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Teaching science to apprentice politicians: Materials Science as a playground

Prof Yves Brechet | CEA

Teaching science to apprentice politicians: Materials Science as a playground

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Our world is infused with science. The political class in France is nowadays almost virgin in terms of scientific experience. This growing discrepancy between the importance of science and the lack of awareness about what is the scientific reasoning may lead to major problems. The presentation will discuss the relation between scientific analysis and political decision at two levels: in the training of apprentice politicians, in the counselling of politicians already in position. Materials Science, at the frontier between fundamental science and industry, with scientific, technologic and economic facets, appears as a natural play ground both to motivate politicians for science, but also to educate them to the scientific reasoning in a less passionate field than health.