Science for Policy podcast

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How far should we rely on science to make political decisions? What makes a good science advisor -- or a good science advice system? What do we do when the evidence is incomplete or controversial? What happens when science advice goes wrong and how can we fix it?

The Science for Policy podcast, produced by SAPEA, explores these questions and many more in conversation with the politicians, policymakers, academics and science communicators who make science advice happen around the world.

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We warmly welcome feedback on the podcast, including:

  • responses and reactions to the subjects discussed
  • nominations (including self-nominations) for future guests
  • proposals for future topics
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The Science for Policy podcast is produced by SAPEA, but the varied and interesting opinions expressed by our guests are those of the guests themselves, and don't necessarily represent the views of SAPEA or the European Commission.

If you have been invited to appear on the podcast, you can find more information on our page of advice for guests.

Recent episodes

Natasha Gardiner, Antarctic researcher
Natasha Gardiner is an Antarctic researcher at University of Canterbury
Roger Pielke Jr, Professor at University of Colorado
Roger Pielke Jr is is an American political scientist and author of "The Honest Broker: Making Sense of Science in Policy and Politics."
Tracey Brown, Director of Sense about Science
Tracey Brown is a Director of Sense about Science charity.
Frederick Fenter and Stephan Kuster, Frontiers journals
Frederick Fenter is a Chief Executive Editor of Frontiers and Stephan Kuster is a Head of Institutional Relations at Frontiers.
Pieter Duisenberg, Joost Sneller & Dr Liesbeth Hulst, Dutch science advice specialists
Pieter Duisenberg is a President of the Association of Universities in the Netherlands, Joost Sneller is a Member of the Dutch Parliament and Dr Liesbeth Hulst works at University of Utrecht.
Paul Nurse, Peter Piot and Christiane Woopen, senior EU science advisors
Sir Paul Nurse is deputy chair of the European Commission’s Group of Chief Scientific Advisors. Baron Peter Piot is special advisor on COVID-19 to the President of the European Commission. Professor Christiane Woopen is chair of the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies.
Miriam Frankel, The Conversation science editor
Miriam Frankel is science editor for The Conversation.
Florian Süssenguth, Germany's innovation dialogue
Florian Süssenguth is head of office for Chancellor Merkel's innovation dialogue.
Dr Erin Macdonald, Star Trek science advisor
Dr Erin Macdonald is science advisor to the Star Trek franchise.
Professor Antonio Loprieno, president of ALLEA
Antonio Loprieno is President of Jacobs University Bremen, and of ALLEA, the European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities.
Professor Cathrine Holst, lead researcher for PERITIA
Cathrine Holst is a professor at the University of Oslo, and a lead researcher in the EU's Peritia project on trust in expertise.
Maria da Graça Carvalho MEP, former science advisor to the President of the European Commission
Maria da Graça Carvalho is an MEP, formerly the science minister of Portugal and senior science advisor to the President of the European Commission.
Dr Cary Funk, science and society director at Pew Research Center
Cary Funk is the director of science and society research at Pew Research in Washington DC.
Dr Clarissa Rios Rojas, catastrophic risk researcher
Clarissa Rios Rojas is a research fellow at the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk at the University of Cambridge.
Sir Mark Walport, former UK chief scientist
Mark Walport is a member of the SAGE committee, and former chief scientific advisor to the UK.
Dr Vladimír Šucha & Marta Sienkiewicz, editors of the Science for Policy Handbook
Vladimír Šucha and Marta Sienkiewicz are editors of the Joint Research Centre’s new science advice handbook.
Professor Bart Koelmans, UN and EU microplastics advisor
Bart Koelmans has chaired advisory groups on microplastics pollution for the UN and EU.
Professors Rolf Heuer & Pearl Dykstra, European Commission Chief Scientific Advisors
Rolf Heuer and Pearl Dykstra are respectively the chair and deputy chair of the European Commission's Group of Chief Scientific Advisors.
Sir Peter Gluckman, president of the International Network for Government Science Advice
Peter Gluckman is the chair of the International Network for Government Science Advice, and a former chief science advisor to New Zealand.

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