Putting science at the heart of society and culture - Panel Discussion
This talk is part of the ‘Science and populism: from evidence to narrative’ series, co-hosted by the Oxford Martin School and the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing, to celebrate their 20th Anniversary.

The growth of populism has led to a widening of rights and power of the people to question all elites – those holding leading positions not only in politics, but also in the media, arts and science. It is essential that those working in science and academia facilitate a deeper public understanding of the complexities of evidence. This is particularly acute given the increasing use of rhetoric or unrealistic proposals, including the questioning of scientific evidence, by those wishing to gain and retain popularist power.

With climate change being demoted to “weather events” by the US administration and Bank of England economic forecasts being labelled “Project Fear”, public understanding of the scientific process, the complexities of data analysis, and the often ambiguous, even opaque nature of scientific findings, is needed more than ever.

In the first of two panels exploring these complex issues, Emily Wilson, Editor of the New Scientist and Katherine Mathieson, Chief Executive, British Science Association will discuss and debate with Prof Sarah Harper, Oxford Institute of Population Ageing and the audience on communicating science in an era of increasing populism.
Date: 24 May 2018, 17:00 (Thursday, 5th week, Trinity 2018)
Venue: Corner of Catte and Holywell Streets
Speakers: Professor Sarah Harper (Oxford Institute of Population Ageing, University of Oxford), Emily Wilson (New Scientist), Katherine Mathieson (British Science Association)
Organising department: Oxford Martin School
Organisers: Oxford Martin School (University of Oxford), Professor Sarah Harper (Oxford Institute of Population Ageing, University of Oxford)
Organiser contact email address: events@oxfordmartin.ox.ac.uk
Part of: Science and populism: from evidence to narrative (Oxford Martin School, Oxford Institute of Population Ageing and University College Joint Series)
Booking required?: Required
Booking url: https://www.oxfordmartin.ox.ac.uk/event/2572
Booking email: events@oxfordmartin.ox.ac.uk
Audience: Public
Editor: Hannah Mitchell