On 6 February 2020, the Royal Society hosted an event on the core values of science, the second part of a wider programme entitled Reimagining Science.
This event pulled together different disciplinary insights to look back to the origins of science before considering present day values and speculating on how these may change in the future. Medical breakthroughs, technological advancements and improved understanding the natural world are well known examples of the value of science to everyone. Less widely known are the values that underpin science itself.
These values go beyond the epistemic values which are traditionally associated with science. The event explored the value of different types of knowledge, the importance of rhetoric and debate as well as how the science environment is structured to value some things over others.
A written synthesis of the event is available to download.