Data-driven decision-making: truth and trust in science
The emergence of COVID-19 and its impact on individuals and societies across the world have driven home the totalizing effect of global risks, a critical element of what Ulrich Beck once called our modern day “risk society.” Beck was interested in the interconnectedness of risk and society’s response to uncertainty, both key elements of today’s pandemic. Science plays an indispensable role in shaping our understanding of these risks and our management of it. Yet, our trust in science and scientific institutions has been in decline of late. Today, public experts, scientists, and institutions responsible for guiding us through the pandemic and the unfolding evidence around COVID-19 are being both celebrated and castigated. What lessons can we learn from COVID-19 while it is still “front of mind” that we can apply to “back of mind” issues and wicked problems such as climate change?
In this webinar, we will explore these themes with experts in health, science, science communication and climate finance. Among others, we will explore questions such as:
- Who is responsible for fighting the grand challenges of our time? What is the balance of individual versus institutional responsibility?
- How is the COVID-19 pandemic affecting our trust in public experts and institutions? How should it be changing the way in which we think about climate change?
- To what extent are our responses to uncertainty and change creating further polarity in beliefs and values? How and how much do our “tribes” trump “truth”?
- How do the urgent and also less-immediate aspects of crises create tipping points in our support for the evidence base and particular policy choices? What are the limits of scientific expertise?
- What levers exist in the economic system and in capital markets that could be used to better insulate against future shocks? What should we be doing now to facilitate, build and expand these?
Date: Thurs, August 6th, 2020
The Virtual Victoria Forum 2020, the webinars and the Victoria Forum 2021 are jointly hosted by the University of Victoria and the Senate of Canada.
This webinar is presented in partnership with: