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.


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
The Science for Policy podcast was launched in September 2020. It 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.

All episodes

Maria da Graça Carvalho on the origin of the European Commission's science advice mechanism
Maria da Graça Carvalho is an MEP, formerly the science minister of Portugal and senior science advisor to the President of the European Commission.
Cary Funk on whether people trust science
Cary Funk is the director of science and society research at Pew Research in Washington DC.
Clarissa Rios Rojas on talking to policymakers about catastrophic risk
Clarissa Rios Rojas is a research fellow at the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk at the University of Cambridge.
Mark Walport on the UK's use of science advice during COVID-19
Mark Walport is a member of the SAGE committee, and former chief scientific advisor to the UK.
Vladimír Šucha & Marta Sienkiewicz on why science advice needs to change
Vladimír Šucha and Marta Sienkiewicz are editors of the Joint Research Centre’s new science advice handbook.
Bart Koelmans on communicating risk and uncertainty to policymakers
Bart Koelmans has chaired advisory groups on microplastics pollution for the UN and EU.
Rolf Heuer & Pearl Dykstra on being a chief science advisor
Rolf Heuer and Pearl Dykstra are respectively the chair and deputy chair of the European Commission's Group of Chief Scientific Advisors.
Peter Gluckman on the worldwide response to COVID-19
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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