ALLEA’s General Assembly: SAPEA to reflect on the role of evidence in a polarised policy debate

In 2019, ALLEA, the European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities, will celebrate its 25th anniversary during its annual General Assembly, hosted by the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences.

Besides celebrating the jubilee, the event will discuss the role of European academies in the production and diffusion of knowledge, and their contribution to the anchoring of the values that underpin scientific progress.

SAPEA will be present at the event with its session dedicated to the most recent Evidence Review Report on nano- and microplastics. Taking the example of the report, the session will explore the close interactions between science, society and policymakers. As a subject resonating strongly with many different parts of society, nano- and microplastics are a pertinent topic to illustrate how scientific questions are discussed in the public discourse and their effects on policymaking. Public and media concern about microplastic particles in the environment has risen over the last few years. But the science behind the debate is particularly complex, with many socio-economic implications, as well as gaps in the evidence making risks hard to assess. SAPEA’s session will reflect on what should be the role of the evidence in an increasingly polarised policy debate.

The event will take place on 8 – 10 May 2019 in Bern, Switzerland.

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