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German, Austrian academies define political role of science

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Top scientists clarify how knowledge should inform policies in series of Vienna Theses

Science should act as an honest broker and inform—but not legitimise—politics, according to a joint paper by the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and the Austrian Academy of Sciences.

The paper, dubbed the Vienna Theses on science-based policy advice, was presented for discussion by the two academies in early February. In it, the academies state that tensions between science, politics and the public prompted them to clarify how knowledge and information should be used to inform politics.

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