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How to build an international conflict of interest database

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Conflict of interest in scientific research and twisted results is an eternal source of stories for investigative journalists. Scientific research is crucial to develop medicines to cure or relieve from illnesses. It is also indispensable to build science-based policies on climate change, obesity or daily exposure to chemicals. Scientists are also quoted in the media and shape the opinion on GMOs, pesticides or 5G. But are all these experts impartial? Could their opinion be blurred by corporate research fundings or invitations to sit in the scientific advisory boards of global companies? The capture of scientific knowledge by corporate interests is no secret and has been used to block regulation and maintain harmful products on the market. Now imagine there is a centralized conflict of interest database where you can get the list of industry collaborations of an expert in 10 seconds. This is what leading journalists in the field are trying to do. They call for a shared, open access, global database of conflicts of interest. The efforts are led by Stéphane Horel from Le Monde in France and Hristio Boytchev, freelance journalist in Germany. For this panel, they team up with a group of academics, tech experts and civil society organisations to present the groundwork for this global conflict of interest database.

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Stéphane Horel

Journalist, Le Monde
Stéphane Horel works as an investigative journalist for Le Monde. She specializes in corporate lobbying and harm, toxic industries, conflict of interest and scientific disinformation. In early 2023, she supervised the European map of PFAS contamination of the "Forever Pollution Project... Read More →


Anne Chailleu

Vice President, FORMINDEP (NGO)
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Pierre-Alain Jachiet

Data scientist, founder of eurosfordocs.fr and member of EurosForDocs association.
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Luc Martinon

Data Scientist, working for Le Monde and on the eurosfordocs.eu project
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Senior Researcher, Inria
Dr. Ioana Manolescu is a Senior Researcher at Inria, the French national research institute in Computer Science an Applied Mathematics.She is the lead of the CEDAR team, joint between Inria and Ecole Polytechnique, focused on Rich Data Exploration at Cloud Scale, and a part-time professor... Read More →
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Hristio Boytchev

Science and health reporter, Berlin
Hristio Boytchev ist Wissenschafts- und Medizinjournalist mit Fokus auf datengetriebene und investigative Recherchen. Für seine journalistische Arbeit wurde er etwa 2012 mit dem Arthur-F.-Burns-Fellowship und 2021 mit dem Hofschneider Recherchepreis und als „European Science J... Read More →

Tuesday October 27, 2020 10:00 - 11:15 CET