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Mon. Seminar - Dealing with risks and uncertainty in policymaking: How risk perception drives policy

Monday, November 09, 2015, 12:00PM - 1:00PM


Jan Marco Mueller

Joint Research Centre European Commission


ARC room 620

Full title

Dealing with risks and uncertainty in policy-making: How risk perception drives policies and what scientists can do about it”


Societies need to take risks to make progress. However, risk perception varies significantly and can either foster or hinder the deployment of new technologies. It works very often in a selective manner, e.g., when citizens protest against antennas for mobile communication while being more than happy to buy the newest smartphone. Different interpretation of risk can also lead to trade barriers, for instance in Trans-Atlantic trade. The lecture will give practical hints on how scientists can deal with risk perception in politics, for instance regarding the communication of uncertainty.


Free and open to the public.