In science we trust? – Course and Conference Office

EMBL Science and Society Conference

In science we trust?


This conference will take place as in-person meeting onsite at EMBL Heidelberg.

Registration is not yet open for this event. If you are interested in receiving more information please register your interest.

Conference overview

We live in an era characterised by dazzling scientific and technological progress on an unprecedented scale. From the application of new gene editing techniques, pioneering stem cell research, or rapid vaccine development to emerging technologies such as AI or organoid research, advances in life sciences offer a myriad of potential benefits to society. 

However, these scientific endeavours exist against a backdrop of misinformation and disinformation in the scientific arena, which have the potential to cast a shadow on the public perception of science. From attitudes surrounding scientific issues in the pandemic, highly publicised cases of scientific fraud and misconduct, or ethical issues in research which may cross into the realms of science fiction, the issue of societal trust in science is never far from the public consciousness.

How have scientific developments over the past 100 years shaped the public view of science, what responsibility do scientists have towards society, and what does the future hold for the indivisible relationship that exists between science and society? This conference will analyse the importance of public trust in science in a “post-truth” society, from public involvement in science to implications on funding and resource allocation, and the political consequences of losing societal trust and buy-in. Above all, it will ask what we role we can all play in shaping the future path of increased societal trust in science.


Sponsorship opportunities

We offer a variety of event sponsoring possibilities, with the flexibility to select a set sponsorship package or combine individual sponsorship options to suit your event budget. Discounts are available for companies sponsoring multiple events at EMBL Heidelberg. View other conferences, or contact sponsorship@embl.de for further information on sponsoring possibilities.

If you are interested in becoming a media partner of this event, please visit our media partnerships webpage.


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Date: 16 - 17 Jun 2025

Location: EMBL Heidelberg

Venue: EMBL Advanced Training Centre


  • Lucia von Bredow
    EMBL Heidelberg, Germany

Contact: EMBL Events

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