iSTARS Short Talks – Trust in Science

Tuesday, 21st and 28th of May and 4th and 18th of June 2024, 13:30

Aud. 58 and Aud. Prof. David Ferreira (52), Egas Moniz Building, Instituto de Medicina Molecular and Anf Prof. Marck Athias, Santa Maria Hospital

“What is the role of scientists and institutions in promoting public trust in science?”

The importance of engaging the public and empowering citizens to play a more active role in science is becoming ever more obvious, as the fast pace of scientific progress promises to greatly impact and change our lives. From medical discoveries, to the widespread use of artificial intelligence, science is all around us, in every part of our day-to-day lives. It is crucial that people have the resources they need to make informed decisions and advocate for themselves.

However, the rise of disinformation and skepticism surrounding scientific findings and communication gaps between scientists and the public create barriers to mutual dialogue and engagement, hindering society’s access to scientific information and harming public confidence in scientific knowledge.

How can scientists and scientific institutions contribute to a more open relationship with the public, and foster trust in science?

iSTARS is organizing a series of 30 minute short talks that will address this question through different approaches, from open science to science culture and citizen science.

The talks will take place during lunch time, so guests can join us for a quick discussion during their breaks, without having to compromise precious lab/work hours!

See the program below for more information on the speakers, location, and topics for each day.