As part of my consultancy work I’m an external expert for the European Commission’s DG Connect. Last year I attended a meeting of the DG’s Global Systems Science cluster, and was asked to report on the meeting. There is some great work happening in this sector, especially in terms of predictive modelling, though there is still a long way to go in terms both of refining the models and in dealing with tricky problems around evidence gathering and trust. Fundamentally, there are also tricky issues around how we deal with and respond to models, as with many other forms of evidence.
I’ll be writing more on these topics in the coming months, here and elsewhere.