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.


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.

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.

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.

How can we make Europe’s food system sustainable?

Food insecurity and sustainability are among the most significant global challenges facing humanity today. They are linked to a range of other challenges including malnutrition, biodiversity loss, climate change, soil degradation, and water quality. Peter Jackson, the chair of the SAPEA expert group in charge of the Evidence Review “A Sustainable food system for European Union", offers us the key takeaways of the report.

A great deal of mud is being thrown at most forms of expertise

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve, past President of the British Academy and fellow of the Royal Society, and co-chair of the ALLEA Working Group Truth, Trust and Expertise, reflects on the contradictions of public opinion and actual behaviour vis-a-vis the alleged loss of trust in science and experts.

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Many are quick to blame the proliferation of #fakenews for the erosion of trust in democratic institutions, but @jvdijck believes there are bigger forces at play.

For more, watch her #PERITIA lecture➡️

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