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SciComm Studio 013: Can Science Save Democracy?

“The most important political problems of the 21st century are also scientific problems. If you don’t bridge the gap between science and the public, you can’t really understand what’s happening in the world.” - Yuval Noah Harari

As the pace of scientific innovation accelerates faster than the public can make sense of it, there is a widening knowledge gap between scientists and the general public. In an era where the public is increasingly skeptical of expertise, can scientists and policymakers find a way to engage in meaningful dialogue? swissnex San Francisco welcomes experts working at the crossroads of science communication, public policy, and bioethics to help us answer these questions and more. 

Formerly the Chancellor of State in Geneva, Anja Wyden Guelpa (civicLab) will discuss her experiences in policy making and the importance of trust in a Democracy - and how to involve citizens and “users” not only while defining problems, but in the research and design of solutions.

From the University of Zurich, Johann Roduit will present his “Constitutions Time Machine,” developed as a foresight tool to aid the creation of a new Constitution in the Swiss Canton of Valais. By digitizing older Constitutions of the Canton, the Time Machine creates a map of past, present and future Constitutions, aiding the analysis of how different laws might affect the future - and how different futures could affect the law.

Thursday, 11/08/18


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