A Battle for Scientific Authority

Speaker: Meritxell Ramírez-Ollé # STIS PhD student

30th Sep 2011

15:30 - 17:00

Seminar Room, Ground Floor, Chisholm House

Abstract

The ?Climategate? email hacking broke in November 2009 when hundreds of private e-mail messages and documents hacked from a computer server at the Climatic Research Unit, at the University of East Anglia, were publicised illegally. The hacked climate science emails casted doubts on the scientific integrity of the methods, claims, and members of the climate research community. During and after the incident, many scientists issued letters and articles aimed to restore the scientific authority upon which climate change policies are based. Using a boundary-work perspective, I analyse the discursive strategies employed by scientists aimed to legitimate and defend the science of climate change.

Meritxell Ramírez-Ollé is a current STIS PhD student.

Please do come along to hear this very interesting talk and enjoy the discussion which will follow, and feel free to invite friends and colleagues.