The Authority of Science: Is science just another voice in the policy debate?
Co-presented with the Tilburg Centre for Logic and Philosophy of Science, Tilburg University, Netherlands and Sydney Centre for the Foundations of Science, University of Sydney
From climate change to the classification of illegal drugs the extent to which scientific opinion should prevail over other voices in determining public policy is hotly contested. What is it about the nature of science that confers epistemic authority on scientific opinion, and what are the scope and limits of that authority?
Join us for a roundtable discussion between four distinguished scientists with extensive experience of the science-policy interface. Their perspectives on the authority of science in practice will provide a vital and challenging context for all those committed to the practice of contemporary science and its application in public policy.
* Chaired by Paul Willis, ABC TV science program Catalyst
* Professor Theodore L Brown, Dept of Chemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
* Professor David Castle, Chair of Innovation in the Life Sciences, University of Edinburgh
* Professor Christian List, Political Science and Philosophy at the London School of Economics
* Professor Rosemary Lyster, inaugural Professor of Climate and Environmental Law at the University of Sydney
Date: Friday 8 April, 2011
Time: 5.00pm to 6.30pm
Venue: Law School Foyer, Eastern Avenue, the University of Sydney
Cost: Free event, no registration required