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18:00 - 19:00 22 March 2017

A Climate of Change? Renegotiating Values in Science and Engineering Advice


Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre | Wilkins Building (link Map)
Gower St | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom

Open to: Alumni | Public | Academic | Student
Admission: 0
Ticketing: Ticketed

Speaker information

Professor Arthur Petersen, Professor of Science, Technology and Public Policy at UCL STEaPP, Professor Petersen's career spans over 16 years at the interface of science knowledge and policy-making. From planned adaptive regulation of flood control in the Netherlands to explorations of uncertainty in Southeast Asian delta communities, his work deals with climate change, sustainable development and the risks of emerging technology. He joined STEaPP after 13 years’ work as scientific adviser on environment and infrastructure policy within the Dutch Government. Most recently he served as Chief Scientist of the PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (2011–2014).

In his inaugural lecture as Professor of Science, Technology and Public Policy within UCL's Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy, Professor Petersen will trace the relationship between university and government, from the birth of science advice to the present day. Positioning the university as a platform for independent thinking and partisan perspectives, he will explore its role in public decision-making around science, technology and engineering.

Drawing on examples from across his career, Professor Petersen will address the intrinsic tensions between politics, religion, policy-making, science and technology. Looking to the future, he will offer a pragmatic way forward for the complex relationship between these practices, and highlight responsible strategies for regaining trust under allegedly 'post-truth' conditions.

The lecture will be introduced by Professor David Price (Vice-Provost Research) and followed by a drinks reception from 19.00.


Alice Ferns
+44 (0)2031089430 | steapp.communications@ucl.ac.uk


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