Fact or Fake? – An ALLEA project aimed at tackling science disinformation. The initiative identifies and discusses the root causes leading to science-averse attitudes in European countries, particularly focusing on disinformation campaigns on Covid-19, climate change, and vaccinations. The project is led by a scientific committee composed of a multidisciplinary group of experts from across Europe. Supported by Compagnia di San Paolo, the project builds on and connects with past, on-going and upcoming ALLEA activities relevant to the topic of science disinformation / misinformation.
What is a Good Policy? Political Morality, Feasibility, and Democracy (GOODPOL) – Disagreement over policy is the normal state of politics. How we approach such disputes and which policy decisions we make are decisive for the distribution of benefits and burdens in society. Co-led by PERITIA investigator Cathrine Holst and Jakob Elster at the Centre for Advanced Study at the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, GOODPOL brings together philosophers and social scientists to make political philosophy that is applicable and sensitive to democratic concerns, and policy assessments that are conceptually adequate and in proper touch with moral requirements.
When Experts Disagree – A UCD research project led by Maria Baghramian and Luke Drury and funded by the Irish Research Council, involving epistemologists, philosophers of science, astrophysicists and environmental scientists. The project specifically addresses the societal challenge of climate change.
Truth, Trust and Expertise – An ALLEA working group and a transnational platform for perspectives on the relationship between truth, trust and expertise in the field of science. ALLEA and its Member Academies have developed a series of publications, workshops and conferences to find new responses and uphold the principles and values of science in times of contested expertise. Co-chaired by PERITIA Advisory Board member Onora O’Neill.
The European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity – Serves the European research community as a framework for self-regulation across all scientific and scholarly disciplines and for all research settings. Edited by ALLEA and its Member Academies, it addresses emerging challenges emanating from technological developments, open science, citizen science and social media, among other areas. The European Commission recognises the Code as the reference document for research integrity for all EU-funded research projects and as a model for organisations and researchers across Europe. It is available in all official EU languages.
Democracy in a Digital Society – The communication ecosystem is central to a well-functioning society. Its influence on shaping minds – and thus reality – has been emphasised by its enormous impact on recent events, underlining the fact that the control and ownership of the internet will be one of the most important battles of our time. Re-Imagine Europa and ALLEA are working together on proposals of what a European model for a digital society could look like and what values should guide this process.
Making Sense of Science – A Science Advice for Policy by European Academies (SAPEA) Report on making sense of science for policy under conditions of complexity and uncertainty. Now more than ever, policymakers need good quality science advice to inform their decisions, and the very policy issues for which scientific input is most needed are the ones where the science itself is often complex and uncertain.
Science Advice in Ireland and Europe – A Royal Irish Academy Discussion Paper. This document arises from a workshop held at the Royal Irish Academy on 11 February 2020 with the supportof SAPEA. The workshop brought together Irish and European experts to discuss the findings of the 2019 SAPEA report ‘Making Sense of Science for Policy under Conditions of Complexity and Uncertainty’, and its relevance to Ireland.
CRESA – The Milan-based Centre for Research in Experimental and Applied Epistemology led by PERITIA team member Matteo Motterlini from the Vita-Salute San Raffaele University studies the effectiveness of scientific communication regarding Climate Change.
Understanding our Political Nature – A Joint Research Center (JRC) report on how to put knowledge and reason at the heart of political decision-making. Sixty experts from across the globe working in the fields of behavioural and social sciences as well as the humanities discuss challenges and opportunities for evidence-informed policymaking.
TrustGov – This research project aims to understand the links connecting trust in (democratic) governance and trustworthiness. What drives public trust in governance around the world? Why should critical citizens seek to ‘trust but verify’? And what can be done to strengthen the optimal level of trust?
TRESCA – Trustworthy, Reliable and Engaging Scientific Communication Approaches focuses on understanding and developing trust in science communication. It concentrates efforts on innovating communication practices between scientific researchers, journalists and policy makers by drawing on the expertise of a diverse set of partners from multidisciplinary backgrounds.
EnTrust – Enlightened Trust in Governance is a multidisciplinary and international research project dedicated to provide novel insights into trust and distrust in governance and measures to support sustainable and democratic societies in Europe. Its main objective is to deepen our understanding of the dynamics of trust and distrust in governance and to help establish a starting point for citizens and governance actors to improve trust relations.
Trust in Governance and Regulation in Europe (TiGRE) – Provides an encompassing and coherent analytical framework for the study of trust relationships in governance. It studies under which conditions regulatory regimes are trusted by studying relationships among involved actors, such as regulators, political, administrative and judicial bodies, the regulated industries, service providers and their interest organisations, consumers and other societal interests, as well as citizens at large.
Mistrust of Scientific Expertise (MSE) – A project at Aarhus University that investigates discourses of mistrust of scientific expertise in online data. It interprets MSE as a cultural phenomenon evident in the discourses that legitimize and propagate it. The motivation for this project is that by understanding cultural expressions of MSE, we are closer to finding ways of addressing it.
Journalism Trust Initiative (JTI) – Developing indicators for trustworthiness of journalism to promote and reward compliance with professional norms and ethics. JTI is led by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) in partnership with the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the Global Editors Network (GEN) and Agence France Presse (AFP).
QUEST – A Horizon 2020 project on how to define, measure and support effective scientific communication, design tools and guidelines that would help improve its quality, and support the creation of a community of science communication stakeholders.
RETHINK #scicomm – A project that aspires to rethink science communication, both its theory and practice, to accommodate the major challenges to the individual and collective process of making sense about science. A guiding principle of RETHINK is that the contextual knowledge of citizens across the EU should play a vital role in shaping future scientific and technological developments and the sharing of this knowledge should be facilitated. The overall objective is to contribute to making the European science communication ecosystem more open, inclusive, reflexive and adaptive.
CONCISE – A study of the role of science communication in forming the perception and beliefs of EU citizens about science. CONCISE carried out five citizen consultations in Lisbon (Portugal), Valencia (Spain), Vicenza (Italy), Trnava (Slovakia) and Lodz (Poland), focusing on controversial topics such as vaccines, complementary and alternative medicines, climate change, and food safety.
EUNOMIA – Provides tools that assist social media users in adopting information hygiene routines and deciding whether information they come across online is trustworthy or not.
RRI Toolkit – Aiming for responsible research and innovation and aligning its outcomes with the values of society by connecting different aspects of the relationship between R&I and society: public engagement, open access, gender equality, science education, ethics, and governance.
The Embassy of Good Science – A platform for research integrity and ethics. Its goal is to promote research integrity among all those involved in research. The platform is open to anyone willing to learn or support others in fostering understanding and awareness around Good Science.
Transforming Evidence – The Transforming Evidence collaboration is a group of colleagues with a shared interest in how to produce and use evidence more effectively to address societal challenges. There is a lot of expertise and research evidence about how evidence is made and used, but this often stays in disciplinary and sectoral silos.
Observa Science in Society – A non-profit, independent research centre promoting the study and discussion of the interaction among science, technology and society, with the aim of stimulating dialogue among researchers, policymakers and citizens.
EGAP – A cross-disciplinary network of researchers and practitioners that is united by a focus on experimental research and is dedicated to generating and disseminating rigorous evidence on topics of governance, politics, and institutions.
Scientific Support for EU Policies
Group of Chief Scientific Advisors (GCSA) – This group is a part of the European Commission’s Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM). It gives the Commission independent, high quality scientific advice on a variety of topics.
European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies (EGE) – An independent, multi-disciplinary body which advises on all aspects of Commission policies where ethical, societal and fundamental rights issues intersect with the development of science and new technologies.
Projects for Policy (P4P) – This initiative aims to use the EU’s research and innovation project results to shape policy making by providing evidence for policy development and design, highlight gaps or barriers in current policy frameworks or approaches, and help develop new opportunities and innovative activities for any area of policy-making across Europe and the world.