Following the science: How are data and evidence used and communicated?
The RSE Post-Covid-19 Futures Commission’s Data, Evidence and Science Working Group is examining the lessons that can be learned from Covid-19 in terms of how these assets are used and communicated. As a key part of this work, the RSE hosted an online discussion raising issues such as:
- How science works;
- How data, evidence and science are communicated;
- How the media decide what to cover and what to omit;
- Dealing with complexity and uncertainty;
- How ‘following the science’ and the press portrayal of scientific research affects policy decisions.
This is an opportunity to engage with ideas around data, evidence and science, hear from a variety of expert perspectives, ask questions, and build a stronger understanding of how science works and is communicated. The event was chaired by Professor Stephen Reicher FRSE, Bishop Wardlaw Professor of Psychology, University of St. Andrews.
The panel included Professor Linda Bauld FRSE, Bruce and John Usher Chair of Public Health in The Usher Institute at the University of Edinburgh, Kenneth Macdonald, writer and broadcaster, Eileen Stuart, Deputy Director for Nature and Climate Change, NatureScot and Professor Rowland R. Kao, Chair of Veterinary Epidemiology and Data Science, Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies and Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh.