New paper discusses increasing trust in science

13 January 2021

Public opinion surveys in many countries have shown increasing trust and confidence in science and scientists through the Covid-19 pandemic. A discussion paper based on such surveys for four European countries reports and reflects on these findings.

Trust in science: assessing pandemic impacts in four EU countries

The paper is the product of a collaboration between PCST Network and EUSEA (European Science Engagement Association). Cissi Askwall, president, and Markus Weißkopf, former president, represented EUSEA, while Brian Trench, president, and Birte Fähnrich and Massimiano Bucchi, Scientific Committee members, represented PCST.

The collaboration started with a panel session at the ESOF (Euroscience Open Forum) conference in Trieste, Italy in September 2020, and the discussion paper was developed from that. The paper, completed in January 2021, is being shared on the websites of PCST and EUSEA.