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STEM Debate Series: Does having too much empathy constrain good science?
8 October 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pmFree
Scientists are all about technology and innovation, they are traditionally focused on their science and can lack some of the softer skills (collaboration, communicating with people, coming out of the lab) but surely the new future of work necessitates that scientists be well rounded individuals with leadership skills, empathy and an understanding of consumers needs to thrive.
But can having too empathy get in the way of good science? To be truly objective do STEM professionals need to follow the science/data regardless of societal views or expectations, can having too much empathy lead to bias or poor science?
Sometimes scientific truths can be hard for society to accept, many scientific breakthroughs have come from those working outside the conventions of societies views of the time and modern ethical practices.
How do STEM professionals deliver breakthough innovations that will serve the future needs of our world, especially where we may not even be aware of those needs right now?
Dr Victoria Metcalf – National Coordinator of the Participatory Science Platform, Office of the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor with a PhD and research career studying Antarctic fish.
Tony Wright BSc (Tech) – General Manager Market Access, Comvita. Tony has an extensive background in leading many functions including quality, laboratory, regulatory, research and marketing in the food sector.
Dr Ashley Mortensen – Ashley is a Senior Scientist at the New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research. Her research focuses on honey bee behaviour and biology.
Liz Macpherson – Liz is the Government Statistician and Chief Executive of Stats NZ. She was appointed in 2013 and is proudly the first woman to hold the position.
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