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!

Diverging Narratives of Democracy in Europe

“If you have a kind of conception of democracy based on a national popular sovereignty, then you do not necessarily see populism as a problem”, argues Peter J. Verovšek in a conversation with us on the diverging narratives of democracy across Europe.

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Defending Truth: From Pseudo-Science to Science Disinformation

Prof. Dan Larhammar is a molecular biology professor at the University of Uppsala, the President of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences as well as the Chair of ALLEA's new project 'Fact or Fake: Tackling Science Disinformation'. In this interview, he shares with us insights into his work on tackling pseudo-science such as homeopathy and alternative medicine, as well as these trends work to some extent in similar ways as science disinformation efforts.
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Trust in Expertise at times of Covid-19

The EU-funded research project PERITIA just launched its first newsletter dedicated to Covid-19 and trust in expertise. The issue includes highlights from the first five months of the project with a selection of essays, news, interviews, blog posts, and podcasts from its team dealing with how the pandemic is affecting trust in expertise and science advice systems.
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Science rarely yields clear answers, the decisions need to be made democratically

Philipp Kanske, chair of Die Junge Akademie (the German Young Academy), talks with us about the emergence of young academies, the role of early-career researchers in today´s society and of science in the Covid-19 pandemic. The academy provides interdisciplinary and socially relevant spaces for outstanding young academics from German-speaking countries.
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Why open science is here to stay

"Openness is one of the defining characteristics of modern science and scholarship. The idea that there should be some secret esoteric knowledge reserved for initiates has long been banished from serious research and survives only in some non-academic fringe groups", writes Luke Drury, Chair of the ALLEA Open Science Task Force.
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Why should mitigation, adaptation and climate justice be at the heart of education?

We speak with Cliona Murphy, chair of the ALLEA Science Education Working Group, about what is missing on climate science education in Europe according to the initial findings of a pan-European survey. The research underlines the need to support effective teaching and learning about climate change and to promote content knowledge; scientific, critical thinking and problem-solving skills; and, attitudes towards mitigating climate change.
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Diverging Narratives of Democracy in Europe

Peter J. Verovšek, Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Politics/International Relations at the University of Sheffield and British Academy Mid-Career Fellow, joined us in a conversation about the challenges facing Europe’s unity. In this interview, he sheds light on the factors preventing intellectuals from actively and effectively addressing these challenges.

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