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Listen up: a plan to help scientists get their research heard by decision-makers


Quigley, M and Ickowicz, A and Verdejo-Garcia, A and Galton-Fenzi, B and White, CJ and Geenens, G and Pembleton, KG and Kitto, K and Hamilton, K and Bennetts, L and Killedar, M and Lindsay, M and Roberts, M and Durance, P and Kuhnert, P, Listen up: a plan to help scientists get their research heard by decision-makers, The Conversation, Australia, 1 February 2017 (2017) [Magazine Article]

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Many scientists are keen to communicate research they believe can help inform the decisions people make, from public opinion to the policy of our governments.

But the will of scientists to abandon intellectual "ivory towers" does not in itself ensure a more prominent role for science in any decision-making.

Consider the appointment of a climate change sceptic and an anti-vaccination proponent to the new White House administration of US president Donald Trump.

Does this signify a prioritisation of emotions, personal beliefs and social media savviness above facts? If so, then ensuring a role for research evidence in decision-making may be one of the greatest challenges facing the science community.

Item Details

Item Type:Magazine Article
Keywords:risk, uncertainty, decision-making, climate change, Australian Academy of Science Think Tank
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Engineering practice and education
Research Field:Risk engineering
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Understanding climate change
Objective Field:Effects of climate change on Australia (excl. social impacts)
UTAS Author:White, CJ (Dr Chris White)
ID Code:114226
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Engineering
Deposited On:2017-02-09
Last Modified:2017-02-09

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