Where science meets society: Putting risk assessment in context

PLENARY SESSION

Tuesday 18 September 2018 / 13:30 - 18:00

The interplay between science, risk assessment and policy has become increasingly complex because we live in a world in which values are becoming more influential than facts in shaping public opinion. Science is increasingly  mistrusted; discussions about risks are often polarised and politicised; scientific arguments serve as proxies for  differences in values. In such a challenging time scientific advice is in high demand while risk managers need to balance facts and values effectively and be able to rely on robust and fit-for-purpose risk assessments. This session will explore approaches that can contribute to restoring the credibility of and trust in risk assessment, by placing it in a societal context. The session will end with a moderated panel discussion.

 

Chair
Barbara Gallani European Food Safety Authority
13:30-13:55

Opening of the conference and welcome

Bernhard Url

European Food Safety Authority
13:55 - 14:05

Opening of the session

Barbara Gallani

European Food Safety Authority
14:05-14:35

Science meeting society? The old, the new and the uncertain in-between

Silvio Funtowicz

University of Bergen
14:35-15:00

Managing values in science and risk assessment

Kevin Elliott

Michigan State University
15:00-15:25

Using problem formulation to identify relevant and reliable information for risk assessment and decision-making

Philip Macdonald

Canadian Food Inspection Agency
15:25-15:55 Coffee break
15:55-16:20

Communicating uncertainty without losing trust and credibility

David Spiegelhalter

University of Cambridge
16:20-16:45

Responsible research, innovation & risk assessment: Are we there yet?

Fern Wickson

Genøk
16:45-17:55

Moderated Panel discussion

Moderator: Frédéric Simon

EurActiv

Panellists

Klaus Berend

European Commission

Julie Girling

European People’s Party

Monique Goyens

The European Consumer Organisation

Bjorn Hansen

European Chemical Agency

Jorgo Riss

Greenpeace

Bernhard Url

European Food Safety Authority
17:55-18:00

Wrap up – Concluding remarks

Frédéric Simon

EurActiv
18:15-18:45 Poster exhibit and poster pitches
19:00-20:00 Cocktail

rapporteurs

Yann Devos European Food Safety Authority
James Ramsay European Food Safety Authority
Tobin Robinson European Food Safety Authority
Victoria Villamar European Food Safety Authority

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