Universities Should Encourage Scientists to Speak Out about Public Issues
Opioids. Fracking. Zika. GMOs. Scientists should be speaking up about all sorts of science-based issues that affect our lives. Especially now, when Trump administration officials tell us that climate change is debatable.
Democracy depends on citizens having knowledge and being a part of the environmental decision making process - being shut out results in growing gaps between those who are protected and those who are not.
The results of the latest public opinion survey undertaken by Research!America showed that 67% of respondents had a positive image of science and indeed thought that public policy should be based on the best science available.
European Taxpayers Are Changing Lives, but People Don't Always Know It
Carlos Moedas, EU Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, has called for political leaders to speak more about science and innovation to connect people with the life-changing research that is funded by their taxes and has the potential to combat urgent global problems.