Over the past couple of years, there seems to have been a pushback in society on ‘experts’, whether it’s politicians saying that people have had enough of experts, or a rejection of scientific consensus on issues such as climate change, vaccination, or evidence-based decision-making.
We think this could be hindering the environment for research to thrive. So we’re holding a four-week debate on Facebook and Twitter to explore the role of expertise, find out what the issues are and see what, if anything, Wellcome as an organisation might be able to do to help.
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Many thanks to those who took part in the video: Sarah Tabrizi, University College London; Gerry Graham, University of Glasgow; Simon Boulton, Francis Crick Institute; Greg Towers, University College London; Mark Ulrich, Oxford University; Charles ffrench-Constant, University of Edinburgh; Sarah Coulthurst, University of Dundee; Bill Earnshaw, University of Edinburgh; Denise Fitzgerald, Queen’s University Belfast; Ilina Singh, Oxford University.