For GYA members and alumni only: connect to the group, collaborate and discuss with other members on the GYA-internal Agora platform here.



Members of this working group have long argued for the need to reflect on the role of science in society and to contribute to building justified trust in science. But many young scientists have no access to training in science ethics or science communication. This is where the group’s “Science ∞ Society: Video tutorials on science ethics and science communication” project comes in. The Science ∞ Society project aims to create a learning platform with video tutorials – also to be made available as audio podcasts – that are meant to fill these gaps. They aim at helping (young) scientists think about the societal and ethical dimensions of being a scientist, providing them with conceptual tools to think through these questions, and empowering them to apply these to their own situation.

The project is carried out in collaboration with the German National Institute for Science Communication (NaWik), with funding from the Volkswagen Stiftung. It was planned to run for the period 2020-2022. Unfortunately, the pandemic has significantly altered the filming schedule and will delay the project. The video and audio output will be distributed through the GYA and its partner organisations.



In June 2021, the group launched the first of a series of videos for their Science ∞ Society project.


In December 2020, the group organised online seminars on “Media Communications”, with documentary filmmaker Nerina Finetto.


In December, the group offered a two-hour webinar on “Science communication through blogs and video blogs”, organised by the group’s co-lead Lisa Herzog (Netherlands). GYA members and alumni, as well as members from a number of National Young Academies participated.

Working group member Koen Vermeir (France) argued for the importance of historical research for policy making at Oxford University in February 2019. He focused on past stratagems and discussions around fake science and showed that such epistemic considerations have to be understood in their proper context (including social and religious considerations). Historical analysis and contextualization will help to find more nuanced strategies for increasing public trust in science.

Members of this group published a paper on “Academic incentives need to change if we are to build trust in science” in Times Higher Education in February 2019.


The group’s co-lead Lisa Herzog (Germany) participated in the meeting of the ALLEA (All European Academies) working group on “Truth, Trust and Expertise” in August 2018 in Amsterdam, NL.

Following a call by the European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities (ALLEA), group members Lisa Herzog (Germany) and Robert Lepenies (Germany) and GYA alumnus Martin Dominik (UK) participated in a video competition on “Trust in science”. See here for more details and to watch the videos.

During the 2018 GYA Annual General Meeting, a number of GYA members responded to the group’s call and answered questions on the topic of trust in science and others regarding their research activities for filmmaker Nerina Finetto of Watch the video on the GYA YouTube channel here.