42 people of various backgrounds from around the UK participated in the last weeks' POIESIS London Public Deliberative Workshop
The London team organised public deliberations in the Marchmont Citizen Centre located in Central London, where no less than 42 participants engaged in discussions about trust in science. The sessions were moderated by Bankole Falade and Martin W Bauer; Hannah Bunt was observing the process in the background and taking notes. Martin Bauer also stood in as 'expert' for technically specific questions that might arise on the topic. After touching on various issues and filling in two questionnaires, all discussion produced a card sort of lining up 'factors of trust in science'.
Participants witnessed diversity in their 'distance from science', which reflected in the way they think and talk about 'trust in science', in general and in relation to Climate Change and the Covid19 pandemic. It turned out, participants were happy to be able to talk about their pandemic experience in particular. Also, it was evident that people were taking part in a discussion about a topic they really cared about, leading to very engaged discussions.