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PERITIA Public Lecture: Trustworthy Science Advice

May 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm +04


About the Event: 

Truth and trust are becoming contentious topics for science and democracy. Conspiracy theories disrupt political elections, disinformation campaigns target scientific consensus around climate change and vaccines, and anti-elite populism overshadows public debates. In the midst of a pandemic, citizens find themselves asking quintessential philosophical questions: what truth is, whom we can trust, or how we should trust.

The PERITIA Public Lectures delve into these phenomena to explore the concept of trust and truth in light of current events. Prominent philosophers and academics from Europe and the U.S. come together to present their latest research on trust in science, conspiracy theories, trustworthy science, truth and democracy, and trust and cognitive science.

The lectures are open to all upon registration via Zoom and moderated by science communicator Shane Bergin. The first part of this online series runs every second Tuesday, from April to June 2021. Participants are invited to join an interactive Q&A debate after each lecture. Reading materials are available for academic purposes. Registration is free. For registration and details about the upcoming lectures visit here.

About the Speaker: 

Heather Douglas is an associate professor in the Department of Philosophy and a member of the Socially Engaged Philosophy of Science Group at Michigan State University. She received her Ph.D. from the History and Philosophy of Science Department at the University of Pittsburgh in 1998 and has held tenure-line faculty positions at the University of Puget Sound, the University of Tennessee, and the University of Waterloo.

She is the author of Science, Policy, and the Value-Free Ideal (2009), as well as numerous articles on values in science, the moral responsibilities of scientists, and the role of science in democratic societies. She edits the book series Science, Values, and the Public for the University of Pittsburgh Press. Her work has been supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Language: English with simultaneous Armenian translation


May 18
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm +04
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University College Dublin Centre for Ethics in Public Life
AUA within Horizon 2020 “PERiTiA – Policy, Expertise, and Trust in Action” project.


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