Next Stop: Valencia

The Valencia Public Deliberative Workshop was held on June, 22nd by the CSIC team!

The 20 participants spent the day enjoying thorough conversations around the Covid-19 pandemic, the climate change and how those affect trust in science in general. POIESIS consortium members Richard Wooley and Irene Monsonís Payá organised, managed and led the event extremely effectively and efficiently.

POIESIS‘ 1st Expert Workshop on Trust in Science (WP1)

On the 19th and 20th of June, the London and Berlin team jointly organised the first POIESIS’ expert
workshop on trust in science in Berlin which has been a great success.

The workshop had two distinct and at the same time closely interrelated parts: on the one hand,
the debate about how trust in science is measured very concretely in various national and
international surveys and what results the different measures produce, animated by numerous
experts involved in the realisation of such surveys; on the other hand, a more conceptual discussion
about the very meaning of “trust in science” and its different dimensions with input from experts
with a more theoretical perspective on the topic.

The nearly 20 participants had intense and constructive discussions which will certainly lead to some
common effort of reporting on the results of the workshop.

The Berlin Public Deliberative Workshop

The journey of the POIESIS Public Deliberative Workshops continues!

The Berlin public deliberative workshop, called Bürger*innen-Dialog in German, successfully took
place on a hot Friday afternoon on the 9th of June. Even with a somewhat smaller group of
participants (15 in total), we had great and fruitful discussions based on our material but also
covering the topics of trust in science, research integrity and public participation from a much larger

A great thank you to our facilitator Philipp Schrögel, an expert in science communication and various
creative forms of it, who provided a stimulating input on trust, trust in science and how this relates
to science communication. His input also included two short video sequences in which researchers,
one working in the field of climate change and one in medical research, told the participants about
their personal experiences and perspectives on science communication in their field.

Another big thank you to Imke Hedder and Lisa Mertin – who along with Anne-Sophie Behm-Bahtat ensured smooth and interesting discussions in the four small groups.

POIESIS at the 6th Nordic STS Conference

POIESIS coordinator and WP5 Leader Dr. Serge P.J.M. Horbach presented the overall work, the concept, the methodology and the current progress of the POIESIS Project at the 6th Nordic STS Conference, which was held at the TIK Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture of the University of Oslo.

This is great news for POIESIS, as it’s progress begins to get noticed throughout the Academic community.

Click here for more information about the event!!

The Lisbon Workshop

Another fruitful event for POIESIS, this time in Portugal.

The 3rd POIESIS Public Deliberative Workshop was also a success. 24 people took part at the event which was held last Saturday afternoon on 3rd of June, at Ιscte. The event was moderated by Dr. Rita Mourão. The expert talk by Carla Gomes, research fellow at the University of Lisbon – Institute of Social Sciences was extremely interesting and catching (on trust, climate science, and communication of it, difficulties, etc), leading to many questions and comments (which we had then to stop, as people would have continued asking). The discussions were rich and engaging in all groups – the four moderators and facilitator were excellent.

Participants were super engaged in the discussions, all talked and shared their views, and in the end, they reported to us having a very lovely and enjoyable afternoon. In the plenary a member of each group presented the rankings. Both the coffee break and drink reception were excellent moments for people to get to know each other. The drink reception (with Porto wine), lasted until 8pm, as people kept talking to each other…

Next stop Berlin!

The Danish Public Deliberative Workshop

The 2nd successful Workshop of POIESIS took place at the Aarhus University.

The Danish POIESIS workshop successfully took place, on Friday June 2nd and we had a great experience! The participants were very engaged and we had really interesting, informative and nuanced discussions in all four groups. Importantly, there was a really nice atmosphere, a lot of talk and laughs and participants expressed that it had been very valuable and interesting for them to participate.

27 participants partook in addition to four project members/moderators. Our professional facilitator Eskil Welan ran the workshop confidently and smoothly and our expert Kristian Hvidtfelt Nielsen, expert in science studies, science communication and trust, gave an interesting presentation, which prompted a lot of questions from the participants in the Q&A session.