence and advice in extremely difficult times? Is a loss of public trust in expertise the “collateral damage” of this crisis or are people trusting experts more than before?
In an interactive moderated discussion, leading experts of the PERITIA project will shed light on the different strategies used to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic across Europe and their impact on trust in expertise. The open roundtable discussion will be moderated by Dr Shane Bergin and actively engage the audience through polls and an extended interactive Q&A session.
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Dr Shane Bergin (Moderator)
Assistant Professor at University College Dublin
Prof Maria Baghramian
Professor of American Philosophy at University College Dublin
PERITIA Lead Investigator
Prof Bobby Duffy
Director of The Policy Institute at King’s College London
José van Dijck
Professor of Media Studies at University of Utrecht
Dr Carlo Martini
Assistant Professsor of Philosophy at Vita-Salute San Raffaele University
Tracey Brown (TBC)
Director of Sense about Science
PERITIA – Policy, Trust and Expertise
PERITIA is a Horizon 2020 research project investigating what drives public trust in science-based advice for policymaking. Funded by the EU programme Horizon 2020, the project brings together philosophers, social and natural scientists, policy experts, ethicists, psychologists, media specialists and civil society organisations to conduct a comprehensive multi-disciplinary research.
Berlin Science Week
Berlin Science Week is a 10-day international festival between 1 — 10 November bringing together the world’s most innovative scientific organisations to celebrate science, to connect and to engage the local and international science community with the public. The PERITIA Webinar will be part of the programme. Learn more about the event here.