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The Authority of Science



4 April 2011

When should we listen to scientists? And why should we consider what they say with any more authority than other voices in debates? Find out at a free public event on 8 April 2011 or the whole Authority of Science Conference from 8 to 10 April 2011.

'The Authority of Science: Is science just another voice in the policy debate?' is a free public event to be held on Friday 8 April, where four panellists will discuss questions relating to the authority of science. Professor Trevor Hambley, Dean of the Faculty of Science, will introduce the evening and Paul Willis, from ABC TV's Catalyst, will chair the discussion with panel members:

  • Professor Theodore L Brown, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
  • Professor David Castle, Chair of Innovation in the Life Sciences, University of Edinburgh
  • Professor Rosemary Lyster, University of Sydney, inaugural Professor of Climate and Environmental Law
  • Professor Christian List, London School of Economics, Professor of Political Science and Philosophy.

Professor Theodore L Brown
Professor Theodore L Brown

Professor David Castle
Professor David Castle

Professor Rosemary Lyster
Professor Rosemary Lyster

Professor Christian List
Professor Christian List















The evening is co-presented by the Sydney Centre for the Foundations of Science, University of Sydney, and the Tilburg Centre for Logic and Philosophy of Science, Tilburg University, The Netherlands.

More information on 'The Authority of Science: Is science just another voice in the policy debate?' is at: www.usyd.edu.au/news/science/418.html?eventcategoryid=31&eventid=7480

The conference, which runs from 8 to 10 April, will include eminent speakers such as Professor Sir Peter Gluckman, Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of New Zealand, and Professor Theodore L. Brown, from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and author of Imperfect Oracle: The Epistemic and Moral Authority of Science.

Speakers at the conference from the Faculty of Science's Unit for the History and Philosophy Science include Associate Professor Ofer Gal presenting on Radical Instrumentalism, Dr Victor Boantza presenting on Elements as Instruments of Analysis: Exploring the Authority of Instruments in Early Modern Chemistry, and Dr Ian Wills presenting on Thomas Edison and the Authority of Inventions.

See the full Authority of Science conference program and register at: http://sydney.edu.au/foundations_of_science/events/authority_of_science.shtml


Contact: Katynna Gill

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