In this report, experts and representatives of the European Commission comment on the initial recommendations of the EU-funded VERITY project, exploring the challenges and opportunities for fostering trust in scientific processes, including advocating for greater citizen participation and addressing concerns about scientific integrity and inequalities.
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VERITY explores the collaborative landscape of citizens and stakeholders mapping the ecosystem of trust. Government bodies, educational institutions, social media platforms and influencers all have a key role to play as stewards of trust, influencing how society embraces scientific advances.
In a new report, experts and representatives of the European Commission comment on the initial recommendations of the VERITY project. The report provides an overview of the challenges and opportunities in fostering trust in scientific processes, including advocating for greater citizen participation, addressing concerns about scientific integrity and inequalities. It also highlights the nuances of effective science communication in the face of increasing polarisation and politicisation, while examining how scientists can create accessible and relatable content to reach wider audiences and build trust, particularly in the age of social media. Jolita Butkeviciene, Director for Innovation in Science and Policymaking at the European Commission's Joint Research Centre, provides valuable insights into the Commission's efforts to improve collaboration within the research community. The Commission is working to increase citizen participation and is developing guidelines to help policymakers engage with the public.
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