The Science, Technology and Society Lecture Series: Promoting Science and Providing Policy Advice – the Essential Roles of Academies
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- Date: Thursday 23 April 2020
- Time: Starts 18:00
- Venue: The Cyprus Institute - Events Room, 1st floor, Novel Technologies Building, Athalassa Campus
- Speaker: Prof. Christina Moberg, President, European Academies' Science Advisory Council
Promoting Science and Providing Policy Advice – the Essential Roles of Academies
Prof. Christina Moberg
President, European Academies' Science Advisory Council
23 April 2020, 18:00
Live streaming is facilitated by the CySTEM project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation program under Grant Agreement No. 667942.
Science has a crucial role in today’s society. Science provides evidence in solving major challenges of our time, not least those expressed in the United Nation's 17 Global Sustainable Development Goals. And science can satisfy our curiosity about the world by examining the conditions for our existence, and seeking to tell us about our origin and about how our world is constituted, from the very smallest constituents to the discovery of new galaxies.
The Academies of Science work actively to promote scientific progress and to disseminate scientific knowledge, to politicians and policy makers as well as to the general public. The European Academies’ Science Advisory Council, EASAC, comprising the Academies of Science within the EU member states, Norway, Switzerland and the UK, synthesise scientific evidence, based on research from around the world, and provide policy advice on urgent matters with impact on our society. For society will only benefit if decisions are based on scientific knowledge.
Science has at all times encountered resistance; ancient times’ superstition has today been replaced by populism, resistance to knowledge and alternative facts – this is worrying for the entire democratic process. The academies, together with the universities, are therefore important pillars for democracy.
The lecture will discuss the role of Academies in today’s society, and the role of the European Academies’ Science Advisory Council in policy decisions.
About the speaker
Christina Moberg became full professor of organic chemistry at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in 1997. She has held visiting professorships at the Louis Pasteur University in Strasbourg, and at IRCOF, Rouen. Her research interests are in the field of asymmetric metal catalysis and concern mainly the development of selective synthetic methods; she has published her work in about 200 scientific papers. She has received several awards, among them the Göran Gustafsson prize from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, the Sixten Heyman prize from Gothenburg University and the Ulla and Stig Holmquist prize from Uppsala University. She has served as vice President and vice Dean at KTH for several years. She was elected member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in 1998, and the same year of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences. She was elected President of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences from July 2015 to June 2018. She is also member of the European Academy of Sciences and Academia Europea. She is an Honorary member of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Honorary Doctor at Lund University, and Honorary Professor at Tianjin University. Since January 1, 2020, she serves as the President of the European Academies’ Science Advisory Council, EASAC, after having been one of the EASAC vice Presidents.
Christina Moberg has been extensively involved in evaluation of science as well as in activities related to policy for science and science for policy. In her role as President of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and vice President of EASAC, she has provided science advice to politicians and decision makers as well as to the general public in the form of debate articles, hearings in the Parliament, and public seminars. Since several years she has been highly involved in matters regarding research integrity, as member of committees at KTH and the Expert Committee for Research Integrity of the Central Ethical Review Board in Sweden, and she is regularly giving courses on Research Integrity.
Science, Technology and Society Lecture Series
The Research and Innovation Foundation (RIF) and the Cyprus Research and Educational Foundation (CREF), in partnership with The Cyprus Institute (CyI), having the common objective of furthering the public understanding and public appreciation of scientific research, as well as its impact on society, agreed to launch a joint lecture series, which will bring to Cyprus world leaders in a wide range of scientific and research fields.
The public lecture series is aimed not only at the Cypriot research community, but at all interested members of the public, with the aim of sharing cutting-edge scientific advances in an accessible and engaging way, and to connect ground-breaking scientific and technological research with current social and innovation challenges. The Lectures are also intended to stimulate a wider discussion on the future of science, society and technology.
- Date: Thursday 23 April 2020
- Time: Starts: 18:00
- Speaker: Prof. Christina Moberg
- Speaker Position: President, European Academies' Science Advisory Council