'Trust me, I'm a Scientist': A panel discussion on scientists and public policy

This event took place on Monday 3 December 2012 IAS logo

Culling badgers, building nuclear power stations or a Severn barrage, planting GM crops: we face these difficult decisions. As we try to find a way forward we call in the experts – scientists whose views we think of as impartial and unbiased. How much, though, do we pay attention to the scientists? How far should we trust them? And how much in practice does science inform policy?

This panel discussion explored these questions by bringing together eminent academics, who advise the government, and a senior civil servant, who sees how decisions are made.

The panel included: