Digital Salon

Many great scientific projects start with one talk between two people. People take a break, the coffee is warm, and one idea pops up. The art of conversation helps wondering, sparks constructive questions, creates connections, reinforces trust. In today’s accelerated times, a pause to breathe, talk, and listen seems critical. The ALLEA Digital Salon opens a space for this. It explores science one conversation at a time. We invite experts, members, and friends to bring their fresh ideas in an open dialogue for debate. Original interviews, analyses, and commentary will look into the areas of our work: Research Policy, Science Advice, and Science & Society. Welcome and join the conversation!

“Science Communication Is How Society Talks About Science”

“Unfortunately, a representation of the public as hostile, sceptical and ignorant is still widespread among policy makers and experts, supporting a paternalistic and authoritarian vision of science communication and of science in society”, argues Professor Massimiano Bucchi (University of Trento), one of the leading European scholars on the science of science communication.

How Do We Decide Which Experts to Trust?

Prof T.Y. Branch, Postdoctoral Fellow at the the Cologne Center for Contemporary Epistemology and the Kantian Tradition (CONCEPT) and member of PERITIA's research team on the "Social Indicators of Trust", discusses how publics use both epistemic and non-epistemic values in their decisions to trust or distrust experts and expertise.

“We Need Professional Scientific Journalism Back”

Dr Carlo Martini, head of PERITIA's work package on Behavioural Tools for Building Trust, speaks to ALLEA Digital Salon on how people can spot scientific disinformation and the importance of professional scientific journalism during a crisis.

“Questions, Not Answers, Are Better Suited to Start a Reflection on Ethical Issues”

TechEthos published a report on the ethical issues that need to be considered for three technology families: Digital eXtended Reality, neurotechnologies, and climate Engineering. In this Digital Salon interview, we speak with the lead author of the report, Dr Laurynas Adomaitis, on the ethical dilemmas inherent to emerging technologies.

The Path to Inclusive Science Paved with Preprints?

In this conversation with Dr Jessica Polka, Executive Director and Co-Founder of ASAPbio (Accelerating Science and Publication in biology), we talk about the productive use of preprints, as well as the critical role for transparent and open peer review in making research more accessible, diverse, inclusive and equitable.
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Fighting for Sustainable Science – One Lab at a Time

What can labs do to reduce their climate impact? In this interview, we talk to Martin Farley, Europe’s first full-time sustainable laboratory specialist, to understand the challenges and opportunities in the quest to improve the environmental impact of laboratories, one of the most resource and energy intensive spaces in academia.

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