Science in Transition Conference

When:
7 November 2013  -  8 November 2013
Where:
KNAW, Kloveniersburgwal 29, 1011 JV Amsterdam
Phone:
+31 20 551 0727
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Over the next few years, science will have to make a number of important transitions. There is deeply-felt uncertainty and discontent on a number of aspects of the scientific system: the tools measuring scientific output, the publish-or-perish culture, the level of academic teaching, the scarcity of career opportunities for young scholars, the impact of science on policy, and the relationship between science, society and industry.

The checks and balances of our scientific system are in need of revision. To accomplish this, science should be evaluated on the basis of its added value to society. The public should be given a better insight in the process of knowledge production: what parties play a role and what issues are at stake? Stakeholders from society should become more involved in this process, and have a bigger say in the allocation of research funding. This is the view of the Science in Transition initiators Huub Dijstelbloem (WRR/UvA), Frank Huisman (UU/UM), Frank Miedema (UMC Utrecht), Jerry Ravetz (Oxford) and Wijnand Mijnhardt (Descartes Centre, UU).

Representatives of science, policy-making and governance will address these issues on 7 and 8 November 2013.

Programme

Thursday, 7 November

9:30-10:00 a.m.

Registration, coffee and tea

10:00-10:30 a.m.

Welcome, and historical perspective by Jerome Ravetz

10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Morning session: Quality and Corruption
Chair: Sally Wyatt (Professor of Digital Cultures in Development, Department Technology and Society Studies, Maastricht University)
Key note: Drummond Rennie (Editor Journal of the American Medical Association, adjunct Professor of Medicine in the Institute for Health Policy Studies, University of California, San Francisco)
Commentators:
Henk van Houten (General Manager Philips Research)
Jan Vandenbroucke (Professor of Clinical Epidemiology, Department of Clinical Epidemiology, Leiden University Hospital)
Frank Miedema (Dean and vice-chairman of the Board, Professor of Immunology, UMC Utrecht)

12:30-2:00 p.m.

Lunch

2:00-4:00 p.m.

Afternoon session: Image and Trust
Chair: Rob Hagendijk (Associate Professor Department Political Science, University of Amsterdam)
Key note: Sheila Jasanoff (Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies, Harvard Kennedy School)
Commentators:
Ruud Abma (Assistant Professor Social Sciences Utrecht University / Descartes Centre)
Hans Altevogt (Greenpeace), Jeroen Geurts (Chairman Young Academy KNAW, Professor Translational Neuroscience VU Medical Center)
Rudolf van Olden (Director Medical & Regulatory Glaxo Smith Kline Netherlands)
Frank Huisman (Professor in the History of Medicine, Julius Center UMC Utrecht / Descartes Centre)

4:00-4:30 p.m.

Discussion

4:30 p.m.

Drinks

 

 

Friday, 8 November

9:30-10:00 a.m.

Registration, coffee and tea

10:00-10:15 a.m.

Welcome

10:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Morning session: Communication and Democracy
Chair: Peter Vermij (Director Bird’s Eye Communications)
Key note: Mark Brown (Professor in the Department of Government at California State University, Sacramento)
Commentators:
Peter Blom (CEO Triodos Bank), Jasper van Dijk (Member of Parliament Socialist Party), Rinie van Est (Coordinator Technology Assessment division Rathenau Institute)
Arthur Petersen (Chief Scientist at the PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (Planbureau voor de Leefomgeving, PBL) / Professor of Science and Environmental Public Policy in the IVM Institute for Environmental Studies at VU University Amsterdam)
Huub Dijstelbloem (Senior staff member Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR) / Department Philosophical Tradition in Context, University of Amsterdam)

12:30-2:00 p.m.

Lunch

2:00- 4:00 p.m.

Afternoon session: General Debate and Conclusions
Chair: Mirko Noordegraaf (Professor of Public Management, Utrecht School of Governance, Utrecht University)
Key note: Hans Clevers (President of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, KNAW)
Commentators:
Jos Engelen (Chairman Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), André Knottnerus (Chairman Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR)
Lodi Nauta (Dean Faculty of Philosophy, Professor in History of Philosophy, University of Groningen)
Wijnand Mijnhardt (Director Descartes Centre for the History and Philosophy of the Sciences and the Humanities / Professor Comparative History of the Sciences and the Humanities, Utrecht University)

4:00- 4:30 p.m.

Discussion

4:30 p.m.

Drinks