Make scientific facts great again: What Europe can do about it


27.06.2017 - 11:00 to 12:00


Danish Broadcast Concert Hall

In recent years, the world has seen a surge of populist movements that deny or distort scientific facts. Europe is not immune to these developments as can be seen in electoral results from all corners of the continent, West and East, North and South. The session will discuss the reasons for these developments and discuss strategies to put scientific evidence back into its rightful place in political and societal debates in Europe.


Dame Anne Glover, Vice-Principal for External Affairs and Dean for Europe, University of Aberdeen
And then they came for the experts: Lessons from Brexit

Sofie Vanthournout, Director Sense about Science EU (Belgium)
-Making sure that facts are not screwed up in Brussels

Angelika Mlinar, Member of the European Parliament (Austria)
- Defending scientific facts in European politics: A report from the battlefield

Rolf Heuer, former Director-General of CERN, Chair of the European Commission’s High Level Group of Scientific Advisors (SAM)
How? The Commission’s Scientific Advice Mechanism

Moderator: Wolfgang Goede, European Union of Science Journalists’ Associations 


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