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Research project to explore public’s trust in expertise

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The EU has awarded funding to a project that will “investigate the role of science in policy decision-making and the conditions under which people should trust and rely on expert opinion that shapes public policy”, according to the lead institution.

The project, called Policy, Expertise and Trust in Action, has been awarded €3 million for three years from the EU’s Horizon 2020 R&D programme, starting in February 2020.

Coordinated by University College Dublin and co-led by the Allea association of European academies of sciences and humanities, the project will explore “the nature and conditions of public trust and aims to provide a framework that can be used to gauge the trustworthiness of policy-related expert opinion”, UCD announced on 31 July.

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