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Good Science Discussion Series: What is Good Science?

The Royal Irish Academy is pleased to launch a series of panel events exploring the topic of ‘Good Science’.

‘What is Good Science?’ is the first in a series of three panel discussions that seeks to address the important issues of science communication, ethical science and public trust in expertise.

Recent and current global events including the Covid-19 pandemic and the climate crisis have highlighted the need for researchers to reflect on what good science looks like, what corrupts it, what challenges it, what fosters it.

Through moderated discussions with scientists, experts and educators, the Good Science series aims to shine a spotlight on the importance of engaged research and the positioning of scientific research in public policy.

For this event we have invited four speakers to deliver a talk in response to the question, ‘What is Good Science,’ telling a story from their professional experience that illustrates what good science is, and another story where it didn’t go so well. Following the four presentations, a moderated discussion will explore insights from these stories and consider some of the following questions: who decides what is “good”? Can we identify the qualities that make science good? How do we recognise and support good scientific practice?

The event will take place from18:00-19:30 on Thursday 8 February in the Royal Irish Academy, Dawson Street.

The Good Science discussion series is organised by the Royal Irish Academy’s Physical, Chemical and Mathematical Sciences Committee. The next event in the series will explore ethics in scientific research and the third event will consider the role of the scientist in the community.

This is a free event but booking is essential. Tickets can be booked here.