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
Moderator
Frédéric Simon EurActiv
13:30-14:00

Opening and welcome

Bernhard Url

European Food Safety Authority
14:00-14:35

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 (TBC)

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

Panelists

Julie Girling

European People’s Party

Monique Goyens

The European Consumer Organisation

Jorgo Riss

Greenpeace

Bernhard Url

European Food Safety Authority

Bjorn Hansen

European Chemical Agency
17:55-18:00

Wrap up – Concluding remarks

Frédéric Simon

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

rapporteurs

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

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