Convenors: Martin Carrier (Bielefeld), Armin Gölzhäuser (Bielefeld)
The conference is supposed to address the relationship between science and society. The intention is to bring together professional reflection on science and the expertise of working scientists. The more specific issue is the lack of credibility of science in parts of the public. We intend to debate possible reasons or causes of the declining reputation of more practice-driven branches of science. One of the traditional suspects is the commercialization and politicization of science: society shapes science such that its original culture of research is compromised. An opposite argument focuses on the growing interference of science in social matters. A contentious field is scientific policy advice, where critics claim that scientists have taken the lead and pushed elected representatives of the people to the margins. Third, trustworthiness needs to be earned by sound justification procedures. We seek to discuss conditions of justification as they arise in practice-driven fields. Methodological and institutional questions are supposed to take center stage. The fourth topical block is science communication. We want to focus on methodological virtues of science and explore ways to convey the spirit of scientific methods to critics.
Questions regarding scientific content and contributions should be directed to the organizers.