VERITY Newsletter n.1

VERITY Newsletter n.1

We're excited to announce that our first 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 development.

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VERITY Bulletin No. 1

 

14 July 2023

 

Greetings,

We, the dedicated VERITY project team, are passionately working towards boosting trust in scientific research and strengthening the relationship between science and society. Our mission is to tackle the pressing issue of eroding trust in scientific institutions by redefining the foundations of trust and implementing effective strategies to rebuild it. Throughout our journey, we will explore the complexities of mistrust in science, delve into the fascinating world of the trust ecosystem, and develop guidelines to nurture trust in research and innovation. We highly value collaboration and actively involve stakeholders like yourself to bridge the gap between science and society and create knowledge that aligns with the needs and values of our communities.

We're excited to announce that our first 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 by subscribing to our newsletter and staying connected with us.

In addition to the newsletter, we're thrilled to introduce our brand-new website. It's a one-stop destination for all things VERITY, where you can explore our project, access helpful resources, and stay up-to-date with the latest happenings.

But we can't do it alone! We need your support in spreading the word. We believe that together, we can make a significant impact in rebuilding trust in science. So, please share the news about VERITY and our mission with your network and relevant individuals. Your help will be instrumental in reaching more people and creating a positive change.

Thank you for your continued support, and we look forward to embarking on this journey with you.


Warm regards,

The VERITY Team

 

The VERITY team members during the kick off meeting in September 2022

 

VERITY has established an Advisory and Impact (ADIM) Board that comprises experts from academia, policy, and communication, who will collaborate to foster trust in science and ensure research meets the needs and expectations of society.

The ADIM Board members, renowned in their respective fields, will serve as vital stewards of trust, guiding the project's direction and collaborating with partners.

The names of the current members of the VERITY Advisory and Impact Board are listed below.
More information is available online, but note not all members are displayed, as some have chosen not to be listed publicly.

Moreover, VERITY is continuously exploring opportunities to expand the ADIM Board with additional experts to ensure a diverse and high-quality range of expertise therefore new specialists might join at a later stage.

  • Ivan Buljan, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Split

  • Monica Cano Abadía, Senior Scientist, BBMRI-ERIC

  • Ramón Feenstra, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy and Sociology, Universitat Jaume I of Castellón

  • Sorin Adam Matei, Professor of Communication, Associate Dean of Research, Brian Lamb School of Communication, College of Liberal Arts, Purdue University.

  • Ildi M. Ipolyi, Senior Science Officer, European Science Foundation

  • Luk Van Baelen, Project Coordinator, European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA)

  • Jonas Åkerman, Researcher, Stockholm University - Member of SUHF's expert group for ethics and of EARMA's Ethics and Research Integrity Officer Network (ERION)

  • Rosemarie de la Cruz Bernabe, Professor of Medical Research Ethics, University of South-Eastern Norway

  • Balaganapathi Devarakonda, Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Delhi

  • Angela Wroblewski, Senior Researcher, Institute for Advanced Studies in Vienna

  • Maura Hiney, Adjunct Professor, University College Dublin Institute for Discovery - Head of International Cooperation, Evaluation and Targeted Programmes, Health Research Board Ireland

  • Marc Jan Eumann, Director of the Rhineland-Palatinate Media Authority

  • Ventseslav Kozarev, Policy Analyst citizen engagement, European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC)

  • Gianluca Sgueo, Policy Advisor, Department of Digital Transformation (Italian government) - Professor in Digital Democracy & Public Spaces, SciencesPo - Digital Department Coordinator, Fondazione Luigi Einaudi

  • Cristina Torres, Social Science Professor, University of the Philippines - Asian Regional Coordinator for the Forum for Ethical Review Committees in Asia and the Western Pacific (FERCAP)

  • István Palugyai, Science Journalist, Honorary President of the Club of Hungarian Science Journalists

  • Mathijs Vleugel, Science Policy Expert, European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities (ALLEA)

 

During VERITY's inaugural online meeting on 11 May 2023, the ADIM Board members reaffirmed their dedication to actively engaging in project activities, providing valuable feedback, and disseminating project results. Their commitment aims to boost trust in science and ensure that the project aligns with societal values.

 

 

Analysing EU-funded projects: unveiling the themes for public trust in science and science-society cooperation

The VERITY project has conducted an analysis of EU-funded projects centred on public trust in science and science-society cooperation. In their recent report, the project aimed to review previous project results, evaluate the tools used and their findings, and identify significant shortcomings and barriers. The analysis highlighted five key themes, which encompassed the public's role in science-society cooperation, collaborative decision-making, science communication strategies, responsible research and innovation, as well as overcoming barriers and challenges. The report extensively discusses each theme, presenting qualitative and quantitative data. These findings will serve as a guiding framework for the future endeavours of the VERITY project.

 

 

Making waves in research ethics and integrity: VERITY's impact at two key conferences

VERITY took center stage at two major events from the cluster projects. First, VERITY was showcased at the PREPARED conference on 6 June alongside other initiatives focusing on research ethics and integrity during global crises. Then, VERITY had a significant presence at the ETHNA System Final Conference on 14 and 15 June promoting responsible research and innovation. These events highlighted the importance of cooperation and collaboration among projects with a shared objective of promoting responsible research practices and building trust in science.

Joining forces for research integrity at ENRIO 2023 Congress

We are thrilled to announce that VERITY will be actively participating in the upcoming ENRIO 2023 Congress on Research Integrity Practice. This exciting event aims to facilitate discussions on research integrity and practice and responsible research development in Europe.

 


Taking place on 7-8 September 2023 at Sorbonne University in Paris, and will explore various themes, including the societal impact of research integrity, responsible open science, research beyond academia, and research integrity during times of crisis. We eagerly look forward to engaging with research integrity officers, funding organizations, ethics committees, and experts from around the globe fostering collaboration and promoting responsible research conduct.

 

Sister Projects News

The first POIESIS expert workshop on trust in science was held in Berlin on 19 and 20 June. The workshop encompassed two interconnected components: a practical examination of how trust in science is assessed in surveys conducted at the national and international levels, and a conceptual exploration of the various facets and significance of "trust in science" with insights from theoretical experts.

 
 

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