Call for a new social contract between science and society

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The Covid-19 pandemic presents a wake-up call to rethink the relationship
between science and society. We need to formulate a new social contract between
science and society. Different countries may emphasize different aspects in such a new social contract, but I will argue that Covid-19 has demonstrated the urgency for all countries to reconsider the role of science. My plea will be based, mostly, on experiences in The Netherlands, but I will also draw on my work in India.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16-21
JournalSEMINAR—The Monthly Symposium
Issue number733
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2020


  • social contract, corona, pandemic, RRI, STS

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