Science activism: going beyond informing policy and society

19 Oct 2023
20 Oct 2023
Girona, Spain and online
EuroScience, Ministry of Research and Universities of the Catalan Government, Catalan Foundation for Research and Innovation (FCRI)

Science is a key component of the policymaking process as it provides decision-makers with important information on the increasingly complex societal challenges and allows them to consider the potential consequences of the policies needed to deal with them. Despite the increasing acceptance of science advice, many believe that scientists and research communities should be doing more to ensure that humanities most pressing issues are not only understood by those in decision-making positions, but also addressed. This growing desire, both from within and outside of the scientific community, for scientists to play a larger role in political processes with the intent of achieving a positive societal change is often referred to as Science Activism.

Science Activism goes beyond the role that scientists play in providing information to support evidence-informed policymaking. It can add purpose to research, connect scientists to society, and ensure important political issues are addressed in a meaningful and rigorous way. However, it may also lead society to question the unbiased nature of research and the scientific community.

This Event will lead participants through a discussion on how scientists can not only effectively translate and disseminate research to support evidence-informed policymaking but on how and when it is appropriate for scientists to act as advocates. It will highlight the emerging role of the Science Activist as well as some of the pitfalls and challenges that come along with this increased level of engagement.

It is organised as part of the EuroScience Policy Forum in collaboration with EuroScience, the Ministry of Research and Universities of the Catalan Government and the Catalan Foundation for Research and Innovation, Spain.