The Brussels Declaration: A 20 part blueprint for beefing up ethics and principles in science advice was presented at a policy session at the recent annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) still the world’s largest gathering of scientists, policy makers, communicators and journalists held this year in Boston.
Kathryn O’Hara, CTV Chair in Science Broadcast Journalism, presented the five points dealing with expectations for industry, public interest groups, media and the public in evidence-strong public policy advice. The declaration, gleaned from five years of consultations involving 300 global participants, and grass roots organizers to chief science advisors, recommended genuine inclusivity along with the usual call for greater transparency and scrutiny.
“I was involved with the last two consultations in Brussels and Manchester which piggybacked on international science conferences,” says O’Hara. “The exercise was a fascinating experience, extending the salient conversations about principled policy making beyond one group of concern to the many.”
The front page photo was taken at the final session on the Declaration in Manchester, UK