Samenweten stimulates scientists and citizens to exchange knowledge. In her workshops she provides tools for open, equal conversations with attention for the societal context, illustration how science works and room for critical and open questions. Samenweten has the ambition to develop into the national expertise centre for public engagement by researchers.
We are facing big societal challenges. Think about the climate crisis, social inequality, public health and rapidly emerging new technologies. Topics that affect all of us to different degrees. To address these challenges, we need reliable scientific knowledge. Samenweten is committed to achieving clear communication of this knowledge and of any uncertainties associated with this knowledge. Our goal is to strengthen mutual trust and understanding between science and society by starting open conversations.
Samenweten stimulates equal conversations between science and society in order to enhance the exchange of knowledge.
The majority of researchers, from the start of their career, have open, equal conversations with stakeholders and interested parties in society. During these interactions there is attention for the process of science, for societal questions and for discussing assumptions on both sides.
Samenweten grows into the national centre of expertise in the field of public engagement by researchers. Samenweten trains, advises, inspires and connects scientists to involve various groups earlier and more actively in their research. In addition, Samenweten stimulates people to ask good questions to scientists and to interpret scientific news in the media. These interactions lead to greater mutual understanding and trust and help to increase the societal impact of scientific knowledge.
What is true and why?
The daily flow of scientific and pseudoscientific information leads to a lot of questions. What is true and why? Which information can be trusted? What does all this information mean to me? How does science actually work? And how can science and society learn from each other? Samenweten wants to encourage people to ask exploratory questions and also take a critical look at the scientific evidence of statements and not to take every statement for granted. In this way, Samenweten wants to contribute to handling of scientific misinformation. Recently, Mariëtte Oosterwegel has contributed to the discussion paper Fact or Fake, published under auspices of ALLEA.
Samenweten collaborates with several partners, nationally as well as internationally, in science communication and public engagement. Samenweten is committed to enriching, connecting and broadening existing initiatives in the field of science communication.
Samenweten’s activities are in line with this and build on (inter)national initiatives, including
- European policy: Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI)
- Recognition and Rewards Room for everyone’s talent; VSNU, NFU, KNAW, NWO, ZonMw
- National Platform Open Science (NPOS)
- Dutch Research Agenda (NWA)
- Advices of the Rathenau Institute
- Declaration on the Future of Science Communication of Wissenschaft im Dialog and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation