26 September 2017
European Commission, Charlemagne Building
170 Rue de la Loi -1000, Brussels
On 26 September the Joint Research Centre organised its annual conference on “EU for facts: evidence for policy in a post-fact world“. The conference was the highlight of the JRC’s 60th Anniversary celebrations.
The topic of the conference was chosen to reflect the current crisis of evidence and facts. While the interaction between science and policy has never been straightforward, now it has been further complicated by the post-fact phenomenon. In response, the conference aimed to produce a set of clear recommendations for successful evidence-informed policy making at EU level.
This was the third Annual Conference organised by the JRC. The first Annual Conference in 2015 focused on “Building a resilient Europe in a globalised world“. The second one, in 2016, explored the topic of “Human capital for territorial growth“.
Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, responsible for the JRC, said: “Policymakers and politician must continuously improve their understanding of our changing world, as well as their own behavioural biases, to be able to find that new balance between facts and values.”
Vice-President Jyrki Katainen, responsible for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, delivered a key-note speech and Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, gave opening remarks in a session dedicated to the question of trust in science.
Other speakers included, among others, Pascal Lamy, former Director-General of the World Trade Organisation, Rush Holt, Chief Executive Officer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and Professor Steven Sloman of Brown University’s Department of Cognitive, Linguistic & Psychological Sciences.
Leading experts from the fields of science, policy and media discussed, among others, issues of trust in science, and the need to re-design policymaking using behavioural and decision science.
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