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Science, Policy & the Public: Understanding How They Interact

During crises, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, or debates about major societal reforms that call on scientific evidence, there is a greater demand from the public for a stronger commitment from science. However, scientists have to act in a media landscape that has changed in recent years, mainly through the growth of social media. Researchers are also acting within a policy arena where scientific evidence is sometimes explicitly opposed. How can the relationship between science, policy and society be readjusted? And what efficient tools do we have to enhance knowledge exchange? This is particularly relevant for demography which has always been a highly policy-relevant discipline.

As a network dedicated to policy dialogue and the dissemination of policy-relevant research results, Population Europe is actively contributing to this debate.

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