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EU4FACTS: Evidence for policy in a post-fact world

Conference poster
Sep 26 2017

Clear recommendations for successful evidence-informed policy making is the aim for the 2017 Joint Research Centre (JRC) annual conference.

/jrc/en/file/document/17328310 actions: the speakers' proposed actions

It offered an open encounter between leading experts from the fields of science, policy and media.

EU4Facts Conference Video Highlights

/jrc/en/file/173312EU4Facts Conference Video Highlights


Watch the recording of the annual conference EU4FACTS.

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/jrc/en/file/document/172800EU4FACTS programme

Keynote speakers

  • Jyrki Katainen, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness
  • Pascal LAMY, former European Commissioner, former Director-General of the World Trade Organization
  • Sir Peter GLUCKMAN, Chief Science Advisor to the New Zealand Prime Minister, Chair International Network for Science Advice to Governments (INGSA)


  • Tibor Navracsics, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport
  • Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation

/jrc/en/file/document/173171Speakers list & bios



The interaction between science and policy has never been straightforward. But this relationship has been further complicated by the current post-fact debate.

This crisis is a challenge for the whole of society, not only scientists, experts, the media and policymakers, but also for politicians.

We need to learn from past success and failures in building policy on evidence, to understand the causes of this crisis and to chart a new course for organisations operating at the inter-section of facts, politics and the media.

Policy making needs to find the balance between facts and values. Linear thinking cannot be applied to the relationship between science, society and policy anymore. Scientists, politicians and citizens need new models and processes to connect, to develop new thinking and to communicate new narratives.

The process needs to become more open, involving all interest groups (scientists, policymakers and society) from the design and production to the delivery phase.

In addition to listening to speeches and discussions between leading scientists and politicians, the participants will have a possibility to interact with the speakers via a live app during sessions, as well as meet them in person during dedicated time slots after each session.