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Norway: 'We need children to motivate us' - panel discussion on science and outreach at Starmus03:36

Norway: 'We need children to motivate us' - panel discussion on science and outreach at Starmus

Norway, Trondheim
June 22, 2017 at 22:50 GMT +00:00 · Published

Another panel discussion got underway at the Starmus Festival in Trondheim, Thursday. A panel of psychologists, psychiatrists, neuroscientists and astronauts discussed ways in which include children and young people in science.

Psychologists and neuroscientist May-Britt Moser said that adults need children to "motivate us" and referenced the dead whale found off the coast of Norway as an example of this: "what happened in Norway is that we had a whale and he came from the sea and on land and his stomach was filled with plastic".

It was the children who responded most decisively to the event claimed Moser: "The children are moving on, doing something with it because they don’t want to live in an environment full of plastic. So I think we need children to motivate us."

Science journalist Alexandra Witze highlighted what she saw as the idea of "false balance: of presenting two opinions as if they were equal in weight" when the topic of climate change skepticism was brought up. "We are twenty years beyond needing to have a climate sceptic quoted in a story every time we write a story about climate change. It does the readers a disservice to have that voice to have that platform because it no longer represents what the bulk of climate scientists say" she said.

The fourth Starmus Festival is being held at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and celebrates astronomy, space exploration, chemistry, physics, art and medicine. It runs from June 18 until June 23.

Norway: 'We need children to motivate us' - panel discussion on science and outreach at Starmus03:36
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Another panel discussion got underway at the Starmus Festival in Trondheim, Thursday. A panel of psychologists, psychiatrists, neuroscientists and astronauts discussed ways in which include children and young people in science.

Psychologists and neuroscientist May-Britt Moser said that adults need children to "motivate us" and referenced the dead whale found off the coast of Norway as an example of this: "what happened in Norway is that we had a whale and he came from the sea and on land and his stomach was filled with plastic".

It was the children who responded most decisively to the event claimed Moser: "The children are moving on, doing something with it because they don’t want to live in an environment full of plastic. So I think we need children to motivate us."

Science journalist Alexandra Witze highlighted what she saw as the idea of "false balance: of presenting two opinions as if they were equal in weight" when the topic of climate change skepticism was brought up. "We are twenty years beyond needing to have a climate sceptic quoted in a story every time we write a story about climate change. It does the readers a disservice to have that voice to have that platform because it no longer represents what the bulk of climate scientists say" she said.

The fourth Starmus Festival is being held at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and celebrates astronomy, space exploration, chemistry, physics, art and medicine. It runs from June 18 until June 23.