"Science meets Parliament" focuses on role of science in post-fact society
The third annual "Science meets Parliament" gathering took place in Brussels on 28 November 2017. At this event, Members of the European Parliament, policy-makers from EU institutions, Member States, national parliaments, and regional authorities meet scientists and representatives from academies and universities. The event this year focused on the role of science in a post-fact society.
The event was organised jointly by the JRC with the European Parliament's Science and Technology Options Assessment (STOA) panel. Based on the discussions at the September 2017 JRC annual conference "EU4facts: evidence for policy in a post-fact world", "Science meets Parliament" discussed the role role of science in a post-fact society, the role of regions and cities in evidence-informed policy-making, young scientists' role and perspectives, and the importance of art and science for innovation.
The sixth STOA MEP-Scientists Pairing Scheme was also launched during the event. This year it consists of 17 bilateral meetings between MEPs and scientists, including two from the JRC, and participation of scientists in EP Committees. This project familiarises MEPs with the latest scientific developments in their field of interest, and allows scientists experience the complexity of political decision making.
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Photo: Science meets Parliament event, by EU/JRC