Working Group Truth, Trust and Expertise

The ALLEA Working Group Truth, Trust and Expertise (WGTTE) is a transnational platform for perspectives on the nature of and relationship between Truth, Trust and Expertise in the field of science. The expert group aims to interrogate and explore current and past dynamics of public trust in expertise and the contested norms of what constitutes truth, facts and evidence in scientific research and beyond. Central themes of the group include: the alleged loss of trust in science and evidence, questions of how valid knowledge can and should be acquired and communicated, and how different academic disciplines are dealing with these challenges.

The objectives of the Working Group are to promote the values of science and research, as well as the benefits of including scientific reasoning in public discourse. The group further aims to conceptualise a pan-European, or possibly global, initiative on the above questions deriving from changing social and political contexts in relation to truth, trust and expertise.

Programme of action 

To address these questions, the Working Group will hold thematic Workshops in different European cities and a public scientific symposium in Sofia in May 2018, following three research clusters:

Cluster 1: The Loss of Trust(worthiness)?

Cluster 2: Spectres of Scientific Knowledge Production in the 21st Century

Cluster 3: Changed Landscapes of Communication

Members of the Working Group Truth, Trust and Expertise

  • Baroness Onora O’Neill (Co-Chair) – British Academy and Royal Society
  • Ed Noort (Co-Chair) – ALLEA Vice President, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)
  • Yesim Arat – Science Academy (Turkey)
  • Maria Baghramian – Royal Irish Academy
  • José van Dijck- Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)
  • Luke Drury – Royal Irish Academy
  • Göran Hermerén – Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities
  • Gloria Origgi – Institut Jean Nicod                           
  • Christiane Woopen – Köln University

Dates and Venues

18 October 2017

Kick-off meeting in London

19 February 2018

Workshop in London on the alleged loss of trust in expertise in a changing world. (Cluster 1)






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