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Science and Society
Monday, 26 October 2020, 15:00Add to calendarResponsibility and Accountability in ScienceHeather Douglas, Michigan State University, USAHost: Lucia von BredowVirtual seminar, EMBL Grenoble
Abstract: Some authors presume that responsibility is internal to science (how the scientific community manages its obligations to each other) whereas accountability is external to science (institutional mechanisms of enforcement for behavior). I argue here that this view is mistaken. Both responsibility and accountability have internal and external aspects to their functioning within science. Scientists have responsibilities to each other and hold each other accountable for particular standards. Scientists are also accountable to people and institutional structures outside of the scientific community and have responsibilities to those who are not scientists. Rather than internal vs. external being the appropriate difference maker for accountability and responsibility, it is the nature of the obligation and how it gets enforced that makes the difference. Accountability involves clear standards and clear enforcement mechanisms. It usually involves minimum floors for acceptable actions as well. If one falls below that floor, that clear minimum standard, one can expect to bear the brunt of some negative consequences. Responsibility, on the other hand, can involve both minimum floors and ideals to which one strives, but never reaches. It should shape how one evaluates the choices one makes overall, assessing their worth, with respect to the range of moral obligations one has. Clarifying the difference between responsibility and accountability informs how institutions and individuals should grapple with the complexities of doing science.
TAC Seminar
Wednesday, 28 October 2020, 16:00Add to calendarTo be announcedHarald Bernhard, EMBL, FranceEMBL Seminar Room, EMBL Grenoble
Career Event
Friday, 30 October 2020, 11:00Add to calendarEMBL Careers Webinar | Careers in science communicationLucas Sanchez, Scienseed, Spain | Sophie Lutter, OXGENE, United KingdomHost: EMBL Fellows' Career ServiceVirtual seminar, EMBL Grenoble
Journal Club
Friday, 30 October 2020, 13:00Add to calendarTo be announcedTomas Kouba, EMBL Grenoble, FranceEMBL Seminar Room, EMBL Grenoble
Progress Report
Wednesday, 4 November 2020, 16:00Add to calendarTo be announcedEva Kowalinski, EMBL Grenoble, FranceEMBL Seminar Room, EMBL Grenoble
Journal Club
Friday, 6 November 2020, 13:00Add to calendarAlice Stelfox, EMBL Grenoble, FranceEMBL Seminar Room, EMBL Grenoble
Career Event
Friday, 13 November 2020, 11:00Add to calendarEMBL Careers Webinar | Applying to postdoc fellowshipsIna Huppertz, EMBL Heidelberg, Germany | Barbara Pauly, Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP), France | Luca Scorrano, Veneto Institute of Molecular Medicine, ItalyHost: EMBL Fellows' Career Service + EMBL Grants ServicesVirtual seminar, EMBL Grenoble
Journal Club
Friday, 13 November 2020, 13:00Add to calendarTo be announcedRahul Kumar Sharma, EMBL Grenoble, FranceEMBL Seminar Room, EMBL Grenoble
Progress Report
Wednesday, 18 November 2020, 16:00Add to calendarSagar Bhogaraju, EMBL, FranceEMBL Seminar Room, EMBL Grenoble
Journal Club
Friday, 20 November 2020, 13:00Add to calendarTo be announcedSimonne Anne Griffith-Jones, EMBL, FranceEMBL Seminar Room, EMBL Grenoble
Progress Report
Wednesday, 25 November 2020, 16:00Add to calendarDaniel Peter, EMBL, FranceEMBL Seminar Room, EMBL Grenoble
Career Event
Friday, 27 November 2020, 11:00Add to calendarEMBL Careers Webinar | Careers in European science policy and administrationNadia El-Mjiyad, European Research Council, Belgium | James Morris, Science Europe, BelgiumHost: EMBL Fellows' Career ServiceVirtual seminar, EMBL Grenoble
Journal Club
Friday, 27 November 2020, 13:00Add to calendarEymery Mathias, EMBL Grenoble, FranceEMBL Seminar Room, EMBL Grenoble
Progress Report
Wednesday, 2 December 2020, 16:00Add to calendarIrina Cornaciu, EMBL, FranceEMBL Seminar Room, EMBL Grenoble
Career Event
Friday, 4 December 2020, 11:00Add to calendarEMBL Careers Webinar | Applying to group leader positionsMonica Bettencourt-Dias, Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciencia, Portugal | Jason Chin, MRC Laboratory for Molecular Biology, UK | Patrick Meraldi, Universite de Geneve, SwitzerlandHost: EMBL Fellows' Career ServiceVirtual seminar, EMBL Grenoble
Journal Club
Friday, 4 December 2020, 13:00Add to calendarTo be announcedAnna Dubankova, EMBL Grenoble, FranceEMBL Seminar Room, EMBL Grenoble
Progress Report
Wednesday, 9 December 2020, 16:00Add to calendarIsabel Chillon, EMBL, FranceEMBL Seminar Room, EMBL Grenoble
Journal Club
Friday, 11 December 2020, 13:00Add to calendarTo be announcedPauline Juyoux, EMBL Grenoble, FranceEMBL Seminar Room, EMBL Grenoble
Progress Report
Wednesday, 16 December 2020, 16:00Add to calendarTo be announcedCatarina da Silva, EMBL, FranceEMBL Seminar Room, EMBL Grenoble
Journal Club
Friday, 18 December 2020, 13:00Add to calendarTo be announcedDaniel Peter, EMBL, FranceEMBL Seminar Room, EMBL Grenoble
Science and Society
Friday, 26 February 2021, 14:00Add to calendarChallenging the Misrepresentation of Science and Evidence in Public LifeTracey Brown, OBE, Sense About Science, United KingdomHost: Lucia von BredowIBS Seminar Room, EMBL Grenoble
Abstract: There is much concern about the public regard for standards and norms of evidence and anxiety that carefully assembled facts and data are becoming seemingly dispensable. In 2016, ‘post-truth’ officially entered the dictionary; in the years since, commentators have worried that societies are no longer interested in the carefully assembled data and conclusions of scientific inquiry. Across Europe, conferences have sprung up among research and regulatory bodies asking how to operate in a world of Facebook filter bubbles and alternative facts. Amid this anxiety, we are in danger of seeing only memes that reinforce it, of believing that people just hear what they are already disposed to hear, that there is no scope for persuasion and factual credibility is pointless. Sense about Science’s experience of working with the public tells a different story - in fact, many different stories, of the public interest in sound science and evidence. That interest in science and evidence is borne out in surveys: scientists are still trusted to tell the truth and are the only group to enjoy consistently strong public trust since the 1970s. In the UK, an Ipsos MORI 2016 poll found that 86% of people want the government to consult experts on complex subjects. Working with the public reminds us that monitoring and analysing are key to public empowerment and democratic accountability; and it expands our imagination about how researchers can collaborate with the public more effectively. Sense about Science's public-led, expert-fed approach has served up some interesting lessons for discussion. The question before the research world therefore is how to equip people to make sense of their natural and social systems: how can we truly embark on those journeys together, with the public and in the public interest?