Trust in Science
The simulation is set in 2030, in an alternative world similar to our own. In this world, the Pangean Union faces a protracted crisis of trust in climate science and expertise. The crisis is triggered by a whistleblower’s revelations and allegations about a solar geoengineering operation. Through ensuing misinformation spreading across the Pangean Union, failed attempts by scientists to reassure the public, and further revelations, the controversy reaches epic proportions.
Simulation participants take part in the fictional Regain Trust Conference to discuss policies and measures to address the damages caused by the solar geoengineering controversy and – more importantly – to prevent future crises of trust in expertise. They take on a variety of roles – from scientists to decision makers and lobbyists – with unique perspectives and nuances.
12 – 60 players
12 unique role archetypes
3 – 4 hours
The simulation is an experiential crash course in science-policy interactions and trust in science. It can also stimulate creative and precise thinking around policies and actions related to science for policy and policy for science. This simulation might be of interest, amongst others, to:
During the face-to-face workshops participants use their phones or tablets. They connect via the internet with a mobile version of the simulation platform, where they receive emails from supervisors and lobbyists, and can suggest and vote on policies.
A fully online version of the workshop using a computer browser can be developed. If you’re interested in making that happen, please get in touch.
The Climate Science Crisis Simulation was commissioned by the PERITIA project, and co-designed with PERITIA partners for the project’s closing event ‘Research Insights for European Policymaking’ held in May 2023 at the European Parliament’s InfoHub in Brussels. The event was co-hosted by the European Parliament’s Panel for the Future of Science and Technology (STOA) and the European Science-Media Hub.
I was really impressed. This was extremely inspiring. I’m familiar with this type of approach and I practiced this myself, but I have to say, it worked remarkably well. The attention to detail was remarkable. Every little aspect of it was really well done.
European Commission Officer
Ethics in Science and New Technologies
The quality of the simulation and the functionality of the app makes the process very immersive, very quickly, which is vital for exercises such as this where you want to spend your time thinking creatively about responses. Everyone got into their roles and that led to very useful perspectives and actions.
Professor Bobby Duffy
Director of the Policy Institute
King’s College London
RESEARCH, NARRATIVES & TEXTS
The Climate Science Crisis Simulation was co-designed with PERITIA partners, including principal investigators.