07 november 2013

Science in Transition Conference, Day 1

 

Science in Transition Conference: November 7 and 8, 2013, KNAW Amsterdam

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).

Location: Tinbergenzaal, KNAW Trippenhuis, Kloveniersburgwal 29, Amsterdam
Registration for this event is compulsory, please register here.

Suggested reading material: the SiT-position paper (in Dutch, or in English), and the Agenda for Change.


Program Thursday, 7 November

9:30-10:00 Registration, coffee and tea

10:00-10:30 Welcome, and historical perspective by Jerome Ravetz (Associate Fellow Saïd Business School, University of Oxford)

10:30-12:30 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)

12:30-14:00 
Lunch, on own account

14:00-16:00 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)

16:00-16:30 Discussion

16:30 Drinks

 

 

 

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