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20 Theses for a science-friendly culture

With the current polarisation in how science is being dealt with in politics and the public sphere, science is at risk of being crushed under the weight of contradictory expectations. This is connected to the ideological, economic, and technological distortions in politics and the media, a development that bedevils any sober debate and encourages outrage instead.

Reatch! Research. Think. Change. has acted as a mediator in the dialogue between science, politics, and society since 2014 and advocates for a science-friendly culture. The 20 theses presented result from a review of the work Reatch's has done over the past ten years in collaboration with various individuals and institutions. The aim is to promote an open, nuanced, and constructive debate about the role that science can and should play in our society.


Would you like to take part in this debate? You are invited to express your opinion here, in our discussion events (see below), or on social media using the hashtag #ReatchThesen.

You can find the current state of the debate here. We provide a summary of all the comments we have received so far that we consider to be fruitful contributions

In short

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Science is being put under pressure: Its growing influence as a system with which to understand and explain the world is simultaneously causing desires and pushback. Some want for science to be a part of politics as much as possible and thereby blur the line between scientific work and political action. Others insist that science should avoid any public profile and keep its distance from anything that could make it seem political. We reject both positions. Science should not do politics, but neither can it avoid being political.

Science and politics cannot be separated, however, they must be differentiated.

In order to maintain trust in science, it is crucial to resolve controversies and create space for an open and constructive debate on the role of science in politics and the public sphere. However, this willingness to engage in dialogue cannot take place without a clear understanding as well as a clear division of roles between science, politics, and the media.

Science needs competent and critical journalism

The importance of one key player in this debate should not be overlooked: The media strongly influences the understanding of the relationship between science and politics. At the same time, the media is influenced by the understanding of the roles of science and politics. Competent and reliable journalism is therefore crucial to ensure both competent communication of science and scientific methods as well as to provide critical and independent reporting on statements and scientists.

Aim of the project

On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of Reatch, we want to encourage a debate on the role that science plays, could play, and should play in our society. A debate that is being held on various platforms, from diverse perspectives, and through different channels. The theses presented in the following are intended as a starting, but not the concluding point for this debate.

With the the participation of representatives from science, politics and the media, we will organise a number of public events in the course of the period 2024-2025 on exactly this.


About the Author

Reatch a été fondé par des étudiants et de jeunes professionnels de toute la Suisse dans le but de sensibiliser le public aux questions liées à la science et de favoriser la collaboration entre la science et la politique.

Articles on the Reatch blog reflect the personal opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of Reatch or its members.


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