It is now almost a cliché to refer to the ‘post-truth’ society, implying a knowledge crisis in science and society. But although this phenomenon is widely discussed, the question of what this means for theories, methods and practices of Integrated Assessment (IA) is yet to be answered satisfactorily.
This seminar will investigate the underlying elements of this alleged knowledge crisis, to identify current practices of addressing contested knowledge in IA, and to discuss promising and alternative future strategies for dealing with the phenomenon. It thus provides a platform for participants to exchange views and experiences in various situations on the science-policy interface, with an emphasis on IA.
The programme consists of keynotes and short statements by scientists and practitioners who have extensively dealt with the issues at hand. Two rounds of three parallel sessions will complement the programme. The first round will focus on current practices in IA that seem particularly relevant in times of contested knowledge. The second round will focus on identifying ‘better’ strategies for the future. The seminar will close with a round table to refine and anchor insights and findings from the keynotes and parallel sessions.