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Rethinking Policy, Expertise and Trust

Rethinking Policy Expertise and Trust Final conference of the Horizon 2020 project PERITIA, UCD., Dublin

By Policy, Expertise and Trust (PERITIA)

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Thu, 23 Mar 2023 09:00 - Sat, 25 Mar 2023 18:30 GMT


University College Dublin O'Brien Centre UCD Dublin 4 Ireland

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The conference will take place at the O’Brien Centre, University College Dublin, March 23-25, and will focus on the key themes of the Horizon 2020 research project PERITIA. Papers and discussions will focus on topics related to trust and expertie, including but not limited to:

• The scope and nature of public trust and distrust

• The role of experts in policy decisions

• Factors contributing to trust and distrust in experts

• Critical assessments of the role of experts in policy decisions

• The role of social media in establishing trust and distrust

• The key indicators of the trustworthiness of the experts

• Psychological, affective, and cognitive mechanisms relevant to trust and distrust

• Empirical studies of trust and trustworthiness

Rethinking Policy, Expertise and Trust

UCD O’Brien Centre for Science

Conference Draft Programme (subject to change)

Day 1: 23 March 2023

8.30 – 9.00 | On-Campus Registration | UCD O’Brien Centre for Science

9.00 – 9.30 | Welcome & PERITIA Podcast Launch | Moore Auditorium

Maria Baghramian | University College Dublin

Shane Bergin (UCD) & Shaun O’Boyle | ‘The Trust Race’

9.30 – 11.00 | Paper Presentations: Parallel Sessions Day 1

Trust & Expertise

9.30 | Jilted Experts and Shifting Standards

Zara Anwarzai | Indiana University

10.00 | Expertise and the Service Conception of Authority

Armin Mašala | University of Zurich

10.30 | Non-Epistemic Values and Expert Testimony

Jörn Wiengarn | Technical University Darmstadt


9.30 | Can It Be Rational to Distrust Experts?

Leon Assaad | LMU Munich

10.00 | Hermeneutical Delusions as a Source of Distrust

Marcel Gonçalo | CECH, Universidade de Coimbra

10.30 | Contagions of Distrust: The Epistemic Vulnerability of Misinformation Groups

Cayla Clinkenbeard | New School for Social Research

Trust & Politics

9.30 | Epistemic Democracy and Competence

Arshak Balayan | American University of Armenia

10.00 | Trustworthiness is Political

Matt Bennett | University of Essex

10.30 | The Uneasy Alliance of Populism and Technocracy: The Case of ANO Movement

Giuseppe Ballacci | University of Minho Jan Bíba, Charles University

Trust & Climate Change

9.30 | Youth Activism

and the Climate Emergency:

The Public Sphere and Vulnerability

Paul Giladi | Manchester Metropolitan University

10.00 | Feasible & Neutral Science Advice: The Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change & the 1,5°C Target Torbjørn Gundersen | University of Oslo

10.30 | Integrating Localized Expert Judgment for Climate Change Policy Making in the Face of Extreme Events Mason Majszak | University of Bern

Public Trust

9.30 | Trust as a Cultural Characteristic: The Case of Sweden

Orlaith Rice | University College Dublin

10.00 | Legitimate Distrust and Values in Public Health Elena Popa | Jagiellonian University

10.30 | Protecting and Building Public Confidence in Statistics and Evidence Mary Cowan | Office for Statistics Regulation

11.00 – 11.30 | Coffee Break | UCD O’Brien Centre for Science

11.30 – 13.00 | Panels A–B: Parallel Sessions Day 1

Panel A

PERITIA Work Packages 8 & 10: The role of Trust & Cultural Change on Climate Action

Room: Moore Auditorium

Chair: Bobby Duffy | King’s College London Panelists:

James Wright | King’s College London

Kirstie Hewlett | King’s College London

Liam Delaney | LSE

Panel B


13.00 – 14.00 | Lunch | UCD O’Brien Centre for Science

14:00 – 15.30 | Panels C–D: Parallel Sessions Day 1

Panel C

Cogito Research Center, University of Glasglow:

Knowledge, Trust

and Evidence Resistence

Room: Moore Auditorium

Panelists: Mona Simion | University of Glasgow Christopher Kelp | University of Glasgow Adam Carter | University of Glasgow

Panel D

PERITIA Work Package 11: Deliberative Mini Publics

Chair: Suzanne Hall | King’s College London Panelists: Finbarr Brereton | University College Dublin Emma Fletcher-Barnes | University College Dublin Zara Regan | King’s College London

15.30 – 16.00 | Coffee Break | UCD O’Brien Centre for Science

16.00 – 17.30 | Panels E-F: Parallel Sessions Day 1

Panel E

ALLEA Open Science & Enlightenment 2.0,

Joint Research Centre (JRC), European Commission: Open Science, Research Integrity and Trustworthiness

Chair: Luke Drury | ALLEA

Panelists: Maura Hiney | University College Dublin Tony Ross-Hellauer | Technical University Graz Mara Almedia | Enlightenment 2.0

Panel F

Irish Research Council Trust Project:

Trusting & Distrusting the Work of Literature

Panelists: Adam Kelly | University College Dublin Matt Prout | University of Bristol

Katerina Pavlidi | University College Dublin

17:45 – 18.00 | Welcome Address | UCD O’Brien Centre for Science

Professor Orla Feely | Vice President for Research, Innovation and Impact | Incoming UCD President

18:00 – 19.00 | Roundtable | Moore Auditorium

“Why do we need public trust in times of crisis?”

Moderator: Alison O’Connor | Journalist & Broadcaster Panelists: Dominika Latusek-Jurczak | SAPEA Working Group

Alberto Melloni | Chief Scientific Advisor to the European Commission

Pete Lunn | Economic and Social Research Institute, Ireland Denis Naughten | TD, Galway/Roscommon

19.00 – 20.00 | Wine Reception | UCD O’Brien Centre for Science

Hosted by SAPEA and the Royal Irish Academy

Day 2: 24 March 2023 |

UCD O’Brien Centre for Science

9.00 – 11.30 | Paper Presentations: Parallel Session Day 2

Policy Issues

9.00 | Taking Advice or ‘Sticking to Their Guns?’: Future Policy Makers’ Consideration of Expert Advice in Policy Scenario Exercises

Laura Prokic | American University of Armenia9.30 | Disagreement and Epistemic InjusticeMelanie Altanian | University College Dublin

10.00 | Trust, Moral Expertise and Sports PolicyJohn William Devine | Swansea University

10.30 | Epistemic Gatekeeping for Public Debates: A Dynamic Approach Maurizio Mascitti & Luca Asili | University Vita- Salute San Raffaele

Trust & Expertise

9.00 | Relying on the MajorityParide Del Grosso | Antwerp University

9.30 | In Their Best Interest – Expert-Involvement, Ignorance and Division of Epistemic Labor Sonja Riegler | University of Vienna

10.00 | On the Conditions of AI-ExpertiseW. Jared Parmer, Hendrik Kempt & Nils Freyer | RWTH Aachen University

10.30 | Trust, Trustworthiness, and the Directed Responsibilities of Expert TestifiersBenjamin Clarke | University of Edinburgh


9.00 | Conspiracy Theories, Distrust, and One Possibility Too ManySilvia Caprioglio Panizza | Univerzita Pardubic

9.30 | Distrusting ConsensusJaron Harambam | Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

10.00 | The Ethics of Expert CommunicationHugh Desmond | Leibniz University Hannover

10.30 | An Analysis of Bias and Distrust in Social Hinge Epistemology Anna Pederneschi | UC Irvine

Online Trust

9.00 | One Foot in the EULAs: Consent and Trust in Tech Amongst Older Users

Sara Singleton and Phil J Ryan | SMARTlab UCD Ireland’s Think Tank for Action on Social Change

9.30 | Misinformation, Democracy and Distrust

Nikolas Kirby | University of Oxford

10.00 | Echo Chambers, Empirical Underdetermination, and Epistemic PanicDeven Burks| University of Luxembourg

10.30 | The Normative Need For Trust in AI

Sara Blanco | Universität Tübingen

Public Trust

9.00 | ‘Follow the Science’: Popular Trust in Scientific Experts during theCoronavirus PandemicBen Seyd | University of Kent

9.30 | Deliberative Engagement & Trust(Worthiness): From Vaccines to Genome Editing and Back AgainOliver Feeney | University of Tübingen

10.00 | How Can Novices Trust Science When Scientific Research IsConducted in Large Epistemically Distributed Collectives?Elinor Clark | Leibniz University

10.30 | An Infrastructural Account of Public Trust in ScienceGabriele Contessa | Carleton University

11.00 – 11.30 | Coffee Break | UCD O’Brien Centre for Science

11.30 – 13.00 | Panels G–H: Parallel Sessions Day 2

Panel GHorizon 2020 EU Commission: Lessons from Citizens Assemblies

Room: Moore Auditorium

Chair: David Farrell | University College Dublin

Panelists: Suzanne Hall | King’s College London

Jane Suiter | Dublin City University

Diarmuid Torney | Dublin City University

Panel H

Horizon 2020 ISEED Project: Experts, Citizens, Public Spheres

Chair: Eleonora Montuschi | Venice Panelists:

Roberto Gronda | Pisa Magda Roszczynska | Warsaw

Michael O’Grady | University College Dublin

13.00 – 14.00 | Lunch | UCD O’Brien Centre for Science

14:00 – 15.30 | Panels I–J: Parallel Sessions Day

PERITIA Work Package 3: Trust in Science

Or Trust in GovernmentRoom: Moore AuditoriumPanelists: Susan Owens | Cambridge University

Cathrine Holst | University of Oslo

Miranda Schreurs | University of Munich

Panel J

PERITIA Work Package 8: Trust, Respect, Recognition in Scientific Experts, Institutions and Laypeople

Panelists: Rowland Stout | University College Dublin

Danielle Petherbridge | University College Dublin

Ian James Kidd | University of Nottingham

Silvia Ivani | University College Dublin

15.30 – 16.00 | Coffee Break | UCD O’Brien Centre for Science

16.00 – 17.30 | Panel K: Day 2

SOCRATES Project Institute of Philosophy of Leibniz University Hannover:

Non-Epistemic Interests & the Social Credibility of ScienceRoom: Moore Auditorium

Panelists: Torsten Wilholt | LUH

Mathias Frisch | LUH

Hanna Hilligardt | LUH

18.00 | Bar Open | UCD Club

19:30 – 21.30 | Conference Dinner | UCD Club

Day 3: 25 March 2023

9.00 – 11.30 | Paper Presentations: Parallel Session Day 3 | UCD O’Brien Centre for Science

Conditions of Trust

9.00 | Trust Reliability, and Meliorism Manuel Liz & Margarita Vázquez | University of La Laguna

9.30 | Trust and Emotions

in Polarized Communicative Contexts

Tiffany Morisseau | LaPEA University Paris Cité

10.00 | The Conditions of Trust

Michael Pope | Boston College

10.30 | Trustworthiness and Vulnerability

Elizabeth Stewart | Howard University

Philosophical Approaches

9.00 | Gatekeeping KnowledgeÍsak Andri Ólafsson | University of Glasgow

9.30 | Uncritical Trust and Unconcern for the TruthPablo Vera Vega | University of Laguna

10.00 | Regulating for Evidence-Based Expert Advice: Which Prescriptions for Non-epistemic Value Judgments?Silje Aa. Langvatn | University of Bergen Cathrine Holst | University of Oslo

10.30 | Evidentialism and Non- evidentialism for a Rational Trust

Matt Jope | University of Edinburgh

Ethical Significance of Trust

9.00 | PERITIA Prize Winners 2022: How to Feel About Climate Change?

A Philosophical and Psychological Analysis of the Normativity of Climate EmotionsJulia Mosquera & Kirsti Jylhä | Institute for Future Studies, Stockholm

9.30 | Expertise and Trespassing on the Ethical DomainFederico Bina | University of Genova Davide Battisti | University of Bergamo

10.00 | When Moral Philosophers Are Not Policy ExpertsKian Mintz-Woo | University College Cork

Scientific Trust & Expertise

9.00 | Trust and Expert DisagreementJoanna Aleksandra Kreft | UiT Norway

9.30 | Fake Experts: A Study of Why They Were (Mis)TrustedAmmu Joshy | High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart

10.00 | Trusting Experts in Spite of Conflicting Testimony: An Epistemic Perspective on Expert Disagreement

Evelina Edfors | Uppsala University

10.30 | On What It Takes to Be a Pseudo-Expert

Michel Croce | University of Genoa

9.00 | Scientific Disagreements in the Spotlight:

How Public Controversies Affect Our Trust in Scientists

Mariangela Zoe Cocchiaro | Jagiellonian University

9.30 | TBC

10.00 | Public Trust in Climate Science: A Systematic Meta-narrative ReviewAntoinette Fage-Butler | (Mis)trust of Scientific Expertise Project Aarhus University Loni Ledderer | (Mis)trust of Scientific Expertise Project Aarhus University

10.30 | Expert Consensus as Probability Intervals: Transparency, Robustness and ReassuranceLee Elkin | Erasmus University Rotterdam

11.00 – 11.30 | Coffee Break | UCD O’Brien Centre for Science

11.30 – 13.00 | Panels L–M: Parallel Sessions Day 3

Panel LESRC TrustGov Project:Causes, Contexts and Conditions of Political Trust: Findings From the TrustGov ProjectsPanelists: Viktor Valgarðsson | University of SouthamptonHannah Bunting | University of ExeterDaniel Devine | Oxford University, Nuffield College

Panel M

Public Trust in Economics and Economists

Room: Moore AuditoriumPanelists: Don Ross | University College Cork

Carlo Martini | Vita-Salute San Raffaele University

Anna Alexandrova | Cambridge

13.00 – 14.00 | Lunch | UCD O’Brien Centre for Science

14:00 – 15.30 | Panels N–O: Parallel Sessions Day 3Panel N PRODEMINFO

COVID-19 Vaccines: Acceptance, hesitancy, and countermeasures to misinformationChair: Stephan Lewandowsky | University of Bristol Panelists: Linda Karlsson | University of Turku) Philipp Schmid | University of ErfurtDawn Holford | University of Bristol

Panel O PERITIA:Chair: Carlo Martini | Vita-Salute San Raffaele UniversityWhom to Trust, What to believe? Knowledge, Trust & Trustworthiness in Pandemic TimesJudith Simon | University of HamburgClimate communication: how researchers navigate between scientific truth and media publicsDonya Alinejad & Jose van Dijck | Utrecht University

15.30 – 16.00 | Coffee Break | UCD O’Brien Centre for Science

16.00 – 17.30 | Panel P: Day 3

Entrust, PERITIA, TiGRE:Perspectives on Trust From Three Horizon 2020 ProjectsPanelists: Christian Lahusen | University of Siegen | EnTrust (Enlightened Trust in Government) Martino Maggetti | University of Lausanne | TiGRE (Trust in Governance and Regulation in Europe) Maria Baghramian | University College Dublin | PERITIA (Policy, Expertise and Trust in Action)

17.45 | Concluding Remarks | UCD O’Brien Centre for ScienceProfessor Onora O’Neill | University of Cambridge

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s H2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 870883

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A workshop of papers shortlisted for the Internal Journal of Philosohical Studies' Robert Papapazian and PERITIA Prizes. The prizes The Robert

The 2021 Rober Papazian prize was deisgnated for essays in the general area of “Testimonial Injustice”.

The 2021 PERITIA Prize was designated for essays in the general ares of "Trust and Testimonial (In)Justice."

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