The ZEIT Science Forum is a series of discussion events. Founded in 2001, it aims to open controversial contemporary issues to critical scrutiny. The forum takes place at the Leibnizsaal of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Science.
"The people are tired of the experts, they have enough of them." Quote of the British Minister of Justice, a Brexit advocate, at the height of the debate confronted with dozens of expert warnings before the Brexit. He says it in public, on TV. The American President considers the results of climate scientists to be wrong. And even many ordinary citizens in the case of doubt trust rather their friends than the professionals. European crisis, the financial crisis, the globalization crisis, the climate crisis - the debates about this are everywhere controversial. Does the resistance of the expert opinions undermine the confidence in the expertise? Scientists are never quite independent - they want a reputation for their performance and they need money for their work. Does this make them unbelievable? Science lives from the competition. The growing competition has led researchers to proclaim successes where there are none. Does individual misconduct also undermine the reputation of the scientific method?