Sense about Science joins PEriTiA

Sense about Science is pleased to be part of a new Europe-wide project to look into how people weigh up expertise, the PEriTiA (Policy, expertise and trust in action) project, which has just been awarded funding from the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme.

PEriTiA will investigate how people – members of the public and politicians in particular – make decisions about evidence and expertise using a variety of research methods. The research team is going to produce a toolkit to guide experts communicating evidence to the public, using climate change as a case study. Sense about Science is bringing our experience from 17 years working with and for the public to engage members of the public in testing, developing and shaping the toolkit.  With partners in the project Allea, we will also produce a paper on our approach to engaging citizens in collaborative workshops.

The project is coordinated by University College Dublin and other partners include Kings College London, University of Oslo, Polish Academy of Sciences, Utrecht University, American University of Armenia, Vita-Salute San Raffaele University in Italy and Institute Jean Nicod from France. The advisory group for this work includes Professors Onora O’Neill, Cass Sunstein, Luke Drury, Susan Owens and Dan Sperber.

The Horizon 2020 programme has awarded this project €3 million and work will begin in February 2020.