The summer is your oyster
Thanks to all of you who contributed to make EuroScientist’s presence at ESOF 2014 a success. Thanks for your tweets, thanks for liking us and for showing your support through social media. The magazine will be suspending publication during July and August. We hope that this will give you time to reflect and send us some suggestions to editor[at]euroscience.org about what you wish to read about in the magazine from the autumn. Enjoy the summer! And don’t forget to be in touch!!!
EuroScientist coverage of ESOF 2014 on Storify
You can now follow all the updates related to the ESOF 2014 conference on our Storify account. This account will be updated throughout the conference with news, photos and news, so that those of you who cannot attend the conference, can still share in the fun. We will let you know about the atmosphere, the gossips, the exciting sessions and parties too. Stay tuned!
ESOF 2014 Special Issue
Those among our readers who have a sweet tooth will agree that such events can be compared to the cherry on the cake of academic life. Once every two years, it is time to enjoy this event, conducive to a stimulating flow of discussions. Participants are guaranteed to have fruitful encounters with people from various horizons, who may not be like-minded, but at least share similar concerns about European science, policy or science communication. This is what ESOF 2014 is about!
Do European countries need a Chief Scientific Adviser?
Health, transport, science and security: these are the areas of government where the mantra of ‘evidence-based policy making’ is repeated across departments. Especially for science, one would think that each European member State would have an easily identifiable individual that can provide independent, trusted advice to leaders on controversial topics such as shale gas or genetically modified crops.
Handling uncertainties and risks in society requires all actors to cooperate
Uncertainty is ubiquitous, and an inherent feature of scientific research. Scientists are therefore used to dealing with uncertainty. Those making decisions in society are much less comfortable with uncertainty since they need to be accountable to a public, who is often averse to the unknown. Things become even more complex when uncertain is associated with risks faced by society. This leads to question how modern societies can come to reasonable decisions, norms, regulations and measures to deal with ambiguity, uncertainty and risk.