PNS 5 Symposium: Knowledge, Science Practices and Integrity: Quality through Post-Normal Science Lenses.
University of Florence (Florence, IT)
21-23 September 2020
As science's inter-penetration with technology, finance, politics and mass-media becomes ever more profound, new challenges arise. Scientific practices are becoming increasingly diverse — for example, as citizen science, DIY and makers movements gain prominence, and traditional, local and indigenous knowledge are (re)valued. Plurality in the forms of knowledge increases complexity. In this context, the protection of integrity and quality of knowledge includes critical thinking about science itself. New demarcations are needed, between science practices with qualities that are negotiated with society, and practices that are shoddy, entrepreneurial, opportunistic, reckless, vacuous, or outright dirty. Confronting issues at the science-technology-policy interface with PNS lenses yields something more rigorously managed than politics, less precise than laboratory science, more challenging than either of them, and with the potential to restore integrity to science practice and prudence in policy advice.
Sabina Leonelli, Professor in Philosophy and History of Science at the University of Exeter.
Laura Maxim, Researcher in environmental science for policy at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) in France.
Barbara Prainsack, Professor for Comparative Policy Analysis at the University of Vienna, and at King's College London.
Jeroen P. van der Sluijs, Professor in Theory of Science & Ethics of the Natural Sciences, at the University of Bergen and Associate Professor in new and emerging risks at Utrecht University, The Netherlands.
Zora Kovacic, Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities, University of Bergen (NO).
Dorothy Jane Dankel
Bruna De Marchi
Thor Olav Iversen
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