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14: Science-based policy-making in times of post-truth?

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Hauptschule
Breakout / Democracy & Governance
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In this so-called post-fact era, with emotions and perceptions increasingly influencing political action – as opposed to concrete facts and evidence – there is a growing scepticism in society toward science. How can scientific institutions at the EU and national levels create science-based innovation and generate trust for evidence-based policy-making in this context?

Head of the Gielen-Leyendecker-Group, Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods, Bonn
Professor of Science Policy, University of Sussex
President, BfR - German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment, Berlin
Executive Director, EFSA - European Food Safety Authority, Parma

Dr. Susann FIEDLER

Head of the Gielen-Leyendecker-Group, Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods, Bonn

PhD Postdoc
2010-2013
since 2013

B.Sc. MA MPhil Ph.D. Erik MILLSTONE

Professor of Science Policy, University of Sussex

Lecturer in Philosophy, Universities of Leeds; University of Nottingham Lecturer in the History and Social Studies of Science, University of Sussex Lecturer in Sciece Policy, University of Sussex Senior Lecturer in Science Policy, University of Sussex Reader in Science Policy, University of Sussex
1971-1973
1973-1986
1987-1995
1995-2001
2001-2005

DDr. Andreas HENSEL

President, BfR - German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment, Berlin

tertiary qualification and specialised studies (title Dr. med. vet), University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover PhD, University of Utrecht Senior scientist and full professor for Animal Hygiene and Federal Animal Pest Control, University of Vienna University lecturer for Microbiology and qualification as veterinary specialist ("Fachtierarzt") in Microbiology, Animal Hygiene, Clinical Laboratory Medicine, Epidemiology and Food Hygiene (habilitation) Director and Chair at the Institute for Animal Hygiene and Veterinary Public Health, University of Leipzig
1979-1988
1991-1997
1990-1997
1997
1997-2003

Dr. Bernhard URL

Executive Director, EFSA - European Food Safety Authority, Parma

 Dr. Bernhard Url was appointed Executive Director of EFSA in June 2014, having served as Acting Executive Director for seven months. Dr. Url joined EFSA in June 2012 as Head of the Risk Assessment and Scientific Assistance Department. A qualified veterinarian by training, he brings high-level management experience from food-safety organisations to his role at EFSA.
 Prior to joining the Authority, Dr. Url was Managing Director of the Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES), which represents Austria on EFSA’s Advisory Forum. From 2008 to March 2012, he also served as a member of EFSA’s Management Board.
 During his 10 years at AGES, he was in charge of technical and scientific affairs with a remit that included the timely delivery of risk assessment and risk management services across a wide range of areas. This included ensuring effective risk communications during urgent food safety-related events.
 Prior to AGES Dr. Url spent five years as an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Milk Hygiene and Milk Technology at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna before running a food quality control laboratory from 1993 to 2002.
 Dr. Url graduated from the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna in 1987 and became a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1990. He has published in the field of veterinary medicine with a particular focus on listeria and milk hygiene.

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26.08.2017

12:00 - 16:00 Professional Programme “Our World’s Future” Partner
13:00 - 16:00 Professional Programme on Strategies of Influence Partner
13:00 - 16:00 Generational perspectives on security policy Partner

27.08.2017

07:00 - 10:00 Devil’s diplomacy Partner
07:00 - 10:00 Professional Programme on Strategies of Influence Partner
08:00 - 10:00 The 2016 US election behind the scenes Plenary
08:00 - 09:30 Fireside Talk with Ruth Dreifuss: women and power Partner
12:00 - 14:30 Opening: values and visions of a united Europe Plenary
15:00 - 16:30 Acknowledging reality: coming to grips with the international system Plenary
17:00 - 18:30 The USA, the EU and Russia: what changes does the new US administration bring? Plenary

28.08.2017

06:30 - 07:30 Breakfast Club 03: POLITICO morning briefing Plenary
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 04: Military cooperation as a means to overcome security challenges Breakout
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 07: The EU on trial: 60 years of conflict and cooperation in Europe Breakout
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 08: Geoengineering: governance implications, technical options and risks Breakout
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 06: Alternative facts, provocations and social division: how to deal with populism Breakout
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 05: How to reconcile interests in societies with declining social cohesion Breakout
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 02: From conflicts to collaborative governance: using open data and collective intelligence to achieve public-sector innovation Breakout
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 03: May I stay or should I go? The impact of climate change on migration Breakout
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 01: War and democracy in Ukraine: what is the future? Breakout
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 09: Genome editing: governing on the cusp of uncertainty Breakout
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 11: Innovation in a contested environment: from the outside in and the inside out Breakout
10:30 - 12:00 Lunch reception Breakout
10:30 - 11:30 Fireside Talk with Talia Sasson Partner
12:00 - 14:30 Breakout Session 18: Mission-oriented innovation policy in practice Breakout
12:00 - 14:30 Breakout Session 13: New freedoms, old constraints? Challenges of integrating female refugees in Austria Breakout
12:00 - 14:30 Breakout Session 12: Digital Security: Social Media Breakout
12:00 - 14:30 Breakout Session 17: Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe: catching up or showing the way? Breakout
12:00 - 14:30 Breakout Session 15: Migration and the Arts: Europe’s next narrative Breakout
12:00 - 14:30 Breakout Session 14: Science-based policy-making in times of post-truth? Breakout
12:00 - 14:30 Breakout Session 20: The Arctic: new narratives for a disputed territory Breakout
12:00 - 14:30 Breakout Session 19: An end to a costly war: alternatives to failed drug policies Breakout
12:00 - 14:30 Breakout Session 16: The Dublin dilemma and the way out Breakout
12:00 - 14:30 Breakout Session 21: Democracy reloaded: what can we learn from bottom-up democratic innovations? Breakout
15:30 - 17:00 Security and liberty in the digital future Plenary
17:30 - 19:00 Green Innovation: urgent & important at once Plenary

29.08.2017

07:00 - 10:30 Transformative pathways to sustainability: from perception to changing behaviour Plenary