Past Featured Event
Science and Populism: from evidence to narrative
This series is co-hosted by the Oxford Martin School, University College and the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing, to celebrate their 20th Anniversary
People increasingly need bodies that can provide trusted and open information, and when an issue isn’t black and white, to explain why there’s a debate and guide them through the evidence. Academics need to lay bare the scientific process: the complexities of data analysis, and the often ambiguous, even opaque nature of scientific findings. But similarly governments need to be more open with their citizens. Drawing together high level speakers from academic, policy and media, this series will consider how to combine the best in scientific evidence with new forms of creative discourse drawn from the arts and humanities. It will consider the role of our institutions and governments in recognizing and facilitating this. It will engage those from the across the spectrum of science and social science, the arts and humanities with government, the private sector, and civil society in open debate and discussion around significant scientific advances and their implications. Indeed, it is at the intersection of science and society where scientific advances have the potential to transform daily life, that the greatest challenges lie.