UCL Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy


A Climate of Change? Renegotiating Values in Science and Engineering Advice

22 March 2017, 6:00 pm–7:00 pm

Arthur Petersen Inaugural Lecture

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UCL Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre

The inaugural lecture of Arthur Petersen, Professor of Science, Technology and Public Policy at UCL STEaPP.

May 2017 UPDATE: View a video recording of the lecture

Professor Petersen's career spans over 16 years at the interface of science knowledge and policy-making. From planned adaptive regulation of flood control in the Netherlands to explorations of uncertainty in Southeast Asian delta communities, his work deals with climate change, sustainable development and the risks of emerging technology.

Professor Arthur Petersen

In his inaugural lecture, Professor Petersen will trace the relationship between university and government, from the birth of science advice to the present day. Positioning the university as a platform for independent thinking and partisan perspectives, he will explore its role in public decision-making around science, technology and engineering.

Drawing on examples from across his career, Professor Petersen will address the intrinsic tensions between politics, religion, policy-making, science and technology. Looking to the future, he will offer a pragmatic way forward for the complex relationship between these practices, and highlight responsible strategies for regaining trust under allegedly 'post-truth' conditions.

Visit Professor Arthur Petersen's biography to find out more about his work.

The lecture will be introduced by Professor David Price, UCL Vice-Provost (Research) and followed by a drinks reception from 19.00.