Engaging with society

BREAK-OUT SESSION

Thursday 20 September 2018 / 08:30 - 17:30

Public trust in risk governance is waning. Societal engagement has been proposed as a mode of science communication that could lead to better trusted risk decision-making by addressing both facts and values in an open two-way dialogue.

Moving towards deliberatively engaging society about societal issues could contribute to improving the quality, legitimacy and sustainability of the decision- and policy-making process. So far, risk communication has typically focused on communicating facts instead of values as a one-way process to deliver information, attempting to convince audiences of the legitimacy and authority of an expert-informed assessment.

This session will address: the relevance of societal engagement in regulatory science and decision-making; whether this engagement could be achieved in a meaningful manner, accounting for the latest developments in the field; and challenges associated with considering the wide range of societal concerns in risk governance and in communicating scientific uncertainties.

 

Chair
Barbara Gallani European Food Safety Authority
Chair
Ellen Vos Maastricht University
08:30-08:40

Opening of session and welcome

Barbara Gallani

European Food Safety Authority
08:40- 09:10

Quality of information, public engagement and the challenges of science communication 2.0

Massimiano Bucchi

University of Trento
09:10-09:35

Conceptualising and communicating risk in “post-trust societies”

Ragnar Löfstedt

King's Centre for Risk Management
09:35-10:00

Biases, illusions, and noise: Why providing scientific facts is good, but not enough

Lucia Reisch

Copenhagen Business School
10:00-10:30 Coffee break
10:30- 10:55

Observing news media in the misinformation ecosystem: The case of public health communications

Kannan Krishnaswamy

The George Institute for Global Health
10:55-11:20

Dealing with digital misinformation: A polarized context of narratives and tribes

Fabiana Zollo

Ca’ Foscari University of Venice
11:20-12:10

Moderated Panel discussion

Moderator: Tracey Brown

Sense about Science

Panellists

Massimiano Bucchi

University of Trento

Kannan Krishnaswamy

The George Institute for Global Health

Ragnar Löfstedt

King's Centre for Risk Management

Lucia Reisch

Copenhagen Business School

Fabiana Zollo

Ca’ Foscari University of Venice
12:10- 12:15

Wrap up of the morning part of the session

Barbara Gallani

European Food Safety Authority
12:15-13:45 Lunch and poster exhibit
Chair
Cissi Askwall European Science Engagement Association
Chair
Junshi Chen Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention
13:45- 13:50

Opening of the afternoon part of the session and welcome

Junshi Chen

Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention
13:50-14:10

We don’t live in a post-truth society

Tracey Brown

Sense about Science
14:10- 14:30

Participation and societal engagement in EU decision-making and research

Ellen Vos

Maastricht University
14:30- 14:35

Questions and answers

Junshi Chen

Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Engaging stakeholders in regulatory science: Practices and perspectives

14:35- 14:45

Introduction

Cissi Askwall

European Science Engagement Association
14:45-14-55

European Medicines Agency’s approach to Stakeholder Engagement

Melanie Carr

European Medicines Agency
14:55-15:05

Engaging stakeholders in science based consumer protection: Practices and perspectives from the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR)

Leonie Dendler

German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment
15:05-15:15

Opening up expertise to civil society: Case-study of the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety

Régine Fraysse-Boutrais

French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety
15:15-15:45 Coffee break

Engaging stakeholders in regulatory science: Practices and perspectives

15:45-16:20

Moderated Panel discussion: Representativeness in participation and societal engagement

Moderator: Cissi Askwall

European Science Engagement Association

Panellists

Melanie Carr

European Medicines Agency

Leonie Dendler

German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment

Régine Fraysse-Boutrais

French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety

Ellen Vos

Maastricht University
16:20-16:30

Optimising scientific value through engagement with society. Steps taken and direction to go

Didier Verloo

European Food Safety Authority
16:30-16:40

Social research strategies to explore trust in food and its regulator

Michelle Patel

UK Food Standards Agency
16:40-16:50

The involvement of civil society in risk communication activities

Davide Lecchini

Italian Ministry of Health
16:50-17:25

Moderated Panel discussion: Public engagement in risk assessment

Moderator: Cissi Askwall

European Science Engagement Association

Panellists

Tracey Brown

Sense about Science

Davide Lecchini

Italian Ministry of Health

Michelle Patel

UK Food Standards Agency

Didier Verloo

European Food Safety Authority
17:25-17:30

Wrap up – Concluding remarks

Junshi Chen

Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Cissi Askwall

European Science Engagement Association

 

17:30-18:00 Poster exhibit and poster pitches

rapporteurs

Giulia Nicolini European Food Safety Authority
Lucia Parrino European Food Safety Authority
Anthony Smith European Food Safety Authority
Domagoj Vrbos European Food Safety Authority

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