Session IV: Speaking truth to power. Science based policy in a post-fact world

Session format: 5 minute introductions followed by discussion

Scientific knowledge is fundamental to the functioning and development of modern societies. Furthermore, science has been central to the work of the Arctic Council since its inception over twenty years ago, balancing national interests and common interests in the Arctic.  However, the role of science in decision-making is increasingly being questioned, especially with regard to our globally-interconnected civilisation, as reflected by the international discourse on climate change and the ‘science marches’ around the world. 

In 2017 the ‘Agreement on Enhancing International Arctic Scientific Cooperation’ was signed by all of the Arctic foreign ministers on the margins of the Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting in Fairbanks. The next Arctic Science Ministerial Meeting will take place in Berlin in October 2018. These processes will engage diplomatic consideration about the changing circumstances of the Arctic, which itself is part of a growing global dialogue about science and technology advice in policymaking. 

How do we understand and extract lessons from Arctic science in this global context?  How can we produce shared knowledge that is international, interdisciplinary and inclusive? How can science be applied to achieve Arctic sustainability, including from a business perspective? Is the science community conscious enough about its responsibility in order to translate science to policy makers, business leaders and the public?

Confirmed speakers

  • Ola Elvestuen, Minister of Climate and Environment of Norway
  • Sam Tan, Minister of State, Prime Minister's Office and Ministry of Manpower, Singapore
  • Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary
  • Paul Arthur Berkman, Professor of Practice in Science Diplomacy, Fletcher School of Law, USA
  • Volker Rachold, Head of the German Arctic Office, Grmany
  • Chandrika Nath, Acting Director, UK Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology, United Kingdom
  • Natalia Kukarenko, Director of the Institute for Humanities, Social and Political Sciences, Northern Arctic Federal University, Russia

Policy Policy

Tuesday 23rd January 2018

09:00 - 10:30

Clarion Hotel The Edge

Add to Calendar 2018-01-23 09:00 2018-01-23 10:30 Europe/Oslo Session IV: Speaking truth to power. Science based policy in a post-fact world Session format: 5 minute introductions followed by discussion Scientific knowledge is fundamental to the functioning and development of modern societies. Furthermore, science has been central to the work of the Arctic Council since its inception over twenty years ago, balancing national interests and common interests in the Arctic.  However, the role of science in decision-making is increasingly being questioned, especially with regard to our globally-interconnected civilisation, as reflected by the international discourse on climate change and the ‘science marches’ around the world.  In 2017 the ‘Agreement on Enhancing International Arctic Scientific Cooperation’ was signed by all of the Arctic foreign ministers on the margins of the Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting in Fairbanks. The next Arctic Science Ministerial Meeting will take place in Berlin in October 2018. These processes will engage diplomatic consideration about the changing circumstances of the Arctic, which itself is part of a growing global dialogue about science and technology advice in policymaking.  How do we understand and extract lessons from Arctic science in this global context?  How can we produce shared knowledge that is international, interdisciplinary and inclusive? How can science be applied to achieve Arctic sustainability, including from a business perspective? Is the science community conscious enough about its responsibility in order to translate science to policy makers, business leaders and the public? Confirmed speakers Ola Elvestuen, Minister of Climate and Environment of Norway Sam Tan, Minister of State, Prime Minister's Office and Ministry of Manpower, Singapore Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary Paul Arthur Berkman, Professor of Practice in Science Diplomacy, Fletcher School of Law, USA Volker Rachold, Head of the German Arctic Office, Grmany Chandrika Nath, Acting Director, UK Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology, United Kingdom Natalia Kukarenko, Director of the Institute for Humanities, Social and Political Sciences, Northern Arctic Federal University, Russia Clarion Hotel The Edge

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