WEBINAR: Who to trust on Covid-19? When science advice gets “dirty” in the political mud

02/11/2020 - 02/11/2020 UCD Research and Innovation
Location: Online
Address https://peritia-trust.eu/event/trust/
Opening Hours: 14:00-15:00 (CET)
A PERITIA interactive panel discussion on 2 November 2020, 14:00-15:00 (CET)

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?

Join the debate and send us your questions

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. Send us your questions live or in advance atinfo@peritia-trust.eu

Registration is open:peritia-trust.eu/event/trust/

About PERITIA

PERITIA – Policy, Expertise and Trust –is a Horizon 2020 funded international research project exploring the conditions under which people trust expertise used for shaping public policy.

In PERITIA, philosophers, social and natural scientists, policy experts, ethicists, psychologists, media specialists and civil society organisations come together to investigate the nature and conditions of public trust. The project will reviewthe role of science in policy decision-makingand the conditions under which people should trust and rely on expert opinion that shapes public opinion.

Thekey hypothesisexplored conceptually and tested empirically is that affective and normative factors play a central role in decisions to trust, even in cases where judgements of trustworthiness may seem to be grounded in epistemic considerations, such as professional reputation, reliability and objectivity.

The project will useclimate change and climate scienceas a test case. Ultimately, it seeks to design and provide practical tools and indicators which can be applied to measure and establish the trustworthiness of the agents and institutions involved in social and political decision making.

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