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How Does Public Skepticism Influence Science?

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How Does Public Skepticism Influence Science?

Supported by the Novo Nordisk Foundation and Synapse Life Science Connect

The lecture on the 19th of April 2018 features Klemens Kappel, Professor and head of section at the Department of Media, Cognition and Communication at the University of Copenhagen. His talk will address how new and emerging life science and plant science technologies (NBTs) are often considered controversial among members of the public, or feared to become controversial, in spite of scientific consensus that they can be used in safe and beneficial ways.
An influential view holds first, that while NBTs may be both safe and beneficial, they are nonetheless rife with ethical problems and this is reflected in public skepticism. Second, that the regulatory framework for NBTs should to a considerable degree reflect this public skepticism. Public scepticism, real and anticipated, has thereby come to play a major role in regulation, funding decisions and developments of research strategies for life science and plant science.

Speaker: Klemens Kappel, Professor, UCPH

Klemens Kappel is a professor at the Department of Media, Cognition and Communication at University of Copenhagen. His main research area is social epistemology which covers questions concerning how knowledge, beliefs or evidence for beliefs may be generated in or depend on social context.

15:45 Welcome and registration (coffee/tea, water available)
16:00 Start of the lecture
17:30 Networking with a drink and a snack
18:30 Thank you for a splendid end of day!

· When: April 19th from 4.00 to 6.30 pm
· Where: The Novo Nordisk Foundation, Tuborg Havnevej 19, 2900 Hellerup
· Cost: Participation is free
· Signup: Signup starts April 12th at 13.00

Any questions can be addressed to cbsl@synapse-connect.org