It is now almost a cliché to refer to the ‘post-truth’ society, implying a knowledge crisis in science and society. But although this phenomenon is widely discussed, the question of what this means for theories, methods and practices of Integrated Assessment (IA) is yet to be answered satisfactorily.
This seminar will investigate the underlying elements of this alleged knowledge crisis, to identify current practices of addressing contested knowledge in IA, and to discuss promising and alternative future strategies for dealing with the phenomenon. It thus provides a platform for participants to exchange views and experiences in various situations on the science-policy interface, with an emphasis on IA.
The programme consists of keynotes and short statements by scientists and practitioners who have extensively dealt with the issues at hand. Two rounds of three parallel sessions will complement the programme. The first round will focus on current practices in IA that seem particularly relevant in times of contested knowledge. The second round will focus on identifying ‘better’ strategies for the future. The seminar will close with a round table to refine and anchor insights and findings from the keynotes and parallel sessions.
Please note we are still finalizing the programme, and not all speakers are confirmed yet, so the programme below is subject to change.
|12:00 - 13:00||Plenary||Welcome (moderator) and lunch|
|13:00 - 14:45||Plenary||
Keynote lectures by:
|15:00 - 16:30||Parallel||
Workshops round 1: current IA practices for dealing with contested knowledge
|16:45 - 17:00||Plenary||Video contribution by: Pedro Jacobi (University of Sao Paulo; TBC): Environmental assessments and divergent perspectives|
|17:00 - 17:30||Plenary||Reflections from the workshops and preview of tomorrow’s programme|
|9:00 - 9:30||Plenary||Video contribution by Sondoss El Sawah (UNSW Canberra; TBC): Socio-environment models and their grand challenges|
|9:45 - 11:15||Parallel||
Workshops round 2: promising future practices?
|11:30 - 12:15||Plenary||Round table: identifying promising elements of coping strategies|
|12:15 - 12:30||Plenary||Closing keynote Hans Mommaas: bridging science and policy in times of uncertainty, and urgency|
|12:30 - 13:30||Lunch|