Science for Policy

By SAPEA

How far should we rely on science to make political decisions? What makes a good science advisor — or a good science advice system? What do we do when the evidence is incomplete or controversial? What happens when science advice goes wrong and how can we fix it? We explore these questions, and many more, in conversation with the researchers, policymakers and communicators who make science advice happen around the world. The Science for Policy podcast is produced by SAPEA, part of the European Commission’s Scientific Advice Mechanism. We are a consortium of more than a hundred European academies, funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant number 737432. The many and varied opinions expressed on this podcast are those of the guests themselves. They do not necessarily represent the views of SAPEA or the European Commission.

  1. 1.
    Who‘s afraid of epistemic diversity?
    52:31
  2. 2.
    Kristian Krieger and Stijn Verleyen on mapping Europe‘s science advice landscape
    46:06
  3. 3.
    Piotr Magnuszewski and Nicole Arbour on games at the science-policy interface
    1:11:40
  4. 4.
    Caroline Wagner on the internationalisation of science and policy
    56:40
  5. 5.
    Leonie Tanczer, María Jarquín and Natasha Boyd on diversity in science advice
    1:03:50
  6. 6.
    Adriana Bankston on career moves from science to policy
    39:19
  7. 7.
    David Budtz Pedersen on measuring the impact of science advice
    1:01:13
  8. 8.
    Pia Kinhult on connecting policy with big science
    36:16
  1. 9.
    Christina Moberg on the public role of academies
    31:42
  2. 10.
    Risto Nieminen and Jaakko Kuosmanen on inventing a new science advice system
    46:10
  3. 11.
    Jan Marco Müller on science advice for diplomats
    36:16
  4. 12.
    George Griffin on the science and policy of COVID vaccination
    1:02:32
  5. 13.
    Natasha Gardiner on science for policy in Antarctica
    44:38
  6. 14.
    Roger Pielke Jr on shadow science advice
    49:03
  7. 15.
    Tracey Brown on data modelling in policy advice
    49:28
  8. 16.
    Fred Fenter and Stephan Kuster on the scientific community's response to COVID-19
    33:54
  9. 17.
    Pieter Duisenberg, Liesbeth Hulst and Joost Sneller on science in the Dutch parliament
    50:57
  10. 18.
    Paul Nurse, Peter Piot and Christiane Woopen on ethics and multidisciplinarity
    58:01
  11. 19.
    Miriam Frankel on how journalists report science advice
    34:09
  12. 20.
    Florian Süssenguth on advising Chancellor Merkel
    30:41
  13. 21.
    Erin Macdonald on being Star Trek's science advisor
    45:22
  14. 22.
    Antonio Loprieno on the history and future of knowledge
    55:27
  15. 23.
    Cathrine Holst on reasons to mistrust experts
    35:04
  16. 24.
    Maria da Graça Carvalho on the origin of the European Commission’s science advice mechanism
    37:14
  17. 25.
    Cary Funk on whether people trust science
    26:21
  18. 26.
    Clarissa Rios Rojas on talking to policymakers about catastrophic risk
    26:52
  19. 27.
    Mark Walport on the UK's use of science advice during COVID-19
    45:12
  20. 28.
    Vladimír Šucha and Marta Sienkiewicz on why science advice needs to change
    55:54
  21. 29.
    Bart Koelmans on communicating risk and uncertainty to policymakers
    53:40
  22. 30.
    Rolf Heuer and Pearl Dykstra on being a chief science advisor
    51:46
  23. 31.
    Peter Gluckman on the worldwide response to COVID-19
    49:30

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