The VERITY project aims to strengthen the public's confidence in scientific findings, foster informed decision-making based on scientific evidence, and facilitate a more constructive and mutually beneficial relationship between science and society by enhancing trust in scientific research.
To address the societal mistrust in science, the ultimate goal of VERITY is to develop a Protocol of Recommendations for ‘stewards of trust’ to provide guidelines and methods to enhance trust in science and facilitate science-society co-creation.
Enhancing Trust in Science
- Address erosion of trust in scientific institutions
- Recognise the expanding ecosystem of trust
- Redefine the ecosystem of trust & connect the five “machines of trust”:
> 1 - research ethics
> 2 - research integrity
> 3 - co-creation
> 4 - technology assessment
> 5 - benefit sharing
In the VERITY project, the engagement of diverse stakeholders ensures a comprehensive approach to addressing trust in science and strengthens the project's outcomes by incorporating different perspectives and expertise. These stakeholders can include: Scientists and Scientific Institutions, Policymakers and Government Agencies, Media Organizations, and Civil Society.
Stewards of Trust
Within the VERITY project, stewards of trust play a crucial role in shaping the direction and outcomes of the initiative. These stewards are organisations, groups, or individuals who possess extensive expertise and a strong commitment to trust in science, as evidenced by their official mandates, missions, or their influential positions in the field. They are appointed by VERITY to serve as Ambassadors and Advisors and form the Advisory and Impact (ADIM) Board.
Ecosystem of trust
The ecosystem of trust is a conceptual space where societal trust in science is formed, shaped, and influenced. It encompasses the complex interactions, dynamics, and factors that contribute to the construction, negotiation, enhancement, or reduction of trust in science. By recognising the factors that shape trust in science and facilitating science-society co-creation and open science practices, the ecosystem of trust aims to enhance the public's confidence in scientific research and promote a more inclusive and accountable scientific enterprise.