PA021:
Preserving Scientific Integrity and Science-based Governance in the New Political Era





Session ID#: 27144

Session Description:
The federal government has made great strides in advancing scientific integrity in recent years. The development of scientific integrity policies, placement of agency scientific integrity officers, and strengthening of whistleblower protections have served to bolster the safeguards in place to protect government science and scientists. Yet, these protections are now being tested like never before. With an administration and Congress that have shown disrespect for science-based policymaking at the federal level, scientists working within the federal government and the scientific community at large stand to face significant impacts on their work. What are the current risks and what kinds of protections or enforcement is now needed? What can the scientific community do to support scientists and to preserve scientific integrity in policymaking?  This session will include scientists and decisionmakers who will survey the current state of play, issue to watch, and what steps the scientific community is taking in response.  
Primary Convener:  Gretchen T Goldman, Union of Concerned Scientists Washington DC, Washington, DC, United States
Convener:  Andrew Bergman, Environmental Data & Governance Initiative (EDGI), Washington, DC, United States; Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, United States
Index Terms:

6324 Legislation and regulations [POLICY SCIENCES]
6610 Funding [PUBLIC ISSUES]
6615 Legislation and regulations [PUBLIC ISSUES]
6620 Science policy [PUBLIC ISSUES]

Abstracts Submitted to this Session:

Margarida L. R. Liberato, Escola de Ciências e Tecnologia, Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Vila Real, Portugal; Instituto Dom Luiz, University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal
Gretchen T Goldman, Union of Concerned Scientists Washington DC, Washington, DC, United States, Jacob Matthew Carter, Union of Concerned Scientists Washington DC, Center for Science and Democracy, Washington, DC, United States and Rachel Licker, Union of Concerned Scientists, Washington, DC, United States
Lauren Kurtz, Climate Science Legal Defense Fund, New York, NY, United States
Jacob Matthew Carter1, Gretchen T Goldman2 and James Barry2, (1)Union of Concerned Scientists Washington DC, Center for Science and Democracy, Washington, DC, United States, (2)Union of Concerned Scientists, Washington, DC, United States
Matthew L Druckenmiller, National Snow and Ice Data Center, Boulder, CO, United States
Anatoly Rinberg, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, United States and Andrew Bergman, Environmental Data & Governance Initiative (EDGI), Washington, DC, United States

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