A recent US study showed that when scientists take public policy positions, their scientific credibility with some publics is undermined. In an environmental culture where the boundaries between science and activism are substantially blurred (and may always have been) what is the future role of science and of individual scientists in the policy debate? Do activist scientists undermine the credibility of their own and others’ science? Is it possible for science to inform policy without becoming tarred with the activist brush? Is there a case for building stronger firewalls between science and environmental activism?
A group of scientists and non-scientists will come together to discuss these issues in the spirit of the salon as public sphere.
London, December 6th, 2012