Science Activism goes beyond the role that scientists play in providing information to support evidence-informed policymaking. It can add purpose to research, connect scientists to society, and ensure important political issues are addressed in a meaningful and rigorous way. However, it may also lead society to question the unbiased nature of research and the scientific community.
This event will lead participants through a discussion on how scientists can not only effectively translate and disseminate research to support evidence-informed policymaking but also on how and when it is appropriate for scientists to act as advocates. It will highlight the emerging role of the Science Activist as well as some of the pitfalls and challenges that come along with this increased level of engagement.
• Ramon Brugada, Cardiologist at University Hospital Girona, who launched the project Girona Territori Cardioprotegit to provide public defibrillators in Girona city
• Nermeen Zakaria, Neuroscientist and awardee of the Women 4 Africa fellowships
• Emanuel Wyler, Postdoc at MDC Berlin and co-creator of a tool to detect SARS-CoV-2 variants and other pathogens in wastewater
• Mariana Alves, Co-founder & co-director of Cartas com Ciencia
In addition, Marta Agostinho, EU-LIFE Executive Director, is a panellist in the session “Engaging in EU policymaking: Understanding pathways and processes“.