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News article29 January 2021Directorate-General for Research and Innovation

Science for Policy podcast – on multidisciplinary and ethics in science advice

Why is multidisciplinary science advice so difficult, and are there ways to make it easier? Should policymakers seek ethics advice as well as science advice?

When there is a conflict between the values embedded in different cultural contexts, how can we navigate the conflict sensitively?

Paul Nurse (deputy Chair of the EC Group of Chief Scientific Advisors), Christiane Woopen (Chair European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies) , and Peter Piot (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, U. of London and Special Advisor to EC president on COVID19) discuss these questions with SAPEA.

They also discuss the unique challenges of giving advice in a crisis, the relationship between ‘discovery’ and applied science, and whether Rambo would make a good government advisor.


Publication date
29 January 2021
Directorate-General for Research and Innovation