VERITY Newsletter n.2

We're excited to announce that our second newsletter is finally here, packed with valuable insights and updates from our first year. Moving forward, we plan to release newsletters every three months to keep you informed about our progress and achievements. Don't miss out on any of the exciting developments.

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VERITY Bulletin No. 2

 

29 September 2023

 
 
 
 
 

Latest news

 

 

VERITY proudly celebrated its one-year milestone!

 

This year has been all about growing and learning. We've worked hard on our stakeholder engagement strategy and explored the world of trust ecosystems. Along the way, we've built a fantastic community. We've also produced two important papers - one drawing on the wisdom of past EU projects and the other delving deep into the academic literature. These papers have given us new insights into why some people don't trust science and why co-creating knowledge is sometimes a challenge. August shone brightly as we proudly unveiled not one, but two significant outputs (see next section) aimed at reshaping how trust in science is built.

 

We also attended some international conferences, such as PREPARED, ETHNA and ENRIO. These events allowed us to join forces with others, share stories and explore the future of trust in science. Moreover, our collaboration with sister projects IANUS and POIESIS has become even stronger this year, and together we're on a mission to make trust in science shine.

 

What's next? Well, we're preparing to hold three focus groups with stewards of trust, focusing on controversial scientific issues such as vaccination, climate change or the transition to carbon neutrality. We will include the perspectives of emerging trust stakeholders, such as social media companies or influencers, who are often overlooked in the existing literature on managing scientific uncertainty. We'll focus on how to improve public engagement and mobilisation, using digital tools and cutting-edge communication to promote trust in science through robust transdisciplinary networks.

 

We're only just beginning to build trust in science. Subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on Twitter, Instagram and now LinkedIn, because we've got some exciting things in the pipeline that will bring science and society even closer together.

 
 
 

In August, we launched the comprehensive Report on strategies, methods and tools to address societal distrust in science. This invaluable document highlights evidence-based practices to build public trust in science, with an emphasis on science education, communication and expert advice. It's publication is a crucial step towards a more trusting relationship between science and society.

 

But that's not all! We're equally excited about our first ever Verity Policy Brief, which highlights the urgent need to rebuild trust between science and society. Experts from a range of backgrounds weigh in on the importance of citizen engagement, transparent communication and adapting to the challenges of the digital age.

 

More information here.

 
 

Events

 

 

VERITY and sister projects together at the ENRIO Congress

 

 

 

On 7 September at the ENRIO Congress at the Sorbonne University in Paris, VERITY, together with its sister projects IANUS and POIESIS, hosted a workshop asking the big question: "How can we increase trust in science?" This meeting brought together project leaders, researchers and experts from different EU-funded projects to delve into the world of research integrity and its impact on trust in science. The seminar provided a unique space for open discussion, amplifying the voices of stakeholders and sharing valuable insights that will shape VERITY's forthcoming recommendations. A standout moment was the keynote address by Maura Hiney, VERITY ADIM board member from ALLEA, who offered insightful perspectives rooted in the European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity (ECOC 2023). This workshop set the stage for an exciting network and collaborative effort to strengthen trust in science. As VERITY, IANUS and POIESIS continue to foster collaboration, we look forward to more such interactions in the years to come.

 

More information here

 

 

VERITY at the irecs first Cluster meeting

 

VERITY was thrilled to participate in the first irec Cluster meeting on 27 September. This dynamic online event brought together experts from different projects and set the stage for effective collaboration. We're excited by the shared commitment to improving research ethics and look forward to actively contributing to the irec Cluster's initiatives.

 

 
 
 

European Researchers’ Night

 

The Consortium partner UCLan is all set to represent VERITY at an exciting event in Nicosia on 29 September as part of the European Researchers’ Night. The European Researchers' Night is a Europe-wide celebration of science that makes research fun, engaging and accessible to the public. It's about bringing research closer to people, highlighting excellent projects, inspiring the next generation of scientists and showing how research impacts our daily lives. VERITY is happy and proud to participate in this event, as it provides the perfect platform to spread our message.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sister Project Updates

 

 

  • The POIESIS Public Deliberation Workshops

 

The POIESIS project has recently completed the first part of its extensive empirical programme. In May and June 2002, it conducted Public Deliberation Workshops in seven European countries: Aarhus (Denmark), London (UK), Lisbon (Portugal), Paris (France), Madrid (Spain), Berlin (Germany) and Athens (Greece). These half-day workshops were attended by 150 lay people from different professions and social backgrounds.

 

Each workshop began with an introductory presentation by topical experts on COVID-19 and climate change. The participants were then divided into four groups and discussed empirical cases based on these topics, revolving around trust in science, research integrity, citizen involvement in the research process and many more. The participants shared their views in a very engaged way. POIESIS was delighted to receive really interesting, informative and nuanced opinions from all participating countries. It was clear that people were participating in a discussion about an issue they really cared about, and the empirical cases mentioned above helped a great deal.

 

As a final exercise, each group ranked these empirical cases and chose a representative to present a summary of their conclusions in the final plenary session of the afternoon. Overall, there was a really nice atmosphere and the participants expressed that it had been very valuable and interesting for them to participate. More information here

 

 
 
  • IANUS launched its Crowdsourcing Observatory

 

Our sister project IANUS and the research team of the Data and Web Science Laboratory of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki recently developed and launched the IANUS Crowdsourcing Observatory!

 

The Observatory is a platform that identifies and visualises insights related to Twitter discussions about trust in science; tweets have been collected from Twitter users and their relevant discussions by using the official Twitter API and collecting all tweets containing a combination of specific hashtags and words. The observatory aims to raise awareness and inform the public about trends relevant to trust and mistrust in science, scientists and scientific progress, and to highlight how the public reacts (either positively or negatively) to such topical issues. The overarching intention of IANUS was to identify trends in public discussion on the topic of trust in science, dominant trends in users' attitudes, and to provide a platform that reflects, from a data science perspective, what are the dominant discourses and narratives around trust in science.

 

This is the first version of the Crowdsourcing Observatory. It is currently being updated with additional information extracted from open repositories, both on the broader topic of trust in science and on specific scientific fields covered by the IANUS case studies (e.g. AI, climate science). To learn more about the Crowdsourcing Observatory and the IANUS project, visit the official website.

 

More information here

 
 

Stay informed of the IANUS and POIESIS project updates, and be part of a vibrant community that's shaping the future.

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