Evidence, Ideology, and Orthodoxy: science in the university and the public sphere

6 February 2014


Evidence, Ideology, and Orthodoxy: Science in the university and the public sphere

Sponsored by Arizona State University and University of Cambridge

Date: Thursday 6 February - Saturday 8 February, 2014

Venue: Tempe Mission Palms Hotel, Arizona

Increasing polarisation of high-stakes political debates on one hand, and a persistent sense of alienation from established political institutions by publics in many affluent democracies on the other, create an urgent need for venues where controversial issues can be openly aired and explored. Can universities meet this need? When universities are the sites of debate about socially contested issues, what happens to the norms and standards of scientific and other scholarly evidence? What roles do and should academic experts, and expertise play in such debates?

More details about this conference can be found here.

The event is co-sponsored by

Centre for Law, Science & Innovation at ASU's Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

Mayo Clinic in Arizona

Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes at ASU

Centre for Science and Policy (CSaP), University of Cambridge

Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, University of Cambridge

Professor Geoff Moggridge

Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, University of Cambridge

Professor Huw Price

Faculty of Philosophy, University of Cambridge

Professor Jack Stilgoe

University College London (UCL)

Professor Charles Kennel

University of California San Diego

Dr Rob Doubleday

Centre for Science and Policy, University of Cambridge