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European Chief Scientific Advisor role attacked 05.09.14

Guardian: Critics claim role damages integrity of science advice and process

Controversy has emerged over whether the post of EU chief scientific advisor (CSA), introduced by the last president of the EU commission, helps or hinders science policy. Letters calling for the post to be abolished, and arguing that the CSA post is an impediment to good science in policy making, have been signed by non-governmental organisations.

Doug Parr, chief scientist for Greenpeace UK, argued in the Guardian this week: “Science in policy cannot rely on the opinions of a limited number of individuals – whatever their eminence – but needs good processes that gather and test evidence, including, crucially, what can be understood about the extent of uncertainty and ignorance, and clarity and justification for where contested values and judgements shape scientific advice. Advice also needs to be transparent and as far as possible, independent from key economic interests.”

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