CompCoRe held its fifth All Teams meeting and discussed plans for the interim report. Participants presented two-page summaries of their country cases. These evolved into the country reports in the Appendix of the CompCoRe Interim Report.
Stephen Hilgartner joined a panel on “Experts, Publics, and Trust during the Pandemic” as part of the Mellon-Sawyer Seminar on Trust and Mistrust of Science and Experts, organized by Gil Eyal from Columbia’s Sociology Department.
Stephen Hilgartner and Sheila Jasanoff presented early CompCoRe findings to this group of prominent scientists, policy makers, and journalists affiliated with Schmidt Futures. The presentation was well-received.
CompCoRe held its fourth All Teams meeting. Participants compared the diverse answers different countries gave to a set of questions about national responses to the pandemic and reflected on the results.
Sheila Jasanoff spoke on “Ignorance is bliss: Covid-19 and the politics of knowledge” at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Institute for Arts and Humanities. The lecture highlighted contestations around scientific expertise against the backdrop of political polarization in the United States.
CompCoRe held its third All Teams meeting. Country teams discussed salient national controversies. They also presented timelines of the pandemic documenting developments in the arenas of health, economics, and politics in their countries.
A generous grant from Schmidt Futures allowed the project to add Australia, Brazil, and India as core members of the network and full participants in the study. Research groups from Peru, Indonesia and an African team became affiliates of the CompCoRe network.