Wednesday, June 02, 2004

Integrity In Science Conference

I've written a number of times about the right-wing attacks on science, the labeling as any science that points to the need for more protections as "junk science," and any science that allegedly shows that we can never know enough to regulate or protect as "sound science." (here, here, here)

For those who want to know more about this issue, the Center for Science in the Public Interest is organizing a conference on INTEGRITY IN SCIENCE: Corporate and Political Influence On Science-based Policymaking, July 12, 2004 in Washington, DC.

The Conference will
address the corporate and political manipulation of science and scientists to influence public opinion and public policy on health and the environment.

Learn how corporate-funded science is being wielded to frustrate regulation, thwart research on health risks, corrupt evidence-based medicine, suppress information about toxic products, and falsely reassure the public about product safety. Learn more about the latest political and corporate manipulation of the federal scientific advisory process and corporate harassment of scientists.

Become part of a growing movement to reassert the primacy of objectivity in science and science-based policymaking. Help forge an agenda to prevent conflicts of interest and corporate domination of federal science advisory committees. Discuss the media’s role in disclosing conflicts of interest and press for change
Speakers include Carol Browner, former administrator, Environmental Protection Agency and Congressman Henry D. Waxman (D-CA), as well as a number of experts and luminaries who have been frequent subjects of Confined Space articles like David Egilman, David Michaels and Eric Schaeffer.