Science that is appropriate for the post-Covid age – Silvio FUNTOWICZ, University of Bergen (Norway)

Almost forty ago, Silvio Funtowicz and Jerry Ravetz coined the term ‘post-normal’ to refer to scientific activities appropriate for the new tasks of ‘clean-up and survival’. Already then, they focussed on technological, environmental and health risks, stressing their complexity, systemic uncertainty, and socio-political relevance.
This webinar addressed the following question: Covid-19 has generated, in many, a nostalgic desire to return to the previous normality, but even if we could, should we?
Silvio Funtowicz suggests that we should not forget the pre-pandemic challenges facing humanity, from sustainability to climate and ecosystems disruptions, biodiversity loss, growing socioeconomic inequalities and political instabilities. All of these can also be usefully described as post-normal. There is no blueprint for a sustainable post-pandemic world, change is never painless, and success is not certain. Because the future is not predetermined, we can show that we can learn from history, and act with integrity.


Apr 07 2021


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  • Date: Apr 07 2021
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